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    Forum Professor Zwirko's Avatar
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    Lot of ads for Scientology on the forum today (for UK visitors, anyway). Unless its generating a heap of clicks I'd ban those ones.

    Also some other odd ones. Caught this puppy, that should be in pseudo:

    "Darwin's errors unearthed Serious doubts about evolution are evolving. Flawed theory exposed" pointing to http://www.ucg.org.uk/


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    I'd honestly completely forgotten we have ads on this site since they're so inconspicuous. I don't think it's really that big an issue.

    Some places have the banners right in the middle of threads, that's way more irritating than a little scientology ad at the bottom of the page.


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    Perhaps.

    But seeing things like I've shown below continually on the biology forum doesn't quite seem right on a science forum:







    If someone has some genuine questions about evolution and creationism then such ads will certainly appeal. Seems like the wrong message for the forum to be sending out.

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    This is one of the problems with Google's Adsense, but its one that can be adjusted. Adsense picks up on key words then uses those keywords to target ads to the audience that are related to the content.

    A lot of our content includes keywords related to evolution and religion and, unfortunately, this drives a lot of ads that are contrary to our general philosophy. But (In)Sanity can make the adjustments in his Adsense account which will ban certain ads. I propose listing the urls here that are objectionable, which might make it easier on him, should he decide to ban the objectionable ads.

    You can use "DOT" instead of the "." if you just want to make it unclickable.

    I have adsense on my blog, but I've just never bothered to filter the ads. I figure if I write something that debunks a pseudoscience or religious superstition, but someone still clicks the ad to a "Health Supplement" or "Bible College," then I'll at least make $.002 from the curiosity.
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    For the longest time I was getting Ford Mustang ads on the home page, or other automobile ads. It's about the only time Adsense was actually generating any noticeable revenue. Most of the time it's pennies here and there. Ohh well, it at least helps pay the domain registration.

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