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post #1 of 56
Thread Starter 
I'm logged on, yet I'm getting ads within peoples posts. Did this just start? If I wasn't logged on I remember more ads on the right of the screen but I am logged on I'm going to guess this is some type of new revenue stream?
post #2 of 56
Did your AVS Club Membership expire?
post #3 of 56
I've just noticed these ads on the right of posts today as well - still logged in, never been an AVS Club member. They weren't there yesterday IIRC.
post #4 of 56
Hello Jeff...

We just made a change and removed the ad from the center top of the page, under the nav bar, for registered users and move that to the 1, 5,15, and 30 post positions in the threads.

Stew was right however, the club members would not see it.

Sorry if you are not happy with the change...we just need to make some changes once in awhile, it's been long while, to see if we can help the bottom line with the site size.

Thanks for being a long time member. (You to Poochie! )

UPDATE....

OPTION ADDED TO TURN OFF IN POST ADS

Code now in place where registered members can turn off the in post ads.

Click on USER CP
Scroll down and click "Edit Options" on the left side.
You will see the option to turn the in post ads on and off. (Yes, show the ads - No, do not show the ads.)
Make the setting you would like and at the bottom click SAVE CHANGES.

Here is a direct link to the Edit Options area in the User CP....

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/profi...do=editoptions
post #5 of 56
I'm a member and my browser (IE7) has objected to some popup attempts, including an attempt to download a file in the DWTS thread.
post #6 of 56
Hi..We serve no pop ups. So not sure what you may be seeing.
post #7 of 56
I never found the previous ads to be annoying, but these new positions are incredibly annoying. I hope that you'll change this soon.
post #8 of 56
^ ^ ^ ^
+1
post #9 of 56
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Originally Posted by mayest View Post

I never found the previous ads to be annoying, but these new positions are incredibly annoying. I hope that you'll change this soon.

If annoying means more visible, I would doubt they'd change it.
post #10 of 56
I too am having these pop ups just this week trying to download something (mm.chitika.net w/unknown file format) ...apparently some type of advertising having to do with what AVS is changing I was told
post #11 of 56
I'm not a AVS Club member as well but I might have to join if the annoying ads are here to stay. How much is a membership and is it a annual fee IIRC?

Bill
post #12 of 56
Bill,
Here is a link to AVS Club info...
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/payments.php
post #13 of 56
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by David Bott View Post


Sorry if you are not happy with the change...we just need to make some changes once in awhile, it's been long while, to see if we can help the bottom line with the site size.

I understand and it's not that I'm so unhappy but just wanted to make sure it wasn't something I'd done on my end. I agree the ads are more visible now, but I suppose thats the whole point of ads, if nobody sees them, are they still ads
Do what you have to do to pay the bills, I understand
post #14 of 56
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Originally Posted by mayest View Post

I never found the previous ads to be annoying, but these new positions are incredibly annoying. I hope that you'll change this soon.

+1 VERY annoying. I have an adblocker installed in Safari (OS X) and my personal policy is I don't block ads that are not overly intrusive. I have never blocked any of the ads on AVS but I am now blocking due to this change. These ads in the middle of threads make it very distracting to read a message thread.

Please go back to the old ad placement.

Thanks for a great forum.
post #15 of 56
I've been noticing the narrow-margin posts. This is awful.

My computer has been experiencing security pop-ups for the AVS Forum for the very first time.

Might we be heading for another crash like the one that wiped out one week of posts back in 2008?

Maybe it's time to shut down and back up the whole AVS Forum before there's another fiasco.
post #16 of 56
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Originally Posted by Weaselboy View Post

+1 VERY annoying. I have an adblocker installed in Safari (OS X) and my personal policy is I don't block ads that are not overly intrusive. I have never blocked any of the ads on AVS but I am now blocking due to this change. These ads in the middle of threads make it very distracting to read a message thread.

Please go back to the old ad placement.

Thanks for a great forum.

Please PM me information on how to do this. I have a MBP,using Safari.

These ads have to go. Or i may just have to go.
post #17 of 56
Bad. Very Bad! Please change back ASAP!
post #18 of 56
I own a few forums myself (nothing to do with AVS)... and I never show ads to members. I do this for 2 reasons.

1.) I believe that members on a forum are the only reason a forum grows and generates money. Without forum members continuing to create and add to forum posts, the site will slowly die. I feel like my members reward my forums with content, so in turn, I don't show them any ads. I give them a clean forum where I don't shove things in their face, and in turn they give me content which gets more guests to my site and increases my ad revenue.

2.) Forum members rarely click on ads. Guests click on them all the time. My click-through rate on average (for guests) is about 2.5%. When I tested with members, it was under 0.20%.

AVS is free to do what it wants. If the ads are obtrusive enough I'll either visit other sites, or run ad blocking software (something I HATE doing... because I think it screws the site owner). Showing ads to members at the top and sides of the forum (for members) is already annoying... but not the end of the world. Including them in forum posts is no better then pop-up ads... it's in your face advertising.
post #19 of 56
This change was a bad decision. It turn this forum into an advertising venue not a science venue. If the objective of the forum is to maximize "bottom line" then it will soon become like other web sites so full of ads that it will be dificult to find what little actual content that remains.

It was also troubling that the decision was made with no advance announcement whatsoever, and thus shows little respect to those who come here to provide valuable experience and insight to those seeking help.

Please go back to your previous model. If the owner(s) really needs to make more money, then I suggest some research be done before making unilateral changes.

fafner
post #20 of 56
It certainly is terrible. These "ads" are some of the most obtrusive I've seen on any of the web-forums on which I participate. Please change back or find another solution ASAP or I'll be spending less time here (I'm sure others will do the same). I would hate to do so because I've found AVS to be an invaluable resource over the years.
post #21 of 56
If anyone wants to block these ads when using IE, Google for ad blocker and you will likely find something that works.

fafner
post #22 of 56
These just started for me this afternoon. They are horrible. Please please get rid of them!
post #23 of 56
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Originally Posted by fafner View Post

If anyone wants to block these ads when using IE, Google for ad blocker and you will likely find something that works.

fafner

Not for Firefox it doesn't (at least I couldn't find one that did).
post #24 of 56
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Originally Posted by DaveFi View Post

Not for Firefox it doesn't (at least I couldn't find one that did).

For Firefox install Adblock Plus (it's an addon). Then... right click on the ads at AVS that are obtrusive and choose the Adblock option to block them.
post #25 of 56
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Originally Posted by guitarlp View Post

For Firefox install Adblock Plus (it's an addon). Then... right click on the ads at AVS that are obtrusive and choose the Adblock option to block them.

Thx. I had ABP installed, I just didn't know about that feature.
post #26 of 56
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Originally Posted by guitarlp View Post

For Firefox install Adblock Plus (it's an addon). Then... right click on the ads at AVS that are obtrusive and choose the Adblock option to block them.


Yeah Adblock Plus works great in Firefox, I just would like for it to work as good in SeaMonkey. In SeaMonkey it blocks out what was in the content of the ad, but it leaves the empty box that the ad was in. Where in Firefox, it wipes out both the ad itself and the box.


Update:

Now for some reason ABP works just as good for me with SeaMonkey as it does Firefox, and kills both the ad and the box. Maybe it just had to D/L and update it's filter list.
post #27 of 56
It seems like the ads have left their designated pen and are roaming free.

Note to potential advertisers: whatever you advertise in these obtrusive spaces I won't be buying.
post #28 of 56
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by guitarlp View Post

For Firefox install Adblock Plus (it's an addon). Then... right click on the ads at AVS that are obtrusive and choose the Adblock option to block them.

Didn't even have to right click on anything
post #29 of 56
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Originally Posted by Johnla View Post

Yeah Adblock Plus works great in Firefox, I just would like for it to work as good in SeaMonkey. In SeaMonkey it blocks out what was in the content of the ad, but it leaves the empty box that the ad was in. Where in Firefox, it wipes out both the ad itself and the box.


Update:

Now for some reason ABP works just as good for me with SeaMonkey as it does Firefox, and kills both the ad and the box. Maybe it just had to D/L and update it's filter list.

Not in mine. When I told it to block in my Firefox I still get an empty space where the ad used to be.
post #30 of 56
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Originally Posted by DaveFi View Post

Not in mine. When I told it to block in my Firefox I still get an empty space where the ad used to be.


Did you D/L the filter list updates? After I did that, it cured it for me with SeaMonkey. Firefox was already working great for me though. But I also had ABP installed for Firefox long ago, where ABP for SeaMonkey was a total new install just tonight. And it did not work fully until I also updated the filter list after installing ABP.
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