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Why has this forum turned into ad world?

Discussion in 'Site Feedback and Help' started by Jack H, Dec 27, 2017.

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  1. VHRB2014

    VHRB2014 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 16, 2014
    Nic`d Up in Cali.
    Because it is the human condition to monetize every----- damn------ thing.

    I use ABPro. Not so much for this site, but for all the rest really.
    Kind miffs me that they beg for me to turn it off with every visit, yet another advert, LOL.

    Signs, signs, everywhere a sign
    Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind.
     
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  2. ScottP

    ScottP Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Apr 9, 2013
    Houston, TX
    It's not so much monetizing as it is reimbursement. Servers, other networking hardware, HUGE bandwidth internet connections, and backup solutions all cost money. Should the guy that started this site pay all that out of his own pocket and get nothing in return? If he did, it would have gotten too expensive and he would have shut it down.

    They could be like some other sites on the internet and completely block all access to content if you are running ABP.
     
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  3. bobwho77

    bobwho77 Super Member ECF Veteran

    May 8, 2014
    Ypsilanti mi
    Don't know why people complain so much about advertising.
    Television worked that way for generations (still does for the most part)
    That's how I learned to make two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pour a glass of milk, and carry it all back to the living room in under two minutes.
     
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  4. Burnie

    Burnie The Bug Man Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jul 1, 2009
    Sunny Florida
    We just record everything we want to watch on the DVR, then skip thru the commercials when we watch it. :D
     
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  5. jfcooley

    jfcooley I find your lack of faith disturbing... Verified Member

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    What ads?
     
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  6. MrStik

    MrStik Super Member ECF Veteran

    Mar 6, 2013
    SoCal
    People have been seeing ads their whole entire lives and now whine and complain about it when it is on webpages.

    People revere Superbowl ads as much as the game itself. .
    Time Square NYC is nothing but an endless billboard of sponsors and advertisement.
    Sports arenas and stadiums now bare the names of corporations.
    Auto Racing and Soccer wear numerous sponsors.
    American professional sports teams are plastered with advertisements.

    That is just a small sample. It is an ad, it is not being invasive. Get over it.
     
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  7. jfcooley

    jfcooley I find your lack of faith disturbing... Verified Member

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    What ads?!
     
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  8. DaveP

    DaveP PV Master & Musician ECF Veteran

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    May 22, 2010
    Central GA
    I just let PayPal treat it as an ongoing annual payment. Each year they pay ECF $24 and send me an email advising me that they did so. Easy Peasy. No ads and no fuss.
     
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  9. stols001

    stols001 Mistress of the Dark Nicotinic Arts Verified Member

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    May 30, 2017
    Tucson, AZ
    When ads were "standard" people just dealt with it (I still kind of miss some of my funny cable ads, but this has been replaced by no cable and network TV, we use this odd thing called an ANTENNA) and Tucson Network TV is just EPIC when it comes to ads. I think some of my favorites are the turn your gold into cash by Old Tom. He's terrifying...

    With that said, we have Netflics and Hulu, and they don't have ads, but they are also premium services that we PAY for.

    If you don't want ads, you'll need a certain amount of dough, and that has become the norm, and I'm actually not sure that in many cases it is worth it. I particularly detest "level" systems where you pay less for sitting through ads vs. not having them.

    With that said, everything has been monetized these days and if the ads bother you that much, you do have options, even though in an ideal, utopian society perhaps there would be no ads. They do serve a function and a purpose in our current society however.... The internet is NOT what it used to be (an esoteric, interesting place that was teeming with activity from the nerd base, but like, the idea of posting pictures, doing anything other than straight posting to a particular site and etc., back when Pirate Bay was actually legal, even....) Those days are long gone and they will not be coming back. Advertisers are going to find a way to ferret you out and annoy you.... Because advertising works, the internet becomes more expensive as it gets more complicated.... Just be glad freedom of speech is still somewhat tolerated, if you ask me.... Because the "utopian" interesting future that I can dream up in my head is a bit scary, frankly.

    Anna
     
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  10. puffon

    puffon Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 18, 2014
    The Villages, FL
    There was a time when the advantage to paying for cable TV was no ads, compared to over-the-air TV.
    I miss those days.
    Now we pay extra to have a DVR, so we can hit the fast forward button 10 times, to skip the ads.
     
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  11. Asbestos4004

    Asbestos4004 Vaping Master Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 11, 2013


    Please take a break in this thread and enjoy this ad...
     
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  12. jfcooley

    jfcooley I find your lack of faith disturbing... Verified Member

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    While I will eventually get around to paying for a membership thingy, I really see no ads. Blocker for other sites that is too much of a pain to turn on/off reliably.

    I'm always mobile so I block to save a little bandwidth before being throttled to hell (unlimited my ...).

    I can more or less live with the static ads. I hate flashing or auto playing gifs/commercials.
     
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  13. VHRB2014

    VHRB2014 Ultra Member Verified Member ECF Veteran

    Sep 16, 2014
    Nic`d Up in Cali.
    With all due respect, Iv been on the net since the beginning. 30 years? Back then it was enough to be sharing the information, making friends, sharing idea`s. NO ONE even thought about revenue. It was never even a concern, it was about information exchange. If ever there was a topic worthy of such free 411, it is vaping.

    And without doubt, the truth concerning this topic is somewhere in the middle. Money is nice, cost of operation is not as high some might think. I do not fault Oliver for turning something out of it, but I am no longer a every day poster either.
     
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  14. smacuser

    smacuser Boba TK Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Jan 22, 2012
    Vape Augustine, FL
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  15. Fidola13

    Fidola13 Prepper Verified Member

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    Dec 20, 2017
    Boston
    I decided to become a Supporting Member so no ads. The main reason tho wasn’t the ads but from my appreciation of this vape forum and community!
     
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  16. Eskie

    Eskie ECF Guru Verified Member ECF Veteran

    May 6, 2016
    NY
    I kinda like the ads. How else would I have heard of a cheap juice vendor calling themselves Broke Dick and beat out the language filter here.
     
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  17. retired1

    retired1 Administrator Admin Verified Member ECF Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2013
    Texas
    Not entirely true. Even in the early days, cost was a concern and the majority of sites were generally university servers that were funded/subsidized by the government. When sites like Geocities appeared to give you free websites, advertising was one of the ways they paid the bills to allow users to have that luxury.

    Ads pay the bills here. And our costs not only include hardware, but also a programming team that allows us to provide the customization needed to give you this site. Oliver has had numerous generous offers for ECF. And each time he turned it down so he can continue to advocate vaping in today's world.
     
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