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GMail's sponsored links err on the side of good taste
« on: April 04, 2010, 10:53:34 pm »
What happens if you mention bloodshed or major catastrophes in your conversation? Presto! No more sponsored links.


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Re: GMail's sponsored links err on the side of good taste
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2010, 10:56:54 pm »
easter egg much?

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Re: GMail's sponsored links err on the side of good taste
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2010, 10:59:16 pm »
Interesting. Google Ads broke of the awesomemess of your emails.
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Re: GMail's sponsored links err on the side of good taste
« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2010, 11:05:18 pm »
Iambian can confirm the veracity of this method, since I sent the e-mail to him. :P

It seems GMail avoids displaying links for certain red-flag terms to avoid displaying offensive content. I think you could possibly achieve the same effect by writing something downright pornographic.

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Re: GMail's sponsored links err on the side of good taste
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2010, 11:10:49 pm »
Oh it might be that. I guess I could just include something like

"this email doesn't contain anything regarding porn, warez, holocaust, hentai, rape and this sentence is meant to make this e-mail ad-free if you use Gmail" :P

but I wonder if Gmail could find out?

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Re: GMail's sponsored links err on the side of good taste
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2010, 11:25:09 pm »
According to the Google word list, these are all intentionally filtered. It even mentions that X term will result in no ads. I guess that policy isn't changing anytime soon. :P

I remember another forum I participated in censored terms that Google didn't like, as it would mess with the ads. (since the forum was sponsored by Google)

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Re: GMail's sponsored links err on the side of good taste
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2010, 12:01:01 am »
Lol, that's a handy tip to know.
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Re: GMail's sponsored links err on the side of good taste
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2010, 12:47:22 am »
that would have been nice to know in the old Omni forums day, I could have added innapropriate words hidden somewhere on my board, but I wonder if Invisionfree would have seen this as an attempt at hiding the ads (which is against their TOS). Once, on the old board, I bought ad-removal but it was $5 for 50000 credits I think (1 credit = 1 hit) and we wasted our entire ad removal credits in a single month

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Re: GMail's sponsored links err on the side of good taste
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2010, 01:08:11 am »
This topic could be called "How to make people lose money" as well.

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Re: GMail's sponsored links err on the side of good taste
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2010, 01:16:06 am »
i don't think invisionfree makes much money from ads, though. I doubt gmail makes a lot either (altough most likely much more than IF). When I had ads on TIMGUL no one even clicked them x.x

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Re: GMail's sponsored links err on the side of good taste
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2010, 01:42:11 am »
This topic could be called "How to make people lose money" as well.

It's my prerogative to filter any content from appearing on my computer, for any reason. If that doesn't settle well with a webmaster, then said webmaster shouldn't open their pages to public, non-subscribing viewers in the first place. I suppose I should be obligated to watch commercials aired on public television, as well - lest I'm directly stealing from broadcasters.

Advertising should only be treated as a contingent source of income, anyway. Someone who strictly depends on sponsorship to put food on the table needs to consider a more stable career choice.