If we put ads on the askubuntu, then some helpers, users that answering the questions as a volunteer; they earn some money. This will make askubuntu hum i think. What do you think?

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    On the contrary if money were to be gained there would be such a rush with everyone trying to answer everything that the community would be destroyed.
    – Seth
    Nov 30, 2014 at 16:09

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Most users of Ask Ubuntu help other users not with the intention of earning money but to share their knowledge and experience. That is what makes us such a good community and I feel it is best if it remains that way.


This would set the wrong incentives and I believe that the founders of the StackExchange network didn't have in mind that someone would or should be able to make a living off of answering questions, which is usually the consequence of "professionalizing" speaking in terms of money. This would at some point also shut out "non-professional" users who don't have the whole time of the day available for this site.

It could also bring up agencies promoting or organizing certain people/teams, similar to YouTube, (Pro-)Gaming and other things that have existed before. This is usually turns into a commercial downward spiral when not watched carefully. It would cause users to be more sloppy or not thinking outside of the box to find a solution for a problem.

Also a lot of users come here because they read some outdated, misleading or incomplete guide on some blog that was set up with the motivation of making money or attracting attention instead of getting involved with the community.

While the cc-by-sa licensing allows for commercial use, that is someone else already can make money with your answers, I think not only Germans have a saying that translates into something like money breaks any friendship.

Speaking of ads, there have been several occasions where ads delivered malicious code to users. So on top of being nagged with ads, they also got malware that users who block such content didn't get.

You may not know this, but this site isn't run but Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, it is provided by Stack Exchange Inc.

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