My name is Juan M and I'm one of the community managers here on the network. You can read more about some of what I'm working on here and here.

For several years we've had advertising on technology-related sites. But many of our sites aren't about technology at all, so we haven't sold ads for them. That hasn't been a hardship since Stack Exchange sites require only a small investment from the company to set up and keep live. Thanks entirely to the efforts of your community, this site has become an amazing resource on the internet. Generating revenue from non-technology sites will enable us to dedicate more resources to meeting your needs so this is good news.

The test starts May 21 and our advertising team will be monitoring to see how ads are performing. We don't know how many ads will run on this site. It could be just a few or a bit more. In either case, these ads will be carefully vetted and we'll be keeping watch to continue to provide good content.

If you see any ads that are inappropriate or have any questions about this experiment, please let me know by starting a new question and tagging it with . This is a work in progress and we are expecting a time of learning and refinement as we move forward.

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    Will you be adding the setting to disable reduced ads to profile pages? Currently I see it in my profile settings on StackOverflow but not here. May 21 '19 at 4:37
  • (Now asked as separate question: money.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/2712/…) May 21 '19 at 19:26
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    My comment on this policy is probably of little interest, because I am a new, infrequent, and low-rep user on this site, but I think learning how to ignore ads is of great benefit to healthy personal finance.
    – ab2
    May 23 '19 at 16:19
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    Are ads being selected carefully to avoid promoting products/services that might be contrary to the general philosophy of this site? e.g. ads for payday loans, get-rich-quick schemes, employment scams, speculative gold mining or other specific stocks being pumped, etc.? May 25 '19 at 18:07
  • @ChrisW.Rea We have general guidelines for what ads we want to show and which we don't. However, during this trial period, we're going to experiment and collect metrics (as I've mentioned) so you may or may not see things like what you mentioned.
    – Juan M StaffMod
    May 28 '19 at 21:16
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    @ab2 - sorry, no. Your input is absolutely valued here. When you first offered input on a meta question, I noted you are a ~40K SE total rep member. And able to offer as much, if not more to our stack that those of us with only Money.SE rep. Glad you are here. May 30 '19 at 9:31
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    @JuanM to be honest I'd be a little concerned if SE was showing some of those kinds of ads anywhere on the network! May 31 '19 at 6:11
  • Will there be a way to flag an ad if we think it is inappropriate? Jun 11 '19 at 14:27
  • @DJClayworth If you need to report an ad please take a screenshot of it and send it over to me! jgarza @ stack overflow .com
    – Juan M StaffMod
    Jun 11 '19 at 20:02

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