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Thread: Google Ads Do you want them gone? Should AAFO throw in the towel?

  1. #11
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    Default Re: Google Ads Do you want them gone? Should AAFO throw in the towel?

    "around Reno, we do usually gain a bit"...

    Yeah, I'm one of those guys. As a previous poster stated, this is a hard sport to follow. I pop in here looking for information on the past as well as what is going on. I attended Reno in 2000 and the early 2000s, I used to know someone who raced in Sport Class. Go to Hot August Nights as a habit. Might try to make the air races next year while I still can.

    To your original questions, I don't mind the ads at all. I hate Facebook for a variety of reasons, not the least of which I find it hard to navigate (Myspace was much better). I only go there when I have a very good reason. If you posted there exclusively, then I'm sure I'd check it out. But I prefer AAFO.

    The crowd looked light to me, and I miss the highly modified Unlimiteds. Also worth noting that Reno has moved away from being a "little Las Vegas", the casinos are not the draw they used to be. Still one of my favorite towns.

    Thanks for hosting this site and get well soon.

  2. #12

    Default Re: Google Ads Do you want them gone? Should AAFO throw in the towel?

    If anything I think you should be adding more adds and maybe even requiring a fee to sign up and view the forum (existing members included). A voluntary transaction says the user values the good/service more than the dollar amount they are paying. Clearly everyone here values the service. It doesn't have to be something high, but even if you charged $5 per year and there were only 20 users, that's still $100 more towards the upkeep of the site that you didn't have. And I'm sure most of us would be willing to do that.

    I know there is a donate button, but donate sorta implies that it's not necessary to keep the site afloat. If you need us to pay to keep this going then just get us to pay. Our choices are either to pay, use Fb, or go without.
    "young" Thomas

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Google Ads Do you want them gone? Should AAFO throw in the towel?

    "even if you charged $5 per year ..."

    I'd be good with that, or a little more. The only other forum I pay for is $25 a year.

  4. #14
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    Default Never Fee Based Membership!

    I just could never bring myself to make access to the features of software that the site runs on and the ability to post or view posts on membership fees!

    IF I could, this site would completely ad free and unlimited access to all!... well, it's free lol but the ads were the question.

    I'm not supposed to click ads as the owner of the site but dangity… sometimes I see something really cool and I forget and click on it!! As a publisher, I am also totally not able to encourage any visitor to click on an ad!!! This is very important, I can only present content that the ad software uses to present ads relevant to content...

    I'm probably borderline DQ by discussing !

    Thanks for the input..

    We will NEVER be fee based for content viewing!!!!!

    Got a bunch server storage space that I'd not mind renting out a bit of, however!
    Wayne Sagar
    "Pusher of Electrons"

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    Default Re: Google Ads Do you want them gone? Should AAFO throw in the towel?

    Well we would be willing to pay, so know you have that option. And as far as I'm concerned fees are better than the site closing.

    I funded my trip to Reno this year by selling team hoodies and lego kits. Sometimes I feel bad taking money from friends and other teams, but feelings don't pay the airlines.

    https://fee.org/shows/audio/words-nu...responsibility
    Last edited by CubersWrist; 10-23-2019 at 09:47 AM.
    "young" Thomas

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    Everett, WA, USA
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    Default Re: Google Ads Do you want them gone? Should AAFO throw in the towel?

    As others have said, I hate ads on websites but I would hate losing this source of info and community even more than that. If ads are what it takes to keep going, so be it. And I would be happy to pay for access to the site. $25 per year seems like a sweet deal to me. I really appreciate all you have done for the past 20 years to keep this site going, and I hope it continues for long time more.

    Next year, my 30th year at Reno and will bring the grandson. There's no better way to get ready for that than to keep glued to aafo.

    Dan

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