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posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 06:27 PM

Originally posted by SkepticOverlord

But here's a philosophical question for you... is it right to knowingly use an advertising-supported website while you have ad-blocking enabled?

I think it is. If advertisers, and websites would not allow obnoxious ads that redirect you, pop up in your face, and blow out your eardrums, most of us would not use ad blockers. Ads that just sit there quietly I would have no motive to block. I have no overt hostility to advertising, I have hostility to advertising that pushes the line and ends up annoying the crap out of me.

If advertisers would self moderate, and not try to violate you with their product, people would not have to develop ad blockers, spam blockers, etc. As I see it, blaming the people who use ad blockers is just blaming the victim. People watched commericals, looked at ads, etc., for years and years before the advertisers got so aggressive the only option was to block them all.

And people, for the love of all that is holy, dont click the most annoying ads, try not to even accidentally. They keep getting more aggressive and annoying because apparently, it works.

posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 06:58 PM
sometimes I click adds on ATS just to make sure I am supporting ATS, I know that it is FREE to me, and to make sure it STAYS that way I will click one add every time I log on.

I dont click any flashy bangy noisy ones though

[edit on 23-2-2009 by theRiverGoddess]

posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 08:31 PM
reply to post by theRiverGoddess

I think that is a good strategy. I would gladly click ads that were just sitting there peacefully minding their own business to support ATS. The problem is how to see those ads and not be bugged senseless by the abusive ones?

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 10:46 AM
First, a question: Does ATS get $ just for adds being viewed, or just when someone clicks on an add? The answer to that will impact how I chose to deal with them.
Personally, I learned many years ago never to click on anything unless its really something or somewhere I needed to go to on-line. I have a personal vehement hate for junk mail, commercials and all advertising. Its all a form of attempted brainwashing and manipulation and I want nothing to do with it.
Secondly, the gentlemen who put this site together are, I believe, all from the world of advertising in their previous lives. Is it any wonder that they employ it so heavily here?
I personally believe the #1 reason for this site is not to deny ignorance but to make money, but whether or not that is true, a little forthright understanding of exactly how the adds translate to income would be appreciated.

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 11:01 AM
ATS is just selling out. Just like everyone else. Selling out is just One of the problems in America.

Just because they are advertised here doesnt mean they are legit.

I saw an ad for lunar pages and the ladders on a page. So I googled them

Google lunar pages, the ladders + scam, sucks etc.. if you see one or two negative comments ... no big deal. people will complain. When you see dozens of people complaining you might want to rethink your purchase.

Just a heads up..

Everytime you post your helping ATS by creating orginal content for them. So dont feel sorry about clicking/notclicking on ads.

And just to keep it real ATS should be paying you everytime you post something of value....
[edit on 24-2-2009 by ranhome]

[edit on 24-2-2009 by ranhome]

posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 01:48 PM
Yeah. I just got to see the half nekkid girls rubbing their crotches and the annoying music that accompanies it. Nice. Ad blocker here I come.

Originally posted by SkepticOverlord

So if most people used ad blocking while on ATS... how would we pay to keep this place functioning? Isn't the larger benefit of free access more important?

You know, I dont think you are seeing what some of us are saying. Free access is meaningless if the experience of being here is so unpleasant that we can not be here anymore. After reading through the thread it is a few ads making not just myself, but quite a few people pretty annoyed. Why let a few ads ruin the ATS experience for everyone or drive us to ad blockers that will drag down the overall revenue? Why not just ax the really offensive ads?

And to ranhome, you bring up very good points. This is a two way street, not a one way street. Posters do contribute the the overall traffic on this site, which makes advertisers even consider advertising here. There should be some attempt at balancing the sort of ads used to bring in revenue against the negative impact these ads have on members.

ATS would not exist without advertising, but it would not draw advertising without traffic. I have not been thrilled with every single thing that has happened here, but the only thing that makes me want to log off for good is the abusive and noisy ads. I am a fairly tolerant person, but really, some of these ads are crossing a line, and it seems to be getting worse not better.

[edit on 24-2-2009 by Illusionsaregrander]

posted on Feb, 25 2009 @ 08:30 AM
Excellent posts above. There would be stars there if they were allowed on this board.
My advice, to deny any further ignorance on the part of members, would be to pay less attention to what the administrators of this site say(write) about beliefs and ethics, and more to what they do in terms of allowing the worst sorts of annoying commercials and adds and then "demand" that you must watch them to boot. Watch the video they produce to woo advertisers and its perfectly clear what the major agenda of this site is.
Just saying. Once you are so enlightened you can continue to enjoy the content you would normally, but perhaps with only a bit more jaded and wary eye as to how you might be being manipulated by the PTB of this site itself.
There is nothing in this world that is as it seems.

posted on Feb, 25 2009 @ 12:18 PM
What about being redirected to a Hardcore Pornography website, while browsing when not logged in??

With ATS being the only open Website?? (no i dont have any viruses)

i was possible on the front page, it was a few days ago, and it opened up in a new tab. It was pretty shocking.

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