Supposedly I just earned this privilege. I clicked on the link and it took me to a page that lists a whole bunch of other privileges but not "see reduced ads". It's not like this website is brimming with ads to begin with (another browser tab I have open has ads for Norwegian Cruise Lines, University of Nebraska and Viagra, and that's just without scrolling down).

According to the privileges page, I have "vote down" privilege and I'm close to earning "view close votes" privilege. I don't know what the latter is, but there's a page that explains it and will tell me if it really is what I think it is. Is there such a page for "see reduced ads"?

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    $\begingroup$ Check on Stack Overflow's help page. Not all sites have the ads that are reduced by that privilege. $\endgroup$ May 14, 2015 at 21:40
  • $\begingroup$ Where did you see a link saying you had earned the "reduce ads" privilege? $\endgroup$ May 15, 2015 at 2:42
  • $\begingroup$ @JarrodDixon From OP's description it appears to be "Congratulations, you have earned" on the new user profile, Activity page. $\endgroup$
    – user147263
    May 15, 2015 at 2:59
  • $\begingroup$ @Yes good call, I'll check that out now. $\endgroup$ May 15, 2015 at 3:00

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Some SE sites (for example the trilogy sites Stack Overflow, Super User and Server Fault) have actual advertisements, and an actual reduce ads privilege which disables the full-width ads which appear on these sites. Here's an example recently seen on Stack Overflow:

New Relic Browser ad

Mathematics Stack Exchange is not one of the SE sites which have these advertisements (full list here), and from Shog9's answer on Meta.SE, if you were notified of earning this here it would be a bug as

on most sites, it's hidden and notifications for earning it are suppressed.


There was a bug where a disabled privilege could still show up when congratulating you for earning one.

This has been fixed.

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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for the quick resolution :). $\endgroup$
    – Lord_Farin
    May 15, 2015 at 23:43
  • $\begingroup$ Indeed. In my case, it now says I've gained the vote down privilege. $\endgroup$
    – David R.
    May 20, 2015 at 21:39

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