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Old 11-13-01, 04:14 PM
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Geoff: been getting pop-ups lately

Has only happened 2 or 3 times. DVDTalk is the only window open. Here is the latest one (it looks familiar, I think it is the same one everytime): http://205.180.85.40/travelzoom/index.html

If this is supposed to be happening, no problem. But, if you aren't aware of it, you might want to check into it.
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Old 11-13-01, 04:15 PM
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I'm getting some crappy Casino popups.
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Old 11-13-01, 04:26 PM
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Pop-ups or pop-unders?

We're testing some pop-unders in the OTHER forum only see:
http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hlight=testing

If not you could have a spyware app on your system which you can detect and remove with Adaware:
http://www.lavasoftusa.com/

As I said, we're testing this out in Other right now. So far my disdane for pop-unders and the low revenue associated with them so far... I'm leaning towards axing them.

But here's the problem, the OTHER forum looks like it consumes the MOST amount of bandwith of any forum on DVD Talk, and sadly it accounts for the lowest amount of revenue of any of the big forum areas on our site.

So I am trying to do what I can to equal out that equation. I've weighed a LOT of ideas and I'm experimenting with a few things to see what we can do.

We're moving providers soon, mainly because 1) We need a bigger server and 2) Because our bandwith consumption is WAY out of hand and we need a provider who can support that at a cost we can survive with.
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Old 11-13-01, 04:31 PM
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Geoff, open your ears: Do A Donation Drive! Ask for a minimum $10 donation, accept via PayPal or Check (Snail Mail).

I think you'd have tons of success. It worked great at HTF.
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Old 11-13-01, 04:33 PM
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No problem.

I read the thread about the new banners, but somehow missed the part about the pop-unders.

As has been said before "You gots to pay the bills!"
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Originally posted by gkleinman


But here's the problem, the OTHER forum looks like it consumes the MOST amount of bandwith of any forum on DVD Talk
Just a thought. Institute a maximum number of posts per day per user in Other.

If you only could post 10 times, make them count!
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Originally posted by randyc


Just a thought. Institute a maximum number of posts per day per user in Other.

If you only could post 10 times, make them count!
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Old 11-13-01, 04:55 PM
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If moderating the Other right now is hard, imagine what it would be link having to try to enforce a 10 times posting rule.... arrrg

I have thought of a donation drive, haven't ruled it out, but I've always tried to see if we could cover everything by ads. So I want to do that before I start a donation drive
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Old 11-13-01, 05:15 PM
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yeah, we talked about a donantion drive at the chicago gathering.

i say
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Old 11-13-01, 05:26 PM
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Is putting a 10 post count limit that hard? (or any other number in that neighborhood?). Software can't handle that?

I know I've seen a few message boards with similar software (looks) to this site and you couldn't post more than once in 90 seconds for some reason.
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brian: vBulletin, as far as I know, does not support (without some by-hand tweaking, at least) limiting posts in a single forum in a message board to a given number.

vBulletin does include flood control, but I don't believe it's forum-specific. A 90-second limit would punish users in other forums because of the load in Other.
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Old 11-13-01, 06:36 PM
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In case I wasn't clear, I'm not in favor of posting limits. It just wouldn't fit the big vision of DVD Talk
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Originally posted by gkleinman
In case I wasn't clear, I'm not in favor of posting limits. It just wouldn't fit the big vision of DVD Talk
Amen!

I for one don't mind the pop unders if it's limited to the otter farm. Also, the donation drive is perfectly acceptable. I gave the last time and will give every couple months without a doubt.
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Old 11-13-01, 08:52 PM
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Originally posted by gkleinman
If moderating the Other right now is hard, imagine what it would be link having to try to enforce a 10 times posting rule.... arrrg

Yeah...but I imagine a certain number of people would be "spent" by 12:13am each night.. I only would suggest if a Vbb hack could accomplish it. I would not want to make that a mod thing. No way. *shudder*

The other forum I admin has been working on ways to reduce bw, not sure if some are applicable. Little things like replacing the graphic buttons with text for example.
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Old 11-13-01, 09:07 PM
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we could sell brownies or have a car wash

and a 10 post limit??
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Old 11-13-01, 11:56 PM
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Maybe one shouldn't load <i>every time a page is opened.</i>

I just brought up my task bar and saw -- and this is an exact count -- 20 Discover Card windows open. I realize you need to pay for the site, but that is extremely annoying.

And when I send this, I'll get two more...
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Old 11-14-01, 02:58 AM
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I already have coined a name for your Donation Drive: "Geoff-Aid", you could have celebrity otters have a performance and man the phone lines.
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Old 11-15-01, 08:56 AM
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I've got at least $10 sitting in paypal if you do decide to try a donation drive. I think tightening the HTML just by changing the internal links would make a world of difference.
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Old 11-15-01, 09:45 AM
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Geoff, one of your pop-unders just popped up! I'm minding my own business () reading a thread and WHAM! When I closed it I noticed that the pop-under was gone.

Do you suppose trying this out in The Otter might have been a mistake? I mean, if there's any place to pick up bad habits...
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Old 11-15-01, 11:37 AM
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Start a donation drive.
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Old 11-15-01, 11:39 AM
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I say do a donation drive, maybe with a raffle along with it.

Make a "virtual wall" that has the names of people who have donated at different levels.

As for the raffle, do something like everyone who donates $20 gets put in the running for a DVD or something.

Hell, you could even do a raffle for people who wanted to danate at least $50... the winner could have Jacks' posts, and make him go back to zero!



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Originally posted by twikoff
we could sell brownies or have a car wash

and a 10 post limit??
exactly what kind of brownies are we talking about here?
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Old 11-15-01, 12:29 PM
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Weighing in.... Pop-ups and unders are my biggest pet peeves on the Net. I don't go to Sci-fi.com any more because of them. You can use Pop-up Killer to deal with them, but it does make pages load slower.


If looking for feedback, I'm in favor of getting rid of them.

Some of the ideas here are great on how to raise some extra $$$. Raffles are always good and you may need to go to a membership fee.
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Old 11-15-01, 12:36 PM
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I agree on the pop-under ads. .They are my biggest turn off when visiting a site.

I dunno about a membership fee.

I think a donation might be a good route.. Suggest a min donation of $5 up to however much the person wants to donate.

I think if you spell out exactly why you are looking for donations, more people would be inclined to donate.

I know I'd certainly donate $5-10 to keep this great site up and running.
I'm sure othres would feel the same way.

You could just create a new paypal account(as everyone seems to have a personal account). And if they don't and use your paypal link to open a new account, you also get a referral fee in addition to the donation. So it would be a win/win.
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Old 11-15-01, 03:55 PM
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Guys, the popunder test is over. I hate them. They're history
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