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I have one suggestion for OB. An advertising forum.

I understand that it could bring spam, but a good mod, like Syk3 or Harlequin could keep it under control. I think it could help, because advertising in sigs doesn't cut it. Nobody looks at sigs anymore.

Couldwe have an advertising forum i v7?

-Nate:freak:

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[COLOR=green]This idea has a snowball's chance in hell of success Nate.

You honestly think that the board's administration would devote an entire forum to what would become a giant spam-fest?

Besides, who'd go look at a forum full of what now pervades MyO guestbooks?

Ex. "Ur site iz coolie! Come vist mi site!"?

It's not such a hot idea...[/COLOR]

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I know of three forums that have advertising, and that is not what happens on either of them.Why? Because of mods.

If you notice, i said that a mod could keep all of that down. I have not seen a single guestbook sign that says 'ur site is c00lie. cume visit mi site!!!' Mods can keep that from happening in that forum. It would boose member contribution, heck..we may even get a sister site because of a forum that's good, but was never noticed because all it's advertising is a little 'www' thing at the botom. I'm not dissing Ob's advertising offers, but it could be better. This can make it better.

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[QUOTE][i]Originally posted by Nate [/i]
[B]If you notice, i said that a mod could keep all of that down. I have not seen a single guestbook sign that says 'ur site is c00lie. cume visit mi site!!!'[/B][/QUOTE]

[color=green]You must be blind then.

[url]http://www.myotaku.com/users/james/comments/view/34253/[/url]

[url]http://www.myotaku.com/users/ben/guestbook/[/url]

[url]http://www.myotaku.com/users/solo_tremaine/comments/view/34154/[/url]

[url]http://www.myotaku.com/users/lil_psych0/guestbook/[/url]

[url]http://www.myotaku.com/users/snowy_tiger/guestbook/[/url]

-Boba Fett[/color]

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An Advertising forum would serve no real purpose. If people want to advertise, they can put something in their signature, or on their MyO. That's what sigs were originally made for, other than expressing oneself.

And really, what discussion would an ad promote? Something like: "Yeah that's a pretty cool site, I like the __________" or for the gramatically impaired: "lol, ur site is sooooooooo cool, chrck out minw!"

And as for having a good mod take care of it; who do you think would [I]want to?[/I]

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Spam would be created. Not only that but a bunch of referral links to many games (Outwar, Kings Of chaos, AnnihilationX, Dark-Gate, Samurai War and Rpg) will be splattered all over it. Very annoying. Put your links in your sig. It's right below your post and above another post -_-. OB mostly about discussing something. An AD forum does not promote a convosation.

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[color=#707875]Advertising in sigs doesn't cut it?

Let me remind you that OtakuBoards isn't a webring or an advertisement service. You don't come here to advertise, you come here to post.

Obviously, we allow you to use your signature to advertise non-OB sites. I think that's reasonable enough.

Part of the reason that I don't want an advertising forum is also because I can't personally guarantee the quality of sites being advertised -- to do that, we'd have to have staff checking through each site to ensure that it doesn't contain anything like pornography or excessive violence, etc. And again, I think that takes too much time away from the task of moderating forums themselves.

So, I think that for the moment, advertising in signatures is enough. I tend to look at signatures instinctively anyway...but sometimes I do notice something interesting that I click or look at. So I don't think that signature-only advertising is such a bad thing.

Afterall, we could simply ban all forms of advertising. I'm sure you'd rather have signature-based ads than nothing at all.[/color]

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Even excluding the issues of content, it brings up other issues:

1.) Most people here are of a rather young age, would they even have a decent website that really required anything more than a link in their sig? In most cases, not really.

2.) Where do most people host their personal sites? On free servers, plagued with pop-ups and who knows what. In addition to worrying about content issues, this will be another concern.

I know people would be like "Put a disclaimer!"-- it's not that easy. If you're going from here to another one linked in an official section on OB, where are people going to complain to? They're going to complain to us and I, for one, do not want to deal with that.

3.) Barring that and assuming there is some sort of required quality level... A vast majority of the people who come here and advertise their sites [i]never post here again[/i]. They have no importance to OB itself as they don't really contribute to it. They don't have much of an interest in OB. Therefore, they're only here to pass their links along to us and hope for a benefit.

I personally have a problem with that. It's like the people who post in the picture forum and never post elsewhere. I assume it's mostly so they feel better about themselves, who knows.

4.) In the rare case where someone is a regular member and actually has a decent site, most people find out about it via sigs anyway. I have people that come to my sites that I've never even talked to. I, personally, think this is the best way to go about it.

Anyway, that's my thoughts on it.

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[QUOTE][i]Originally posted by Nate [/i]
[B]Yes, except in sigs, i'm talking about a forum where you advertise...you can make it where ti doesn't effect the post count, right? [/B][/QUOTE]

[size=1]I don't think it's gonna happen, whether it effects post count or not.[/size]

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