And the whole "buy this!!!!!!!!!!!!" vibe goes against everything I thought Mothering stood for. First the wheel, the the Old School House and now this?
I thought things were getting better here, but I'm not feeling so hopeful anymore.
I'm sorry a few threads were closed regarding this, but we need to keep these in the appropriate forum in order to properly address it.
I was just reading this thread and I glanced over to the left at the ads...all 4 ads advocating circumcison :
here's a screen shot I saved
but i did want to add my 2 cents to the coffers (which apparently must be in dire straits if we're having to resort to this).
1.) even though it may be possible to block the ads by downloading software, it may not be an option for many who log on here (ie., those who use work/library/internet cafe to log on). and what about people first coming to the site, who don't know they have the option, and see the ads, and are confused by the apparent hypocrisy (AP/NFL threads, mainstream ads)?
2.) so the ads use keywords, and the solution to keeping certain ads out is to *censor* our words by placing asterisks in the word, as in c*irc and br*east? how many people are going to want to do that?
3.) speaking of hypocrisy...we're told that certain language and topics are not allowed because this is a "family-friendly" site and children might be reading over parents' shoulders...what do you think the conversation will be like when johnny asks his mommy "why does that say you can find big penis on ebay?" it's not okay for us to talk about dildos, but we can feel free to click the link to go buy them...:
4.) and speaking of clicking links...i know i personally don't have the time or energy to click on or copy and paste "questionable" links and report them, and i doubt many others do, either, so i don't see this as a viable solution to getting rid of them (i know this was a solution suggested in earlier discussions about the ads being placed; whether it's still being suggested or not, i have no idea. again, no time to look).
all in all, i think this is going to turn a lot of members away, old and new. this can't be the only solution to the site's financial issues, can it? or maybe it is...less members posting, less bandwidth being used, less money being spent...
either way, i'm disappointed. not only with the site, but the magazine itself (which has also become quite ad-heavy of late; what does the band Bare Naked Ladies have anything to do with AP/NFL?).
i do hope some kind of solution is reached, and i'll keep checking back in the hopes of seeing that happen, but until then, ladies...good luck.
great! i have been trying to give advice to new moms till im blue in the face..trying to reassure, offer patience, etc. Now, all they need to do is click on the link above and train their baby.
really! is this really happening here? since comign to MDC, i have changed so many things in my life above and beyond the cloth diapers i came here to find. my family has benefitted so much. MDC helped me find what i needed. if i cant get that here anymore, then fine..but ive already learned. waht about those new moms who haven't??? they will NEVER know what i learned.
"REUTERS OFFBEAT VIDEOS: Boys circumcised en masse" this is ridiculous and has got to go, else I'm way out of here, this is in such poor taste I can't even believe it. I feel freaking sick.
I'm going to email Cynthia now, PLEASE get rid of these google ads!!!
Somebody PM me when they're gone, thanks.
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DOWN WITH GOOGLE ADS!!!!!
I WILL NOT be renewing my premium membership if they still have google ads.
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Anyway, I know I'm waiting with baited breath to see what happens after Ms. Mom talks with Cynthia.
I'm appalled, infuriated, saddened, disgusted.
Please, allow me to add my name to the list of the thoroughly disgusted with the whole Google ads thing.
Posters here warned you this would happen. Posters here were ignored.
It boils down to this: even if people take their time that they could be learning and participating in community here to police your ads for you, even if the offensive ads are removed, the fact remains that for the time the ads are present, Mothering is making money by advertising fetish websites, homophobic websites, pro-circ, pro-vax, pro-formula websites, and the like.
This is what you want?
I just really can't believe it. I am so disappointed in you, MDC.
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Or does that mean that the people testing the ads didnt find all the inappropriate ads to be inappropriate?
6 weeks seems like plently of time for the testing to be all tested out.
Cynthia Mosher 10-01-2006
|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.|
I'm not convinced it's going to make money if 99 out of 100 ads are going to be blocked for being pornographic or insanely inappropriate, but it's what they're trying to work with now, & I'm willing to try & help the PTB fix it, since they have so gamely offered.
One question- since email is inconvenient for some, not working for others, can we (as some others have done already) just post the bad urls here, with brief descriptor (so we don't repeat)? Would that make it easier for you to just come to one place (this or another new thread in this forum)?
I honestly am not going to take the time to fiddle with my screwy email everytime I see one, but I would copy & paste & add them to a thread, as an interim solution till you can get a button working.
This is going to be a headache for y'all behind the scenes, & I can't say I envy you the next few weeks!
I hate the direction this is going, it makes me really sad to see how "far" we've come. Huh, I guess this is progress...
a way to PM the admin so they would know & could shut it off for individual posters... if clicking the links is what makes money, & I KNOW I will NOT be clicking the links, then MDC is not going to be LOSING any money by taking the ads off my account, right???
i am new here and came here just to get info on circumsision. i am now a bit confused and scared because i am seeing ads for circumsision. i know that i made the right decision to leave my son intact, but then these ads... it's so ironic.
Not acceptable. "Top 10 Adult Circumcision Sites?????"
I'm really disappointed.