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are the ads killing the forum?

Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 3:54 am
by taxico
or is it the closing of the taps on foreign manpower?

and on the topic of ads. i think there're too many of them. i just turned off my adblocker and holy moley... the colorful non-threaded ones sprouted everywhere!

my lunar new year's wish is: i hope "Search property" would be properly embedded on the right side of the screen - above googleads instead of the main area where it affects the way the forum loads.

Re: are the ads killing the forum?

Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 5:14 am
by Strong Eagle
I find that the pages load very slowly because of all the ad re-directions that need to be loaded.

Re: are the ads killing the forum?

Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:04 am
by PNGMK
I think the forum is slowly dying for many reasons. I've been a member of many over the last decade and this one and another one are the only ones I visit on a declining basis.

Re: are the ads killing the forum?

Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 4:49 pm
by Max Headroom
Ditto.

I guess it's just another case of deja-vu all over again: disrupt or be disrupted.

We seem to be whatsupping more than visiting forums now. Similarly, we hardly ever watch tv anymore, as most of our home entertainment is derived from pc or tab.

The insane number of commercials tv broadcasters here force-feed their remaining viewers nowadays is probably just hastening their demise, before going the way of horse and carriage, analog film cameras and pagers.

And forums.

Re: are the ads killing the forum?

Posted: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 5:27 pm
by x9200
If you look at the technical fora, they exist based on a very similar scenario - a limited number of regulars and a big number of adhoc visitors with their current problems they prefer to be solved in more interactive fashion. Here is exactly the same, except that the interested population is much limited.

2 decades ago, Usenet or mailing groups were the kings and fed the hungry for social interactions. Now this hunger is satisfied by FB, twitter and such. People are losing their real social lives to them so no wonder such fora also struggle.

Re: are the ads killing the forum?

Posted: Thu, 11 May 2017 10:37 am
by community@lithan
but i guess ads are necessary to keep forums going

Re: are the ads killing the forum?

Posted: Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:53 am
by Mathieularoche
Ads are crucial for forums. It is what it is. And the forum still loads quite quickly, so that's not a problem I guess ;)

Re: are the ads killing the forum?

Posted: Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:21 am
by Shikakui
I am new to the forum, and so far the ads are not bothering me.
Like others have pointed out, it is very hard to run a forum without ads.

Re: are the ads killing the forum?

Posted: Fri, 27 Apr 2018 7:38 am
by Pal
taxico wrote:or is it the closing of the taps on foreign manpower?

and on the topic of ads. i think there're too many of them. i just turned off my adblocker and holy moley... the colorful non-threaded ones sprouted everywhere!

my lunar new year's wish is: i hope "Search property" would be properly embedded on the right side of the screen - above googleads instead of the main area where it affects the way the forum loads.
I did some changes, does the layout loads better now?

Re: are the ads killing the forum?

Posted: Fri, 27 Apr 2018 1:43 pm
by sundaymorningstaple
Definitely not as jumpy and jerky as it was. I was beginning to believe I was going to need an implant of the anti-shake stuff they used in cameras! :P Much better.

Re: are the ads killing the forum?

Posted: Fri, 27 Apr 2018 2:02 pm
by Pal
sundaymorningstaple wrote:Definitely not as jumpy and jerky as it was. I was beginning to believe I was going to need an implant of the anti-shake stuff they used in cameras! :P Much better.
Hahaha really that bad?

Re: are the ads killing the forum?

Posted: Fri, 27 Apr 2018 2:11 pm
by sundaymorningstaple
For moderators it can be. Remember, we are still working stiffs as well, so we tend to fly all over the board rapidly and the jumpiness can often play havoc. :lol: