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post #1 of 63 (permalink) Old 06-25-2014, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
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Whenever possible, I like to let you know in advance when there will be changes in the community. Although that isn't possible, this time I received notice so that I can let you know.

A right sidebar will be added where ads will be displayed. This may reduce the size of the content areas.

You will also be seeing some double underlined links throughout the community. If you hover over them with your mouse, you will see an ad.

As you all know, running a site costs money and advertisements pay for that. We don't want to overwhelm the community but are finding ways to balance the amount of ads and their placements. We are also working on finding the best fit for everyone involved. Itís not a perfect process and there will be discussion and disagreement with anything that is changed Ė thatís just human nature.

Thank you for understanding.
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post #2 of 63 (permalink) Old 06-25-2014, 03:24 PM
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My concern is that a lot of us use tablets and iPads the viewing area already small I believe that the top or bottom would be better.
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Amen, John!
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I hate ads. No ads.

But in truth I do understand that ads can be a necessary evil, so just do the best you can.

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Thanks for the heads up, Cricket.

We all like to get paid, so I have no issue with ads....

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post #6 of 63 (permalink) Old 06-25-2014, 08:56 PM
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I understand the economics but would not object to a membership fee with the option of turning off the ads. A few forums i belong to charge a small ($6 to $20/year USD) stipend for that option.

My strongest objection is to the double underline "hover" ads. I've always found those obnoxious and have always equated them to a spyware infected site. Today is the first i knew they were a fundraiser for a site. Still will think of them as disruptive and related to spyware.

I'd do a contribution to avoid just the hover ads!!

Edit--Thanks for the heads-up Cricket. Without that i'd have seen the double underlines, and exited the forum without clicking on anything. I'll at least give it a try for a time knowing what it is.

My opinion, your mileage may vary.


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To bad there wasn't a donation area that would cover the costs so we could kibosh ads.
A $20 donation a year wouldn't bother me. Monthly would
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If you're forced to provide ads, please provide better options for viewing the forums on mobile devices!!! I get very frustrated trying to read the forums on my iOS and Android devices that I give up and wait for the next time I'm at a desktop computer. Providing Tapatalk app support would be AWESOME!!! Some more features in return for the ad support we're now providing would be great.

I FULLY agree with the above sentiments about the in-post, underlined/hover advertisements. They are a complete hassle, distracting to content, and I frankly avoid annoying websites that use it. I HATE them. Side ads are very acceptable and are on most forums.

When you're talking advertisement revenue, every time you push someone away from the forums that's less cash flow and the opposite of what you want. Such user alienation will be caused by poor mobile device support as well as aggressive hyperlinked advertisements.

I would consider signing up for a low price "lifetime" support membership. I'm not interested so much in recurring fees.

Thanks for keeping us ad-free this long!

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Thanks for the info, Cricket!
An app for Chrome, adblockplus, will block all the ads and the underline/hover thingies. It won't do anything about the ad space though. It will just be a white block.
Count me in the yearly contribution camp. TANSTAAFL, ya'll.

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I back the idea of ads to pay the freight, but I too intensely dislike hover ads, which always seem to get in the way. Is there any way to get equipment suppliers to support the site? I'd rather see ads for gear than for ED cures (we are a bunch of old guys for the most part, Viagra's target market.) I completely understand and prefer ads on the side. I would be happy to pay to support the site, but I don't think that's really a practical solution without recurring billing, which is a pain to manage.
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