First of all let me say that we have had the Google ads up on a test style for the past few days and I have seen nothing in the Surviving Abuse forum or in the Loss forums that others say would pop up. Even in the TCAC forum where penis is a very common word I have seen no ads that would be inappropriate in the sense some have predicted or have said they have seen elsewhere.
That's not to say that it is not possible that such ads would appear. But if they did we would certainly act quickly to remove them once we became aware of them. Google states that ads we list to remove will be pulled within two hours.
hawkfeather, what I am trying to do is consider what the implications are of what is being said and how that applies to everything on the forums. I don't find the "ads make money" comparison a justification for applying what is suggested here to ads but not to other aspects of potential insensitivity for members that members themselves place and certainly have no reason to do so other than personal wish. MDC needs the revenue to cover costs. Let's stop turning that into an evil aim. We're not talking about lining anyone's pockets but rather keeping MDC open and running, free of charge.
The whole matter of triggers is one that presents itself everytime someone posts their story. Any story could be a trigger for someone. Is it not more appropriately a matter of the individual being selective about what they read rather than a matter of us regulating the words members use to post their story? Even the titles of threads can present triggers for some. And yes, we do ask members to be sensitive about that in SA, and certainly we would remove something that we feel is simply too much to host, but just read through some of the posts and you can see the overwhelming number of threads in titles alone that are potential triggers. So I am not saying this hurt is okay because other things hurt. I'm saying let's be realistic about the whole internet experience.
More later. I need to get offline for now.