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Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 4:46 pm
by rzzzzz
I really appreciate how the folks on real GM stay focused on sports and don’t let themselves get dragged into the polarizing mayhem. And I realize that there needs to be ads to pay for our entertaining exchange. But today I see some provocative inducement aimed at baiting folks towards whatever political aim. Is there any control over who gets to push whatever on the site, or are we sort of stuck with whoever has the bread?

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 4:50 pm
by azcatz11
I have been using AdBlocker for over a year now and don't see any ads. I made multiple posts in the feedback section saying how horrible all of the ads were and I couldn't even scroll thru the website without pop ups and no one ever replied to me so I was forced to use the AdBlocker when I would prefer not too and give the site revenue since it's free.

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 5:54 pm
by rzzzzz
azcatz11 wrote:I have been using AdBlocker for over a year now and don't see any ads. I made multiple posts in the feedback section saying how horrible all of the ads were and I couldn't even scroll thru the website without pop ups and no one ever replied to me so I was forced to use the AdBlocker when I would prefer not too and give the site revenue since it's free.


Yeah, recently moved from an aging laptop to a new tablet. I blocked on my old browser, but am generally more tolerant of late for, as you say, allowing favorite sites to recoup the expenses. Provided that the ads are just selling product, not discord.

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 5:56 pm
by BadWolf
Here comes my typical response...
There are ads on RealGM?

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 5:58 pm
by macNcheese3
azcatz11 wrote:I have been using AdBlocker for over a year now and don't see any ads. I made multiple posts in the feedback section saying how horrible all of the ads were and I couldn't even scroll thru the website without pop ups and no one ever replied to me so I was forced to use the AdBlocker when I would prefer not too and give the site revenue since it's free.


AdBlocker is essential!

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 5:58 pm
by shotsquatch
I have never seen an ad on RealGM. Like all modern internet users, I have an adblocker installed: https://adblockplus.org/

Advertisements are exploitative poison for your brain. I refuse to be tracked and manipulated online. The most dystopian advertisements are those for the US Army, which prey on directionless young men with promises of a bright future "serving the country". Gross. Pharmaceuticals are a close second.

Occasionally a website will prompt me to turn my adblocker off. In most cases, I leave the site instead and find a different one. However, it is easy to switch the adblocker on and off when necessary.

For content creators, I prefer to give financial support through Patreon or other digital tipping services rather than subject myself to advertisements on their platforms.

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 5:59 pm
by basketballRob
rzzzzz wrote:I really appreciate how the folks on real GM stay focused on sports and don’t let themselves get dragged into the polarizing mayhem. And I realize that there needs to be ads to pay for our entertaining exchange. But today I see some provocative inducement aimed at baiting folks towards whatever political aim. Is there any control over who gets to push whatever on the site, or are we sort of stuck with whoever has the bread?
Actually they talk almost as much politics as basketball, in the Current Affairs section.

Sent from my SM-G950U using RealGM mobile app

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 6:00 pm
by shotsquatch
rzzzzz wrote:I really appreciate how the folks on real GM stay focused on sports and don’t let themselves get dragged into the polarizing mayhem. And I realize that there needs to be ads to pay for our entertaining exchange. But today I see some provocative inducement aimed at baiting folks towards whatever political aim. Is there any control over who gets to push whatever on the site, or are we sort of stuck with whoever has the bread?

I'm curious, what sorts of political ads were you seeing? I turned my adblocker off for a moment and saw only ads for t shirts and athletic shoes.

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 6:05 pm
by Freighttrain
shotsquatch wrote:I have never seen an ad on RealGM. Like all modern internet users, I have an adblocker installed: https://adblockplus.org/

Advertisements are exploitative poison for your brain. I refused to be tracked and manipulated online. The most dystopian advertisements are those for the US Army, which prey on directionless young men with promises of a bright future "serving the country". Gross. Pharmaceuticals are a close second.

Occasionally a website will prompt me to turn my adblocker off. In most cases, I leave the site instead and find a different one. However, it is easy to switch the adblocker on and off when necessary.

For content creators, I prefer to give financial support through Patreon or other digital tipping services rather than subject myself to advertisements on their platforms.


Not everyone has the possibility or desire to pay for all the content that is out there. Having ads is a viable way to have another source of income for the content creator, whilst proving content for free and gaining a bigger audience. I would however have them personalised towards my own needs or benefits.

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 6:10 pm
by fianchetto
the ads here are terrible. I use an adblocker but when I'm on mobile there are so many redirects and ads it's terrible.

just because you can circumvent the terrible ads and redirects with an ad blocker doesn't mean that it's OK that they are there in the first place.

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 6:16 pm
by Schiltzenberger
Yeah, I use an adblocker too, I've been using adblock stuff, or variations of locking out ads, for nearly 20 years now.
I don't know what anyone is trying to sell me. :D

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 6:37 pm
by xdrta+
For anyone interested this is what The Markup finds on this site:

20 Ad trackers found on this site.
This is more than double the average of seven that we found on popular sites.

51 Third-party cookies were found.
This is more than the average of three that we found on popular sites.

This site allows Google Analytics to follow you across the internet.

Some of the ad-tech companies this website interacted with:

Adobe
Alphabet
Amazon
Criteo
IPONWEB
Lotame
MediaMath
Neustar
Magnite
Sovrn
TowerData
Verizon

Blacklight
https://themarkup.org/blacklight

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 6:47 pm
by fianchetto
xdrta+ wrote:For anyone interested this is what The Markup finds on this site:

20 Ad trackers found on this site.
This is more than double the average of seven that we found on popular sites.

51 Third-party cookies were found.
This is more than the average of three that we found on popular sites.

This site allows Google Analytics to follow you across the internet.

Some of the ad-tech companies this website interacted with:

Adobe
Alphabet
Amazon
Criteo
IPONWEB
Lotame
MediaMath
Neustar
Magnite
Sovrn
TowerData
Verizon

Blacklight
https://themarkup.org/blacklight


embarrasing.

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Jan 3, 2021 6:54 pm
by azcatz11
fianchetto wrote:
xdrta+ wrote:For anyone interested this is what The Markup finds on this site:

20 Ad trackers found on this site.
This is more than double the average of seven that we found on popular sites.

51 Third-party cookies were found.
This is more than the average of three that we found on popular sites.

This site allows Google Analytics to follow you across the internet.

Some of the ad-tech companies this website interacted with:

Adobe
Alphabet
Amazon
Criteo
IPONWEB
Lotame
MediaMath
Neustar
Magnite
Sovrn
TowerData
Verizon

Blacklight
https://themarkup.org/blacklight


embarrasing.


I can only assume they are generating a tremendous amount of revenue. I know I'm one person, but I assume others would be more than happy to turn the AdBlocker off when using this site since it's free if the pop ups weren't horrible.

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Mon Jan 4, 2021 3:08 pm
by rzzzzz
shotsquatch wrote:I'm curious, what sorts of political ads were you seeing? I turned my adblocker off for a moment and saw only ads for t shirts and athletic shoes.


Basically looking for money to fight wearing masks.

(Just added something called Ad Guard from the App Store. Hope this covers it. Apologies to this site for raising concern if my own basic initiative should have covered it. Though, again, I don’t want to rob it of a needed funding source.)

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Fri Jan 8, 2021 2:37 pm
by KEMBAtheMETEOR
I'm willing to turn off adblockers for certain sites, but RealGM lost those privileges YEARS ago.

Re: Can we ban political ads/recruitment?

Posted: Sun Aug 29, 2021 4:20 pm
by Howard Mass
Please post all ad Questions here.

viewtopic.php?f=40&t=978414

Thanks!