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  1. Jack H

    Jack H Senior Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 4, 2014
    Kunming, China
    I am sorry to see ECF turn into nothing much more than an advertising space. Venders have really gone off the deep end and I am just about ready to move on. This should not be a place to promote, but should be a discussion and vape education forum.


    Any thoughts?
     
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  2. Asbestos4004

    Asbestos4004 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 11, 2013
    Sugar Hill, Georgia
    Yep, I have a thought....It takes money to provide such a place. If you don't like it and it makes you mad enough to move on, either move on or make a gigantic donation so they don't need the advertising revenue. Or, you could do what I do, scroll past the ads.
     
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  3. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    I will merely state that I'm not a big fan of venders requiring "gleam" and the willingness to smear their product and advertising all over social media to enter a contest.... That is a trend I don't much appreciate although I guess I understand WHY they do it.

    I will also admit that there are a few "approved" vendors on ECF that I don't understand why they are when looking at customer complaints and I do sometimes wish that there was more education and less just advertising. There is one vendor (forget who) who was publishing vaping "articles" and I thought that had some merit.

    I still say the best reviewers of new products are ECF members actually using the equipment (JMO) and I will say that some vendors really do offer worthwhile sales and advertising them a bit is reasonable.... but can get excessive at times. I don't have to read it, though.... And sometimes I do, and get a great deal from a vendor, most certainly.

    Again, just my thoughts :) I don't get ads all over the place, but that's why I'm a supporting member (among other reasons) but it's a nice side benefit, and YES this forum DOES take money to run and YES a certain amount of advertising (even in threads) is going to/needs to take place for the site to function.

    Anna
     
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  4. Letitia

    Letitia Therion/Nano Junkie ECF Veteran

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    Apr 2, 2017
    West Frankfort, IL
    I came to the conclusion that 24.00 is a pittance to pay for a years worth of knowledge and entertainment ad free.;)
    Worth every penny.
     
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  5. ppeeble

    ppeeble Super Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jan 9, 2013
    Poole UK
    My biggest problem with the ads ?
    I live in the UK so the the products and deals are (mainly) unavailable to me.
    Ignoring them is second nature and not terribly hard to do. :drool:
     
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  6. Eskie

    Eskie ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 6, 2016
    NY
    It's called revenue. Let's be honest, this site is to big and requires serious bandwidth and load balanced servers to run. That's not cheap, and hardly something I would expect a person to pay for on their own as a hobby. It's the same problem faced by essentially everyone online, how do you monetize your site to pay your bills, other than maybe a personal blog on something like blogspot.
     
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  7. mattiem

    mattiem ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    One must realize how big this forum is and then they will understand that it takes cash to keep it running. Maybe the ads wouldn't be as necessary if every member could be a supporting member. I am ashamed to admit that I personally enjoyed almost 5 years here before I became a supporting member. I am kinda ashamed of myself for that fact. :(
     
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  8. rob33

    rob33 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Dec 20, 2009
    Concord, NC
    Come on, we got to keep the lights on.
     
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  9. smacuser

    smacuser Boba TK Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 22, 2012
    Vape Augustine, FL
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  10. sonicbomb

    sonicbomb Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 17, 2015
    1187 Hunterwasser
    Things cost money
     
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  11. Doctorvapes

    Doctorvapes Super Member ECF Veteran

    Feb 8, 2017
    The ads don't really bother me, I just scroll past them or sometimes check them out if they are intriguing. No big deal.
     
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  12. r77r7r

    r77r7r ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Feb 15, 2011
    Pa,LandOfTaxes
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  13. HauntedMyst

    HauntedMyst Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 18, 2013
    Chicago
    I go through the effort to come here every day and happily wade through a sea of ads to leave my pithy insights and witty imbecilisms for the hordes of people who follow me (Its actually just 2 or 3 people but I have dreams of that number growing). And I do it without complaining or making demands. If I can do it, so can anyone.
     
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  14. mattiem

    mattiem ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    We followers of yours keep following along hoping to get our daily dose of giggles.
    A day without giggles is a dull day indeed. :D
     
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  15. CMD-Ky

    CMD-Ky Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Sep 15, 2013
    KY
    Supporting member, no ads, $2 per month and staffed by volunteers. A bargain any way you look at it.
     
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  16. Letitia

    Letitia Therion/Nano Junkie ECF Veteran

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    Apr 2, 2017
    West Frankfort, IL
    I didn't subscribe for some months thinking what's in it for me...took me awhile to realize that I was already reaping my reward just by joining. Great community here that I am grateful to have found. Just have to decide to look at it from another angle.
     
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  17. 440BB

    440BB Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 19, 2011
    The Motor City
    I'm trying to think of a vaping discussion and education forum which doesn't rely on ad revenue or vendor sponsorship to keep running...

    I'm drawing a blank. Good luck finding one.
     
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  18. Baditude

    Baditude ECF Guru ECF Veteran

    Apr 8, 2012
    Ridgeway, Ohio
    I've been a member here since 2012. It's the largest forum for e-cigarettes and vaping in the world. There is a lot of traffic and a lot of information here. A lot of genuinely helpful people.. It's free to join this private forum. I understand it costs money to keep such a website running, and that usually means the need for advertising.

    I used to be a supporting member here until I came under hard financial times. $24 a year actually isn't too bad to get rid of the ads and support a cause that you can believe in.

    If the ads bother you that much, find another forum. I've tried to use Reddit a number of times but I personally hate the format and the trolls. The other forums have much slower traffic, less helpful info, and more trolls because moderation is less strict. I like it here on ECF, ads or no ads.
     
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  19. Burnie

    Burnie The Bug Man Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Jul 1, 2009
    Sunny Florida
    Ads, what Ads, I don't see no Ads. Oh wait, I'm a Supporting member. :D
     
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  20. Coastal Cowboy

    Coastal Cowboy This aggression will not stand, man! Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jun 13, 2013
    Alabama Gulf Coast
    Twenty four bucks is a reasonable rate. We spend a lot more than that on stuff that won't last nearly as long as the knowledge gained.
     
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