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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2008 11:09:57 AM

We have an opportunity to run an advertising campaign involving floating ads of an online car dealer. We typically do not allow any floating ads or pop-ups but if this was capped a maximum of one ad per user per day would it be acceptable? We were
Yes - Run the campaign
No Way - No floating ads
Not sure

Post your thoughts about this poll below.
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6513s
Rookie Author Fort Worth

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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2008 10:00:25 AM

I think we should have floating adds and the proceeds should go to a Charity.
6513s
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bble
All-Star Author Calgary

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Message Posted: Nov 30, 2008 4:35:29 AM

Undecided.

A couple of Radio Stations won't allow me to run radio ads for CalgaryGasPrices.com because of advertising on the website(country 105.1 fm CKRY (Calgary) and 106.1 fm The Range (Airdrie) --- so I picked up a new station 97.7 fm from Calgary Alberta Canada The best "Pop, Rock and Country Station" "in the World" as far as I'm concerned.

However pop-up ads can be blocked by individual computer system(s).

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Local39701
Champion Author Mississippi

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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2008 3:36:17 PM

Making sound business decisions rely on a number of factors, not the least of which is getting a lot of input. Thank you for this opportunity.

The other factor is financial. If it makes good business sense, then do it. If not don't.

Finally, try it for a short period of time. Evaluate the results before entering a long term decision.

Whatever you decide, I'll support you.
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lidude25
Sophomore Author California

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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2008 11:23:22 PM

Yea why not.
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MV_cmtr
Champion Author Columbus

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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2008 4:23:45 AM

No
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BusBoy52
Rookie Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2008 12:53:11 PM

Don't start down that slippery slope...
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roadrunnerdeb
Rookie Author Columbus

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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2008 12:38:20 PM

1) You make the money you need to run this site.
2) Please have "floaters" with ability to turn off or move on -- so that when pressed for time, I can get on site and get off.
3) Price posting should take precedence.
4) By the way, Thank You for this site. Happy Holidays to all.
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cwfan
Rookie Author Pennsylvania

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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2008 9:49:41 AM

i don't think it's a good idea!
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MnSwede
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2008 7:23:15 AM

No Way
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nilandfred1wa
Champion Author Washington

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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2008 7:08:07 AM

no way
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radarman
Champion Author Florida

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Message Posted: Nov 6, 2008 2:08:37 PM

There's enough advertising on the internet already.
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john382
Champion Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2008 12:06:36 PM

No, I think they are so annoying and where I work your website will be baned so I will nolonger be able to post gas prices from work
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Silverdog1
Champion Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2008 11:55:04 AM

Popup ads are only second on the list of annoyances to an infestion of crabs.
Chittownlala...you might want to run your virus checker...sounds like you've inherited a virus.
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ChitownLala
Champion Author Chicago

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Message Posted: Nov 1, 2008 10:35:32 AM

No, I think they are so annoying. I do have a pop up blocker, but just the last week or two when I go to sign on here I get a pop-up on the sign-in screen, and my blocker does not work. I thought you already were allowing something. ANNOYING!
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Canadiens
Champion Author Ontario

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Message Posted: Oct 31, 2008 9:26:44 PM

Absolutely NOT acceptable. I don't care to have a chance to win money or even to amass points. It's all about helping each other get the lowest price for gas.
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Panama19
Champion Author Louisville

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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2008 9:18:23 PM

Floating ads are exceptionally irritating and I would never buy from anyone who was that obnoxious. However, I have a popup blocker that I hope would take care of that problem for me.

I hope.

[Edited by: Panama19 at 10/24/2008 12:19:19 AM EST]
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hillrl
Rookie Author Arkansas

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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2008 8:02:34 PM

I like the extra drawing, but most people have popup blockers that will prevent it from working anyway.
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cinjo
Rookie Author North Carolina

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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2008 2:50:50 PM

If you do give away money, let the person who wins pick a charity organization or church or medical ministry or food ministry or school to give it too. I know times are getting tough for people; but I give to a local food ministry every week to help people who don't have money for food or medicine.
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cinjo
Rookie Author North Carolina

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Message Posted: Oct 20, 2008 2:47:38 PM

We see enough advertisements already.
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squared277
Rookie Author South Carolina

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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2008 2:20:35 PM

Will you be able to keep it to the just one or would this be opening the door for all those nonsense adds that are all over almost every other site on the web?
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MnSwede
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2008 12:24:12 PM

NO POPUPS, NO FLOATING ADS. BOTH ARE AN INVASION OF PRIVACY.
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JMorrick
Rookie Author Texas

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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2008 10:09:49 AM

THE ads wont hurt anyone and its a chance for more free money. I like the idea of slitting the money up.
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MrCleanX
Rookie Author Idaho

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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2008 10:38:28 AM

I have tools for my browser that can block all that garbage. I don't see any of it anyway.
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chrisrussell86
Rookie Author Fort Worth

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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2008 2:01:18 PM

Yes - Run the campaign

but split the money up to a $1,000 week or something
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66ImpSS396
Rookie Author Georgia

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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2008 5:16:41 PM

I hate pop up, pop under, and floaters nearly as much as the oil prices. If you really want to put them in how about setting them up so registered users can opt out (or block them)

[Edited by: 66ImpSS396 at 10/5/2008 8:17:07 PM EST]
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E430
Rookie Author California

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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2008 7:42:34 PM

If the owners of this site need to do so to support themselves that is acceptable. To do so to generate prize money is not acceptable. Further members who post regularly should be exempt but users who simply check for prices should see the ads.
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kegga_99
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2008 11:59:32 AM

No Way - No floating ads
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MnSwede
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2008 10:34:45 AM

No Way - No floating ads

I hate pop-ups and floating ads and try my best to block all of them but the pop-up/floating ad programers are one step ahead of the blocking programs.

I view them as an invasion of privacy.
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cheapSF
Rookie Author South Dakota

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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2008 10:19:35 AM

NO! I really dislike floating ads. I want to be able to see the info I am looking for on my screen, not some dumb ad that I have to click around.
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dosibm
Sophomore Author Raleigh

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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2008 6:29:12 AM

Ads are the most annoying when they try to cover info areas of the page, and your view is compromised. Some do motion to get your attention, but stay in the ad section of the page. The floating ads are the most annoying and you have to hunt for the X to stop them, and don't get the interest level of the bulk of your viewers....only a small, small %.
I say please no, unless they stay in the ad section of the page !!!!!!!!
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YaYoGA
Rookie Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2008 2:02:50 PM

Even though I highly agree with giving to a charity, pop-up ads are terrible. Because every time you flip back to the home page or another page, they keep popping back up and sometimes they cover information that you're trying to see. Sorry I vote "no".
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RedCarpetKY
Rookie Author Lexington

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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2008 6:50:27 AM

Long time visitor...first time memeber.
I prob would have joined sooner if I would have seen better opportunity for free gas.
So it seems to me if...
1. the pop up could be easily closed (for those it would annoy)
2. the advertisers have giveavay $$ that could be randomly shared, in increments appropriate to total points earned, as a reward to those who have help to build the site, making it of interest to big $$ advertisers.
3. and contest winners would be chosen by whatever pts, or posts or traffic one would rack up as of DAY OF contest or promo...

So, when someone joins day of, they can win but not as much as someone with more points. (hmmm...bet they would want to keep posting to get more points ....)

This would give anyone who wanted to get involved w/Gas Buddy the same chance as someone who has been involved a chance to win, and reward the posters that have built this site, appropriately.

After all, isn't the drive of this site to get MORE people to post MORE info FASTER?

As stations close or run out, or just change their prices 4 times a day, I know I want to see as much as I can from as many.
Wouldn't sharing the wealth be a good thing?

Just one opinion.

[Edited by: RedCarpetKY at 9/23/2008 9:56:48 AM EST]
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tanny24
Rookie Author Tennessee

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Message Posted: Sep 22, 2008 6:47:29 PM

as long as I could get rid of it and only see it once a day. I have no problem with it.
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Jagman98
All-Star Author Louisville

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Message Posted: Sep 18, 2008 5:28:30 AM

Please explain "One per day per customer"?

Does this mean...I log on in the morning....get my floating add.....log off....log back on 2 minutes later...I'm free of the ad for the day?

Not knowing the financial stability of the website....if I'd have to put up with one floating ad to keep the site up...sure.....if it becomes annoying.....well I'm with Panama19....they become annoying and would grow a distaste for the advertiser.....the local C-J allows a floating add from a local car dealership....though I respect the family that owns the 13 dealerships....I really get annoyed by the ad.

Just One Old Guy's opinion.
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TFzoom
Champion Author Chicago

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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2008 4:57:16 PM

I see we have ads. AND they may not always be gas related.
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CoolPriusGuy
Champion Author Detroit

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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2008 10:43:42 PM

No way!!!
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kegga_99
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2008 9:15:59 PM

No Way.
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just_gellen
Rookie Author Kentucky

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Message Posted: Sep 13, 2008 7:50:32 PM

Limit it, and as long as members share in the profits
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ERICB6969
Rookie Author Missouri

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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2008 10:17:53 AM

As long as its a limited, and reputable company I think it would enhance users to update more often.
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Ken2112
Sophomore Author New York

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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2008 4:33:04 AM

As long as the ad was not intrusive or annoying I personally would not have a problem with it.
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Gas_Buddy
Champion Author Maryland

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Message Posted: Aug 10, 2008 5:14:19 PM

Unpaid members?
That makes is sound like we're doing volunteer or charity work. We're not. We're simply posting prices so that others in our neighborhood learn what the prices are close to where they drive but might not otherwise know about. And they do the same for us. It's not "work" providing this unpaid for "content". Nor is it an "experience." It's something to help each other; that's all; it's no big deal.

Besides, if they had pop-ups or whatever, are you suggesting that you wouldn't use this website and you'd go back to driving around the neighborhoods to find out what the prices are? Wasting gas driving around to find out that you can't find a lower as price? Is your ego that easily shattered you wouldn't use the website because it's "unpleasant"?

Just asking, that's all. Just asking.
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pdxman2008
Rookie Author Portland

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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2008 8:48:24 AM

Unpaid members provide the content for the site. Please don't make our experience unpleasant and more difficult. There's quite a bit of navigation and ad clutter already and floating ads and/or pop-ups would make it worse.
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badbonita
Champion Author Syracuse

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Message Posted: Jul 29, 2008 5:32:21 AM

IMO Pop-ups are not going to get through most filters if people have one turned on. Floaters are annoying until you close the window. There is already advertising on the website so more is just going to add to the annoyance factor. And if someone is in a hurry, they're going to be annoyed quickly. My opinion is - give it a try and if too many people complain about it (and you will quickly get get a feel for it) don't do it. The relevance of the ads to your members would likely help the situation. Also, the cap would be a very nice touch for those who refer to the website more often than once a day.
As for the contest: One of your members (sorry, didn't note who) recommended not one prize but several smaller prizes while another was concerned with the people who only contribute due to the contest. The contest would run a specific timeperiod so break it down and have smaller prizes - like a $100 a week - and a grand prize - like $500 or $1000 - at the end.
As for DashZippy (if there is someone with that name, I apologize. I just thought it up) only contributing because of the contest - have it along the lines of 5 gas price submissions = 5 entries in the weekly(or whatever) drawing. One entry for the polls and one entry for the forum replies etc. similar to how people get points. Then all the entries for the contest go into one proverbial basket and the "grand prize" is drawn from that. If someone is going to abuse the system, they're going to find a way but at least this way, those that regularly contribute have a "more equal" chance of winning.

[Edited by: badbonita at 7/29/2008 8:33:06 AM EST]
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bluesube
Veteran Author Seattle

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Message Posted: Jul 28, 2008 3:22:45 PM

No, no, no! This is a slippery slope. One of the things I like about the site is the dearth of advertising. And the ones that are here are stationary. Pop-ups are just a whisker less obnoxious than the darned floaters. I have pop-ups blocked in my browser for just that reason.
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backseatboy1
Rookie Author Lexington

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Message Posted: Jul 25, 2008 7:55:30 PM

if it was to support the site and possibly to improve it one ad a day would be a good thing and and a prize would be neat to win. GAS MONEY!!
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libertybob
Sophomore Author Atlanta

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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2008 10:37:26 AM

We use this site for free. A minimum of advertising would be OK to support the system and one ad a day should not be that obtrusive.

[Edited by: libertybob at 7/22/2008 1:41:11 PM EST]
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Digger2008
Rookie Author Colorado

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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2008 10:39:44 AM

I usually only use this site from work and if popups or floating ads would appear I would have to stop using this site.
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Panama19
Champion Author Louisville

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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2008 9:59:38 PM

Pop-up are irritating, but not as irritating as floating ads.

I avoid companies that advertise that way. If they do not respect me I don't do business with them.
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SoccerFanatics
Veteran Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2008 9:47:29 PM

I appreciate that it would be nice to help defray the costs of running this site, but we come here for quick checuks on gas prices. Would hate to have towade through pop-ups.
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silverwolf2008
Rookie Author Ventura

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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2008 3:41:32 PM

As long as there is a way to close it once I'm done looking at. And a big prize give-away is always great!
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Kitleigh
Rookie Author Florida

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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2008 8:30:15 PM

Pop-up ads are one thing. One a day per customer would be fine.

Floating ads are terrible! I have experienced them following my movement around a web page, always getting in the way of what I want to see. I don't mind seeing one, but if I choose to ignore it, I want to be able to do so.

I have also had floating ads with X's in the corner - supposedly for closing them. Good Luck! They keep popping back up. They still get in the way, especially if I am viewing a 1-screen web page.

Pop-ups I can deal with as long as they don't return when I close them.

I am passionately against floating ads!

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