Last week I posted an AD for our Blog and it received the 6 votes needed to run.

This was a generic AD, now I am thinking that it would be a good idea to change the AD every time we have a new Blog posting mentioning the Post Name.

Is it ok to change the AD after it has been voted on?

Would it be better to create a new Template AD and put a comment that the Text will change regularly? (Creating a new ad for every post seems like abuse even if we could get the votes)

Lastly, assuming this was allowed, would it work?

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Generally changing specifically the community blog ad picture, I think, is okay. I highly doubt the community would loudly oppose keeping the Blog ad with a fresher image (unless you changed it to a terrible, terrible image, so you would be wise to just do an overview pass of the image before you change it). The ads now run for a whole year, so getting a new image isn't a bad idea now and then. In this very specific case, I think it's alright.

Changing it for every blog post, however, seems a bit overkill. This mostly comes from the fact we do not support the ability to run "programmatic" ads that update themselves (like our cross-site question ads) - we can only serve static images. Note that I don't think that this classifies as subverting the static image requirement.

In a sense, it is "making this kind of thing work with what we have available", but I think it has the potential to permit a lot more behavior of "repeatedly editing ads every couple of weeks". A fresh image is fine every now and then, but every couple of weeks is pushing it, especially when allowances are already being made. Also hard to justify letting this be a "pseudo-programmatic ad" and not letting others run "pseudo-programmatic ads" for free reign to change the details on the ad at any time - coming up with appropriate restrictions on this seems like it'd make the entire ad system a lot more complex than it truly needs to be.

On the topic of blog article visibility though, we did increase the amount of days they show up on the Community Bulletin. Small steps for now in that direction.

  • The amount of days blog posts show up on the Community Bulletin was already increased to a week, do you mean more than that?
    – yannis
    Aug 20, 2012 at 19:26
  • @Yannis That is what I did mean, but I misread the printing of the last blog post so I thought it had expired early, so I wasn't positive it was in place yet. Hum.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Aug 20, 2012 at 19:30
  • Grace, Thank you.. Just to confirm, editing the meta answer will in fact change the Ad that is published, Correct?
    – Morons
    Aug 20, 2012 at 19:47
  • @Morons Yes. I can't say it'll immediately change but it will definitely change.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Aug 20, 2012 at 20:23

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