As you all know, advertising is an important source of revenue for Stack Overflow and it helps us support all the sites across the Stack Exchange Network and the resources that go into maintaining and improving the experience on the platform. We are going to be introducing middle sidebar ads, which have been on the main Stack Overflow site for years, to some of the tech sites including Blender.

The middle sidebar ads have the same standards as any other ads on the platform. Ads are non-intrusive and static. Ads go through a vetting process to ensure they are appropriate for the communities on Stack Exchange. If you see an ad that may not follow our established standards and guidelines, you can let us know by using the "report this ad" functionality. Here is a mockup of what these will look like when two ads are showed (the existing ad placement and the new middle sidebar ad placement):

sample of ads on the middle side bar of the site

This ad space won’t be available for display until May 10 because we wanted to give you a heads-up before you started seeing them. Ads are an essential line of business for us and we’re committed to giving you advanced notice whenever we introduce a new form of advertising on the network sites. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

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    $\begingroup$ Oh no, another thing that then has to be blocked again. I understand that StackExchange has to finance itself somehow, but there are also users here from whose commitment this platform lives (namely those who diligently answer questions). For me personally, advertising is an absolute no-go. $\endgroup$
    – quellenform Mod
    May 3 at 15:47
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    $\begingroup$ They could make even more money by using full page ads and moving the questions and answers into the sidebar... that "feature" is probably coming next year. $\endgroup$ May 4 at 18:29
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    $\begingroup$ @quellenform I totally agree. See my answer here: quantumcomputing.meta.stackexchange.com/a/586/2293 $\endgroup$ May 6 at 2:16
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    $\begingroup$ I actually wouldn't mind if it was somehow CG-world or OSS related, like the blenderartists website does. I am not interested in being suggested advertisments for litteral bubble startups. Also, there is already so much vertical pollution in the site pages, I don't think adding bright orange ads will help focusing. I also find it very bizarre to put the burden of reporting non-complying ads on the shoulders of users. Are you going to potentially display "looking for a hot male/female in your city ? Call xxx" ads while I'm browsing a website for work related reasons ? Foor for thought. Cheers $\endgroup$
    – Gorgious
    May 9 at 13:13
  • $\begingroup$ I think it's a great idea. I myself am in the process of finalizing a sponsorship deal, according to which I will start and end my posts on the network with advertisement banners. Those won't yet appear for a while, but I wanted to give everyone a heads-up. 😁 $\endgroup$ May 14 at 18:54


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