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.Thank you Helena! We love you again.
P.J., that almost sounds like you're disappointed. Better hope the wife doesn't read this.P.S. How come I am not getting any bimbo ads?
Agreed, but a nice side effect of installing a blocker is that it works for all web sites.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.
Works like a charm in Opera as well, thx for posting the linksThe 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.
. . . 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!. . .. . . 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.
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.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.