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    Arrow1 Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    Hey, Team GateWorld -

    As you may have caught on by now we're in the final days of prepping a site-wide redesign, which will make GateWorld look and feel more modern and help us do more in terms of news and special features for years to come. The redesign includes GateWorld Forum -- but don't worry, all your favorite bells and whistles will still be here.

    I need a bit of crowd-sourcing help with our advertising integration. Those of you who have an ad blocker enabled (and for some modern browsers like Chrome that may be a default setting), let me ask you first to disable it or whitelist forum.gateworld.net -- at least temporarily -- so you can help out.

    All I need to know is whether or not you can see the banner ad (728x90) in the forum's site header (and if so, what it looks like). Please browse a few pages and post a screenshot or two! Be sure to click around and reload a time or two.

    For the purposes of this test, ads on the main site don't count. And ads toward the bottom of the forum pages don't count. We're just testing the forum header.

    Thank you for your help!

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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    Not entirely sure what I'm supposed to see.
    I tried at home yesterday but whether I turned my addblocker off or not, no adds were shown. And I use Firefox at home.

    At work I mainly use Chrome for work-related things and my extracurricular activity, and Internet Explorer & Firefox solely for work-related things.

    I have no addblock in IE so I took two screencaps though I'm not sure this is what you're looking for:

    Main Gateworld page:
    InternetExplorer_GWMain_Addbanner.jpg

    Main Forum page:
    InternetExplorer_GWForum_Addbanner.jpg
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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    I use chrome with adblock, but i pause it and i can't see any add in the header.

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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    I see no ads either, and I don't use a blocker.
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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    Thanks, everybody. FH, your second image (the forum header) is the one I need.

    So I understand that you all (disabled ad blockers and) clicked around the forum a bit and tried multiple pages, and saw no header ad? (I need a bit of evidence to show our advertising provider if it's the case that this particular ad isn't showing at all.)


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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    I certainly clicked around -- and away whenever a colleague passed by.
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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    ALL THANKS TO THE WONDERFUL CREATOR OF THIS SIG GO TO R.I.G.
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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    I noticed the banner up top has grown in height -- where the add would be if I wasn't blocking it. It didn't do that before. Is it a permanent fixture now?
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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    Yes, I set it to a fixed height -- mainly to show our ad provider where it was supposed to go.

    They tell me it's fixed now, though I personally have yet to see any ads there.

    ~Darren

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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    OK, some new feedback.
    I have my ad-blocker off for this.
    In the "main page" of the forum section I now get the graphic that is used in the "front door" up the top, but no ad. At the bottom of the page, I get a standard ad (current one is global online dating). I am no good with the caps and pics, but FH will most likely notice and drop you a post about it.
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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gatefan1976 View Post
    OK, some new feedback.
    I have my ad-blocker off for this.
    In the "main page" of the forum section I now get the graphic that is used in the "front door" up the top, but no ad. At the bottom of the page, I get a standard ad (current one is global online dating). I am no good with the caps and pics, but FH will most likely notice and drop you a post about it.
    I'm at work -- no add-blocker so I'll check it out -- see how it looks.
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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    Cheers FH, you beat me here in the techno-skills quite handily.
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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    Okay, I have banners to show...

    Internet Explorer

    GW Main page -- add banner only at the top of the page

    GW_mainpage.jpg

    GW Forum page

    -- one banner at the top

    GW_Forum_Top.jpg

    -- one banner near the bottom

    GW_Forum_Bottom.jpg

    I clicked a few pages and as I clicked into the General's Office it didn't immediately load an add at the top (didn't check the bottom) but it did load when I opened a thread. Might have switched pages too fast.
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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    Just a small note from me, I use an adblocker due to malware on other sites sneaking through onto my laptop {I learned the hard way to use an adblocker, it wasnt just the popups that did it}

    So

    I did indeed turn off my adblocker tempoarily, but I took no screenshots of the ads in the upper banner as I couldnt see an ad of any kind there, same for the bottom of the page. However the space is there in the upper banner for an ad.

    I for one think allocating space for an ad banner is a good idea, and thats the perfect size

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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    In chrome without ad blockers there's no ad on top, only one at the bottom under this reply box.

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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    Thanks, everyone! I'm currently discussing this with our ad provider, and they've made some tweaks that seem to have partially fixed this: some ads are showing some of the time.

    We'll keep working on it. The screencaps of the forum header are very helpful!

    ~Darren

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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    No ad at the top, but there is an ad at the bottom of the page.

    Update: The banner ads are showing now. I do use an ad blocker, but decided to switch it off for GW. I've been a member of the site for almost eleven years now, and I'm happy to do my bit to keep the site going.

    Thanks for using non-intrusive banner ads rather than annoying pop-ups.
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    Default Re: Ads in the GW Forum Header? (Crowd-Sourcing Help!)

    Quote Originally Posted by maneth View Post
    Thanks for using non-intrusive banner ads rather than annoying pop-ups.
    I can only sign that, I do not mind to allow GW ads on my adblocker like that

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