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By Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Jan 2, 2014
Rumney
It would break my heart if I had to stop visiting MP while at work. Can this be addressed? I'm looking for climbing info/discussion, not warez, torrents, or prOn.

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NSFW mountain project ad

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By Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Jan 2, 2014
Rumney
It would seem we could/would have more control over the advertisers used here, especially with such a focus on the outdoors and no shortage in the supply of outdoors products and companies who I'm certain would compete heavily for the ad space on this site.

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By chuffnugget
From Bolder, CO
Jan 2, 2014
Your boss is more concerned about a bikini than the hours you spend on MP?

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By TYJ1981
Jan 2, 2014
I guess doing work while at work since that is what they are paying you for is out of the question?

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By Optimistic
From New Paltz
Jan 2, 2014
How do I get awesome ads like that to show up on MY computer? Mine are mostly for a PlayStation game to teach me how to be a rock guitar god, or for hotel rooms in Chattanooga! It's almost like my computer knows my interests! I wonder if other people's computers work like that too?

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By Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Jan 2, 2014
Rumney
I don't spend hours here, but probably check in a few times a day.

Thankfully I have the kind of job this is permitted. Jealous?

So while the visiting of internet forums is permitted, having sexually suggestive content on my screen... is not. It's a HR thing.

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By Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Jan 2, 2014
Rumney
Optimistic wrote:
How do I get awesome ads like that to show up on MY computer? Mine are mostly for a PlayStation game to teach me how to be a rock guitar god, or for hotel rooms in Chattanooga! It's almost like my computer knows my interests! I wonder if other people's computers work like that too?


Funny you mention that, because now the same banner is showing Guitar Center sales (I'm a musician), which seems more appropriate. Seeing that I don't play computer games (that's what the boobies ad is for), it would seem these ads are probably being randomly inserted into the general ad cycle for this site (which is why I mentioned it, since the admins would probably want it corrected).

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By JacksonLandFill
From Maryland
Jan 2, 2014
not everyone smiles
I don't get any ads like that. Work or home. I use Firefox and Safari at home and installed plugins to remove ads.

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By M Sprague
Administrator
From New England
Jan 2, 2014
Lichen head. Me, with my usual weatherbeaten, lich...
Your boss is ok that you spend time on MP, but he is going to get uptight with you if there is a little advert with somebody in a swimsuit on it? Ridiculous! If there are big ads popping up with porn I could see them raising an eyebrow wondering what you have been viewing, but swimsuits? One would have to be a super prude.

Personally, I found the ad for the giant power line project in NH more appalling, but I recognize their right to advertise and doubt it is going to get much traction here anyway.

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By Nick Wilder
Site Landlord
From The Bubble
Jan 2, 2014
Personal Photo
Some of our ads are "endemic" - meaning they're related to climbing or at least outdoor companies (REI is the biggest), and others come from Google Adsense. Google tries to match ads that they think would be relevant to you in particular. They base this on what other sites you visit, where you're located, and what searches you've done recently.

We do have some control over what categories of ads Google will show, and right now we don't have too many restrictions. We can change that if there are problems. I'm pretty sure Google won't be displaying warez, torrents, or porn!

BTW, people are routinely advising the use of Ad Blockers. I use them myself, but please recognize that tiny companies like MP exist only because of these ads. We do our best to make them tolerable and relevant, but in the end, no ads = no MP. So if you are willing to support MP, it would be great to turn off blocking for our site, and perhaps others like us.

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By Meme Guy
From Land of Runout Slab
Jan 2, 2014
Meme guy
Basically he's calling you a n00b for having pr0n cookies on your computer.

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By jim.dangle
Jan 2, 2014
i suspect a few of the posters here are self-employed or at least work from home. For what its worth I would just point out that-- just as MP doesn't have a control of the ads they get through google-- individual employees who are not self employed or who do not work from home don't have much control of the policies or character of their workplace. That photo would run foul of every HR department workplace conduct code of every company I've ever worked for.

Jim

Edit: They also don't have control over the computers they use. And for what its worth, I look at a lot of photos of woman in bikinis on my computer and never get those ads. What gives?!

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By Morgan Patterson
Administrator
Jan 2, 2014
Stoked...
I would point out that while you see the adsense ads, based upon YOUR previous searches. Your employer is not able to see that ad content. I would be willing to bet a $1 the ad loads as a generic name/file that is random and always changing so it would load different each time and for each user. But really the only reason you're getting THAT ad is because of whatever you searched for.

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By The Phoenix
Jan 2, 2014
The Phoenix
I would turn off my adblocker for this sight if the ads weren't so pervasive, top, bottom, left, right. One along the side, one at the bottom not interrupting content (like viewing photos). I'd turn off my blocker for that change. . .

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By Sally G.
From Boulder, CO
Jan 2, 2014
Now I'm trying to figure out why I have been getting ads for COPD meds on MP for the past 2 weeks. I thought I was an athletic, in shape, narly climber chick!

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By Miike
From MA/CT border
Jan 2, 2014
my foot
I'm getting the full dose of Victorias Secret, not so bad really

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By Passive Aggression
Jan 2, 2014
Lurkin' for certain
"MP exists only because of these ads"

This is an unfortunate mindset which extends to many aspects of life. In our finacial desperation we chose to support and look for help from those who make us finacially desperate. Why can't this site fund itself? Why can't this community support itself?

So continues the downfall of America.

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By Optimistic
From New Paltz
Jan 2, 2014
MC Poopypants wrote:
"MP exists only because of these ads" This is an unfortunate mindset which extends to many aspects of life. In our finacial desperation we chose to support and look for help from those who make us finacially desperate. Why can't this site fund itself? Why can't this community support itself? So continues the downfall of America.


Well, I know one reason it can't support itself so far: the epidemic of folks bitching about paying $10 for the incredibly useful MP app...

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By MRock
Jan 2, 2014
Split shin after 5.9+ R lead
Aren't those cgi boobs?

Also nsfw is relative, I do bicycle delivery with a bunch of dudes, so sfw is a broad range to us.

Also I am almost entirely a mobile user (no internetz), and the only ads I get are for that new sweet looking OR softshell.

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By Russ Keane
Jan 2, 2014
Where's Waldo?
I've never felt so "tingly" over some animation before....

.... But yeah, it's a little "off-color" for someone walking by your desk at work. The other features of Mountain Project don't quite catch your attention like jugglies.

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By James Hicks
From Denver, CO
Jan 2, 2014
Rapping off of South Six Shooter.
Funny....I have never seen such ads when perusing MP. I usually see ads for climbing gear and clothes, since that is what I generally search for on google more than anything else.

OP does know that google adsense is at least partially based off of past searches and keywords contained in your cache right?

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By Abram Herman
From Golden, CO
Jan 2, 2014
Viking helmet cover, yep.
NSFW? Do you work in a convent?

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By beensandbagged
From R.I.
Jan 2, 2014
beer
What upset me was that even after I realized they were not real, I was still distracted.

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By Dylan B.
Jan 2, 2014
Orgasm Direct, Devil's Lake, 5.11a  c. 2008
Nick Wilder wrote:
Some of our ads are "endemic" - meaning they're related to climbing or at least outdoor companies (REI is the biggest), and others come from Google Adsense. Google tries to match ads that they think would be relevant to you in particular. They base this on what other sites you visit, where you're located, and what searches you've done recently. We do have some control over what categories of ads Google will show, and right now we don't have too many restrictions. We can change that if there are problems. I'm pretty sure Google won't be displaying warez, torrents, or porn! BTW, people are routinely advising the use of Ad Blockers. I use them myself, but please recognize that tiny companies like MP exist only because of these ads. We do our best to make them tolerable and relevant, but in the end, no ads = no MP. So if you are willing to support MP, it would be great to turn off blocking for our site, and perhaps others like us.


I didn't realize my ad blocker was hurting your bottom line. Sorry. I've disabled it for MP.com.

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By Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Jan 3, 2014
Rumney
But yeah, it's a little "off-color" for someone walking by your desk at work...
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...That photo would run foul of every HR department workplace conduct code of every company I've ever worked for.



This is precisely the issue, in our hyper-sensitive professional culture. And as someone who plays a large role in enforcing those standards this isn't something I can simply ignore when it comes up on my own screen.

Unfortunately this really comes down to the advertiser - it's technically an ad for a computer game. Probably some type of MMORPG. And aparently the lure is, well, something sexual in nature. I recall waaay back in my Everquest days (8+ years ago?), some of the outfits wore in game by female characters were scant. Stands to reason sex starved geeks would/could be draw to such things, and role playing/animated sex could come about. :D

Anyway, appreciate the explanation Nick. I can't run ad blockers on my work computer because it would/could interfere with others web based things I use and do everyday. I need to see these when they come up, it's part of my job. I guess I was just shocked to see that one this site, for the reasons I previously mentioned (figured REI, campmor, and EMS would have this place locked down with ads for the next century). Have you considered other advertising strategies that better target your audience? Something like this? advertserve.com/ You may be able to rake in more by having advertisers buy more directly from you. (?) [I'm assuming this hasn't been explored, just take the suggestion with a grain of salt and genuine interest in helping MP be lucrative]

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By Kevin Heckeler
From Upstate New York
Jan 3, 2014
Rumney
"But yeah, it's a little "off-color" for someone walking by your desk at work...
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...That photo would run foul of every HR department workplace conduct code of every company I've ever worked for."



This is precisely the issue, in our hyper-sensitive professional culture. And as someone who plays a large role in enforcing those standards this isn't something I can simply ignore when it appears on my own screen.

Unfortunately this really comes down to the advertiser - it's technically an ad for a computer game. Probably some type of MMORPG. And aparently the lure is, well, something sexual in nature. I recall waaay back in my Everquest days (8+ years ago?), some of the outfits wore in game by female characters were scant. Stands to reason sex starved geeks would/could be drawn to such things, and role playing/animated sex could come about. :D

Anyway, appreciate the explanation Nick. I can't run ad blockers on my work computer because it could interfere with other web based things I use and do everyday. I need to see these when they come up, it's part of my job. I guess I was just shocked to see that one this site, for the reasons I previously mentioned (figured REI, campmor, and EMS would have this place locked down with ads for the next century). Have you considered other advertising strategies that better target your audience? Something like this? advertserve.com/ You may be able to rake in more by having advertisers buy more directly from you. (?) [I'm assuming this hasn't been explored, just take the suggestion with a grain of salt and genuine interest in helping MP be lucrative]

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