Non translation-related ads on proz.com
Thread poster: Nicolas Coyer
Nicolas Coyer  Identity Verified
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Feb 8, 2007

This morning, for the first time, I saw ads on proz for non translation-related products (maybe they've been around for a long time, but I hadn't noticed). Aren't we already sollicited enough on the Internet and in our "real world" daily life?
I guess the proz team is trying to generate additional revenues (which might help the site expand, I don't know). But, so far, it was thru CAT, project management sw ads and the like, which can be instructive sometimes.
Now, isn't this supposed to be a professional site? I, personnaly, don't think "iPod dock" or "plastic clogs" fit in here.
I am looking for information that has something to do with my work (even an ad for an online bookstore falls into this category, if you think dictionaries).
Thanks,

[Edited at 2007-02-08 16:53]


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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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Staff post explains it Feb 8, 2007

See Justin's explanation here: http://www.proz.com/topic/65428

It's not uncommon to pay to escape the adverts nowadays.


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Jorge Payan  Identity Verified
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I completely second Nicolas Feb 8, 2007

One of the main reasons for me to join proz.com was its focus on linguistic services, even for ads. That has made quite a difference to other competitor sites which use every single discussion group for broadcasting annoying "propaganda".


Should I like to receive ads and all sort of unsolicited communications I would open a site in geocites or similar, with all the professional detriment it means.


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Nicolas Coyer  Identity Verified
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Let me be a more specific Feb 8, 2007

Russell Jones wrote:

See Justin's explanation here: http://www.proz.com/topic/65428

It's not uncommon to pay to escape the adverts nowadays.



I agree with that, but the fact is I have a paid subscription. I had also seen the thread about the google experiment, so I was all the more surprised to see those ads on "my" page.
Maybe a glitch in the mechanism that sorts paying from non-paying members?

[Edited at 2007-02-08 17:48]


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Drew MacFadyen
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Turning off non translation ads to members for time being Feb 8, 2007

We are working on some different ad programs and networks that will generate revenue to support the site and initiatives to improve. As we explore options our first priority is the membership community and your input is much appreciated.

We will be adjusting the settings so that members do not see non translated ads for the time being.

Thank you

Drew MacFadyen
Advertising & Conference Manager


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Nicolas Coyer  Identity Verified
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Re: Turning off non translation ads to members for time being Feb 8, 2007

Thanks for taking such prompt action, Drew! I appreciate it.

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Stuart Allsop  Identity Verified
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Not uncommon... Feb 9, 2007

Russell Jones wrote:

It's not uncommon to pay to escape the adverts nowadays.

It's also not uncommon for disgruntled members to vote with their feet...

Walking away from something offensive is always a valid option.


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Jackie Bowman

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Money-grubbing bores Feb 12, 2007

Anyone who uses Firefox rather than the IE can download a wonderful little plug-in – Adblock. I recommend it highly.

If you’re browsing the Net, any page, and some dullard inflicts his tawdry little advertisement on you, you just right-click and blast the dullard into oblivion. Adblock accepts wildcard blocks and it’s extremely easy to use. So if you are ever bothered by an ad that bothers you, you can just put a part of the originating site’s address into Adblock and you won’t be bothered again. Works a treat.


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