Sponsored posts within threads

Discussion in 'Site and Forum Feedback' started by abz1981, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. abz1981 macrumors 65816

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    I am starting to see a lot of sponsored posts within threads, well at least 1 in each thread, it shows up as a post. Has this just started today. Never seen it before.
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I noticed it too and reported it to the site admins. Odd.

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  3. steve-p macrumors 68000

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    Hope it's just a mistake, as it's intrusive and very unwelcome.
     
  4. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    It's all relative. I'd rather have sponsored posts than that obnoxious auto-dropdown-on-rollover Roundups tab. It's always in my face, and I don't care about its contents - ever.

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  5. ThE.MeSsEnGeR macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, I just noticed the sponsored posts today as well. It makes sense for them to be there for unregistered users. but not for us... :(
     
  6. arn macrumors god

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    ya, it's a new ad formatting we're testing. They aren't entirely new. There were ads there before, they were just formatted differently.

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  7. abz1981 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I agree it is a bit annoying :(
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I understand you need ads to run the site, but including the ad in a forum post like this is distracting. The existing format with the ad at the bottom of the thread, but not in a post, is much less intrusive. JMO :)
     
  9. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    I didn't mind with the ads at the bottom, but these are really hard to differentiate between normal posts and a lot are in obnoxious font sizes making them very distracting.
     
  10. arn macrumors god

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    Ya I get you. They are a bit jarring if you aren't used to it. Give it a little time. There may be more changes.

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  11. James Craner, Oct 21, 2013
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    I understand that it costs a lot to run the site and advertising is a key source of revenue, but I really don't like the new sponsored adds in the posts, it is really putting me off using the site. I am so used to skimming the posts and the new in-post adds are pretty jarring.

    I understand why you are testing the new adds, but my feedback is i really dislike them.

    As an example :

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  12. djtech42 macrumors 65816

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    Advertisements in Thread?

    Is this new? I don't remember advertisements showing up in the thread.

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  13. Xerotech macrumors 6502

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    Yup, this is new. I noticed this today. I guess they're really pushing ads due to high bandwidth usage. There are so many members. :eek:

    Oddly enough it doesn't show up in this specific thread.
     
  14. djtech42 macrumors 65816

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    Ironic. :D
     
  15. Xerotech macrumors 6502

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    It isn't too bad and will take time to get used to. Notice how most of the ads are at the end of the threads? A lot of forums have multiple ones in between each post. Now that is annoying. :)

    There's always this option:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/payments.php :p
     
  16. Peace macrumors Core

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    They appear to be dynamically generated because that ad isn't there for me.
     
  17. alFR macrumors 68020

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    Hate, please put them back to the previous format so ads are separate from user content.
     
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    Absolutely ridiculous - please let me know that this will NOT continue so I don't have to cancel my membership.

    Ads like these are misleading, deceptive and dishonest - just like the worst kind of IAP.
     
  19. djtech42 macrumors 65816

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    Not a fan of adverts that pretend to be content. Everyone (Twitter/Facebook/Gmail) is doing them now.

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    Does that get rid of all adverts? Doesn't sound like it would.
     
  21. arn macrumors god

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    It does get rid of almost all ads. Looks like the description isn't accurate.

    Rids front page, and forum ads. Doesn't get rid of article page ads, and possibly some special case ones.

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  22. brentsg macrumors 68030

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    Seems like an experiment to see how much you can monetize the users while only running some of them off.
     
  23. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    I just think they look too much like spam. I have even tried "reporting" them multiple times already. :eek:
     

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