View Full Version : Prop 8 advert ?!


holden1
11-03-2008, 09:23 PM
I was quite shocked to see mobileread advertising and promoting prop 8.

I would like to know if mobileread advocated this advert, and support its policies. I for one do not come onto these forums to be forced policies and politics I do not agree in.

Admin?

zelda_pinwheel
11-03-2008, 09:28 PM
holden, can you explain what is prop 8 please ? to answer your question, mobileread allows advertising on the site to help pay for the site's expenses (hosting, etc.) but we don't have any input about what ads are shown. there are plenty of ads for things we don't endorse at all or want anything to do with (all those dating sites come to mind...). if you don't want to see the ads, i recommend that you use Firefox browser with the AdBlock Plus plugin.

Nate the great
11-03-2008, 09:31 PM
Holden is probably talking about Proposition 8 (http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=4&q=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Proposition_8_(2008)&usg=AFQjCNF1Y6fZYY4og5dU_nCfAzXPRd-q7Q). I don't know; I can't see the ad.

holden1
11-03-2008, 09:34 PM
Holden is probably talking about Proposition 8 (http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=4&q=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Proposition_8_(2008)&usg=AFQjCNF1Y6fZYY4og5dU_nCfAzXPRd-q7Q). I don't know; I can't see the ad.

The ad is placed at the top of the screen, next to the mobileread banner.

I have just read admins response - and I am very pleased to hear they have no control over what adverts are posted here. Thank you :)

zelda_pinwheel
11-03-2008, 09:35 PM
i can't see the ad either. but in the similar threads, i get "What is with the Scientologist advert on MobileRead? (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27910)" in which another member wonders about a surprising advert on the site. we get some pretty crazy ones sometimes... just try to ignore them. :)

zelda_pinwheel
11-03-2008, 09:43 PM
(and, not that this has much to do with the original subject of this thread, the thread about the scientologist advert veers into unutterable silliness really fast, and is still hilarious months later.)

desertgrandma
11-03-2008, 09:46 PM
I was quite shocked to see mobileread advertising and promoting prop 8.

I would like to know if mobileread advocated this advert, and support its policies. I for one do not come onto these forums to be forced policies and politics I do not agree in.

Admin?


I never saw the ad. Maybe its "regional?" Holden are you from California?

zelda_pinwheel
11-03-2008, 09:51 PM
i think the ads are almost definitely regional. a lot of ads have been mentioned by others that i've never seen. i've not had a single political ad for the US presidential elections, for instance, although others were not so lucky. :D

daffy4u
11-03-2008, 09:53 PM
i think the ads are almost definitely regional. a lot of ads have been mentioned by others that i've never seen. i've not had a single political ad for the US presidential elections, for instance, although others were not so lucky. :D

'scuse me. My ad is getting through. :p

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zelda_pinwheel
11-03-2008, 09:57 PM
'scuse me. My ad is getting through. :p

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right, sorry. i've seen one advert for that. :D

desertgrandma
11-03-2008, 10:03 PM
Okay people, I just got one for the Illiad book reader!!!

Whats going one here???

Don't you know I am a KINDLE person??

zelda_pinwheel
11-03-2008, 10:04 PM
scandalous !!!!

once again, i remind everyone, that the adverts google serves do not necessarily reflect the views of this forum, or its administration. :D

daffy4u
11-03-2008, 10:07 PM
Okay people, I just got one for the Illiad book reader!!!

Whats going one here???

Don't you know I am a KINDLE person??

I use Firefox but I just copy and pasted the link for this thread into Explorer and got a Kindle ad, an ad for some Kindle books and one for Project:Report supported by Sony.

zelda_pinwheel
11-03-2008, 10:10 PM
huh. i regularly get cybook and iliad ads but i've never gotten one for the kindle. more proof that ads are served on a regional basis.

in other news, holden1, it is indirectly YOUR FAULT that i am once again still up at 4 in the bloody morning, because i got sucked into the *old* adverts on mobileread thread and am reading the entire thing and giggling to myself (instead of GOING TO BED like any sane person would have 3 hours ago).

desertgrandma
11-03-2008, 10:11 PM
I use Firefox but I just copy and pasted the link for this thread into Explorer and got a Kindle ad, an ad for some Kindle books and one for Project:Report supported by Sony.

I use Firefox exclusively also. Interesting how these things work, eh?

zelda_pinwheel
11-03-2008, 10:26 PM
thank GOD i've now finished re-reading that other thread (all 22 pages ! it's riveting, y'all.) and i can now go to bed. sheesh, it's about time.

mjh215
11-04-2008, 09:32 AM
Another option that I personally prefer for getting rid of ads is a good hosts file. Reason I bring this up is it will take care of whatever browser or software you are using as it works at the network stack level of the OS. Also pretty much any OS with a TCP/IP stack can use a hosts file (I believe).

This is one of the most popular ones; http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm

And here is a wiki page with a good description and links to various hosts files (Including an insanely large one on a French site.) ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hosts_file

Firefox obviously has Adblock, which is highly regarded. Opera has a built in Block Content option, and Safari has an Adblock port. Internet Explorer has a couple of commercial and non-commercial alternatives but I'm not familiar with them.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865
http://operawiki.info/OperaAdblock
http://safariadblock.sourceforge.net/

Me, I'm an old school Opera user and I've been using custom hosts files even longer. There is a debate as to benefit of blacklists today. Personally I'm with the school of thought that they are still great if you maintain them.

-MJ

Since mobileread helps pay for its hosting and all with the ads perhaps you should ignore this post :)

pilotbob
11-04-2008, 10:28 AM
Firefox obviously has Adblock, which is highly regarded. Opera has a built in Block Content option, and Safari has an Adblock port. Internet Explorer has a couple of commercial and non-commercial alternatives but I'm not familiar with them.


I found adblock and the accompanying Filter.G updater to really slow down my browser. (At least on the Mac didn't try it on XP). So, I removed it. I just ignore the adds anyway.

BOb

DixieGal
11-04-2008, 10:43 AM
I always get a chuckle from the ad where you download a chapter, then pay $1.99 for each chapter after that. Short chapter books, such as the unmentionable Da Vinci Code, would end up costing a small fortune!

:xmas:

badgoodDeb
11-04-2008, 01:36 PM
Or, another of his books, "Angels and Demons". I enjoyed it a lot. But yes -- lots of short chapters. Wouldn't want to buy by the chapter!

Seabound
11-04-2008, 02:09 PM
holden1, you must live in California. I think servers take a look at our IP addresses and know what region we live in and tailor the ads accordingly. The political ads I see, for example, are specific to my state. A lot of sites do this, e.g. Google search. Like Big Brother. Scary.

RickyMaveety
11-04-2008, 02:22 PM
Yeah, dammit!! I don't want to see iRex ads!! I hate coming on to the MR site and getting force-fed ebook readers (other than the Kindle, of course). :rofl:

You know .... I realized lately, that I simply do not see the ads anymore. Not at any site. They are just so much white noise. And, as for political ads?? I can honestly say that they do nothing at all to sway my vote. I do not make voting decisions based on advertising ... I also don't purchase products based on advertising.

Candidates ... I read as much as I can about them and their views and vote accordingly.

Products .... I generally go with something I've either had long experience using, or I get a chance to try something out at a friend's house, or a friend recommends it.

I never saw, heard or read, an advertisement that told me the whole truth (and nothing but ...). You think Proposition 8 is an abomination?? Then, do what I did ... vote against it.

Patricia
11-04-2008, 05:24 PM
I'm sorry about that, Holden1.

As zelda has explained, the site advertisements are chosen by Google Adsense.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AdSense

Allegedly, the Adsense program is sensitive to the page content. So, if someone mentions the novels of L Ron Hubbard then scientology ads are inflicted on us. A thread about avatars has a semi-permanent ad on creating your own avatar. I'm afraid that some people have been making humorous alternative election posts in the Lounge. This may conceivably have inadvertently triggered the offending (and offensive) advertisement.

MobileRead's policy is that we won't tolerate hate-speech of any kind. I can't speak for everybody, but I think that I would far rather not have advertisements that lead to a lack of toleration. I apologise for the annoyance caused to you.

I haven't seen the advertisement because I live in Europe. Google Adsense will show ads based on your location. It also thinks that a lot of single men frequent this site, given the occasional adverts for foreign brides.

RWood
11-04-2008, 06:30 PM
Thank you Patricia (holding temper in check), you mentioned it and the ad appeared by the Magic of Google.

desertgrandma
11-04-2008, 07:15 PM
Thank you Patricia (holding temper in check), you mentioned it and the ad appeared by the Magic of Google.

:rofl::rofl:

I'm still not getting anything except Iliyad adverts.......

ShortNCuddlyAm
11-04-2008, 07:21 PM
I briefly had a US election advert, urging me to vote - guess AdSense didn't pick up on my IP addy!

But mostly I'm getting adverts for the Iliad and Windows Mobile DB SW

Dr. Drib
11-04-2008, 07:25 PM
'scuse me. My ad is getting through. :p

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This is the man - er, duck - to vote for! :)


Don

daffy4u
11-04-2008, 07:28 PM
This is the man - er, duck - to vote for! :)


Don

Woo Hoo! Thank you! :celebrate:

RWood
11-04-2008, 11:20 PM
We've had worse than a duck before ....

Donnageddon
11-05-2008, 01:47 AM
Allegedly, the Adsense program is sensitive to the page content. So, if someone mentions the novels of L Ron Hubbard then scientology ads are inflicted on us.

Boobies!

Worth a try...

zelda_pinwheel
11-05-2008, 08:53 AM
Boobies!

Worth a try...

no no donnageddon, you want the OTHER ad thread (http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=27910) !!!