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@  Fire Blazer : (18 March 2020 - 03:18 AM) hope everyone is managing ok...
@  kirant : (03 March 2020 - 05:41 AM) New challenger approaching!
@  xcrash1998 : (26 February 2020 - 09:55 AM) Not anymore
@  Mage Girl : (17 February 2020 - 02:33 AM) I can safely say I'm so far the only person to post to this shoutbox in 2020...
@  Fire Blazer : (24 December 2019 - 03:17 AM) naw, it's when the bots make collaborated efforts to crawl places, lol
@  kirant : (23 December 2019 - 05:20 AM) What do we do on Index Day? Give each other bots?
@  Fire Blazer : (16 December 2019 - 01:39 AM) LOL
@  xcrash1998 : (30 November 2019 - 11:07 PM) New fictional holiday "Index Day"
@  Fire Blazer : (28 November 2019 - 08:52 PM) yeah just guest bots and stuff I think :( we really were active once upon a time though...
@  kirant : (26 November 2019 - 03:48 PM) No invasion. I imagine a lot of guest bots visiting for indexing purposes.
@  xcrash1998 : (26 November 2019 - 02:15 PM) How is most people online at 959 for the 8th of October of this year? Is that right? Did I miss something or was there somekind of spambot invasion?
@  xcrash1998 : (26 November 2019 - 02:06 PM) I know what you mean, it gets awkard to post something unrelated to the current conversation, and even if somebody picks up on it, it would just become a huge mess in the c hatbox if a multitude of groups talk about different topics.
@  Fire Blazer : (10 November 2019 - 11:45 PM) especially better imo if you want to update on a topic but like only occasionally (e.g. a project you're working on or a let's play of a game)
@  Fire Blazer : (10 November 2019 - 11:44 PM) it's hard for me to explain precisely why but forums just like work better for meaningful discussion over a longer period of time ig
@  Fire Blazer : (10 November 2019 - 11:44 PM) but that's def just not hte same ig, idk
@  Fire Blazer : (10 November 2019 - 11:44 PM) yeah, you can also kind of respond at your own pace on forums. Discord conversations are often like... it's awkward to respond to something that happened a while ago, especially if the server is active, but even just in general. since you sort of need to keep track of multiple conversations at once at times, and it's not like it has a good reply/quote system ala forums, closest thing really is to copy/paste or screenshot the text you're responding to and then type a response below
@  Elwood : (09 November 2019 - 11:29 AM) Adding on to what's been said, I just enjoy the order and structure of the forums. You can look through the threads and know exactly what people are talking about. Conversation get lost and buried on discord which is why I'm not a big fan of it.
@  kirant : (06 November 2019 - 05:31 AM) I enjoy that part of forums too. They become niche communities where you can have very specialized conversations as opposed to the cluttered mess in Discord.
@  Ezra : (31 October 2019 - 01:17 AM) Yeah, part of me wishes I could go back to the times forums were more prevalent. I really enjoyed how even several different forums based off the same franchise could feel so different. It's not like what we now is bad though, I just feel nostalgic for old times.
@  Fire Blazer : (30 October 2019 - 06:39 AM) also forums in general are just not as prevalent, there are so many other ways to interact these days, like Twitter, FB, Tumblr, etc., where you can just throw your thoughts into the void. I think that's the real issue and that the only people rly interested in forums these days are either super dedicated to whatever they're about, have a specific reason/need to (e.g. support forums), or grew up with them and are thus attached to the idea enough to continue to try and use them (this was kinda me for a while lol but things happen, I couldn't keep it up forever)

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#1 Fire Blazer

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Posted 03 June 2015 - 10:30 PM

Hi all! Sorry for the lack of updates and such on things. I know member icons still need to be a thing but without help they're just not something I can really do right now, unfortunately.

 

One thing I've been meaning to do for a while is add ads to the site, and I've now done that. I have some important things to say about this, so please read at least the bold parts of this post.

 

- You are absolutely free to use ad block to block the advertisements and I will not hold it against you.

 

Ads are annoying, I get that. However, they're also a source of income, and maintaining the site costs a lot. As far as money goes, I don't even break even. So I'm putting them up, but you're free to get rid of them.

 

- If there are any offensive ads, ads you don't like, or ads that are causing problems for your computer, PLEASE LET ME KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

 

Don't think "oh I'lll just put up with them" or whatever, I blocked a LOT of ad categories because I want the ads to not have any misleading/potentially harmful/offensive/whatever stuff. I tried to keep it rather straightforward as far as ads go, but I might have missed something. Also, there might be ads with weird functionality, and if those bother you, let me know (take pics and stuff) so I can try to remove them somehow.

 

- Don't go clicking on the ads to try to help me. Please don't, that can potentially get me in trouble because it comes off as suspicious/unnatural. Do not try to feed the ads or whatever. On the off chance you actually want to click on one, that's something else, but you're really not helping me by clicking on them.

 

- If you have any other comments/problems/whatever with the ads, let me know. I'm using a new company based in the U.K. that is supposed to be largely gaming focused/based, but I don't know how they'll work out. The revenue could be terrible. Maybe they hardly show any gaming ads. I'd like for them to show only gaming ads, but that might not be reasonable. Who knows. Anyway, I'm keeping an open mind and I might switch if I don't like them, so yeah, that's a thing.

 

Thanks for your understanding/patience and take care.

 

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EDIT: I turned off ad-block real quick to test and I'm thinking it might look better centered at the top? but maybe not? I really don't know. any opinions, with or without technical reasons as to why you feel that way? lol


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Posted 04 June 2015 - 12:07 AM

Oh hey, thanks for the heads up. I disabled ABP on FEShrine because I honestly don't mind them, but I wouldn't have known to do so otherwise.

 

Regarding centering the ads, I suppose that might look a bit better, but there's only so much you can do to make ads look good, haha. Maybe centering and adding a bit of space between the ad and the shoutbox would look nicer? I'd play with it if I still used Seamonkey for a browser. It's not horrid as is, so maybe it's not worth messing with too much.


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#3 Fire Blazer

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 01:34 AM

yeah, the software actually just has this integrated thing so it was pretty easy adding the ads... I could probably change it a little, but I'm not sure how much I could do... hmm, well anyway, I need more feedback before I make any real changes...


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Posted 04 June 2015 - 03:39 AM

I share the same opinion as Smashed. If the ad moved up just slightly, I think it would look good in that position. It wouldn't be overly cluttered, either. I also disabled Adblock for the site.

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Posted 04 June 2015 - 04:38 AM

alright, thanks for your feedback Kris. (and again, I don't expect anyone to turn off ad block, so please don't feel like you should, lol. ads are usually nothing but annoying, after all.)


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 02:19 PM

finally got around to turning off adblock. it's actually not all that noticeable. like everyone else has said though centering it and moving it up just a bit may help. it does look a tad out of place where it is right now(though i guess that's to be expected when they haven't been there before)



#7 Fire Blazer

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Posted 09 June 2015 - 04:51 PM

I keep forgetting the ads are actually here because I have adblock turned on myself. Maybe I should do something about that thanks for your input zac


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Posted 24 June 2015 - 07:28 PM

OK, so I gave these ads a chance and I'm not liking them... they're kind of not even what I expected... so I think I'm going to switch back to my other ad service... you might not even be able to tell the difference but when I do that switch (whenever I have time in the next few days, hopefully soon though) I'll be sure to tweak it if necessary in order to get it not looking terrible.. so yeah


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Posted 25 June 2015 - 07:42 PM

Implemented the updated advertisements. Hopefully my revenue increases just a tiny bit, lol. I can use it =P.

 

Anyway, let me know how it looks/if you have any small tweak suggestions and the such. Even confirmation that everything is fine as-is is good to see, lol.Thanks.


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