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Discussion in 'Feedback' started by Phillip, Nov 22, 2007.

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  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    We’ve made some minor changes to how forum ads are displayed.

    For example, the MC Radio now playing graphics have been moved down the page to appear around every seven posts. In addition, we’ve added a rotation script so that you’ll also see promotional links for products from our store and Master Replicas. We’ll change this content out from time to time to highlight different areas of MC or special new releases. We’ve also made the forum a little bit wider to accommodate these changes and decrease scrolling.

    If you experience any problems, please post in our feedback forum. Thanks in advance for your understanding. As always, a great way to show your support of Muppet Central is by purchasing any products through these links.
  2. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks for keeping us updated Phil. Personally, I prefer having the graphic and link for MC Radio at the top of every page of a thread, be it a single or multi-paged one. Makes it easier to find and access, having it before the first post that way.
    Also, not sure, but shouldn't the items announced as "Coming Soon" be dropped as soon as they've been released, like the various DVD's?
    Just a few thoughts. Keep up the great behind-the-scenes work.
  3. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    I would go with the Count, i was finding that top link useful, a great help in seeing what was playing. I think mid down might look a bit intrusive and not as neatly positioned.

    Saying that, it now isn't showing up at all here, and the bottom ad banner is just blank most of the time as well.
  4. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well, first of all, I see this has increased the forum width even more, which I like, because now, the text box for replies and new posts aligns perfectly with the rest of the table.

    My only thing is the ads make the forum look a bit "unprofessional" to me... I mean, this is an official Muppets/Henson website, and most official websites don't have ads because they don't need them.

    But that's just me.
  5. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for the feedback. I'll consider adding the MC Radio banner back to the top if that's the placement you all prefer.
  6. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    Thanks Phill. Actually, the radio graphic wasn't showing for me either, so I'm glad you're considering putting it back.
    :)

    Actually Snowth, I don't think this is strictly an "official" sight. I might be wrong, but I think in order for it to be "official" Phill would have to work for the JHC or Disney. Therefore, the adds do help in providing funding for the site.
  7. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Yes that's right. We're an unofficial fan site even though we have relationships with the respective official companies represented.
  8. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Phillip, it's not on here at all. IE7. I can't see the ads anymore either, i thought they looked fine when they were showing up though.
  9. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Right now the ads appear after seven posts in a thread. So you should see an ad after post #7, #14, #21 etc. in each thread. And as you requested, I'll add the radio banner back to the top of the pages later today.
  10. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    Yes radio banner back at top, but no ads.
  11. theprawncracker

    theprawncracker Well-Known Member

    I love having the radio banner back on top, but I'm really not liking the ads in the middle of threads. I dunno, just something about it seems off to me. I think I'd prefer having them at the bottom of the page. Maybe above or below the Quick Reply box?
  12. redBoobergurl

    redBoobergurl Well-Known Member

    I do agree with Ryan, I think it almost breaks up the thread too much and makes it seem like the thread stops when the ad pops up. Just my thoughts.
  13. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hey Phil... First off, thanks for returning the MC Radio banner to the top of a thread's given page. Makes it easier to find up there. But I agree with Ryan "Prawny" and Beth, the ads in the middle are off-putting to me. It breaks up the continuity of the messages when reading a thread's contents. It might be better to put them at the bottom once again, either after the last post of a thread's page or after all the posting rules.
    Hope this helps somewhat and hope you had a great Thanksgiving.
  14. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    I have to agree, the ads are a little intrusive to the flow of the messages. I think they could work at the bottom. Thanks and have a Happy Day After Thanksgiving! :)
  15. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    I see the ads now, and yes agree with the others that it's a bit too intrusive. They still catch the eye at the bottom and fit neatly there.
  16. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Thinner...

    If the ads could somehow be thinner as are the blue bars atop each post. I know that's not much, but it is less intrusive and integrates the advertisement more. ;)

    If that blue bar that reports the advertisement was in fact the ad itself and reported "more information below" or "click for more information" that could work best. It would take reformatting and I'm not sure if that could be done with the forum set-up but it would probably be the best way to pepper ad banners mixed in the forum posts. :)
  17. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Hey Phil... Thanks for placing the ads at the end of a thread's given page's posts. Goes to show that this place listens to its members when it comes to important retinkering or retweaking details.
    Keep up the great work.
  18. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    Well, I just assumed because of said relationships, the fact you guys have a domain name, and you've mentioned that you have to pay a lot of money to keep MC up and running that it was an official site... heck, the minute you pay for something (domain name, more bandwidth, more webspace, etc), it's considered official in my book.

    *Shrug* Just my thoughts, anyway...
  19. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    I just wanted to say thanks for changing everything back Phill!
    :)
  20. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    I'm still seeing them in the middle. I must be working on some kinda delay, lol

    :eek:


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