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Old 07-25-08, 02:17 PM
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Contextual Advertising on DVD Talk

Contextaul advertising refers to the practice of underlining particular words on web pages so that when you mouse over them, an ad pops up. Typically, the ad is ostensibly related to the underliend word, but it almost never is in practice.

And it appears to have come to DVDTalk.



Contextual advertising is shit. It will make this website unreadable. Kill it now. Kill it dead.
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Old 07-25-08, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by JasonF
Contextaul advertising refers to the practice of underlining particular words on web pages so that when you mouse over them, an ad pops up. Typically, the ad is ostensibly related to the underliend word, but it almost never is in practice.

And it appears to have come to DVDTalk.



Contextual advertising is shit. It will make this website unreadable. Kill it now. Kill it dead.
Agreed. It's as bad as mousing over a Frontier(s) add.
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Old 07-25-08, 02:24 PM
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FUCK NO!


We all feared this day would come, and now it has. I refuse to visit sites with that crap in every post. Please, PLEASE, make it go away.
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Old 07-25-08, 02:33 PM
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This is by far my most frequently visited site on the net, but I'm going cold turkey if these ads stay.
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Old 07-25-08, 02:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
FUCK NO!


We all feared this day would come, and now it has. I refuse to visit sites with that crap in every post. Please, PLEASE, make it go away.
While not every post, it's also on the main forum page.
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Old 07-25-08, 03:30 PM
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I want to see more ads! I want corporations to sponsor whole swaths of users. I want to have to click on 2 or 3 ads before I can read a thread or a post!

Ads! Ads! Ads!


Soon, you'll drive everyone away from the forums and have ads posting and then responding to ads! It will be glorious!
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Old 07-25-08, 03:40 PM
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Old 07-25-08, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by WallyOPD
This is by far my most frequently visited site on the net, but I'm going cold turkey if these ads stay.
I don't know how I would survive, but I agree. I will absolutely leave if this continues.

There are better way to drive ad revenue.
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Old 07-25-08, 04:10 PM
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Haven't seen any threads with it. Link?

edit: Just went to that thread in Politics and the pop-up isn't there for me.

Maybe they're just "encouraging" certain members to leave?

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Old 07-25-08, 04:13 PM
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I too have seen this and many times I never give the site a chance when I see these I can't imagine that using these outweighs the drop in traffic because this is such a bad idea.
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Originally Posted by Ranger
Haven't seen any threads with it. Link?
They seem to be gone now, but I saw them in

Post 37 here on the word intelligent: http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=536345&page=2
Post 1 here on the word episodes: http://forum.dvdtalk.com/showthread.php?t=536371

I want to say I saw them in a thread on the Video Game Talk forum too, but I can't remember which one. All the ads were for Eureka.

Regardless, they seem to be gone now. Looks like our swift action has saved the forum.
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Old 07-25-08, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
FUCK NO!


We all feared this day would come, and now it has. I refuse to visit sites with that crap in every post. Please, PLEASE, make it go away.
Seconded.

A resounding "fuck no!" from me as well. I thought I caught some adware, but didn't see it on other sites. Make it go the fuck away, DVDTalk.
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Old 07-25-08, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by JasonF
They seem to be gone now, but I saw them in
In the "how bad is a foreclosure thread" in other, they appeared for the word "bank" and "credit", but now appear to be gone also.
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Old 07-26-08, 01:39 PM
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Is anyone surprised it is going in this direction....the newest "innovation" by IB.

The fun has left the forum.
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Old 07-26-08, 02:40 PM
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I'm sure the new owners don't care either way, but this will end up being the end of my eight or nine year streak with this site (by far the longest I've ever checked one place religiously...). It's not bad now but the more these ads come up in posts the more likely I am to move elsewhere, it's happened with other sites and it looks like it's where this one is going.
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Old 07-26-08, 03:48 PM
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If Internet Brands wishes to transform my work by inserting advertisements into posts, I expect a cut of the profits.
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Reminds me of the time i put ads in the first post of every thread. "Ad-Post Gate". IB has been pretty receptive to the issues of the community, so hopefully they'll see how much these contextual ads are despised (they're just up there with pop-ups and interstitals).

Now if they'd only upgrade the damn forum software!
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Old 07-26-08, 06:40 PM
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Actually I hate these ads more then pop-ups and also G!'s most horrible try at first post ads (sorry boss). And the thread you were thinking about in vgtalk was the "how many band games do we need?" thread someone was talking about they are a fad like WW2 games and WW2 was the trigger for a vacuum
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Old 07-27-08, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by gkleinman
Reminds me of the time i put ads in the first post of every thread.


I think what is annoying, is that all of this runs in contrast to what IB said in their initial comments. If you are going to SPAM your own forum, at least own up to it.
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Old 07-27-08, 10:38 PM
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Agreed on if those ads became common on this site that I would leave and never come back (unless they were taken back down).
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Old 07-27-08, 11:43 PM
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Even with my adblocking software off I see no contextual advertising...
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Agreed on if those ads became common on this site that I would leave and never come back (unless they were taken back down).
There are Other options.
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