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I don't play StarCraft 2 and have no interest in seeing the 'AnswerSwarm' achievement points. I would prefer to see my profile details immediately when I view my profile page, but the 'AnswerSwarm' banner prevents this, as it is ultralisk-huge.

Users not logged in can also see the banner in my profile. I tested this by viewing my profile page in private/incognito mode.

(I'm putting an answer on how to remove the promo banner client-side with a browser extension, but I am also making a to allow disabling or opting-out of this server-side.)


I'm getting comments stating that this may be caused by posting in or up/downvoting a post since the start of the contest. However, I have not posted in [starcraft-2]. And I have downvoted one question after I posted this meta post and seeing the banner. And my 'AnswerSwarm' achievements currently state "1 up/down votes cast". (I don't recall any other up/downvotes aside from that.) So that means that the banner was already being shown to me even before I cast an up/downvote on a post since the start of the contest. I'm adding the tag, in case this is a bug.


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  • I'm not sure what determines this, but I don't see any AnswerSwarm banner on my profile – Mad Scientist Mar 12 '13 at 9:29
  • @MadScientist This is what I see: i.imgur.com/5ufQSB5.png – galacticninja Mar 12 '13 at 9:36
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    @badp I have downvoted one [starcraft-2] question after I posted this meta post and seeing the banner. And my 'AnswerSwarm' achievements currently state "1 up/down votes cast". (I don't recall any other up/downvotes aside from that.) So that means the banner was already being shown to me even before I cast an up/downvote on a [starcraft-2] post since the start of the contest. Possible bug? – galacticninja Mar 12 '13 at 10:19
  • Looking into this. I'll check in on whether there's an opt-out system. As for why the banner showed up before you even participated... that is also something to investigate. – Grace Note Mar 12 '13 at 15:48
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    Regarding the banner appearance before you posted this meta question - you have an up/downvote on a post from before then. The newer up/downvote, the one you made after this post, is on an ineligible post (ineligible would be things that are closed and/or deleted, or posted before the contest start - I recall reading this in our development of the ruleset but I notice that this information is absent from our contest page), and thus isn't counted. – Grace Note Mar 12 '13 at 16:01
  • @GraceNote I see. I regularly review posts in the review queue and may have up/downvoted more than one of the [starcraft-2] questions. Thanks for looking into it. I'll appreciate an opt-out option. – galacticninja Mar 13 '13 at 6:48
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If you have the Adblock Plus browser extension or a similar browser extension that allows Adblock Plus-syntax filters, adding this filter should remove it and collapse the screen space it occupies:

gaming.stackexchange.com##.promo-container

  • Preventing the answerswarm scripting from executing will also do it. – Frank Mar 12 '13 at 12:25
  • @fbueckert Can that be blocked through Adblock Plus? Know what filter should be added? – galacticninja Mar 12 '13 at 12:30
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    That's a noscript thing; the .js files are on answerswarm.com. – Frank Mar 12 '13 at 12:42

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