Out of the Blue

A few complaints have rolled in about the ad that scrolls a list of names as a memorial to gameplay casualties as being in questionable taste. I can't disagree about these concerns, and I asked the powers that be to remove this, and they were very accommodating. I am told that the offending spot ran for the last time last night. I've also seen other references to some Telco ad that plays an annoying ring tone... some said it was a Gator dealie, but others say they see it even after spyware checks. It turns out that some of the spots here are sold to folks who place ads specific to localities. I don't think there's supposed to be anything so obtrusive running in these overage spots, so we may be able to get the kibosh put on that one as well, the hard part may be tracking down who to contact about it (it may be helpful for those who are experiencing this one to pass along information about where they are located to aid in the detective work).

All this optimism aside, I do have to fire a warning shot that the days of being able to run this site with the relatively low-key ad presence are rapidly coming to a close. I have been battling this development forever, and seeing the need to give some ground here, have been battling equally hard to make sure that the advertising presence here remains tolerable. We will indeed be dragged into the 21st century here soon enough, and I can only hope you will continue to enjoy the ride.

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bush sucks more cock than lewinsky
Aug 8, 2003, 06:56
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bush sucks more cock than lewinsky Aug 8, 2003, 06:56
Aug 8, 2003, 06:56
 
Piecing puzzle of Sept. 11 flight
http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/08/08/attacks.flight93/index.html


Right... and they took 2 years to figure this out?


HAHA EVERYONE KNOW AMERICAN WAR JETS BOMBED FLIGHT 93 DOWN
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cock climber aka rock climber
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More Ads!
Aug 3, 2003, 03:27
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More Ads! Aug 3, 2003, 03:27
Aug 3, 2003, 03:27
 
Go for it. Plaster them everywhere. Put them in-between news items. The more ads the better.

Of course I'm insane - but that has nothing to do with it. I want Blue's News to go on forever, and that can only happen if Blue can pay the bills. And the more money he pulls-in, the more he can do for us, the readers. So the ads are a small price to pay.

Subscriptions don't work. You get a bunch at the start, but then it will decrease continually. Look at the straights a lot of subscription and donation sites are in. And they have to make like PBS and run subscription drives, which is always far more annoying than ads.

Slap 'em on! More ads!

-tAE-

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Re: Revenue Idea
Aug 2, 2003, 16:07
DG
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Re: Revenue Idea Aug 2, 2003, 16:07
Aug 2, 2003, 16:07
DG
 
One thing I'd suggest is try to have ads hosted at e.g. adserver.bluesnews.com or something, they seem to be currently from a well known advertiser and hence ad-blockers like mine [TweakXP Pro] dont show them up at all. By hosting them from a domain unique to blues, people would have to add them specifically. Few will bother to to this since the ads here are generally unobtrusive; dont take all day for us narrow-band connectors to download; and is anyway the sort of quality site most of us would rather support.

Another consideration perhaps is a unobtrusive sponsored link to buy from amazon or wherever, a few places have this and its normal price for people who buy that method, and the source site gets a cut. Aslong as its a quiet unobtrusive link, used only on larger posts about that game, I think a lot of readers would find this an excellent way to support the site while buying something they were going to buy anyway - I normally buy from play.com but would buy from amazon if it was similar price and would give some support to a fave site. Like the current ads these could do with being location-specific.

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Revenue Idea
Aug 2, 2003, 11:51
Enahs
 
55.
Revenue Idea Aug 2, 2003, 11:51
Aug 2, 2003, 11:51
 Enahs
 
maybe u should get a real job blue instead of living off your wife like a gay man

*cough* a man that can please a woman enough, so she works a "real" job, and he doesn't have to. Well, I said he's a "real man" most likely. Way to go blue! heh

I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.
- W. C. Fields
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Re: teh problem
Aug 2, 2003, 10:44
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Re: teh problem Aug 2, 2003, 10:44
Aug 2, 2003, 10:44
 
damn the people that work hard enough to make more money than the rest

hard work does not equal more money.
that is only what they want you to believe.

damn the people that take advantage of other human beings to make more money than the rest

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Re: No subject
Aug 2, 2003, 10:01
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Re: No subject Aug 2, 2003, 10:01
Aug 2, 2003, 10:01
 
I give up, where?

In some reality without arts and gaming and porno and stuff i guess, Hell!

52.
 
cash idea
Aug 2, 2003, 04:58
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cash idea Aug 2, 2003, 04:58
Aug 2, 2003, 04:58
 
how about a "gag fred" fund. Everytime we pledge he gets gagged for another post.

Its not the cough that carries you off but the coffin they carry you off in.
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Re: teh problem
Aug 2, 2003, 01:51
51.
Re: teh problem Aug 2, 2003, 01:51
Aug 2, 2003, 01:51
 
the problem is capitalism

damn the people that work hard enough to make more money than the rest

"The" Dan
http://users.ign.com/collection/Danteloupe
ExcessDan
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Re: No subject
Aug 2, 2003, 01:31
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Aug 2, 2003, 01:31
 
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Re: No subject
Aug 2, 2003, 00:32
49.
Re: No subject Aug 2, 2003, 00:32
Aug 2, 2003, 00:32
 
Where would we be removing everything of "questionable taste"?

I give up, where?
Stephen "Blue" Heaslip
Blue's News Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, El Presidente for Life
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teh problem
Aug 2, 2003, 00:31
48.
teh problem Aug 2, 2003, 00:31
Aug 2, 2003, 00:31
 

the problem is capitalism.

america is a three headed dog and one of its heads is dead.

n e i l a v i l e s

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No subject
Aug 1, 2003, 20:54
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No subject Aug 1, 2003, 20:54
Aug 1, 2003, 20:54
 
Where would we be removing everything of "questionable taste"?

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No subject
Aug 1, 2003, 20:39
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No subject Aug 1, 2003, 20:39
Aug 1, 2003, 20:39
 
how about an option to have only 1 days worth of news showing up? I visit blues every day, so the second day's worth of news NEVER gets looked at, it's been wasting bandwidth for several years now.

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Re: the sad part is...
Aug 1, 2003, 19:26
45.
Re: the sad part is... Aug 1, 2003, 19:26
Aug 1, 2003, 19:26
 
u are gonna go out of business for being mean to me its the result of constant harrassment by you and nin

fly boy i will save you
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Re: the sad part is...
Aug 1, 2003, 18:31
44.
Re: the sad part is... Aug 1, 2003, 18:31
Aug 1, 2003, 18:31
 
i thought i read in my IT textbook that cybersquatting is illegal. maybe that's just for company names

"The" Dan
http://users.ign.com/collection/Danteloupe
ExcessDan
43.
 
Blues News Pledge Drive
Aug 1, 2003, 17:43
43.
Blues News Pledge Drive Aug 1, 2003, 17:43
Aug 1, 2003, 17:43
 
Hey Blue,

Why don't you what Sluggy Freelance just did and have a limited time pledge drive. Get yourself a PayPal account and advertise it for just a single month along with pimping those great shirts (i'm wearing the blue one right now) and have a goal meter showing how much you need for a year's bandwith.

Make it an annual event, and hopefully you'll get enough to keep you solvent and buried in Java and Bawls.
(and maybe a chew toy for Hudson, or skunk de-stinker; whichever is most needed)


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Strange Spots on Mars
Aug 1, 2003, 17:24
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Strange Spots on Mars Aug 1, 2003, 17:24
Aug 1, 2003, 17:24
 
Sand dunes?!? Those don't look anything like sand dunes.

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Re: Revenue Idea
Aug 1, 2003, 16:49
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Re: Revenue Idea Aug 1, 2003, 16:49
Aug 1, 2003, 16:49
 
blue, don't make me have to start another add a paypal donation button petition again!

as usual i'll throw in my commitment to doling out cash for my blues fix should it ever come to it. i run a pretty big site myself and know the troubles involved with trying to keep them running.

dave snider
co-founder | guzzlefish.com
my dvd, cd, and game collections
http://www.guzzlefish.com/?user=dave
dave snider
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40.
 
Eh
Aug 1, 2003, 16:38
40.
Eh Aug 1, 2003, 16:38
Aug 1, 2003, 16:38
 
As has been posted before, do pupups and popunders, but please no noisy ads or the fancy java/flash/shock/whatever ones that dance across the screen. Personally, I'd be willing to shell out money directly to the Blue-man, but I know that a lot of people do not have the resources to contribute.. like young teenagers and so forth. I'd probably point to gamespy as the least annoying example of a content-rich popular site, but I know they also provide dowloads and software so I dunno if that's a reasonable comparison. In the end I am sure you will make a good decision Blue... till then keep up the good work! we love yooooou

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the sad part is...
Aug 1, 2003, 15:53
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the sad part is... Aug 1, 2003, 15:53
Aug 1, 2003, 15:53
 
Blue linking to this silly "Vancouver 2010 Domain Names" auction.

You're actually advertising for him. For free.

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