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Bigbird  (Level: 250.5 - Posts: 3353)
Sun, 7th May '06 3:57 PM


Is anyone else getting ads appearing? I got one today after I had finished taking a quiz, on the page where you are asked to rate the quiz. It was huge, right on the page, and told me I needed to buy a book on Brainbusters. With a link to click on to buy it. Now, was this because I only got an 80% on the quiz??? LOL I took 2 more quizzes, and no ads on those.

Very strange. Anyone else getting this?


Linda  (Level: 26.6 - Posts: 95)
Sun, 7th May '06 4:29 PM

I get flashing ads all the time when I login to Sploofus. Justin assured mr that these ads are not a result of Sploofus but that I need some kind of spam blocker. Just as soon as I become no longer a computer "dunce", I will figure this whole thing out. Considering my age-probably best that none of you hold your breath until I do!!! lol -Linda

Marynuala  (Level: 141.3 - Posts: 996)
Sun, 7th May '06 4:52 PM

Linda I am not certain if this will work, but give it a try. Select Tools on your pc, then click on the Pop Up Blocker option. Hopefully, this should reduce them a little at least.

Bigbird  (Level: 250.5 - Posts: 3353)
Sun, 7th May '06 4:59 PM

This is not a flashing ad. It appears on the page itself under the score and on top of the box where it asks you what you want to do next. The ad was on an angle, and pointed to a book and its price in the upper right hand corner.

Very annoying!

Aimee12  (Level: 58.6 - Posts: 96)
Sun, 7th May '06 7:32 PM

Yes, I got that the other day as well..but am not sure what it is either. I'll be interested to keep checking this thread to see who posts an answer...

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Sun, 7th May '06 9:13 PM

I also got it a couple of times - I assumed it was a new deal Justin made with amazon. But I didn't get it after every then I thought maybe it was somehow attached to certain authors only.

I'm sure Justin will let us know soon

Valedc4  (Level: 62.0 - Posts: 171)
Sun, 7th May '06 9:33 PM

I saw them too, mine were all links to

Bigbird  (Level: 250.5 - Posts: 3353)
Sun, 7th May '06 11:33 PM

Thanks for letting us know! Alice

Mindmonkey  (Level: 280.5 - Posts: 295)
Mon, 8th May '06 2:06 PM

This is not good news. After the last failed use of ads for paying members, Sploofus said that we would no longer be subjected to them, with the exception of the google ad. I applauded that. I want to reinterate--we pay money so that we will not see ads. The addition of the ad takes us back down the slippery slope. What became of the promise?

Tjwgct  (Level: 126.5 - Posts: 148)
Mon, 8th May '06 2:21 PM

how are these ads negatively affecting you? pop-ups i can see...but so long as you choose not to click on one of these they really aren't in the way, are they?

Mindmonkey  (Level: 280.5 - Posts: 295)
Mon, 8th May '06 2:46 PM

Yes, they do negatively affect me. First, I pay money to not see ads. Second, the internet and the rest of society is saturated with advertisements. They are everywhere and it is not just important, but essential to have places to escape them. Third, we were told that, aside from the google ad, paying members would not be subjected to advertisements.

If you want to live in a world where commercial messages are inescapable, you certainly are welcome to do that. I would prefer not to. I originally paid for my membership because I enjoyed this place, but simply could not stand the constant advertising barrage. I would like to continue to enjoy this place. Is one more ad that great a problem? Yes it is when starting the process will lead to one more later and one more after that.

Helsleym78  (Level: 54.9 - Posts: 54)
Mon, 8th May '06 5:05 PM

Well, I for sure know that it doesn't bother me! They appear after I've taken the quiz and don't interrupt me at all!

Aimee12  (Level: 58.6 - Posts: 96)
Mon, 8th May '06 5:47 PM

Thanks for the option. However, I think that one small ad that doesn't pop up, and could be a cost benefit to the site as a whole is a pretty good deal regardless of gold/platinum member status.

Tjwgct  (Level: 126.5 - Posts: 148)
Mon, 8th May '06 5:49 PM

I completely agree, Aimee (and Justin). I think sometimes some people just really like to rant for the sake of ranting. But to each his own, I guess.

Mindmonkey  (Level: 280.5 - Posts: 295)
Mon, 8th May '06 6:11 PM

I am sorry that you think that I am ranting for the sake of ranting. I am not. There is a very important principle here. Again, if the ads don't bother you and you buy into the super commercialized society that is emerging, it is your choice. I do not intend to try and change your mind. Nor would I try to characterize your comments by using such loaded words as "ranting."

I am pleased that the opt-out option will be given--and I will opt out. However, that still does not address the larger question of paying for not viewing ads and then having that erroded by the addition of these commercials.

There is one other important issue. I do not want the ads to appear on any quiz that I author. When I saw the first one, I immediately--and incorrectly--linked the amazon ad to the author of the quiz (someone I very much admire). It didn't seem in character. I do not want people to think that I endorse any of these products because I do not.

Diva305  (Level: 153.6 - Posts: 1656)
Mon, 8th May '06 6:28 PM

Does it work?
Recommended Brain Supplement
Bring it on.

Maurlin  (Level: 221.5 - Posts: 2718)
Mon, 8th May '06 9:19 PM

When the Amazon ad appears, the amount of points awarded isn't shown. If we agree to have the ad, can the page be adjusted so that the points information is given?

Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Mon, 8th May '06 10:33 PM

Amazon and other online vendors offer a kickback to schools if they get people to shop online through some sort of

Would it be possible to have something like that here?? Maybe when we click on the SHOP link at the top of the page it could take us to a 'portal' that would then give us the option of shopping for Sploofus gear or shopping at several online stores, that will give Sploofus a percentage for having sent the customers.

That way NO ADS and SOME revenue. And most of us who play online probably shop online as well. I would gladly go to amazon (or any other vendor that I shop with anyway) through a Sploofus portal.

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Mon, 8th May '06 10:52 PM

I do agree with Mindmonkey (as I shield my face with my arms against the ensuing onslaught of tomatoes thrown at me..). One of the reasons I went Gold was to avoid the ads.

I looked briefly at the Player Directory, and the Gold/Platinum members only represent a handful of the 11,500+ (2-3 percent??...something small). Justin, I don't know if keeping the 'ad-free' terms for Gold/Platinum hurts your negotiating position with, but I hope not.

BTW, when I googled a hometown church name to get some info on how to contact an old school friend, the ad, "Shopping Results for 'Smith Memorial Baptist Church'", included an a link to buy a Biostack Composter (LOL!). Hmmm, how did Amazon's algorithm relate the church to compost???

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Mon, 8th May '06 11:15 PM

I got one of these yesterday, and I was really disappointed to see it, so I totally get where Mindmonkey's coming from. If one benefit of being Gold or Platinum can be not seeing these ads, without affecting Sploofus, I'd very much prefer not to see them. However, if doing this would make the difference between having enough money to run the site or not, I can deal with it. (Remember the horrible Day With No Sploofus??) *shudder*

Allena  (Level: 268.7 - Posts: 1424)
Mon, 8th May '06 11:26 PM

I for one think that ads are better than paying the bills all by ourselves. I tend to trust Justin to see what the world can stand and to fit it in. It is really bad when you are randomly interrupted on a timed issue. It should be immaterial if we get an ad during our thought processes. A

Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Mon, 8th May '06 11:41 PM

As far as Gold/Platinum providing some financial support for the site, I personally wholeheartedly support that. How about a monthly subscription fee vs. a 6-month block at a time?

The Gold is too good a deal at only $2.50 a month, when some subscription gaming sites (not a good comparison) charge $4.95 to $9.95 a month or more.

If PayPal supports a monthly charge to pay Sploofus, a monthly income stream, in addition to the advertisements, may be a better financial situation.

I find it more appealing, since it is easier for me to budget my finances monthly, and I wouldn't have to worry about my Gold/Platinum status expiring in 6, 5, 4 months...

Smeans  (Level: 109.2 - Posts: 301)
Tue, 9th May '06 1:08 AM

LOL I am so glad to see this thread and to see that this has happened to someone else who got a higher score than I did on Suzer22's Musicals I can't do in school quiz. I got a whooping 0% on that one and it popped up an add about a musical trivia book and said something like recommended brain food. I thought it was just because I bombed the quiz so badly. It's good to know that it has happened to other people. Makes me feel like less of an idiot.

Pafork  (Level: 132.0 - Posts: 536)
Tue, 9th May '06 1:14 AM


Aquamar  (Level: 187.0 - Posts: 926)
Tue, 9th May '06 1:58 AM

When I first saw the ad at the end of a quiz I too assumed the writer of the quiz had somehow put it there. Then when the ad appeared a few more times I realized that it was Sploofus generated. I must say that I wasn't really bothered by it because it did not interfere with my enjoyment of the quiz. This is just my opinion and not intended to be for or againist ads on Sploofus.


Noncentz  (Level: 135.5 - Posts: 72)
Tue, 9th May '06 1:59 AM

I got one of those too..but I was kind of thrilled. The guy that wrote the book being offered is a friend of mine!!

It's a book on film trivia. Oscar nights can get pretty exhausting with the two of us blurting out needless movie trivia all night.

What a small world.

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