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Old 10-29-2013, 10:57 PM   #11
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For those who are worried about ads, we could certainly look into an option to allow members to pay a small annual fee for more perks including the ability to turn ads off. We just wanted to ensure the community stays online, remains free, and that the knowledge shared is protected. Software licensing, server costs, backups (and verifying the backups) all come with a cost but we are able to keep the forums free through an ad supported model.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:40 AM   #12
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I can deal with a few ads for the continued benefit of networking with the Redwood group.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:45 AM   #13
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Well that is discouraging.* Truly.
Brad - this forum has been brilliant for our learning curve due the feely distributed knowledge and experience of the other members.

However, adverts also don't work for me and is the reason I no long look at the Thor or some other sites.

When adverts start I will only be using Tony's site.
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Old 10-30-2013, 08:42 AM   #14
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[QUOTE=Happy Camper] Welcome Andy and Janet.* I look forward to the future.* I have and continue to look forward to keeping in touch with the Redwood family.

X2 ....and ads don't bother me too much. Look forward to a successful transition.
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Old 10-30-2013, 08:45 AM   #15
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Considering the options, I'd vote that we keep the site free and go with the ad supported model - of course there are limits so will let you know if I change my mind once the ads up and running.
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:29 AM   #16
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Ads do not bother me. But I do have a question about them. Will the ads be RV based or general. If they can be limited to the RV side would be great.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:59 PM   #17
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Ads do not bother me. But I do have a question about them. Will the ads be RV based or general.
We use Google's ad serving system for ads. They target them based on the topic of the page (talking about hitches the text ads should be about hitches) and on a user profile basis. You can turn off the profile targeting and manage your settings at the following links (which work across all sites that these networks touch).

Here you can manage your Google AdSense targeting:
https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/142293?hl=en

There are also other places to opt-out including the following which is for a consortium of ad agencies who want users to be able to be in control of their preferences (works across many sites you visit).
http://www.networkadvertising.org/choices/

I have some ideas on how we can take care of everyone here regarding the ads. Please be patient and let us convert the software first. We have a lot of conversion stuff to handle at the moment. Once converted I'll find ways to make sure members are well taken care of.
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Old 10-30-2013, 02:24 PM   #18
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Understand that nothing is free. Somebody has to pay. Would be willing put up with a few ads, especially if they are rv related. I would think it would be hard to keep up with a pay for access. My initial vote would be for the ad site.
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:48 PM   #19
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I personally don't have a problem with paying an annual fee to keep the advertisements away. I find the ads to be a nuisance.
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I would rather put up with a few RV related ads with the ability to block them than pay a fee. Seems like collecting a fee from users would be a pain.
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