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SpottedFrog
« on: April 05, 2009 08:18:07 PM »

I have noticed that the little Google ads that used to sit politely at the bottom of any forum thread I was reading have jumped up to just under the top post, even on multiple page threads this happens. That is really %$#%ing annoying.

I understand that it costs money to run a website, but the ads are taking over.
Right now I'm looking at three different ads for the same place, all dominating the page making any cool stuff people made fade into the background. It makes me come here less.

I want the old days of Craftster back when there wasn't 2/3 of ever page covered with completely unrelated advertising.
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2009 08:36:12 PM »

There are so many crappy ads on Craftster now, that it is almost impossible to ignore them.  It's definitely annoying.  And getting less and less fun to come here.
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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2009 08:38:29 PM »

I could be mistaken, but I think the Ads by Google have been under the first post of each page for a very long time now.  I'll check with the team to verify, though.
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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2009 08:46:41 PM »

Ah, yes.  They have been in place since at least 06/09/2007.

Unless there is something new I'm not seeing.
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2009 09:00:42 PM »

I think it's because there are so many ads on the page now, that we are seeing them more.  Google ads are under the first post and down the side of the page, and even sometimes they seem to appear at the top of the page. 

I'm just glad I'm not seeing classmates anymore.  Or have I just gotten used to it and don't see it.
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2009 05:28:12 AM »

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Ah, yes.  They have been in place since at least 06/09/2007.

Unless there is something new I'm not seeing.

I know the Google ads have been on Craftster that long, but I do not think they have been under the first post that long. If so that should be a big red flag as to how much of a turn off it is. Really, instead of telling me how wrong I am maybe you should be thinking about what I said is the effect on me from all the ads on this site. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way I just took the time to tell you.
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2009 05:35:21 AM »

Yes, they have been under the first post for that long.  My point is, if they have been there for this long and you have just now noticed them, maybe they are not so annoying and obvious after all.

And yes, we have been told that some people do not appreciate the ads.  It's not like we do not realize this and we haven't spent many, many hours discussing it as well as trying to find other ways to make income, though.  That being said, no one has taken the time to tell us another effective method in which we can raise money to run the site.  We're definitely open to ideas and suggestions.
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2009 06:09:07 AM »

Hey everyone!  My first post weeeee (been trolling for some time).  I do agree that ads can be a bit annoying, but coming from other sites of this nature, at least these all appear to be pretty relevant to crafting.  A website with so much graphics, membership (almost 175,000, go Craftster!), and so much traffic has to take a considerable amount of hardware to run.  I'm sure none of that hardware or bandwidth is very cheap.

Just an idea to the mods though...perhaps we could stop the ads and just run the whole website on love?  Yeah, I'm sure you would have to downgrade the equipment, but if we were all running on love, whats it matter if we have to wait a few minutes between pages, right?

Joking aside, I really do appreciate this site.  The ads are far less annoying than many places I go (I have yet to see a punch the monkey flash up) and the fact that a site with so much information is not a private "pay-to-view" site is very much appreciated.  I did see your Friends of Craftster information when I just signed up, and I'll be filling that out soon.  I'm sure if more of us used that, the need for ads would be much less, right?
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2009 06:23:34 AM »

Thanks for the feedback, Blacksheep.  Yes, becoming an FOC definitely does help.

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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2009 06:45:48 AM »

i am a girl who will wait till 30 minutes in to her FAVORITE show to avoid commercials..but not because i hate advertising

on the contrary, i love it...i love the many purposes it serves, that it helps people find things, sell things and run thing

the ads dont bother me at all. i used to be on for HOURS and hours everyday....then things got all wonky in 2008...but i am back to visiting as often as i can, more and more as the days go on (i dont find enough to post about, but thats cos i am in a weird place creatively)...basically, i love the ads, they make craftster possible, and with that, all things are possible (in my world)

*ah yes, why do i hate commercials..they are repetitive, loud and lack creativity in almost every facet of the word.
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