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    Default advertising appearing WITHIN my post without my permission

    ....and what the f.......

    When I look at this thread as a guest (rather than logged in), there is a photo (that I did NOT attach) within my original post. It shows stone squares that does not in any way relate to what I am talking about and, in fact, is misleading. Clicking on the photo takes me to a site related to stone products (via Google).

    What is going on?

    This is potentially quite dangerous (not in relation to my particular thread) but could substantially mislead readers as to what the original poster is talking about. Subsequently, inaccurate advice may be given inadvertently.

    Significantly, the photo in no way has any indicator that it is an ad. It just looks like a photo that I have supplied.

    Not happy, Jan!
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    ...when I view it as a member, the photo does not appear..........
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    Strange, this is what I see added to your post if logged out.


    Posted by John2b, And no, BEVs are not going to save the planet, which doesn't need saving anyway.

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    Oohhmm!!
    Relax.
    We'll clean the crud out that you've picked up along the way.
    Nothing sinister.....just accumulated Google tags that have bugger all to do with this site.

    More Beer!!

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    There's advertising on teh intarwebz?
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    I don't have any problem with advertising as long as it does not look like I have placed it there or it is descriptive of what I am trying to discuss in my post.

    How can I pick up crud if all I have done is typed? No attachments, no links, no cut and paste......just typing!
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    Log In first.

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    I am not sure what that means. I have to be logged in to type a message.

    Sorry, I am not trying to be difficult but it could have been very misleading and I could have received bad advice because it looked like my picture.

    If I am responsible for doing that (even inadvertently) I need to know how so that I can make sure that it doesn't happen in the future. If it is a "feature" of the forum design, I need to know so I can scream so more

    thanks
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    and if you are saying....log in first and then you won't be annoyed by the advertisement then you may be missing the point.

    My thread was about old ceiling tiles. The picture that appears is this:

    imgad.jpg

    which does not even look like an advertisement. It looks like I am illustrating my question. It appears with a small arrow in the corner as though it is video. When you press, you are taken to the advertisers site.

    Of course, if you just think of it as a picture I attached, I get incorrect advice.

    So it isn't a little thing......
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    It'll be "Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2" and their Google Adsense Targeting Tags, I bet....


    Hummm...I shall add the words domination, dwarf, leather and nappy rash to my post to see what sort of ads those words draw....
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    if it was what Bedford sees then I have no problem. But obviously it rotates....sometimes to these unattributed linked photos (I have seen another example on someone elses thread showing a tractor and no indication it was advertising).

    Another example of why this is a bad idea (just having a misleading picture):

    I write a post saying that I am thinking of doing some tiling but I am worried that normal tile cement won't be waterproof enough as I am doing a bathroom shower. I do not add a picture but the forum advertising process adds a picture of "ye olde waterproof tiling cement".

    Without the picture, someone may write saying make sure you use waterproof cement.

    As the picture is there (with no indication that it is advertising) a reply may just say "yep, that will do the job - no worries". I am unaware that the contributor is referring to the photo.

    Guys, truly, this is a bad idea. For god's sake include advertising but make it clear what is advertising and what is not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattcz View Post
    Guys, truly, this is a bad idea. For god's sake include advertising but make it clear what is advertising and what is not.
    Matt, keep your shirt on we're looking into it.
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    If you don't log in.......you'll get ads and stuff, that are nothing to do with your post or your thread.
    Just Log in......simple.

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    yep, that's not the answer.

    MANY people cruise this site without being registered. They only register when they have something to say.

    What if an unregistered user decides to register, log on and answer my question. Yes, when they log on they won't see it but that's not going to bother them, they will answer in relation to the picture they saw before.

    Is it a small chance that this will occur? Yes. But due to the purpose of the website, it has the ability to cause an enormous amount of damage.

    Besides...it is sneaky advertising - designed to mislead and aimed at the gullible and is not worthy, in my opinion, of the good "brand" that we have all as contributors and administrators built up on this site.
    Yes, my questions are stupid! And just to confirm my stupidity, I am restoring a 120y.o. farmhouse in Czech Republic without great language skills and surrounded by people that make me look positively sober. This forum is my last chance for straight answers (if not sobriety). Be gentle with me. Cheers!

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    Sorry about that.

    That ad and any others that appear in threads are not supposed to be there. Some how that section of advertising seems to have been inadvertently activated.

    We do not run so called "sneaky advertising" we do however, pepper guests and anyone not logged in with ads rather than fill the forums with them and pester logged in members.

    Without the ads there would be no Renovate Forum.

    Cheers - Neil

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    I appreciate that Neil. I don't have an issue with advertising even appearing within my post BUT it does need to be obvious that it is advertising.

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    More beer.

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    Well, you were right, Noel.....I had more beer and the problem has disappeared....

    Jesus, it's bloody underestimated stuff.

    Cheers!
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    I blame Rupert Murdoch, Google and aliens .... hello Matt with ya on this one dude I will RSVP when I get back from watching the British empire clapse live...tool funny.

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