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I’m not 100% sure how this would work (maybe a tag?), but it would be great to know ahead of time whether or not the submitted story contains obvious ads. At least as a courtesy to those in this community who’d rather not have their digital privacy unknowingly violated.

On the one hand, we sometimes get stories from typical media companies that have tons of ads already, and I can pretty easily know what to expect. But on the other hand, there have been a handful of submissions linking to personal blogs that contain content-intrusive ads, and I’d like to know the author’s real intentions before clicking on one of these said links.

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    …rather not have their digital privacy unknowingly violated

    The internet is a dangerous place to attempt that! I’m not sure self-reported tags would put a significant dent in it.

    …I’d like to know the author’s real intentions before clicking on one of these said links

    That’s unlikely to ever be fully revealed and will most certainly become something we bikeshed to death because there is so much gray area with figuring out someone else’s intent.

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      And there’s a lot of gray area even when intentions are clear. Some of the best articles submitted (and, yes, the worst) are content marketing. Pretty much everything with a newsletter signup form or on a company domain.

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        I guess the way I view it is that authors can self-report, but just as with any other tag or curation, the burden is on the community to best annotate these things.

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          I would benefit from an ad tag.

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        It’s the increasing amount of readily accepted thinly veiled faux-editorial advertising that is starting to get to me, personally. I’d love to see those submissions tagged for easy filtering.