Testing Banner Ads - it's not a bug, it's me screwing things up

Discussion in 'Tech Support, General Q&A, Site Feedback & More' started by Spark, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. Spark

    Spark HPIC - Hatas gonna Hate Staff Member Administrator Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 2, 1998
    I'm testing banner ads right now.

    Paid members: Until testing is complete ads will display to everyone. I'm hoping to be able to get the filter for paid memberships working again after the tests are done.

    Registered Users: More ads are going to show up. Enjoy!

    Everyone, thanks for your support.
  2. sheathmaker

    sheathmaker Custom Leather Sheaths Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    May 18, 2005
    Yeah, I'm hoping you get the filter running again also. I've been either Platinum or Orange for a lot of years and I don't like the pop up ads for any reason.

    Paul Long
  3. CJZ

    CJZ Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 18, 2012
    This sounds pretty whiney to me even though Spark explained exactly why he needed to turn off the ad filter. :thumbdn:
  4. Mossyhorn

    Mossyhorn Enlightened Rogue Gold Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    I'm not going to complain about a coupon code for $10.00 off of gun parts. It sounds like a deal to me.
  5. tryppyr


    Feb 5, 2010
    Whew... I thought my membership got pre-expired. ;)
  6. Spark

    Spark HPIC - Hatas gonna Hate Staff Member Administrator Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 2, 1998
    Wait, you are getting pop up ads?

    Also you don't need to sign your name, your signature appears at the bottom of each post
  7. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Since "Registered Users" contribute nothing monetarily to Blade Forums, why not eliminate them altogether. When the dust settles (say a month), see how many of them want to be here enough to become "Paid Members". After that, reinstate the "Registered Users" category and bombard that category with ads.

    Just sayin
  8. Spark

    Spark HPIC - Hatas gonna Hate Staff Member Administrator Super Mod Moderator

    Oct 2, 1998
    I'd be more tempted to make everyone register to browse the forums, aka turn off browsing for most forums to non-registered users / people who aren't logged in.

    Some people are just here for the conversation and that's fine - it's not my intention to twist people's arms into paying for a membership. On the contrary, if I could I'd make every aspect of this site free to everyone. But, unfortunately the bills are high and I'm not a multimillionaire so I have to do what I have to do.
  9. Kohai999

    Kohai999 Second Degree Cutter Platinum Member

    Jul 15, 2003
    Paul Long is the best sheathmaker alive......who are you?

    Best Regards,

    STeven Garsson
  10. Zidfeldts


    Dec 28, 2010
    The ads haven't really bothered me. To tell you the truth I didn't notice them for a while.
  11. Modoc ED

    Modoc ED Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Well Spark, I just renewed my Gold Membership for another two more years.

    I only went for two years because I'm 70-years old and I'm not sure what my "experation date" will be. However, if it (my experation date) hasn't come by this time in 2016, I'll renew for another two years.

    I only renewed for Gold because I'm not quick enough to figure out how to change my user group so we'll just have to leave it at Gold for now.
  12. Esav Benyamin

    Esav Benyamin MidniteSuperMod

    Apr 6, 2000
    Paul is also one of the most generous and helpful members here.
  13. Chris Larrikin

    Chris Larrikin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Thanks for letting us know what's going on Spark. Testing always means a little bit of disruption - it's no big deal. Unfortunately I suspect a bunch of people won't see this thread and will jump the conclusion that you've "sold out" and decided it's banner ads for all. I hope there's enough activity here to keep the thread in sight until testing is finished.
    Also, while I generally hate banner ads I don't mind how you've got these set up. They're not too intrusive and aren't locked in my view. That makes me happy.

  14. leghog


    Aug 10, 2013
    Most of us would just go elsewhere.

    I need not sell my knives, so I do not sell here. I have bought from individuals and dealers here though. I've also given a knife here and am about to give another too. I gladly participate and contribute here and elsewhere on the net but probably would never pay to do so anywhere on any forum on the net.

    Just sayin
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2014
  15. Jack Black

    Jack Black Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Wish I could actually buy some of the stuff advertised! ;)
  16. neeman


    Apr 5, 2007
    If banners are what you need to make money
    then do what you have to do

    The quality of the people on these forums and their responses will not change
  17. bonzodog

    bonzodog Basic Member Basic Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    If the extra $ helps run the site so be it.
  18. A.L.


    Jun 27, 2007
    I was bit shocked to see the adds after finally paying for gold membership lately. :D
    Best place to be in the internets. You do your thing Spark, and thanks for having this place for us! :thumbup:
  19. VANCE

    VANCE Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Gold Member

    Mar 13, 2006
    i keep getting mcafee popping up saying...

    we tested this page & blocked content that comes from potentially dangerous or susicious sites. allow this conten only if you're sure it comes from safe sites

    is that from the ads?
  20. Skrapmetal


    Jul 13, 2009
    Had me worried that my membership expired.

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