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The "ads"
« on: December 22, 2007, 08:30:59 pm »
Hey all, I just wanted to mention about the ads which are now on the forum. I realize that people might not love that these are on the site, but I am simply experimenting with them right now. A few quick notes on this:

  • I tried to put them in places which aren't too obnoxious.
  • The site costs over $5k per year to maintain, so even if I can get a small amount back it would be a big help.
  • I am putting the money back into the site. I am in the process of moving the site onto a new dedicated server. Right now the site runs on a Pentium 4, 2.8GHz. The new server will be a Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz with dual processors. Once installed the site should be significantly faster!
  • Also look few a new design for both the main page and the forum within the next 60 days.

So I hope you all understand why I can experimenting with ads on the site. I don't mind spending the money to keep the site up and running, but I also want to continue to upgrade and improve the site and this might just be a necessary evil in order to do this. Thanks for understanding.


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Re: The "ads"
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2007, 08:32:13 pm »
There's your answer SBD.

Hope you don't mind if I adblock them, sorry.

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Re: The "ads"
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2007, 08:37:21 pm »
I hope I didn't register that $5K properly.

... maybe something has gone wrong in my head but I'm fairly sure that means $5000 and that's a crap load of money.

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Re: The "ads"
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2007, 08:38:34 pm »
Your math is flawless, sir. :)

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Re: The "ads"
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2007, 08:40:15 pm »
Your math is flawless, sir. :)

... isn't that... how do I put this?


EXPENSIVE!(?)

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Re: The "ads"
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2007, 08:46:31 pm »
Yes, the site runs on a dedicated server. Which means that I have an ENTIRE server running (normally a server will host something like 50-200 individual sites at once) just this site and nothing but this site. It was necessary for the amount of traffic the site was getting.

The forums alone get well over a million page views A MONTH (some months it has been double or triple this), which is a lot of traffic (and A LOT of database calls). So the only way I can keep this site up and running is to have it on a dedicated server which can handle a large amount of traffic quickly. Hence, the expense.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2007, 08:48:16 pm by Gaming Steve »
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Re: The "ads"
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2007, 08:47:17 pm »
Dear lord... are you rich?

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Re: The "ads"
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2007, 09:20:40 pm »
Well they are pretty out of the way so it's all good.

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Re: The "ads"
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2007, 11:48:06 pm »
It freaked me out! Chowder scares me ... also try not to eat pepper spray ...

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Re: The "ads"
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2007, 12:42:29 am »
You let them have an ad for that gummi bear ring tone. you monster.

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Re: The "ads"
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2007, 02:32:23 am »
No pop-ups, dear to god no pop-ups.  :(
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Re: The "ads"
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2007, 03:58:10 am »
ok plank... as soon  as you pay up 5000$ a year  :-\ dont be so selfish its not that bad

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That quote is actualy very witty, Celdur. I suggest you use that in your signature.

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Re: The "ads"
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2007, 04:24:59 am »
Waaaaaaah!!! there's one at the bottom of this thread! It's a freaking "farting santa" ringtone!!

I cried some inside me when i saw that.
Imma go get adblock.

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Re: The "ads"
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2007, 04:28:18 am »
Have you thought of getting someone in to tinker with the forums to minimise database load?

I hadn't noticed ads because I have adblock. I might consider whitelisting this site for the moment if the ads don't annoy me because I understand how difficult it is to host a site without anything supporting it.

EDIT: I whitelisted @@|http://*gamingsteve.com/* and I couldn't see any ads. Then I disabled adblock and I still couldn't see them.

Heh.
« Last Edit: December 23, 2007, 04:34:14 am by Daxx »

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Re: The "ads"
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2007, 04:48:28 am »
They don't seem to show up on the Babylon Theme
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