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Old 04-19-07, 03:12 PM
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What's up with ads INSIDE posts?

I was just getting used to the ads between posts, and now we have ads inside posts? Why? It doesn't make the ad any more noticable - it just detracts from the post.
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Yeah I understand the need for ads, but inside the post? I don't know...just find it too distracting, with it flushing the text.
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Yeah, same here. Hopefully it's just a bug.
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I was wondering this as well. At the risk of being told to go find another message board to post at, it seems to me the ads are just getting worse. On the other hand, maybe it's just a glitch or "test".
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It's worse than that, folks. They are investigating the use of software which actually inserts advertisements into the posts as text, posing as the writings of the actual user, and indecipherable to the outside user. I'm so outraged that I plan to cool my temper with a nice refreshing Coca-Cola.
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I like it
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This is a test on the advice of one of the large ad networks we work with. We'll see how it goes. The upside of course is less scroll to get to the 2nd post (as there isn't a big sponsor block between the two).
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Was about to post the same thing.

Annoying as hell IMO. If these and loud flash ads like the HD-DVD ones become the norm, I'm done with DVD Talk.

I hope they don't stick around as I love the site (as my 26,000+ posts attest) but these types of ads are just too much.
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The HD-DVD flash ads are not the norm. They are the exception. We are always working to balance the needs of our members with the needs of our advertisers. It's a careful balancing act where no one is going to be happy 100% of the time, but we do our best.
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Originally Posted by gkleinman
This is a test on the advice of one of the large ad networks we work with. We'll see how it goes. The upside of course is less scroll to get to the 2nd post (as there isn't a big sponsor block between the two).
As long as the sponsor block between posts 1 and 2 is gone, I don't really care.

I'd still pay a membership fee to have an ad free forum experience, though
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I guess the one upside, as was said, is the fact there's no big gap between posts 1 and 2 with it. I think it's just the fact that it's actually *in* a person's post that will annoy posters.
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Originally Posted by gkleinman
The HD-DVD flash ads are not the norm.
Good to hear. These in post ads are much more tolerable than the loud as HD-DVD ads. But still annoying as hell.

But as always comes up in these discussion, if you'd get the premium site up and started making some subscription money you'd have to do less of this balancing act.

I'd personally pay up to $50 a year just to have the forums with no ads of anykind anywhere, even if that was the only bonus for subscribing.
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Originally Posted by The Cow
I'd still pay a membership fee to have an ad free forum experience, though
As would I. And I'd use my Discover card to pay for it, in order to maximize my Rewards!
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Originally Posted by reverie
I guess the one upside, as was said, is the fact there's no big gap between posts 1 and 2 with it. I think it's just the fact that it's actually *in* a person's post that will annoy posters.
Exactly, and I imagine it will screw up "formatted" posts like the schedules and standings post in the daily MLB threads and so forth if it happens to pop up in one of those.
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It would be nice if there was something that seperated the actual post from the ad. The first time I saw it I thought that the person had posted it and I couldn't figure out how to relate it to what they were saying... Either do that or raise my IQ a bit...either would help.
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We're actually working on a way to insert the ads directly into the heads of our readers. We think it'll be evolutionary!

Kidding, of course, but IMHO the in-post ads don't bother me at all. Just my 2 cents...
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cant wait to see Speedys next ad thread, with these
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Originally Posted by Josh Hinkle
Exactly, and I imagine it will screw up "formatted" posts like the schedules and standings post in the daily MLB threads and so forth if it happens to pop up in one of those.
And it does mess them up.

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=498401
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Meh, I hate these new ads as well. I hope that this doesn't lead to those horrible ads on other sites that automatically highlight and link various random words. I absolutely can't stand that trend at all.
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Originally Posted by stingermck
cant wait to see Speedys next ad thread, with these

Don't have to wait.

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=497162

It doesn't mess that up to bad, nothing like the MLB thread where the ad is over top of the text of the post. His text just gets scrunched up for the first part of the post.
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Originally Posted by BrentLumkin
Meh, I hate these new ads as well. I hope that this doesn't lead to those horrible ads on other sites that automatically highlight and link various random words. I absolutely can't stand that trend at all.
The whole point of optimizing the ads we currently have is so we don't have to add more intrusive and patently awful ads. I HATE the double underline ads and floods of ads on a site.

But to give you guys some perspective, here's a popular forum that shows you just how much advertising COULD be on the forum:

http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=1144445

So again, we're striking a balance.
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These are horrible...very intrusive. I'd much rather have them in between posts.
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I didn't mind the ads between post. The ads in the post throws off the flow of thread without bringing any more attention to the ad.

On a side note I can not stand forums that are to busy. To many ads and animated avatars and pictures in every post makes my head hurt.
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I'll also ad that my vote to those that prefer the in between posts ads. Those really didn't bother me much.

These are just horribly distracting as it makes it awkward to read the posts with the scrunched text, and it screws up the formatting of the MLB thread (add over top text) which is a thread I check daily.
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Originally Posted by auto
These are horrible...very intrusive. I'd much rather have them in between posts.
Ditto.

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