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

  1. Skye

    Skye Active Member

    Lol, Luke. I'm still seeing them in the middle, too. I do like it much better with the ads at the bottom of the page, also, though...
  2. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Active Member

    It is kinda of weird but i don't like to bug people about chaning stuff back. But it'll be fine with whatever anyone wants. But thanks agian for the update Phil. Your doing a wonderful job and keep it up. :)
  3. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    I’ve created a new template scheme we’re testing now without ads in the middle of threads. In order to do this though an ad had to be placed at the top of the page with the MC Radio banner now above the quick reply box. We’ll probably go with this one unless the majority prefers the way it was previously.
  4. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    I think the ads look quite good at the top, eyecatching and well integrated.

    The other ad banner, the large one underneath the Amazon search box never seems to work here. I always get a big white rectangle. Maybe a coding problem or something.
  5. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Uh Phil... Hate to say it, but this seems to me like a bad reversal. Now the MC Radio banner is at the very bottom of the page, just before the Quick Reply link. To me, it felt much better when the radio banner was at the top of the page. Perhaps it would be best over all if the radio banner came first, then followed by the ads, then the posts in a thread. Otherwise, I'd say leave the radio at the top, the posts, then the ads.
    Dunno... Maybe a poll's needed to gage forum sentiment on this issue? Just my 2 cents.
  6. Teenager's

    Teenager's Member

    I agree.

    The one at the top is sorta annoying. It takes up a lot of room and sort of throws me off. The radio ad is much thinner and I feel it would be a better placement at the top. Whenever the larger ad was at the bottom I liked that more.

    But I also did think the ads after every 7 posts was too distracting.
  7. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Active Member

    I agree with the radio being down at the bottom. I like it better at the top of the threads. And the ads really don't bother me inbetween the threads. So whatever happens....happens.
  8. heralde

    heralde Well-Known Member

    It's not that big a deal, but I do think the radio's better at the top. Lol, sorry for all the comments, hopefully it'll all get worked out soon. :)
  9. MrsPepper

    MrsPepper Active Member

    Hey Phil, I know you have alot of kinks to work out so I won't nag too much. But I'm seeing alot of ads that aren't muppet related, which I don't remember seeing before. Just wondering if this was something you changed? I was sort of shocked to see a link for Gilmore Girls box sets, among alot of other random things.
  10. Fragglemuppet

    Fragglemuppet Well-Known Member

    Personally, I like the adds on top, but I also prefer the radio on top. My ideal display would be radio, then adds, then posts. But like Pepper said, I know you've got a lot to work on, so whatever you end up doing is fine with me.
    The reason I looked up this thread though was also a concern about the adds. Besides seeing some irelivant adds, (I think Pepper may have seen more than I did), I'm seeing some adds that I just can't believe! I saw an add for a Palisades penguin 2 pack, Quilting with the Muppets, and a 15 inch Bunsen doll. Are these all Amazon adds?
  11. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    You know... Would prefer it if the MC Radio banner was back up at the top of the page, as I said, makes it easier to find and know what's playing.
    The odd thing is, in a given thread's page, I'll find the ads both at the top and at the bottom. Frankly, just once at the bottom (first choice) or immediately after the MC Radio banner (second choice) would be enough for me... Found it odd though pleasing that the ads are only at the bottom on the forum's main page after all the forum sections.

    Dunno Phil... Maybe to save yourself major headaches and keep things consistent, MC Radio at the top and ads at the bottom?
    Just a friendly suggestion.
  12. Luke

    Luke Active Member

    I notice the MC Radio banner has been put back at the top of the forum index page, not sure if thats changing for everywhere or just there but at least its handy to have it there so people can start to listen to the radio once they start accessing the forum. Nice idea! I am also liking the wider variety of products being advertised.

    The only thing i would really mention is whether the ads looked neater and more integrated and less obtrusive without the big black Amazon logo, as it was originally and with the blue border as it matched the forum.
  13. Ruahnna

    Ruahnna Well-Known Member

    Um, if I want to shop on Amazon, does MC get credit even if I buy non-muppety items from them, so long as I get to Amazon by clicking through? (Not entirely clear about how this works and want to do my part....)
    Rizzo: Yeah, yeah--you just want an excuse to buy more books!
    Ru: Shhhh!
  14. erniebert1234ss

    erniebert1234ss Active Member

    Sorta OT: Yes Ru, you can, exactly the way that you said.

    As far as ads on the forums go, I'd rather see them on the bottom, BELOW the Quick Reply, and the MC Radio ad on the top. I truly enjoyed that! And many a time I clicked thru to the MC Radio page BECAUSE of the ad at the top.

    Maybe it's just me.

    BJ
  15. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Sorry about this Phil... But I have to voice my displeasure on the current set-up once again.
    Not only is it a bit distracting to find the ads posted... But now they're at the very top of the page, interrupting or taking me longer to find certain links like the one to reply to threads.
    IMHO the best scenario was to have the MC Radio banner on the top, the posts/threads, and finally the ads. If you want to have a biggger banner for the ads at the bottom so these will be noticed, I have no problem with that. Would just like to find things back to normal in the coming year.
  16. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    That usually means you're official... but oh well, I won't argue.

    I will say though, the ads are becoming more and more of a nuisense as of late with various little oddities going on...

    1. On most pages, save for the forum index, as they're replaced by MC Radio info, the ads will prevent tabs like "Search" and "Quick Links" from working properly, as the ads overlap the drop-down menus and search boxes.
    2. Ads usually tend to be the first things that load on a page, so if the ads stall, or are taking a long time to load, that stalls the rest of the page from loading when that happens.
    3. Similar to number two, if the ads refresh themselves every few seconds or so (like for items on eBay or such), that freezes the forum until the ad is completely refreshed.
    4. Similar to number four, if the ads refresh themselves, they stop animated avatars.
  17. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I personally don't mind the ads. They're usually tastefully displayed. I just decided not to click on them until the main site is revived. :sympathy:


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