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Re: "Misleading" ads on TortoiseSVN web page

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2011 11:02:14 -0500

On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 10:55, Ulrich Eckhardt
<ulrich.eckhardt_at_dominolaser.com> wrote:
> On Monday 03 January 2011, Andy Levy wrote:
>> On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 10:17, Wolf Peuker <peu_at_rekoba.de> wrote:
>> > Am 03.01.2011 12:35, schrieb Andy Levy:
>> >> Ad content can't be controlled (much) from the website owner's end. If
>> >> someone has paid Google for an ad that's designed to come up on a page
>> >> like TSVN's, it'll come up.
>> >
>> > Of course, that's clear to me. (did you have a look on my screenshot?)
>> >
>> > I think if you /have to/ place advertising in such a prominent place
>> > (directly under the heading), then you bring your users into serious
>> > doubt about the project's future.
>>
>> MS development tools cost real money. As does hosting. As I see it,
>> it's just a matter of covering basic costs.
>
> Nobody questions that, as far as I'm concerned you are even free to make money
> of this project. I believe that Wolf wanted to suggest that you put the
> advertisement somewhere that it can't be mistaken for anything but an
> advertisement, if you can.

I didn't even realize that there was an ad. I had to disable all of my
ad blocking (browser plugin and system-wide proxy) to see it.

> That said, if the advertisement is really the big download button and that
> without any context but the webpage it is embedded in, then the ad is
> definitively misleading. I think that Google wouldn't want that, because it
> is damaging to their own reputation, and I guess that they would prevent that
> if they were made aware of it.

Then this mailing list isn't the right place to address the issue;
Google/DoubleClick has to take care of it.

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