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Discussion in 'Site Feedback' started by Sabotai, Oct 6, 2003.

  1. Sabotai Liturgist

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    First I thought it was a joke, the new advertisement layout. " SHADOWS OF UNDRENTIDE" Order the first NWN expansion now! Then I saw it was for real. Fortunately it was one of many different advertisements.

    I had a good laugh at the irony, SoU sells more units because of advertising at RPG Codex.
     
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  2. Saint_Proverbius Administrator Patron

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    We're just running the ads that Sorc's Place runs right now.. :D
     
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  3. Psilon Erudite

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    When did the banner ads start up? I could swear they weren't there yesterday.

    Also, is it absolutely imperative to have an ad at the start of the "topic review" area?
     
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  4. Calis Pensionado

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    That would be: "Because Calis didn't want to add the banner to every single template by hand, but rather put it in the header template parser php file". Quick fix. Don't feel like changing it around atm, sorry.

    As for them appearing today: correct again, I put the code in this morning.
     
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  5. DarkUnderlord Professional Throne Sitter

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    Wow. I can help support Sorcerer's Place. I do like these ads though. They are somehow relevant to the topics of which I find much interest in. Why at the moment I am being offered the exciting opportunity to purchase IceWind Dale II, a fantastic RPG adventure. In my previous advertisement, I was offered the opportunity to purchase books to help support Sorcerer's Place. These ads beat penis enlargements, Gator installs, pop-up blockers and free money any day of the week, including weekends and public holidays.

    In the event that this is a double post, blame phpBB. Oddly enough phpBB dies it you don't click that 'stayed logged in' tick box.
     
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  6. Sol Invictus Erudite

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    I put the code in for the main site and the screenshot template a couple of days ago. Calis put them in the forums this morning - so they're a lot more apparent now... since some of you don't even read the news.
     
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  7. chrisbeddoes Erudite

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    Like me yes.

    But do not worry . If you got any new content i will see it when i visit rpgdot .

    One of the ironies of the internet.
     
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  8. Saint_Proverbius Administrator Patron

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    Things I've learned today from our new banners, which I like better than the pop ups:

    The Monster Manual II was written by Jeff Grubb. There's a joke in there somewhere.
     
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  9. Sharpei_Diem Liturgist

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    it's a sad reflection on how i've trained my brain to tune flashy bits on websites out, but i didn't even notice...

    much, much better than those slide-over annoyances that 'quietly' open themselves over the content of the pages while you read them(and are part of the main window)...
     
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  10. DarkUnderlord Professional Throne Sitter

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    [​IMG]

    YAY! That seriously has to be the first ad I've ever clicked on this site.
     
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  11. JanC Liturgist

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    I love the new ads, too. They are tasteful, and relevent to the site, and most importantly they are not popups! Yipee!
     
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  12. ecliptic Liturgist

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    I GREATLY prefer pop-ups. Throw dozens of 'em at me. I just have them turned off, so I don't see them.

    The worst banners are the animated gifs that flash two solid colors, or the ones that insult my intelligence (new maiil! click here, you have a virus! click here! win $20, click here!).
     
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  13. axel Liturgist

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    Agreed.

    Some of these trickesey banner ads are even slipping by firebird's adblock.
     
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  14. Spazmo Erudite

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    I'm just getting stuff like "BUY ToEE! BUY STUFF FROM SORCERERS.NET BOOKSTORE!" et cetera, so it's cool with me. And banners > popups, because now we're just that much more PROFUSHINUTAL.

    Seriously, too many silly people--ranging from Gamer's Hell to the infamous JE Sawyer--have been giving us grief about the pop-ups, so banners are way better.
     
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  15. Greenskin13 Erudite

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    Popups or banners don't bother me too much, though popups do bother me less since I can turn them off. The really annoying ones are the ones that flash, like this Alienware one that's really pissing me off, or ones with sound, which fortunetly have not found their way on RPGCodex just yet.

    Firebird blocks banner ads? Damn, I should really switch but I just got used to Opera.

    Sigh, the future's always a step ahead of me.
     
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  16. Deathy Liturgist

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    Anyone else notice that the books that Sorcs.net are trying to sell are horribly bad?

    D&D novels written by bad writers. Why do they even get published?
     
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  17. Whipporowill Erudite

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    Deathy> They are D&D books is enough reason, as there´s enough nutters out there buying anything with the brand name attached to it. Most fantasty is rather crap anyway - haven´t read more than a handful good and creative fantasy books in the last 10 years. SciFi on the other hand....

    And for the ads. Thumbs up.
     
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  18. Elwro Arcane

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    There's a group of kids in Poland that read only D&D novels. I wonder if it's good for them, because otherwise they wouldn't read anything, or is it bad, because it can heavily distort the children's sense of literature.
    The books are bad themselves, and here in my country we also have horrible translations of them.
     
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  19. DarkUnderlord Professional Throne Sitter

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    Wow! You mean you get fucked over twice? You must feel lucky!
     
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  20. JanC Liturgist

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    Wow, that is pretty bad - the books already read like translations in the English versions! :)
     
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  21. Sol Invictus Erudite

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    I don't see any of the ads, not even the little button I put up on the main page. ZoneAlarm makes sure of that. God bless Zone Labs.
     
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  22. Saint_Proverbius Administrator Patron

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    That's the funny thing about internet advertising. They screwed themselves over when they made advertisements seriously annoying and malicious. Abusing cookies and the like, data miners, and other things is why there's software out there to eliminate them altogether.

    However, when we first put up the adcode for these banners, I've been using AdAware every other night to make sure there's nothing in them that's "bad". I haven't seen one yet that's tried to install anything suspicious.
     
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  23. Taluntain Most Frabjous

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    There's nothing "suspicious" about the ads. I run them on SP myself, and I made half of them myself, and the other half is Amazon ads, which are not harmful in any shape or form. Of course, unless people click on them and buy the stuff advertised, I don't get a penny in return, since there is no real advertising up at the moment per se; the banners show you how you can help by buying stuff via various affiliate programs SP is associated with.

    If I ever get around to actually getting some decent advertising that will pay just for exposures, I'll put it up. But currently, there is none, so don't sprain yourself looking for it.
     
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