TPF AD scams?

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by AlexColeman, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. AlexColeman

    AlexColeman TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2008
    Messages:
    1,732
    Likes Received:
    1
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    How can TPF let these ads up that are blatant scams? For example, they have an ad for the D90 for $29.70. This forum which I regard as a great place for beginners to learn, is showing them to the wrong path. No better way to start in photography then to be scammed, must be TPF's belief. I can see if they have to be ad supported, but why not ads from reputable dealers?
     
  2. LaFoto

    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2004
    Messages:
    34,814
    Likes Received:
    814
    Location:
    Lower Saxony, Germany
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Alex, I moved your question to the Feedback and Suggestions forum, as yours is direct feedback to something with regards to the forum as such (which is the idea of "Feedback and Suggestions"), and I hope that like this someone responsible will better find it. OK?
     
  3. Chris of Arabia

    Chris of Arabia Herding cats since 1988... Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2007
    Messages:
    7,825
    Likes Received:
    16
    Location:
    The Magic Kingdom
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I've flagged this one up in the Moderator area and will await a response from the site admins. Just out of interest, where exactly did you see the ad described above?
     
  4. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 10, 2007
    Messages:
    7,997
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Slapamonkey, New York
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Was this in the Google ad box or in one of the boxes I don't have in my display skin?
     
  5. AlexColeman

    AlexColeman TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2008
    Messages:
    1,732
    Likes Received:
    1
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Thank You.

    Along one of the top ad boxes.

    I am not sure. It might be, but I will try and get a screen cap.
     
  6. dEARlEADER

    dEARlEADER TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2008
    Messages:
    1,312
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I really have no place responding to this but......I don't TPF controls the various adds.... i think they just have to be photography related...

    report the silly ones to the mods and they can have them removed by the search engine that places them...

    I think....
     
  7. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    23,100
    Likes Received:
    3,767
    Location:
    UK - England
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    far as I understand it the google ads just searches for key words on each page and then puts up random adds that apply to it (you can get some really funny ones depending on how the conversaton goes!).
    I think most sites can request that specific ads not be shown (such as keeping it family friendly) but its not specific control.

    Interesting idea having sponcered ads at the moment I can only see one sponcer that is Pro Camera Gear (hiding under the TPF shop sponcer). Since the TPF shop is currently closed would it not be better to remove the refrence and just like direct to pro camera? Unless the shop is comming back.

    also what happened to lens baby and adorama? were they not two other sponcers/regular ads that we had
     
  8. Battou

    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    May 10, 2007
    Messages:
    7,997
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    Slapamonkey, New York
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    As for the google ones no, TPF has no control over them, Google sets them according to whatever the stated subject is and rotates from the list of matching adword ads I do believe.

    *EDIT*

    I still have adorama and B&H
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2009
  9. AlexColeman

    AlexColeman TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2008
    Messages:
    1,732
    Likes Received:
    1
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I understand, I just think it is misleading.
     
  10. ferny

    ferny TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2004
    Messages:
    8,115
    Likes Received:
    64
    Sponcer?!?!?! :mrgreen:
     
  11. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2008
    Messages:
    23,100
    Likes Received:
    3,767
    Location:
    UK - England
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
  12. AlexColeman

    AlexColeman TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2008
    Messages:
    1,732
    Likes Received:
    1
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    The ad in reference is the swoopo one, where you can buy a d90 for $27.
     

Share This Page