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Written by Guillaume le Courageux   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013

textedit_80.pngFor over seven years the Round Table ran on our trusty servers ad-free and solely supported by your donations. Unfortunately, keeping the site running smoothly and without delays or connection problems requires upgrading our hosting plan to a more powerful server package. At the same time, regular donations have decreased recently. So had to take the hard decision to start displaying ads. I'm still experimenting with the layout and placements, and try to keep them as unobstrusive as possible (e.g., there will never be nasty popups or similar!). Please see this as a possibility to support the running of this site. Should you be running an ad-blocker, consider deactivating it for our site - and click the banners whenever something interests you! With this you can support the running of this community, and it doesn't cost you anything.

If you have feedback, please let me know below!

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 June 2013 )
 
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Ads to support the costs of running this site Jun 26 2013 19:10
This thread discusses the Content article: Ads to support the costs of running this site

Let me know if you have any feedback on this change - I'm sure there are plenty of opinions!
Re:Ads to support the costs of running this site Jun 26 2013 19:27
well, I do run adblocker, so I only noticed there were adds when you turned my attention towards it ^^

However, regarding the ads; I do think that hobby-related adds would be much more appreciated than flashy ads that are designed to attract your attention (with flashy colors and graphics that are constantly moving). Also they don't have the same style as the forum, which takes away from the feeling of this site. Hobby-related ads are however somewhat harder to find for this site, I guess, since its international character. But I wouldn't mind that much if a miniature selling site or tournament organizer would have some adds over here (though that site has to be a trusted retailer... ). Though an example of a site where I don't mind the adds is the next dutch site: http://www.gwhobby.net/forum/

hope that helps
AREA51

edit; I just noticed the add between the first and the second post. I would rather have an add at a prominent place (relevant to the hobby), somewhere on top (to the right of the RTOB-graphic) than in between posts
Re:Ads to support the costs of running this site Jun 26 2013 22:25
Do what you guys have to do. One of these days, I honestly do intend to donate to help keep the site as spectacular as possible, but there are a couple of life-related things I need to take care of first. I think we'll all have your backs regardless of what happens, unless you have crazy popups that scream loudly when you want to view the gallery, or hidden videos at the bottom of the page that start playing horribly-composed music that you can't find the source of for ten minutes. But you've already debunked both nightmare scenarios !
Re:Ads to support the costs of running this site Jun 27 2013 02:31
I'm with area in saying that it shouldn't be between posts, it really throws things off.

Do what needs to be done to keep the site running! We don't place any blame on you.
Re:Ads to support the costs of running this site Jun 27 2013 10:58
They are quite a jarring jump from the soft beige of RTOB to the harsh white of the ads- is there any way to make them a little less intrusive when reading a thread?

Otherwise I'm totally fine with it if we have to have a sponsored tablecloth on the round table- better than no round table at all!
Re:Ads to support the costs of running this site Jun 28 2013 20:52
Do what you gotta do.

I run add blocker as well. Its not because I never want to see any adds. I just don't want to see adds that are not applicable to me in any way shape or form.

It doesn't matter how many adds I see for Hot Russian women who want me right now, I'm not going to click on it. But if they want to pay the website owners for advertising then take what you can get.

I mean its like watching tampon commercials during a car crash roller derby. Select your target audience.
Sorry, I'm just gripping about advertisers now...
Re:Ads to support the costs of running this site Jun 29 2013 11:32
I looked at 3-4 forum posts today before I noticed this thread, and only then did I notice, "Oh, hey, there is an advertisement in the left-hand margin."

I have a feeling it's one of those methods where the site admin's don't have the ability to "pick" what the ads are shown, it automatically customizes to "you" (probably based on the history in your web browser.) -- for example, I've seen ads for the new "Monsters University" movie and coconut water for kids. Both make sense, as my wife always looks at blogs for fun ideas for kids.

I say, if it helps keep the site going, it's no big deal.

Re:Ads to support the costs of running this site Jun 29 2013 13:09
Makes sense, dugroz. My ads are all for rental cars, hotel deals, home improvement stuff, and high fantasy games. Makes sense as I was recently booking a trip to California and looking into paint for my terrace. The high fantasy stuff is self-explanatory.

Peacemaker, hot Russian women that want you right now, eh?
Re:Ads to support the costs of running this site Jun 29 2013 22:21
Thanks for all your feedback and suggestions! The forum ad is now on the very top, displays text and blends in better (hopefully not too much so it still gets attention!). I agree that hobby-related ads would be great and beneficial for all, but I honestly don't know where they get booked / sold. Anyone has some ideas? Right now I'm running Google AdSense, and it tries to show you the most relevant ads automatically (as durgoz suspected), they may or may not relate to the site. I've seen some related topics like online MMORPGs, Magic cards etc. I also blocked the "dating" and "medicine/drugs" topics, we surely don't want that here. Let me know if you run across any "bad" ad!


Just keep in mind: We won't get anything from just displaying the ads, only clicks get monetized in the end (and that directly goes towards the server)! I'm not allowed to encourage you to anything.. just consider adding this site to your ad blocker's white list, mind the (currently three) ad spots, and make use of the links of they interest you
Re:Ads to support the costs of running this site Jul 02 2013 21:03
Gastion le vaillant wrote:
Makes sense, dugroz. My ads are all for rental cars, hotel deals, home improvement stuff, and high fantasy games. Makes sense as I was recently booking a trip to California and looking into paint for my terrace. The high fantasy stuff is self-explanatory.

Peacemaker, hot Russian women that want you right now, eh?


Hmmm, well I have a plenty of fish account. And the adds were always "hot Caucasian women, same age as me, want you now!!!". Then I message one black woman on the site and the adds change to "hot black beauties want you now!". Sometimes its Russian, or Ukrainian, or whatever.

I actually like that it customizes adds to your web browser, better chance of getting stuff your interested in.

Guillaume le Courageux, I'll be taking The Round table off my add blocker since you put a filter on the dating adds. Pictures of busy women are just too distracting even if your not looking for it. ...stupid biological programing....


I've been add free for like 2 years now. That includes websites, TV, radio, etc... and I gotta say it was great at first but then you start losing touch. You don't know what the heck is going on in the world! lol.
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