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Old 07-19-2008, 06:24 AM   #1
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is this okay If political ads are not?

a few weeks ago, a complaint about a political ad was launched in the off topic category. There was a bunch of debate over it and the thread was removed.
The author felt is was inappropriate for the members to discuss politics. Well this is what I see now...
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Is this appropriate advertising for our forum?
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:47 AM   #2
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IMHO, NO. Besides, it doesn't really seem to fit the demographics around here, does it?

I know advertising is what payes the bills, but this type of advertising seems to be directed at the wrong audience and is a little too "in your face" for my tastes.

Just my opinion. It can be ignored just like all the rest.

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Can be ignored? I am a 42 year old man, I cannot take my eyes off the ads.
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What I mean is that MY OPINION can be ignored, just like everybody else's.

The ad's are too large and too salacious (is that the right word?) to be ignored.

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a few weeks ago, a complaint about a political ad was launched in the off topic category. There was a bunch of debate over it and the thread was removed.
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Is this appropriate advertising for our forum?
Hi Overlander64;
In a very bad way I myself wanted to touch off on this subject, when the ad first appeared. Since I did not wanted to start a fire, I have backed away from this issue. Are our forums in such desperate need for ad money?
I find it hardly appropriate even if everyone encompassed by it, had clean intentions for such listings. I cannot believe that even in today's bad economy situation some US own company would not like to advertise on our forums. After all, they would be presenting their product to a clientèle who own world renown American icon, an Airstream. In our free speech society or at least what it should be, I must admit I refuse to buy anything made in China and I am not afraid to say if even if I am not politically correct.
Not because I dislike Chinese, but because I refuse to put up with sub standard products. I search until I find a domestic brand, if not I do without. How much more American can we get? If we cannot find any US companies wanting to appeal to us, what about instituting a $10.00 or $20.00 membership fee? I am aware that some will object to it, but if you think of it realistically, it still would be the best deal in your life. One has an access to unmeasurable wealth of information on our forums. But posting that information is not cost free and everyone should understand it. I would not even think for a second to oppose it. I personally feel that we should maintain hi standards for family values and clean healthy family fun for which Airstreaming was intended for. Thank you, "Boatdoc"
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Old 07-19-2008, 08:13 AM   #6
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Wow. Nothing you won't see in the local newspaper or the yellow pages. Maybe you are getting a different version than I am.

If you are reading this on the Internet you should be able to handle a singles ad once in awhile. Have you watched television lately?
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Have you watched the "television" lately?
The programs or the ads? Well maybe both. Just don't watch any pharmaceutical ads beginning with the 5 o'clock news if you have a queasy stomach.

Tempest in a teapot IMO. Something to talk about. A 'one' on my radar. Just another version of Emily Litella. "What's all this fuss about banner ads?"

If I say "we're grown-ups," that is not to excuse issues that are honestly over the line. AIR is using Google Ads at present. We saw worse when teen chat banner ads showed up on our chat windows. Very little we could do about it and they moved on pretty quickly.
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She don't hurt my eyes . . .

Well, she is delightfully distracting and draws my eyes away from thread titles about vulkem, rivets and other less alluring subjects (and, no, silicon does not quickly pop into mind). So, I simply have to split my attention between thread titles and her until she stops trying to pick among her photo booth shots and strikes a pose. Then I can focus on thread titles and learning more about Airstreams. All said, I'd rather look at her than the panting Air Classifieds tongue.

Hey, she has inspired me. How 'bout spicing up the WBCCI International Rally with a Hottest Teen Beauty Pageant?

Slinking away while I can still get out of Dodge . . .
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:50 AM   #9
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Just stick her over in the "Off Topic" forum.....or perhaps "Fun and games"...
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Well, I miss the biker girl. How about you, Artstream?

Seriously, it's not a big deal to me. I have a large capacity to ignore things.
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Is this appropriate advertising for our forum?
NO IT IS NOT!

Now having said that let me also say this is a tough one. I would put my zeal towards the defense of freedom of speech up against anyone . However this is not a freedom of speech issue it is a matter of taste and like anything else money.

The Forum is rapidly morphing into a profit center. In a previous post I defended that transition and still do, expenses are clearly going beyond that of personnel dedication. So much for the money side. However have we reached the point of financial need that we have to except the level of "In Your Face Advertising" that the corner pull down and arm pit exposure represent?

A large percentage of us have moved to browsers that allow us to control pop ups mainly because we found them offensive, distracting, or just time consuming. Now we are going to be subjected to them within a selected page. I did not like them before and I do not like them now.

I would say the ads should be limited to subjects that reflect the needs of the members but there are members that may have a need for both of my examples. If they do let them work a bit harder to find the results. If I want a trailer cleaning product I do not need to see Billy Mays hawking it across the Forum for $19.95 and willing to double the offer if I act fast.
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I don't really understand the objective of singles/dating ads on this type of forum. Yes, they will get lots of "looks" but not very many responses. Plain economics will most like make the advertisers decide to pull the adds when they see little return for their dollar. We're all victims of advertising, mostly our own fault since we keep buy/using the stuff advertised. As for television, I can hardly wait for next Feburary when my old analog set goes blank and I can have peace and quiet again. Darol
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:29 AM   #13
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I feel it doesnt bother me either way but I think that opinions are good. I received karma once when Goodyear was on strike. I made mention of there inferior quality and tire issues because of the lack of experience producing from the machine operator while strike was going on , after all we are all here to learn from other peoples experience/Knowledge most of learned "hands on" or "first hand" If someone posts something that may not intrwest others there sure are alot of forums to choose from and some will intrest everyone. I love this forum and love what owning an airstream has done for me and my family.Because of the great people I have had the pleasure of traveling with
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If you look beyond her armpits, I think she is in an Airstream.

Maybe. You'll need to check on your own time.
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