What's up with the ads?

Discussion in 'Website Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by Whitehouse Quail, May 13, 2011.

  1. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    I was happily browsing along, then these ads started popping up at the bottom of the page. I blew it off the first time, but it has happened a couple times since then! I don't really care that they are there, but they haven't been.

    here's a shot:

    Ahh! They are there again!
  2. Cackling Hen

    Cackling Hen Just Scratching Around

    Apr 21, 2009
    Port Angeles Wa
    I notice them also hmmmmmmmmmm
  3. Colored Egg Farmer

    Colored Egg Farmer Chicken overload

    beleve nifty might be playing around with the ad system. I'm getting wierd looking ads also.
  4. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Weird, those shouldn't be there! I'll look into it.

    Yes, we're converting our ad serving system to a new platform. It's taken about a week and there are a ton of tricky bits we're trying to work out.

    Thanks for being patient with us as we work out the bugs!
  5. Matthew3590

    Matthew3590 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    Middle, TN
    I thought they were there to help raise money for the site...
  6. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    I'm getting them off and on also. And they look just like the OP's screen shot. [​IMG]
  7. annaraven

    annaraven Born this way

    Apr 15, 2010
    SillyCon Valley
    Quote:Same here. And I have to say I really prefer the ads like that which are a) relevant to the discussion and b) stay put (no bouncing around blinking flash dragging my attention away from the posts.
  8. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    We hand select the ads we show to our logged-in forum members. We also show fewer and more relevant ads to members than we do to our forum visitors. "Membership has its privileges" [​IMG]
  9. ChickLover98

    ChickLover98 The Chicken Princess

    Apr 24, 2010
    I once saw an ad for an RPG on the login page... eck.
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Nifty, I may be worng, so correct me if I am. [​IMG]

    My understanding is that the ads, when you are logged in, are custom chosen for BYC, relating to all things poultry and their care. Most, if not all, are from BYC sponsors.

    The ads that appear when you are not logged in are chosen by google and are often customised to your specific computer.

    For instance, I was truck shopping online a while back- lately I see more ads for car/truck dealerships in my area. If I search for gardening questions, I get more ads for seeds and gardening supplies. If I look at RPG sites, I'll get ads for them.

    Basically, whatever you look at online is going to be tracked and eventually show up to try to entice you again. I used to be an Office Manager/Admin. Assistant. I could go to ANY computer in the many offices and know exactly what people were doing when they were supposed to be working by looking at the ads that popped up in their browser. I didn't have to look at history or anything, just google something or see their facebook page. Sometimes it was uhm......erm....... enough to get them a major warning. One time I actually put a parental block on a guy's computer! [​IMG]

    Oh, and another thing- if you're at work and the company's comps are networked? Whoever is the admin can see exactly what you're doing online without leaving their desk! [​IMG]
    Last edited: May 15, 2011

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