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    Starting Wednesday, May 7, you may notice a new ad format on Mac-Forums. The new ad will appear between the first and second post in a thread. This new format will help us attract more advertisers to our site which in the end means a better site for all of you!

    While we know that ads aren't always your most favorite thing about the forum, it is what helps pay for the site and they allow us to keep bringing you this outstanding community.

    And remember, when you're in the market for a product, please think about clicking through to our advertisers for purchase. Not only does it help support this forum, but it also helps support many of the smaller Mac developers that advertise on this board.
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    man, i gotta be honest, i hate those inter-thread ads.

    i do click through from time to time on the top ad.

    so, i'm guessing there's no news, or progress, on a paid membership sort of thing that would give paid members ad-less browsing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by eric View Post
    so, i'm guessing there's no news, or progress, on a paid membership sort of thing that would give paid members ad-less browsing?
    It's definitely something we're still considering. We just need to determine logistics and try to understand whether enough true demand would be there. It's one thing for people to say they want it and another for people to actually take advantage of it once it's here.
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    I'm all for paid subscriptions and all against intrusive ads. I'll look at Google text ads, or at ads I want to see. Most ads however I ignore. I'm tired of getting blasted by omnipresent hucksterism.

    I have no problem paying my own way. I do it all the time. I've even donated money for forums that were non-profit when I didn't need to pay a zinc penny.

    Intrusive ads are annoying. 'Nuf said.
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    I agree with Eric - I will not do business with any company that advertises that way. I am more then agreeable to paying a membership fee for the privilege of being in this forum.

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    hey schweb, since i'm guessing this is happening in a couple days regardless of feedback here, will inet be able to tell where they're seeing more of their ad clicks come from? i mean can they tell if they get (for example) 5% of the ad clicks from inter-thread ads, 15% from sidebar ads on the main page, and 80% from top and bottom banner ads?
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    Sorry, have to agree with everyone else.

    I have been trying to use Safari most of the time.
    But in Opera, even those top banner ads are turned off.

    Just see my response to going to the theater to watch Iron Man in relationship to ads/commercials.

    And yes, I would pay a yearly fee for a no ad site.
    Admittedly, I am probably a little extreme in this matter also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eric View Post
    hey schweb, since i'm guessing this is happening in a couple days regardless of feedback here, will inet be able to tell where they're seeing more of their ad clicks come from? i mean can they tell if they get (for example) 5% of the ad clicks from inter-thread ads, 15% from sidebar ads on the main page, and 80% from top and bottom banner ads?
    Yes, it's easy to track user click behavior so I would imagine that will be taken into account. The inline ads are a test.

    No one likes ads, but they're a necessary evil. If this type of ad is a failure, I'm sure we'll consider removing them.
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    cool - as long as there's some possibility that vehement resistance and non-clicking may get them removed...


    i think you guys should figure out how to package a t-shirt/"pro" member deal for like 20 bucks a year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    Sorry, have to agree with everyone else.

    I have been trying to use Safari most of the time.
    But in Opera, even those top banner ads are turned off.

    Just see my response to going to the theater to watch Iron Man in relationship to ads/commercials.

    And yes, I would pay a yearly fee for a no ad site.
    Admittedly, I am probably a little extreme in this matter also.
    I'm pretty ticked off over those theater commercials also. I actually stopped going to movies for a bit over those too. But what really gets my goat is the trailers and ads on DVDs. I pay a fair enough sum for a DVD... more than what movie tickets woulda cost me. I don't want to watch outdated movie trailers over and over. It's not quite so bad for the ones that let you zip past all the trailers with one click to the menu, but there's some that FORCE you to zip past only one at a time. Grrrrrrrr.... and they wonder why piracy is so rampant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisabeach View Post
    I'm pretty ticked off over those theater commercials also. I actually stopped going to movies for a bit over those too. But what really gets my goat is the trailers and ads on DVDs. I pay a fair enough sum for a DVD... more than what movie tickets woulda cost me. I don't want to watch outdated movie trailers over and over. It's not quite so bad for the ones that let you zip past all the trailers with one click to the menu, but there's some that FORCE you to zip past only one at a time. Grrrrrrrr.... and they wonder why piracy is so rampant.
    Yep, those are a drag also. But, at least there is a way to get past them without the need of leaving the room.

    We almost never watch live TV anymore for the same reason. With the handy little DVR, just starting your viewing 30-40 minutes after the first show begins provides for a commercial free evening.

    But, that's another thread. Think we may be guilty of hijacking this one now.

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    All I can say is.... thank goodness for "Ad Block Plus" for Firefox. It's made a world of difference for me. Hopefully it picks up these in-thread ads too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eric View Post
    man, i gotta be honest, i hate those inter-thread ads.

    i do click through from time to time on the top ad.

    so, i'm guessing there's no news, or progress, on a paid membership sort of thing that would give paid members ad-less browsing?
    I doubt anyone would be willing to pay . Ppl already use Adblock plus so i doubt anyone would even see the ad's. And its a very bad idea to entertain paid membership coz i havent seen a mac forum like that, so this would just annoy ppl and they would switch to an another mac forum.
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