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New advertising behavior on the forum?
« on: February 17, 2020, 12:18:39 pm »

Has there been a policy change regarding advertising displays on the forum web site?

Today (for the first time) I am seeing occasional advertising windows just appear out of nowhere at the top of the forum web page (using a "swipe down" transition).  This is VERY annoying.  Is this by design?
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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2020, 12:31:12 pm »

Quick update:  It looks like this may be Google-related...still investigating.
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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2020, 12:38:34 pm »

Seeing these pop up when scrolling too. This kind of behavior will lead me to cancel my paid subscription.

Advertisers: I will never use your services promoted this way.
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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2020, 12:52:25 pm »

Hi all,
Subscribers will not be seeing ad content on the site. The forum has always been free and only the marketplace is a payed feature which is a relatively small space on the forum

Ads have been on the site and forum before, in order to keep the lights on this will be a part of our business.
Itís still being worked out and the placing, content and quantity is being adjusted. Once again, this is (like %99 of the web) a reality for us in order to stay afloat for you

Josh
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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2020, 01:03:56 pm »

Hi all,
Subscribers will not be seeing ad content on the site. The forum has always been free and only the marketplace is a payed feature which is a relatively small space on the forum

Ads have been on the site and forum before, in order to keep the lights on this will be a part of our business.
Itís still being worked out and the placing, content and quantity is being adjusted. Once again, this is (like %99 of the web) a reality for us in order to stay afloat for you

Josh

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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2020, 01:06:52 pm »



I believe subscribers (payed) donít see this.
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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2020, 01:06:56 pm »

Seeing the same (new) oddity on Mac OS under Safari. Very ugly and needs to be fixed.
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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2020, 01:07:15 pm »

I believe subscribers (payed) donít see this.
Nope. But I should .... >:(
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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2020, 01:09:39 pm »

Nope. But I should .... >:(

Or I believe you can click on it to make it disappear.
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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2020, 01:10:43 pm »

No ad issues on my side (Europe).

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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2020, 01:12:18 pm »

Or I believe you can click on it to make it disappear.
I can but shouldnít have to, nor did such a message/ad ever show up in the past. If I go to another page, I get yet another ugly ad.
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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2020, 01:24:25 pm »

It's one thing to see relevant, industry-related ads in an area integrated in the site design.  This shows you have business partners who believe in supporting your site and the community that we contribute to.  Random Google-like ads for air fresheners, tree services, etc. come across like you're looking to make a quick buck.  Just my opinion as a subscriber.

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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2020, 02:48:49 pm »

I believe subscribers (payed) donít see this.

My experience is a counterexample to what you're saying. It makes it hard to click on some menu items.

Jim
« Last Edit: February 17, 2020, 02:52:42 pm by Jim Kasson »
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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2020, 03:18:05 pm »

I believe subscribers (payed) donít see this.

Incorrect.  I'm a paid subscriber and I am still seeing it.  And to say "you can always click on it to get rid of it" is beyond missing the point.  I would suggest you re-think this, especially given the discussion and decisions previously made when the main site started a subscription plan.  The fact that these ads have NOTHING to do with photography is especially irritating.  I can live with the "marketing" bar at the top with photography-related stuff, but these pop-up ads are not wanted in any shape or form.
« Last Edit: February 17, 2020, 04:58:20 pm by datro »
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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2020, 04:41:02 pm »

No ad issues on my side (Europe).

Ok, spoke too soon, just got my first ad:

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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2020, 05:30:38 pm »

Yep! As a paying subscriber, I am also getting ads on each and every page I go to.
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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2020, 06:11:29 pm »

Kinks being worked out with new ad script. Subscribers on both the forum and main site will not see ads after all is sorted.
Thanks

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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2020, 07:00:57 pm »

Ok, spoke too soon, just got my first ad:
Perfect, you now can make your own tin foil hats  ;D
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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2020, 08:47:57 pm »

I've been a subscriber since it was first offered and I'm also seeing the ads - very disappointing. Hope you fix it soon.
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Re: New advertising behavior on the forum?
« Reply #19 on: February 17, 2020, 11:13:20 pm »

+1 to the list of subscribers seeing the new and annoying ad behavior. Prior versions, where they occurred, I didn't mind. This new version is intrusive.

Once upon a time, the idea of a subscription fee (if I recall right) was that even the older version of ads would go away permanently with enough participation. Perhaps I missed it, but was the outcome of that 'fundraising drive' ever published? I'm content with what we've had (and subscribed from the beginning to be supportive anyway), but don't want to see ad content go up.

Thanks!
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