Site Talk forum: I am seeing ads on the plant pages, is that o.k.?

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jan 14, 2012 7:05 AM CST
Here is one of them, I wasn't sure if it was allowed or just sneaked in;
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jan 14, 2012 8:12 AM CST

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The thread "Horrible flickering spam advertisement." in Plant Database forum
Name: Becky
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mattsmom
Jan 14, 2012 9:04 AM CST
Still seeing non-gardening ads-

Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Calamity Jane')
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dutchlady1
Jan 14, 2012 11:13 AM CST
I agree - Designer sale from Cladmen? Rent textbooks? We want you back - Home-element... Confused




Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 14, 2012 12:22 PM CST

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I think they are going for the home, clothing, women's interests kinds of ads here. Google tries to match up the ads to the audience.
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Jan 14, 2012 12:49 PM CST

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Because this site is free to use, there will be ads. We're being very upfront about that. The ads are our only source of revenue and provide the reason for our playground continuing Smiling

Obviously, our desire is to run a clean site, and inappropriate ads won't be tolerated. However, let's not mistake "inappropriate" for "dislike" Whistling

With Google ads, we aren't picking and choosing specific ads like a large corporation who has a sales team does. We sign up for "home and garden" ads, and Google decides which ads belong in that category. Clearly, some will be very interesting , and some we're going to roll our eyes at and move on.
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Jan 14, 2012 1:08 PM CST

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Mine are turned off so I never see any, then I am reminded when threads like these pop up that there are ads here. Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Jan 14, 2012 1:09 PM CST

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Without ads, there wouldn't/won't be a "here" Green Grin!
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Jan 14, 2012 1:10 PM CST

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I agree Thumbs up
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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
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frostweed
Jan 14, 2012 1:22 PM CST
I was simply asking, and i understand the need for the ads,
They were not offensive, the only thing that wasn't so good was that they displaced the plant information to the column on the right. Smiling
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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Jan 14, 2012 3:05 PM CST

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Sorry if I gave the wrong impression, Jospephine- no one if being fussed at for asking!

Many other people will be reading this thread now and later, new friends and old friends, so I wanted to make sure that the ads are being dealt with as openly as possible.

Just continuing our policy of being upfront:

yep, you'll be able to see ads
yes, you should always report inappropriate ads
no, the ads won't always be from your favorite nurseries (although many will be!)
yes, they will appear here there and everywhere, but we strive to always put the user first (as always!)
yes, you can always ask questions Smiling
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
Native Plants and Wildflowers Organic Gardener Butterflies Garden Ideas: Master Level Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Birds Cat Lover Xeriscape
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frostweed
Jan 14, 2012 3:17 PM CST
No problem Trish, thank you for the explanation Smiling
Wildflowers are the Smiles of Nature.
Gardening with Texas Native Plants and Wildflowers.
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
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Trish
Jan 14, 2012 3:22 PM CST

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Thumbs up
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Jan 28, 2012 2:12 PM CST
I leave the ads turned on, because I know that's what pays for this site....and who knows? I might see something good! Smiling
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Jan 28, 2012 5:05 PM CST
I ignore annoying ad's that I don't like ... just like I ignore annoying people that I don't like. Green Grin! I like checking out the plant and gardening related ad's though!
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