We're thrilled to announce that AWS will be sponsoring Ask Different starting on July 22 through December 31. We wanted to give you a heads-up and walk you through what that means.

How and where will the sponsorship be displayed?

The sponsorship will be found on the right side of the header at the top of the site similar to what you see below.

Ask Different SE homepage with AWS ad banner

What else changes?

Not a thing! Borrowing from the original MSE announcement on sponsorships:

First — sponsors do not own these Q&A sites. Sponsors work alongside our communities who ultimately build these sites. Communities ask the questions; communities create the tags; communities conduct elections as they do now, and we are not renaming our current sites like a garish sport stadium to the highest bidder. Any ads a sponsor submits still have go through our crazy-strict ad editorial process… as it has always been. Companies do not have access to personal data, and all Q&A content remains irrevocably licensed under Creative Commons for sharing and attribution.

Sponsorships are a tool that our clients can use to let folks who could be interested in their products know about them in a non-intrusive way.

What if I've found a design glitch/bug?

If something looks off, please report it as a bug so we can investigate and squash it.

That's all. If you have any other questions or concerns, please leave them as answers below.

Lastly, thank you. These types of partnerships help us bring more resources to our communities, and they wouldn't be possible without the work you've put into making Ask Different successful.

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    AWS sponsoring Apple questions? That's curious, and brings attention to Apple's absence. Did they give any rationale, apart from the non-intrusive advertising?
    – hmijail
    Commented Jul 25, 2022 at 1:05
  • @hmijail it's very likely they're sponsoring the Apple part as there's a lot of developers on macOS, especially given that it's already part of the stackoverflow filter bubble making it more likely developers are reading it Commented Jul 25, 2022 at 3:41
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    Makes sense. Anyway, thank you AWS for doing what Apple should but doesn't! ;)
    – hmijail
    Commented Jul 26, 2022 at 1:27


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