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  • The product ads at the top of a forum post have to go!

    They are irrelevant to the post the vast majority of the time.
    They take up a lot of space.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    Perfect Example

    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      must admit i dislike them too. It'd almost be ok if there were anywhere near relevant to the subject matter
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      • #5
        Run FireFox and No Script... no more ads. Removes ads in gmail also.
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        • #6
          at least your version lines them up horizontally..

          my version lines them vertically..

          i have to scroll just to read the first post....

          the last thread i looked at had 5 products taking up the whole first visible page, none even remotely related to the thread, so they went ignored--this encourages me to constantly ignore them so if mp3car adds a product that actually applies, how am i going to know....
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          • #7
            Sorry guys, I'm working on relevance. I'm having a ball with our store not giving me access to popularity of products. They should never show up vertically though. If that happens again, can you let me know your browser and OS so I can fix it.

            I can also make these all smaller.

            The whole point of these, once I can get them more relevant, is to bring products that are talked about to the foreground instead of going to dig for them. But I can def. make them smaller, less obtrusive, and hopefully more relevant. The algorithm is complex already, but I really really want to pull # of views and product popularity from the store so I can not show some product from 4 years ago.

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            • #8
              I think they are more relevant now. Does anyone want me to shrink the size? I didn't think they were that in the way, but maybe I'm bias cuz i have a 24" monitor.

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              • #9
                i usually use a 19-22" screen, and the size looks ok..
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                • #10
                  Originally posted by TruckinMP3 View Post
                  Run FireFox and No Script... no more ads. Removes ads in gmail also.
                  I should have kept my mouth shut. Now they show, please get rid of them, very poor placement and not adding to the user experience.

                  Between this and not being able to exclude subforums from new post searches I will be visiting much less.
                  TruckinMP3
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                  • #11
                    I'm adding a checkbox for you guys to turn them off. But I have to ask, are they really in the way that much? Its only 200px at the top of the thread. Most of you guys aren't even at the top of the thread.
                    And to the subscribed threads, I will def be fixing that, I know its been on the list for a while, but we will have this back, I promise.

                    Originally posted by TruckinMP3 View Post
                    I should have kept my mouth shut. Now they show, please get rid of them, very poor placement and not adding to the user experience.

                    Between this and not being able to exclude subforums from new post searches I will be visiting much less.

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                    • #13
                      Hey guys. Thanks for the feedback. We often struggle with the best ways to fund innovation in the community. When we had run this relevant products idea by other moderators before it initially had some positive feedback especially when put in context with our costly new super rep points program designed to jump start innovation and community participation. I'm open to changing it around or even adding a "remove me" button. We had hoped it would help newbies find products to get them started and sales from relevant products would be used to fund some of our more expensive community expenditures:

                      Some of the programs we fund are costly. Examples include:
                      The supper rep points program
                      Auto app mart
                      Forum, database and website maintenance, sever and bandwidth costs
                      AFKfest - We pay for everything. Food, venue, video production, staff time, planning
                      Innovation Contests - Staff time and resources
                      Innovation grants
                      In the past we have covered food and drink of other community meet ups in Las Vegas, California, and Maryland.
                      At cost discounts for forum moderators who work around the clock to keep our forums spam free.
                      Video coverage of events like CES and SEMA also doesn't generate revenue

                      Let me just throw out some wild options:

                      Allow a turn off box for long time or active users similar to the way classified posts are controlled
                      Have an option for all users to move the bar to the side or the top
                      Allow users to exchange some super rep points to turn it off
                      I don't like this one, but people have suggested it so I'll throw it on the list: Allow new users to donate 10$ to our innovation efforts to turn it off

                      Anything else we should consider?
                      Last edited by Fiberoptic; 07-12-2011, 11:30 AM.

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                      • #14
                        I am seeing three ads: two in the first row and one in the second row... Very much a big deal to me.
                        I followed the link to the rep points thread and the first post is barely visible due to ad space. Make them go away in some fashion.
                        After reading the post, It is not an incentive for me, but might be interesting for others.

                        Attempting to be patient but almost time to move on.

                        EDIT: No script to the rescue again. forbid MP3 Car and no more ads. Not sure what other features I'll be missing out on....
                        Last edited by TruckinMP3; 07-12-2011, 05:39 PM.
                        TruckinMP3
                        D201GLY2, DC-DC power, 3.5 inch SATA

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                        • #15
                          I can sense your frustration here, and I'm hoping you can work with me to help get this resolved. They should never be on a 2nd row, nor make the thread barely visible. Would you be able to take a screenshot of what you see? The smallest screen I have to test with is 15" and they all fit fine there. 200px is about the size, a little smaller than this quick reply box. I will be making it so you can get rid of them, but if i could see what you see, that would help me make sure it doesn't stack on 2 lines.

                          Originally posted by TruckinMP3 View Post
                          I am seeing three ads: two in the first row and one in the second row... Very much a big deal to me.
                          I followed the link to the rep points thread and the first post is barely visible due to ad space. Make them go away in some fashion.
                          After reading the post, It is not an incentive for me, but might be interesting for others.

                          Attempting to be patient but almost time to move on. EDIT: No script to the rescue again. "forbid MP3Car" no more ads. Not sure what other features I'll be missing out on....

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