posted by Dryhte on Sun 23rd Nov 2008 19:21
Conversations I don't know how much control you guys have over the google ads that appear on your site, but just now I felt quite disturbed... I'm used to tech ads on most of the sites I frequently visit (and don't really care anymore), but did you know you even get religious ads? Just now, there was an ad for 'Good News Magazine', a site by the 'United Church of God'...

I didn't know religion was something to be marketed, and for some reason I really find it more disturbing to get religion forced into my throat while browsing tech news, than assorted tech ads. Now this may say more about me than about these ads, but still...

I wonder what you guys think about this.
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LIttle to none.
by Adam S on Sun 23rd Nov 2008 22:03 UTC
Adam S
Member since:
2005-04-01

I can tell you for a fact that we've had several ads come through that were surprising, to say the least. I was saddened to see some "No on Prop 8" ads show up a few weeks ago.

We don't choose what does show up, but I'm pretty sure we can choose what doesn't, so I'll let our publisher know.

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RE: LIttle to none.
by StephenBeDoper on Sun 23rd Nov 2008 22:34 in reply to "LIttle to none."
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

We don't choose what does show up, but I'm pretty sure we can choose what doesn't, so I'll let our publisher know.


AdSense does give you the option of filtering out specific ads based on their destination URL (on an amusing note though, the same page also essentially states that you're breaking the AdSense terms of service if you click an ad on your own site to find the destination URL - because they consider that click-fraud, regardless of the reason for clicking the ad).

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If I know the URL, I can ban it
by David on Mon 24th Nov 2008 00:59 UTC
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1997-10-01

If you ever see a questionable ad, I'd encourage you to copy the URL and send it to me, and I'll make sure it doesn't appear again.

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Dryhte Member since:
2008-02-05

OK, thanks.

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What's really wrong with them?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 26th Nov 2008 00:26 UTC
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Member since:
2006-07-14

Are you're saying your in favor of censoring ads you don't agree with? Can I get all ads for Microsoft banned, because I don't approve of their business practices? What about Novell, or even Sco?

Or are you also upset they aren't on topic for the site? If the ads aren't on topic, then they're just wasting their money, right? And if you disagree with they're viewpoint, then you should be in favor of them wasting their money.

You can't always control what material you are exposed to, nor should you really want to.

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Dryhte Member since:
2008-02-05

Let's try a little analogy.

I have nothing against porn, I 'consume' it often enough myself and so does probably half or more of you guys. Still, I would mind if it was forced down my throat while surfing tech sites.

Same thing for religion. I don't have anything against religion per se (even though I do object against advertizing it everywhere else than on religious-themed websites). It just irritates me to find ads for it on my daily tech site prowl.

Now apparently, the OSnews folks find this as disturbing as I do, since they chose to ban it (and the sure as hell wouldn't ban Microsoft ads if we asked them kindly).

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Free Speech
by fretinator on Wed 26th Nov 2008 17:07 UTC
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2005-07-06

Def: The right to to unfettered expression of all politically correct views.

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RE: Free Speech
by Dryhte on Wed 26th Nov 2008 21:04 in reply to "Free Speech"
Dryhte Member since:
2008-02-05

come on... this has nothing to do with free speech.

The people who commission this ad have _only_ the right to post it on their own site, and to _ask_ other parties to put it on other sites (paid or for free).

On the other hand, it is every site owner's own right to refuse to post this ad. That's a form of freedom too, you know...

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