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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 Robotics.

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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    $\begingroup$ Is it possible for moderators here to short-list ads from a larger selection? I'd be really interested to see a mechanism where SE community managers say something like, "here are all 1,000 advertisers we're doing business with, please pick at least 100 to be run on your site." $\endgroup$
    – Chuck Mod
    Commented May 5, 2023 at 18:41
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    $\begingroup$ Pinging @Tia again to see if this is possible. $\endgroup$
    – Chuck Mod
    Commented May 11, 2023 at 13:19

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