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spmaudio

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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 2:55:31 PM

OK, so I just logged into good ol' Gas Buddy to do my usual routine of posting prices, reading the news, etc., and what's the first thing I see but some large banner ad at the top left of the home page announcing "OBAMA'S ELECTRICTY MONOPOLY"!

Would somebody please explain what gives with what sounds to me like conspiracy theory nonsense? I know a lot of users here don't like Obama, and that's fine, but do we have to promote conspiracy theories - or can we just have intelligent debates on energy policy???
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2013 12:54:19 AM

“Before you start complaining about adds [sic], remember that if it weren't for the adds [sic], we'd either have to pay for this site, or it wouldn't exist.”

True, the income from advertisements does support this site but that does not mean that any individual needs to look at them or react to them. If you find the ads useful that’s fine. Since my reaction to ads is 100% negative, I use an ad blocker and have a nice clean page with no distractions. There is no loss of revenue to GB or to its advertisers since I would not patronize any advertiser anyway.

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kwzh
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Message Posted: Mar 13, 2013 12:51:22 AM

I find it especially amusing when the sidebar ad says "[some problem], whose fault is it?", with buttons to click, as if for a survey. Hint: they don't care who you blame; they just want you to click.
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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Mar 12, 2013 3:25:55 AM


Well at least it's not on a huge billboard you drive past every day.
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spmaudio
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 2:27:04 PM

I did later find out from a good friend who also uses GB that the link mentioned when I started this thread was indeed what everyone below says it was: SPAMvertisement!

I had a bad initial kneejerk reaction to it, as I have a deep dislike of conspiracy theories and am a believer in truth, whether the truth hurts or not.

[Edited by: spmaudio at 3/11/2013 2:27:46 PM EST]
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RogerB
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 1:56:05 AM

Before you start complaining about adds, remember that if it weren't for the adds, we'd either have to pay for this site, or it wouldn't exist.

I prefer the adds, even the ones I don't like.

BTW, I've seen a lot of adds here SUPPORTING Obama, especially 5 months ago!

[Edited by: RogerB at 3/11/2013 1:58:27 AM EST]
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Mar 11, 2013 1:30:40 AM

I'd think it would go without saying that ads on the site are not reflecting the opinions of GasBuddy management.

Several years ago, I tried following an ad that promised "absolute proof that ghosts exist!", but I never saw anything related to that promise. I clicked through several pages of forms, and eventually got to a dead end.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 8:16:39 PM

It's not Gas Buddy promoting conspiracy theories; it's an advertisement (I've seen it several times upon logging in), and advertisements are posted by an outside agency, not by Gas Buddy. Gas Buddy provides the advertising agencies with guidelines; but that doesn't mean that some obnoxious advertising doesn't slip in.

As GoGoGoodyear noted, it's wording that, like it or not, gets attention, and that's what advertising is about. And, like it or not, there are members that know what you're complaining about isn't a conspiracy theory; they know it's the real thing.

The good part is that the advertisements aren't (though if I remember correctly they included) "Men...women are waiting to meet you" and "Men...in only 6 to 10 weeks, you...."
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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 5:29:31 PM


It's spam-vertising that tries to get the readers attention with a headline only to find out they are selling some junk. Similar to the ads that start with "the secret that car insurance companies don't want you to know."

Use a web browser that allows plug-ins and install an ad blocker... end of problem.
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2013 3:49:14 PM

What are you talking about spmaudio?
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