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bytebug

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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 9:57:12 PM

We have ads for Chinese hookers and a woman wearing a bikini being given a ticket. Aren't women supposed to be concerned with the price of gasoline and frequent this site?
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mnjrfan
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2014 10:16:51 AM

I run Ad Block Edge on my machines and it knocks them all down. I was running Ad Block Plus but occasionally an ad would get through.

Now if it was that Bad idea t-shirt ad, heck, I really didn't mind... ;)
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 4:14:12 PM

I rarely get ads due to Ad block plus. When I do, I pretty much ignore them.

The cigarette ads, as Rich pointed out, appear to me to be gender target neutral. I guess that in today's world, ditto the ads for Russian brides and other products that historically were considered to be gender oriented. In fact, it seems that the whole discussion of gender is becoming, sadly, nearly taboo.

Somewhere in the thread someone asked where it says the site is family friendly? The OP responded that the original owners had said that in an interview. I knew that I had read something about that somewhere and found it in item 9 of the general forum guidelines, which reads, "GasBuddy is a family website. Please, no swearing, or vulgar language of any kind." So there's the bright line! Vulgarity and profanity are forbidden.

Near nudity? Considering that the Victoria's Secret catalog reveals much more than the Playboys we used to sneak into the back room of the barbershop to view and that site access (and what must be meant by family) is restricted exclusively to those 16 and older, while it may not be to everybuddy's taste, it seems like fair game.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 2:44:02 PM

Inappropriate ad of the day in the lower vertical banner:

Better than Facebook
(Image of buxom blonde with knotted shirt and Daisy May cutoffs)
This site contains explicit images of someone you know
View Photos (link)
RussianBrides.com (image link)

I guess this is "family friendly" if looking for Russian mail order brides constitutes making a family.

RG

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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 2:19:53 PM

Looks like you got your wish bytebug. The ad occasionally appearing across the entire bottom of the browser window is for beauty aids.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 7:01:26 AM

Sounds like a contrasting difference in character and principles that can't be resolved with a browser add-on. But we all know this don't we?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 5:04:34 AM

Then as I have said before, there is a method that will eliminate the ads. Use it and stop complaining.
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 2:07:59 AM

>> Then we would have to pay for this site.

Absolutely incorrect. None of the other websites I don't pay for have needed to lower themselves to pimping Chinese women. Or cigarettes.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 6:49:11 PM

I participate in a number of FREE sites that have HIGHER standards for the types of ads that they let through. They also respond to members when they feel an ad really crosses the line and let them know that they have blocked the ad from the rotation.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 4:26:01 PM

"The site should raise their standards so that I don't have to lower mine."

Then we would have to pay for this site. Ads pay for it now. If you consider this lowering your standards, why do you sick around?
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 3:30:17 PM

>> Get past your paranoia bytebug and install AdBlock Plus.

No paranoia. And I can't install blocking software on many of the systems I use. And I shouldn't have to.

The site should raise their standards so that I don't have to lower mine.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 6:56:06 AM

Get past your paranoia bytebug and install AdBlock Plus. Then the hookers go away.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 6:31:17 AM

"The hookers ads are still here."

You didn't really expect them to be removed, did you?
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2014 10:26:17 PM

The hookers ads are still here.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 8:06:01 AM

I've got a full house of tobacco ads (all banners) on my home page this morning. I suppose this could apply to female smokers.

"You've come a long way baby..."
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 3:03:45 AM

I guess the "Is He Cheating On You" ad is targeted at women…
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 5:11:35 AM

"Rarely an option. And I don't trust ABP — yet another third-party company getting a sniff of my web data."

Paranoia has set in.
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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 11:33:17 PM

>>>> Use ADP [sic; ABP] and stop whining! <<<<

>> Rarely an option. And I don't trust ABP — yet another third-party company getting a sniff of my web data. <<

Then use the NoScript add-on to FF. Certainly a more severe solution to the problem, but it can be configured to not 'phone home' for anything.
...

>> hookers, gas, oil, auto parts, cars for sale, etc. <<

I'm rethinking my use of NoScript :-O

If only there was a browser plug-in or add-on with selectable categories...
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 4:01:17 PM

>> Use ADP and stop whining!

Rarely an option. And I don't trust ABP — yet another third-party company getting a sniff of my web data.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 6:33:10 AM

bytebug,

Use ADP and stop whining!
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 5:18:25 AM

I believe further down I read about Google having something to do with generating the ads. If how ads are generated on gmail has anything to do with it, it definitely has something to do with content. Clearing out the spam mailbox generates ads for Hormel's Spam. LOL, but seriously, it happens.

I use ADP, so thankfully am spared the freak show.

I think it is safe to assume that the new owners bought this site for the revenue potential from ads.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 9/23/2014 5:20:06 AM EST]
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 10:50:08 PM

Still seeing the Asian hooker site. So glad the moderators have been so responsive in dealing with this.
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Not4Nuthn
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 1:28:47 PM

I thought those ads for ripped guys hawking protein products were for the women. . .
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 9:10:57 AM

The current insurance ad looks more like a promotion of implants!
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Retired-Coastie
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 8:56:25 AM

CK: Did you see on the news where airlines are trying to get approval for a straddle seat? You ride it with your knees bent slightly, more standing then sitting, yea ha.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 8:48:10 AM

Charmin, Bounty and Tide for the cleaning ladies here today.
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MaggieMae07
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 7:26:50 AM

I must lead a boring life. The only ads I am seeing today are one for 50 cents off Shell gas with Pennzoil purchase and one for American Express.
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3cats1car
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 6:13:49 PM

I have noticed that all the ads run on this site are male driven. hookers, gas, oil, auto parts, cars for sale, etc. I really like this site for the info on gas, and the points stuff is fun too. BUT, seriously, drop the ads dealing with the "sex" element, and just stick to anything vehicle related. Doesn't have to be "chick" stuff, for us to be interested. No one worth their salt, wants to deal with "offensive" stuff.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 3:50:53 PM

Today a trifecta teaser.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 6:00:54 PM

Still there when I go over to IE w/out ABP.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 9:44:42 AM

So today I'm not seeing the bikinied babe getting a ticket again. Last time I said this she reappeared, so knock on wood.

The upper left square ad on my home page has been rotated with gas and vehicle ads all morning.

RG
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topcat57
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2014 12:32:45 AM

Oh, good grief. I finally saw that "vibrating hoochie coochie" insurance ad yesterday when I used a different browser (one w/o AdBlock). "Family friendly" site my Aunt Fannie. I, too, remember when they cracked down on "questionable" member names. I also remember when they locked that thread which has likely sunk into oblivion. I never knew if it was because they couldn't keep up with it or just decided it didn't matter. The "vibrating hoochie coochie" ad is just further evidence they've sold their souls to the almighty dollar.

That woman looked like something out of a concentration camp! Do men really find that look attractive?
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 10:10:17 PM

Still not here...thankfully.

P.S. No sooner than I said that it's back?

[Edited by: RichWLIN at 9/9/2014 10:12:43 PM EST]
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 10:04:31 PM

Yep-- saw the same thing - still there for me (well - only when I use the other browser w/out the ABP).
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 10:00:30 PM

RichWLIN'S:
Because you wrote that, I checked. The cop and the bikini dressed girl are there as of a minute ago, top left of the home page. Just reference information.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 1:33:52 PM

Wonder if someone was listening? No vibrating hoochie coochie insurance ads today?
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:11:22 AM

Thanks GGG. One would think this would also be found either here or here.
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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 1:49:17 AM


>> Where does it state this is a family friendly site? <<

In the sticky topic "General Forum Guidelines" that I think is linked at the top of every forum.

"9. GasBuddy is a family website. Please, no swearing, or vulgar language of any kind."
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 10:13:31 PM

"The (original) owners in interviews, in several interactions warning that I would be banned for use of "colorful" language in the forums, and in past efforts to clean up "colorful" member names."

That doesn't equal a family friendly site.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 5:52:56 PM

I suppose we just have to accept that the current management has a different set of principles.
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 4:35:56 PM

>> Where does it state this is a family friendly site?

The (original) owners in interviews, in several interactions warning that I would be banned for use of "colorful" language in the forums, and in past efforts to clean up "colorful" member names.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 12:45:40 PM

Where does it state this is a family friendly site?
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 10:30:51 AM

>> advertising material that has been deemed appropriate here

Based on results, what is deemed appropriate is being questioned. For a supposedly family-friendly site, there's some pretty sleazy ads being shown.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 7:43:04 AM

This has gotten silly now. The difference between sarcastic humor and rational discussion has apparently become foggy for some.

The point was that the browsing history content is part of the algorithm used to deliver specific ads from a wider queue of advertising material that has been deemed appropriate here. The GasBuddy site itself is a part of the browsing history and therefore has an effect on what ads are seen.

RG

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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2014 6:23:12 AM

>> That won't really make too my much difference GGG. The ads you see are more influenced by what you browse for. And if you use Ad Block Plus, you don't see any ads at all! <<

I hope y'all realize I was kidding... well 1/2 kidding anyhow.

>> GGG: That's a great idea! We can pump anything we want into the great Internet cloud. <<

True CK, but as they say, garbage in = garbage out. With the keywords you supplied the ads will look like they came right from latest tabloid rag!
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 9:55:06 PM

RichWLIN:

I have no idea if they were in any of the blogs or news items but I don't remember seeing them in the "Five news articles of the day". I've only seen them in earlier post by a fellow Gas Buddy member.

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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 2:19:13 PM

Gas_Buddy,

I bet those were from CK and they have nothing to do with this discussion what so ever.
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 1:57:58 PM

ery interesting . . .
     
   
 
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 1:33:46 PM

Gas_Buddy asks: "...did the below post really need to include..."

Aren't those all recent headlines from the GasBuddy Blog and News section?
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 1:09:23 PM

Okay, I know it's probably selective reading, but did the below post really need to include:

secret cia audit finds obama biggest contributor to ISIS

leave no child unarmed program

airlines adopt narrower seats and charge extra for passengers with more than one buttock

And these comments, along with those in other posts, are to add value to the discussion?

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Message Posted: Sep 6, 2014 10:54:26 AM

GGG: That's a great idea! We can pump anything we want into the great Internet cloud.

doubleclick ceo arrested for training cats to play rap music sushi restaurant chain closed down for cooking fish when customer not looking sham anti-wrinkle cream causes 70-year-old woman's face to look like 71 paris hilton opens website to allow her sex tape to be downloaded for free and nobody uses it foolproof drain unstopper drills hole to china and fracks tianamen square google ads division pays san francisco homeless to wear new advertising clothes but pedestrians avert eyes and nobody sees ads exploding pg&e pipeline found to be actual cause of bp gulf oil spill disaster secret cia audit finds obama biggest contributor to ISIS leave no child unarmed program global warming tracked down to defective refrigerator in al gore's house gm claims self shut off ignition switch as most successful gas saving feature of decade airlines adopt narrower seats and charge extra for passengers with more than one buttock peta members forced to admit in court that steak is delicious and throw A-1 sauce at lawyers sherwin williams executive reveals that jackson pollock paintings were just floor coverings under paint packaging line gasbuddy organization announces all suggestions for improvement will be adopted except restoring comments because nobody wants them
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