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  MikeB

MMORPG.com Community Manager

Joined: 5/27/09
Posts: 5459

 
OP  9/27/12 6:56:29 PM#1

Hi guys,

In a couple of minutes here we'll be pushing live a banner at the very top of the site that will only show to those who have not whitelisted us in their ad-blocking browser add-ons.

As you may know, our continued existence depends entirely on advertising revenue. Unfortunately, we've found that a significant portion of visitors are using advertisement blocking add-ons that end up blocking ads here on the site. The new banner will be launched alongside an ad policies page that clearly outlines our strict policy towards the types of ads and ad content we allow on the site.

Why are we doing this?

While we do depend on advertisement revenue, we understand (and also hate) disruptive and annoying web advertisements. This is why we've always taken extra care to only allow ads relevant to you while also restricting ourselves from utilizing some of the more annoying types of web ads you may have had the displeasure of experiencing elsewhere. Maintaining that balance between our need for ad revenue and our visitors' desire for a positive user experience is extremely important to us.

With that in mind, the new banner and policy page are being launched to educate adblocking visitors of the efforts we make to maintain this balance and how blocking ads may negatively impact our ability to provide you all with the free service and content you enjoy from us on a daily basis. With this information in hand, we're also asking these visitors to consider adding us to their whitelists.

This thread has been created to allow you the opportunity to discuss the new banner and provide us with constructive feedback. Discussion of this subject outside of this thread will be locked and redirected here.

TL;DR: We're not going to stop you from blocking our ads, but we'd greatly appreciate it if you didn't! Please go over our ad policies and consider putting us on your whitelist. :)

Thanks for your understanding!

Michael "MikeB" Bitton
Community Manager
Twitter: @eMikeB

  Nevulus

Advanced Member

Joined: 8/23/06
Posts: 1286

9/27/12 6:59:58 PM#2
I applaud the continued effort to restrict ads to relevant data. Keep up the good work.
  GrayGhost79

Apprentice Member

Joined: 8/30/08
Posts: 4889

9/27/12 7:04:19 PM#3
Originally posted by MikeB

Hi guys,

In a couple of minutes here we'll be pushing live a banner at the very top of the site that will only show to those who have not whitelisted us in their ad-blocking browser add-ons.

As you may know, our continued existence depends entirely on advertising revenue. Unfortunately, we've found that a significant portion of visitors are using advertisement blocking add-ons that end up blocking ads here on the site. The new banner will be launched alongside an ad policies page that clearly outlines our strict policy towards the types of ads and ad content we allow on the site.

Why are we doing this?

While we do depend on advertisement revenue, we understand (and also hate) disruptive and annoying web advertisements. This is why we've always taken extra care to only allow ads relevant to you while also restricting ourselves from utilizing some of the more annoying types of web ads you may have had the displeasure of experiencing elsewhere. Maintaining that balance between our need for ad revenue and our visitors' desire for a positive user experience is extremely important to us.

With that in mind, the new banner and policy page are being launched to educate adblocking visitors of the efforts we make to maintain this balance and how blocking ads may negatively impact our ability to provide you all with the free service and content you enjoy from us on a daily basis. With this information in hand, we're also asking these visitors to consider adding us to their whitelists.

This thread has been created to allow you the opportunity to discuss the new banner and provide us with constructive feedback. Discussion of this subject outside of this thread will be locked and redirected here.

Thanks for your understanding!

I'm sorry, unblocking ads is simply not an option for me. To many issues can arise due to these flash ads. My computers safety is saddly a great deal more important to me. 

If it costs me this site, so be it :( 

  causs

Hard Core Member

Joined: 2/16/10
Posts: 670

http://nl.twitch.tv/chazerx

9/27/12 7:07:56 PM#4
Originally posted by GrayGhost79
Originally posted by MikeB

Hi guys,

In a couple of minutes here we'll be pushing live a banner at the very top of the site that will only show to those who have not whitelisted us in their ad-blocking browser add-ons.

As you may know, our continued existence depends entirely on advertising revenue. Unfortunately, we've found that a significant portion of visitors are using advertisement blocking add-ons that end up blocking ads here on the site. The new banner will be launched alongside an ad policies page that clearly outlines our strict policy towards the types of ads and ad content we allow on the site.

Why are we doing this?

While we do depend on advertisement revenue, we understand (and also hate) disruptive and annoying web advertisements. This is why we've always taken extra care to only allow ads relevant to you while also restricting ourselves from utilizing some of the more annoying types of web ads you may have had the displeasure of experiencing elsewhere. Maintaining that balance between our need for ad revenue and our visitors' desire for a positive user experience is extremely important to us.

With that in mind, the new banner and policy page are being launched to educate adblocking visitors of the efforts we make to maintain this balance and how blocking ads may negatively impact our ability to provide you all with the free service and content you enjoy from us on a daily basis. With this information in hand, we're also asking these visitors to consider adding us to their whitelists.

This thread has been created to allow you the opportunity to discuss the new banner and provide us with constructive feedback. Discussion of this subject outside of this thread will be locked and redirected here.

Thanks for your understanding!

I'm sorry, unblocking ads is simply not an option for me. To many issues can arise due to these flash ads. My computers safety is saddly a great deal more important to me. 

If it costs me this site, so be it :( 

Same here. If it costs me this site, so be it.

causs Xfire Miniprofile
  Artair83

Apprentice Member

Joined: 10/03/06
Posts: 48

9/27/12 7:11:34 PM#5
Originally posted by causs
Originally posted by GrayGhost79
Originally posted by MikeB

Hi guys,

In a couple of minutes here we'll be pushing live a banner at the very top of the site that will only show to those who have not whitelisted us in their ad-blocking browser add-ons.

As you may know, our continued existence depends entirely on advertising revenue. Unfortunately, we've found that a significant portion of visitors are using advertisement blocking add-ons that end up blocking ads here on the site. The new banner will be launched alongside an ad policies page that clearly outlines our strict policy towards the types of ads and ad content we allow on the site.

Why are we doing this?

While we do depend on advertisement revenue, we understand (and also hate) disruptive and annoying web advertisements. This is why we've always taken extra care to only allow ads relevant to you while also restricting ourselves from utilizing some of the more annoying types of web ads you may have had the displeasure of experiencing elsewhere. Maintaining that balance between our need for ad revenue and our visitors' desire for a positive user experience is extremely important to us.

With that in mind, the new banner and policy page are being launched to educate adblocking visitors of the efforts we make to maintain this balance and how blocking ads may negatively impact our ability to provide you all with the free service and content you enjoy from us on a daily basis. With this information in hand, we're also asking these visitors to consider adding us to their whitelists.

This thread has been created to allow you the opportunity to discuss the new banner and provide us with constructive feedback. Discussion of this subject outside of this thread will be locked and redirected here.

Thanks for your understanding!

I'm sorry, unblocking ads is simply not an option for me. To many issues can arise due to these flash ads. My computers safety is saddly a great deal more important to me. 

If it costs me this site, so be it :( 

Same here. If it costs me this site, so be it.

You know if it's just the flash that's causing issues for you guys you can use a flash blocker instead. That's what I usually do and you can whitelist single sites if you want to. I like to support sites I go to but on my lower end machines for example gaggles of flash ads can freeze the whole PCs the regular image ads aren't usually the issue.

  Worstluck

Novice Member

Joined: 1/29/11
Posts: 1280

No man controls my destiny... especially not one who attacks downwind and stinks of garlic.

9/27/12 7:16:44 PM#6
I realize you guys make money from ads, however, I would not be clicking on said ads regardless so I block them for safety and just to make the page readable.  Now will I permanently have a big red bar accross the top of the page?

  SunGodd

Novice Member

Joined: 3/18/04
Posts: 7

9/27/12 7:17:58 PM#7
I have you guys white listed, you always have interesting content. And thanks for not putting ads on the sides, those can always be quite annoying.
  User Deleted
9/27/12 7:18:24 PM#8

There have been some very annoying ads in the past. The specific type of ad I can think of are bright flashing ads that really interfere with me when I'm trying to read something. 

 

I don't block the ads, but I wish certain types of ads would be excluded from your allowable list so that we could read the content here without getting an epileptic seizure.

  Admin

Administrator

Joined: 1/29/02
Posts: 4986

Gaming is life...

9/27/12 7:18:40 PM#9
Originally posted by Worstluck
I realize you guys make money from ads, however, I would not be clicking on said ads regardless so I block them for safety and just to make the page readable.  Now will I permanently have a big red bar accross the top of the page?

It does not matter if you click the ads.  We sell ads based on impressions, not clicks/results.  So even if you don't click the ads you hurt our entire site by running a blocker.  Running adblock on a site that supports itself with advertisements is no different than downloading pirated movies, music or video games.  You are in a sense stealing our content that we work hard to create and pay to an entire team to create.

- MMORPG.COM Staff -

  MikeB

MMORPG.com Community Manager

Joined: 5/27/09
Posts: 5459

 
OP  9/27/12 7:18:54 PM#10
Originally posted by SunGodd
I have you guys white listed, you always have interesting content. And thanks for not putting ads on the sides, those can always be quite annoying.

Thanks a ton for whitelisting us and for the kind words! We appreciate it!

Michael "MikeB" Bitton
Community Manager
Twitter: @eMikeB

  Eir_S

Novice Member

Joined: 8/07/11
Posts: 4703

GW2 socialist.

9/27/12 7:21:41 PM#11
I like helping the site out, and I had no idea it was being blocked.  I'd rather see ads than that big headache-inducing red message at the top :p
  Gennerall

Novice Member

Joined: 5/22/11
Posts: 47

9/27/12 7:21:51 PM#12

I have adblock, however it  only blocks the smaller ads. That massive ad you have at the back of each page is still present. So yeah you're still getting your advertising revenue, but you have the gall to plaster this thing at the top of my screen anyways?

 

Attatched a screenshot to show you what i mean, how is this fair? Seems to me you just want to milk as much as you can at our expense.

  Worstluck

Novice Member

Joined: 1/29/11
Posts: 1280

No man controls my destiny... especially not one who attacks downwind and stinks of garlic.

9/27/12 7:23:22 PM#13
Originally posted by Admin
Originally posted by Worstluck
I realize you guys make money from ads, however, I would not be clicking on said ads regardless so I block them for safety and just to make the page readable.  Now will I permanently have a big red bar accross the top of the page?

It does not matter if you click the ads.  We sell ads based on impressions, not clicks/results.  So even if you don't click the ads you hurt our entire site by running a blocker.  Running adblock on a site that supports itself with advertisements is no different than downloading pirated movies, music or video games.  You are in a sense stealing our content that we work hard to create and pay to an entire team to create.

 

Well...I am not a pirate and I don't appreciate being called one by an admin.

  dais

Spotlight Poster

Joined: 4/18/06
Posts: 94

9/27/12 7:25:13 PM#14
Originally posted by MikeB

Hi guys,

In a couple of minutes here we'll be pushing live a banner at the very top of the site that will only show to those who have not whitelisted us in their ad-blocking browser add-ons.

As you may know, our continued existence depends entirely on advertising revenue. Unfortunately, we've found that a significant portion of visitors are using advertisement blocking add-ons that end up blocking ads here on the site. The new banner will be launched alongside an ad policies page that clearly outlines our strict policy towards the types of ads and ad content we allow on the site.

Why are we doing this?

While we do depend on advertisement revenue, we understand (and also hate) disruptive and annoying web advertisements. This is why we've always taken extra care to only allow ads relevant to you while also restricting ourselves from utilizing some of the more annoying types of web ads you may have had the displeasure of experiencing elsewhere. Maintaining that balance between our need for ad revenue and our visitors' desire for a positive user experience is extremely important to us.

With that in mind, the new banner and policy page are being launched to educate adblocking visitors of the efforts we make to maintain this balance and how blocking ads may negatively impact our ability to provide you all with the free service and content you enjoy from us on a daily basis. With this information in hand, we're also asking these visitors to consider adding us to their whitelists.

This thread has been created to allow you the opportunity to discuss the new banner and provide us with constructive feedback. Discussion of this subject outside of this thread will be locked and redirected here.

TL;DR: We're not going to stop you from blocking our ads, but we'd greatly appreciate it if you didn't! Please go over our ad policies and consider putting us on your whitelist. :)

Thanks for your understanding!

I appreciate you guys being upfront about this.  To be honest I visit this site fairly regularly and enjoy reading articles from you guys, so I will start making it a habit of clicking ads once in a while.  Besides, I don't see any more Roman Orgy ads so I figure I owe you one :)

  Torluk

Novice Member

Joined: 10/15/09
Posts: 166

9/27/12 7:25:14 PM#15
Originally posted by Psychow

There have been some very annoying ads in the past. The specific type of ad I can think of are bright flashing ads that really interfere with me when I'm trying to read something. 

 

I don't block the ads, but I wish certain types of ads would be excluded from your allowable list so that we could read the content here without getting an epileptic seizure.

This more than security loopholes made me start blocking this site.  I'll whitelist the site but any adverts that flash at me I'll be right clicking and blocking on an individual basis.

  Admin

Administrator

Joined: 1/29/02
Posts: 4986

Gaming is life...

9/27/12 7:25:17 PM#16
Originally posted by Gennerall

I have adblock, however it  only blocks the smaller ads. That massive ad you have at the back of each page is still present. So yeah you're still getting your advertising revenue, but you have the gall to plaster this thing at the top of my screen anyways?

 

Attatched a screenshot to show you what i mean, how is this fair? Seems to me you just want to milk as much as you can at our expense.

We cannot support our website on the background skin ad along Gennerall.  Some months we only sell this unit to about 15% capacity.  The one stable source of revenue has always been banner type advertising which is what most of our sales come from.

- MMORPG.COM Staff -

  meddyck

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Joined: 1/18/08
Posts: 1134

9/27/12 7:26:26 PM#17
I can tolerate the new banner. AdBlock Plus stays on. This site doesn't provide me information I can't get elsewhere, so if you make coming here too annoying in pursuit of advertising revenue, I'll go eventually go elsewhere.

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  Admin

Administrator

Joined: 1/29/02
Posts: 4986

Gaming is life...

9/27/12 7:28:03 PM#18
Originally posted by Torluk
Originally posted by Psychow

There have been some very annoying ads in the past. The specific type of ad I can think of are bright flashing ads that really interfere with me when I'm trying to read something. 

 

I don't block the ads, but I wish certain types of ads would be excluded from your allowable list so that we could read the content here without getting an epileptic seizure.

This more than security loopholes made me start blocking this site.  I'll whitelist the site but any adverts that flash at me I'll be right clicking and blocking on an individual basis.

Before you do this please contact me personally (admin@mmorpg.com).  Part of our policy is that we don't allow excessively flashing/annoying ads.  Note that many of the ads on our site come through a network and are not directly sold by us - so we don't know about these annoying ads until we see them just like you.  When I sell ads directly to companies I do not allow ads that I feel are over the top annoying.  Thank you for your feedback!

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  saylorxi

Apprentice Member

Joined: 12/19/10
Posts: 14

9/27/12 7:31:08 PM#19
I regulary use this site for news, though I don't post much as you can see. I cannot stand ads and myself have an adblocker in place. What I actually wouldn't mind doing is throwing the site a few bucks in return for not having ads show up on my site. I am someone who has a disposable income that I don't mind supporting the sites I use but haven't really seen an option for something like this.Do you have a members plus option or something similar? I would much prefer this option over seeing my  window cluttered.
  Torluk

Novice Member

Joined: 10/15/09
Posts: 166

9/27/12 7:33:30 PM#20
Originally posted by Admin
Originally posted by Torluk
Originally posted by Psychow

There have been some very annoying ads in the past. The specific type of ad I can think of are bright flashing ads that really interfere with me when I'm trying to read something. 

 

I don't block the ads, but I wish certain types of ads would be excluded from your allowable list so that we could read the content here without getting an epileptic seizure.

This more than security loopholes made me start blocking this site.  I'll whitelist the site but any adverts that flash at me I'll be right clicking and blocking on an individual basis.

Before you do this please contact me personally (admin@mmorpg.com).  Part of our policy is that we don't allow excessively flashing/annoying ads.  Note that many of the ads on our site come through a network and are not directly sold by us - so we don't know about these annoying ads until we see them just like you.  When I sell ads directly to companies I do not allow ads that I feel are over the top annoying.  Thank you for your feedback!

Will do

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