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Always had OCN on my white list and always will. biggrin.gif
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It looks like that ad is targeting you and not the content of the site. That will happen from time to time. As we secure more direct advertisers, you will notice less of those "generic" ads. 

By keeping OCN whitelisted, you help support the site - whether it's a car ad or a computer ad. We are doing our best to ensure we increase the amount of computer ads by selling more direct advertising rather than resorting to network advertising when no direct ad is found.

Well I will keep it whitelisted on a trial period for right now. Although one ad I am seeing is making me hungry and think of food. My stomach has decided that it is time for dinner.
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Always had OCN on my white list and always will. biggrin.gif

 

Thanks Frick! You are amazing good sir :)

 

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Well I will keep it whitelisted on a trial period for right now. Although one ad I am seeing is making me hungry and think of food. My stomach has decided that it is time for dinner.

 

Thanks very much! I can't promise the ads will always be 100% relevant (due to how network ads work), but I can promise the wallpaper ads will be :thumb: Those are directly chosen/accepted by our ad sales team.

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I can address a few things:
  1. Style / format preferences are very subjective as you know. I wish we could please everyone sad-smiley-002.gif  I do agree we need a redesign and one will be done. I am working with Huddler on it.
  2. I honestly don't believe our ads are causing malware issues on Computers. I run Kaspersky as well and have never received any malware issues from OCN. I am on daily and I browse from both US and CAN IPs.
  3. By no means has the site moved to a more profit-driven motive. I promise you this. Revenue has grown with the site growing. Prizing has increased in the same way.

It bothers me that you have this perception of us now. It does not bother me that you have this opinion - it bothers me that we left you with that feeling doh.gif

Understandable, I don't expect my opinion to be shared or to be 100% all or nothing, but it would be nice for more options. On the old forums there was an expandable version I believe, that was a nice feature, I don't seem to see that on Huddler, it does have a mobile version, but I think even on my phone its not really beneficial as it loses the cool features of OCN like the latest posts, latest news.

If you browse OCN with IE and no anti-virus, you CAN get malware. I say can because in the past I have gotten it. Unfortunately, I don't have screenshots or logs right now to prove it. With Kaspersky running I have no issues, but without it and without adblock I get hit with that stuff. It was on two occasions, once quite recently where I kept being redirected to some site asking me to download something on random pages. Before it was when some pop up ad got when OCN was on vBulletin and anyone who saw it got a notification from their anti-virus. Obviously I am not using IE after I set everything up, but still that shouldn't be happening. People come here for information, some are very knowledgeable, others not so much. The latter worry me a bit.

In all honesty, I would prefer less ads to prizes, or at least I think from a management standpoint less ads on the guests. Let me explain why. I have been here since 2007, I remember how awesome this forum was when we had CyberDruid, and Syrillian (rip), and there are quite a few members still here that do pretty awesome work. At the time of this post there are 1718 guests. With the current ad placement, I wouldn't be surprised at a huge percentage of those guests being turned off signing up on these forums by the ads alone. By deterring people from registering and posting we lose the opportunity for future CyberDruids, Syrillians, and people who may take their awesome work and become a member elsewhere. Revenue is important, but so is community.

Personally, I would love to see more benchmarks, guides, and articles come from OCN, quite a lot of the sticky threads are quite old, some such as the water cooling discussions have dead links, and the other information is questionable since its 1-4 years old. If there was something OCN could do to make sure the information was managed better or use the money to make it more comprehensive that would be my vote. I think a lot more people would become regular users. As a result, bring in more money from less ads on the grounds they would be visiting the forums on a more regular basis. Why limit yourself to revanue on an impression from a guest who may visit this forum once, versus a member who will visit this forum on a repetitive basis.

I appreciate you taking the time to hear me out admin. I am glad to hear that OCN is not a profit goal. I just wanted to share a bit about my experience over the last few years here, and offer another point of view.
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Chunk change for 3 months ought a do it. Though I don't feel any better with the custom title to be honest other than noticing my name font is black now...Still better than allowing potentially malicious ads for me to join the hidden and uncertain botnet. smile.gif
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I must say I have pretty much gotten used to the ads and actually clicked a few intriguing ones on purpose.
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I have had ocn whitelisted on my adblocker for some time, but I just realized that I had the turn ads off button checked in my ocn settings. Now I can see them biggrin.gif
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