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Thanks for the url list

For Opera users, I added the list, posted here, of url"s to my "blocked sites list" the ads are gone now :yup: :veryhappy
 

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Ad Blocking

OpelWasp,
You are so correct in stating that these ad blocks are a temporary, and individual fix. However, with AutoGuide.com being the new owner, I don't see them embedding software to block their ad displays......do you??:no::no:



This is an option that must be extended to new members, and visitors alike to this site!!!:yup::yup:
 

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Thank you Helena! We love you again.
The 'AutoGuide' ad is better placed than it was BUT I prefer the one in your screen shot. Why did it get changed to overlaying part of the banner? Personally, I'd prefer the banner be shifted and shrunk a tad to allow 'AutoGuide' room.

P.S. How come I am not getting any bimbo ads?
P.J., that almost sounds like you're disappointed. Better hope the wife doesn't read this. :D


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Remember guys this is not a "fix" or solution to the ad problem. Not cramming adds down visitors throats is the goal. Ads are fine if they are not rudely placed, inappropriate, nor overwhelming to the site. These basic rules of etiquette have already been violated. Our solution is to install software to block it? That flies in the face of what this site has stood for from its inception. I hope this is not the beginning of the end.
Agreed, but a nice side effect of installing a blocker is that it works for all web sites.
 

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Membership has its privileges...

The ads don't make a lot of difference to the speed of my 7+ year old computer. I have been reading about all of the ad blockers(and yes, they are in a lot of places on the screen now) and I'm not sure if this works when you have the blockers. I had just came to the site, and without logging in, was checking on a thread...the second post on the page was a sponsored ad. I actually found it humurous. I checked another thread...yup...second post on the page was an ad. Multipage threads, second post on every page is a sponsored ad or link. And the kicker...found a thread without a reply...you guessed it. So I signed in, thinking that this is the new normal. All of the ads are gone from the thread bodies. Being a member has its privileges.(I wonder what ad will be on the screen now)

A couple of things I'm keeping in mind is that I am greatful that all of this fantastic information is still here for me, and knowing that Gary has a little more time to himself.
 

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While I was laughed at with my initial complaint, I see that I am not alone ... and Otto? WELL SPOKEN!

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The following FREE site will clear ALL ad from your screen under Chrome and FireFox!!! I use Firefox and after the download, every ad was gone.:lmao::lmao::lmao:

Block ads with Adblock Plus for Chrome or Firefox
Thomas:

Thank you! now the site looks as it should! So everyone just needs to down load this. It takes all of 30 seconds. It blocks the ads you don't want, but lets the ads pay for the site and Gary have some peace and quiet. Then we can all get back to Opeling!
 

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Till the site managers make ad blocking a violation of the EULA and ban members who use it from the site. Or find a way to hard code the ads into the site and make ad blockers useless.
 

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So far I'm not enthused about the lack of replies we are getting. But, I don't own the site so...

But would it be too much trouble to make the banner like this

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Actually I know the answer. No, it wouldn't be too much trouble to do this...
 

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Thanks Mikah. I was stating it for rhetoric purposes only.

And for wrench. Yes, exactly. All you need to do is change the <div style="position:absolute; right:0px; margin-top:40px;"> to <div style="position:absolute; margin-top:120px;"> To move it below the banner and then they could center it on the page

It's not brain science.


But, I have seen a few of their forums and it seems like the <div style="position:absolute; right:0px; margin-top:40px;"> is pretty standard for them.

In other words.... cookie cutter.
 

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The Blocksite plug-in for firefox is helping here. It needs to have the blocked sites added manually so takes some time to tweak. The only site I haven't been able to get rid of is the stupid facebook and associated fbcdn sites. It's actually running faster now than when Gary was in charge.

This list might help get you started with it. If you save it to a text file you can import it to BlockSite.
Works like a charm in Opera as well, thx for posting the links
 

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Sorta . . .

. . . straight and to the point, . . .

You're perhaps familiar with the old adage, "It takes only one 'aw-s**t' to wipe out ten 'atta-boys'!", right?!

I'm sure you know this, but . . . In the first week, you change the site banner by overlaying your active banner in the center of ours . . .


. . . REALLY!

A lot of thought and effort must have been expended on that . . . about two minutes worth of any decent HTML coder.

That said, I now cede the floor to you . . .
. . .

And for wrench. Yes, exactly. All you need to do is change the <div style="position:absolute; right:0px; margin-top:40px;"> to <div style="position:absolute; center; margin-top:120px;"> to move it below the banner and then they could center it on the page . . . it's not brain science.

But, I have seen a few of their forums and it seems like the <div style="position:absolute; right:0px; margin-top:40px;"> is pretty standard for them.

In other words.... cookie cutter.
. . . what I'd said, but "spot on", First opel 1981! :biggthump . . . this would've taken at worst only 15 seconds to do and, if one is truly honest, would've set their dynamic banner visually apart from ours . . . exactly what you want, to draw attention to it as a separate entity! This is Web Page Visual Design 101, people!
 

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FWIW, the vBulletin program has "built in " locations for ads. We had it set for under the navigation bar and above the footer. When Walter designed the site header, he went outside of the standard one image design pattern which may have conflicted with their banner placement.
 

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To echo Otto and Harold, this is just not acceptable.
What set this site apart was the feeling of 'family', and keeping it all homespun, which is in no way being disrespectful to Gary. It is (was) homespun but professional.
To start down the corporate slope is spelling disaster, the bulk of the active users on here know each other personally, so it's not your typical semi-anonymous website...
Helena, you need to sit down with Gary and get a better feel for this site before you implement any more 'changes' and as a gesture of goodwill, I strongly suggest you get that banner ad off our logo pronto.
Rob.
It is completely understandable that a commercial company will want a return on it's 'investment', so the ads don't really bother me too much and some patience with the new owners getting things situated is required. What Gary did with this site was a labor of love, even if he made a profit at some point. That will forever set apart the core enthusiasts from the commercial venture. I've seen what can be done with a website that has a focus on a subject with much greater exposure and appeal. The RX7 site has grown tremendously over the years since I first joined it. But it, and others like it, started off with an enthusiast base that was much wider and broader. Plus, there are several rotary sites, which shows how much the interest is in those cars. What the new owners have to understand (perhaps they do from previous ventures) is that the Opel community is much smaller as is the general interest or even knowledge of these cars. "Leaps and bounds" is going to have a very different meaning here than if this was say...an F150, RX8, Alfa Romeo site.
 

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Gary - thank you a million times for OpelGT.com. I understand your desire to provide for the future, and appreciate your foresight. I'm no more thrilled than anyone else about the corporate influence, but if it means this site will be around when I give my GT to my son then I'm willing to deal with it. I figure the company you've chosen will respect what we've got here, or you wouldn't have chosen them.
 
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