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Re: "Misleading" ads on TortoiseSVN web page

From: Simon Large <simon.tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 11:43:55 +0000

On 3 January 2011 15:55, 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.
> 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.

The big download button ad has been there in various shapes and forms
for as long as we have had google ads on our web pages, and I have
been complaining about it for almost as long. The problem is that IIUC
we don't get paid for displaying the ad but only when someone clicks
on the link, so having a misleading download button means we get paid
more because a lot of people click on it, thinking it is the real
download. I really don't like that, but then I don't have to pay for
the hosting, compilers, etc.


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