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JeffG
post Jul 27 2010, 10:49 AM
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At the bottom of each page of the main web site is a menu bar with the usual things like Contact, Privacy policy and Site map.

I've just noticed that at the end is an item "No Win No Fee", which links to an ad for a No Win No Fee lawyer.

Apart from being an inappropriate place for a link lilke this, should a reputable organisation such as the NWN be carrying ads like this at all?

Edit: I'm wondering if the site designers "snuck" this in without the knowledge of NWN.
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post Jul 27 2010, 12:11 PM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Jul 27 2010, 11:49 AM) *
At the bottom of each page of the main web site is a menu bar with the usual things like Contact, Privacy policy and Site map.

I've just noticed that at the end is an item "No Win No Fee", which links to an ad for a No Win No Fee lawyer.

Apart from being an inappropriate place for a link lilke this, should a reputable organisation such as the NWN be carrying ads like this at all?

Edit: I'm wondering if the site designers "snuck" this in without the knowledge of NWN.


I don't feel it's any different to any other advert on the page, except it doesn't have a pictorial link. I presume it’s therefore cheaper too.

Additionally, it may be a sponsor.


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post Jul 27 2010, 12:25 PM
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QUOTE (Andy @ Jul 27 2010, 01:11 PM) *
I don't feel it's any different to any other advert on the page

It's very different. It is stuck on to the end of a general navigation bar; it is part of the page template and therefore appears on every page. It has the hallmarks of being included by the web designer without NWN's knowledge (but maybe we'll be told differently).

As for sponsorship - assuming it was - should the NWN be accepting sponsorship from companies like that?
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post Jul 27 2010, 12:31 PM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Jul 27 2010, 01:25 PM) *
It's very different. It is stuck on to the end of a general navigation bar; it is part of the page template and therefore appears on every page. It has the hallmarks of being included by the web designer without NWN's knowledge (but maybe we'll be told differently).

You could be correct and maybe NWN agreed it?
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As for sponsorship - assuming it was - should the NWN be accepting sponsorship from companies like that?

You may not agree with the companies ethics or morals but they are legal and legitimate and there would have to be a very good reason to exclude them.


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post Jul 27 2010, 12:58 PM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Jul 27 2010, 01:25 PM) *
It's very different. It is stuck on to the end of a general navigation bar; it is part of the page template and therefore appears on every page.


All the same adverts seem to appear on every page. They are all links attached to an image apart from this one and it's positioning on the page, which is probably down to their particular advertising strategy.


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post Jul 27 2010, 01:20 PM
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It does look odd Jeff, I wonder if NWN actually know. Is it possible to hack that kind of link into the template?


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post Jul 27 2010, 01:40 PM
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QUOTE (Andy @ Jul 27 2010, 01:58 PM) *
All the same adverts seem to appear on every page.

Ok. I don't actually see those ads, since I have them blocked in my browser smile.gif.
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post Jul 27 2010, 04:13 PM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Jul 27 2010, 02:40 PM) *
Ok. I don't actually see those ads, since I have them blocked in my browser smile.gif.

As this site is part funded by those adds, it might be wise to not be too vocal about it! wink.gif I don't see anything wrong with the company linked at the bottom.
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post Jul 27 2010, 05:17 PM
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Found it at last!

Took me a while though even when you pointed it out.
Maybe just me! sad.gif

Can't see them drumming up much business from that link though although I agree it is somewhat strange.
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post Jul 27 2010, 06:59 PM
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NWN gets paid for the adverts... that is how they fund these forums.

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post Jul 27 2010, 07:22 PM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Jul 27 2010, 02:40 PM) *
Ok. I don't actually see those ads, since I have them blocked in my browser smile.gif.
Me too, right click, "block images from...". smile.gif
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post Jul 27 2010, 07:26 PM
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QUOTE (user23 @ Jul 27 2010, 08:22 PM) *
Me too, right click, "block images from...". smile.gif

I don't really see the benefit of doing this on this site.
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post Jul 27 2010, 07:27 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jul 27 2010, 08:26 PM) *
I don't really see the benefit of doing this on this site.
It means no more annoying adverts.
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post Jul 27 2010, 07:30 PM
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QUOTE (user23 @ Jul 27 2010, 08:27 PM) *
It means no more annoying adverts.

Well, yes, but I've never found them obtrusive but you also lose the pictures from the news page as well.
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post Jul 27 2010, 07:31 PM
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QUOTE (user23 @ Jul 27 2010, 08:27 PM) *
It means no more annoying adverts.



To be honest I don't even notice them.... you must go looking for them. Properly a bored existence.
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post Jul 27 2010, 07:33 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jul 27 2010, 08:30 PM) *
Well, yes, but I've never found them obtrusive but you also lose the pictures from the news page as well.
Not obtrusive just annoying, but that's just personal preference.

Apparently the pictures on the news pages tend to be stock photos according to a previous thread on here.
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post Jul 27 2010, 07:49 PM
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Jul 27 2010, 08:30 PM) *
Well, yes, but I've never found them obtrusive but you also lose the pictures from the news page as well.

No you don't if you use a proper browser. I use Firefox with the AdBlock Plus plug-in.
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post Jul 27 2010, 09:24 PM
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I do use a 'proper browser', but I was replying to user23's suggestion. Anyway, the ads don't bother me on this site. The absence of the adds doesn't improve the viewable area.
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post Jul 28 2010, 09:13 AM
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Whichever browser you use, I was just wondering why blocking ads blocks pictures from the news page as well.

I agree that blocking the ads doesn't improve the viewable area - I just find them distracting, and I am ad-resistant anyway smile.gif
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Andy Capp
post Jul 28 2010, 09:23 AM
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QUOTE (JeffG @ Jul 28 2010, 10:13 AM) *
Whichever browser you use, I was just wondering why blocking ads blocks pictures from the news page as well.

I agree that blocking the ads doesn't improve the viewable area - I just find them distracting, and I am ad-resistant anyway smile.gif

I repeat, I was replying to user23's solution (i.e. not yours). His solution blocks all pictures. As for being ad-resistant, I do hate the pop up type, but blocking the sponsors of free to use websites can only lead eventually to one conclusion. wink.gif
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