I'm not sure when it happened, but at some point the links on the sidebar to The Comms Room and Vote to Close went away. I wondered about their disappearance, but didn't bother to post a question here.

Today I noticed that sometimes on some questions, the links show up. I can't quite see a pattern, but it looks like questions that are posted in a chat room have the links on them?

In any case, would it be possible to get the links back - permanently?

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    I noticed the same thing today, but with the main page of EL&U. @Jeff's explanation doesn't seem to apply to that. Any ideas?
    – Martha
    Commented Jul 26, 2011 at 20:36
  • AdBlock Plus nails them in FF for me... Got ad blocking software?
    – Chris S
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 20:38

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Generally we suppress house ad sidebar elements until there are enough answers that the "Related Questions" -- which are rather important -- are not pushed down too far.

edit: one caveat. on meta we indeed show the chat ad at all times in the sidebar.

  • So the chat bar is an ad sidebar element?
    – Nixphoe
    Commented Jul 27, 2011 at 13:13

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