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Collabora 01-21-2014 04:09 PM

Limit Forum Ads
 
Hosting ads should be limited to one forum at a time, per company. Perhaps at least a week apart.

Artashes 01-21-2014 06:13 PM

Other than Cloud Hosting Special Offers forums, marketplace ads are already limited to 1 thread per 7 days per forum.

Unless I do not understand your feedback.

Collabora 01-21-2014 09:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Artashes (Post 175006)
Other than Cloud Hosting Special Offers forums, marketplace ads are already limited to 1 thread per 7 days per forum.

Unless I do not understand your feedback.

In other words: I think 1 thread per forum per week should be reduced to 1 thread in Marketplace per week (not counting cloud hosting perhaps).

The list of new posts are often filled with multiple offers from same host. This morning when I pulled up the New Posts 18 out of 18 were offers and I had noticed that the 3 newest were from same host (there may have been others)

I do have an ulterior motive for the request....hoping suggestion would make forum more attractive to end users. They seem to be scarce.

Artashes 01-21-2014 11:28 PM

Well, it is difficult to classify "Shared Hosting" and "SSL certificates" as the same product, so if certain companies offer more than one product, then why limit their choice what to advertise this week? I understand that it clutters the new post feed, but it is up to those who visit the community to contribute in the community forums as well, start new discussions and making those forums interesting to read every day.

Marketplace forums have always been more popular and active than community forums on any forum out there.

romes 01-23-2014 04:50 PM

I agree with art. Some people offer more than one thing so being able to advertise each product increases the chance of doing well. If a person is able to advertise more than once it will increase the likely hood they return to advertise again and hopefully chat with people on the forums.

That is my 2 cents.

SenseiSteve 01-23-2014 05:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Collabora (Post 175005)
Hosting ads should be limited to one forum at a time, per company. Perhaps at least a week apart.

I do agree with you in part, only because I'd love to see more discussion. I do think there are better ways to attract new members other than further restricting advertising in the marketplace though.

Collabora 01-23-2014 07:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by romes (Post 175084)
I agree with art. Some people offer more than one thing so being able to advertise each product increases the chance of doing well.

I am not saying you should not be able to advertise all your products, just one at a time.

Currently, you are advertising mostly to other hosts. I'm just thinking if the ads-to-post ratio is decreased the forum may look more attractive to new end users. Its seldom that end users post here (as end users).

cheapdedicated 01-24-2014 06:38 AM

And it kills the discussion. You log on and all you see are adverts nothing to read or reply to

PhillF 02-20-2014 12:41 PM

What about just excluding the Marketplace from the "New Threads" search.To me that makes the most sense rather than nerfing ones ability to advertise.

Collabora 03-13-2014 06:35 PM

Logged in today and there were 34 unread posts. 29 of them were advertisements.

ExeterWeb 03-14-2014 03:45 AM

another forum i use have like a percentage thingy...

in short, a user has to have x amount of posts a week/month before they can post there offers, on a ratio scale, something like 1 add / per 10 posts... anyway you could do something like this?

what this would do is either, keep the adds down, or get the topics and chatting up...

Just an idea! :)

Collabora 03-14-2014 05:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ExeterWeb (Post 176164)
another forum i use have like a percentage thingy...

in short, a user has to have x amount of posts a week/month before they can post there offers, on a ratio scale, something like 1 add / per 10 posts... anyway you could do something like this?

what this would do is either, keep the adds down, or get the topics and chatting up...

Just an idea! :)

Not counting this thread, my current login showed 4/5 posts as ads

To add to your idea: They should be meaningful posts, not "me too" posts or fluff like "its best to find the lowest price."

Collabora 03-16-2014 04:53 PM

Today's login - 7/9 new posts are ads

Rado_Ch 03-17-2014 02:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Collabora (Post 176183)
Today's login - 7/9 new posts are ads

I got 7/8 ads :shaky:

Collabora 03-17-2014 01:23 PM

someone must have posted something in last 11 hours since yours. I have 7/11 (not counting this thread)


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