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This thread was archived on 26 July 2009 by Azaz129.

Ok. Enough of these ads!!! We need to change our ad provider, hand-select ads, do something! Those ads make people think that we encourage such things, that we are the gold farmers! We don't want that. Here's the proof (again):


Now, I know we can report them, which I did, but it still does not reverse the damage done. We have a 100% stance against such things, but our main page states otherwise.

Now that's a throwing weapon!Doucher4000******r4000I'll eat you! 15:57, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

You think you're the only one? How ironic is this image? XD 7kyt1iT.gif --WINE OF GOOD HEALTH (Actually Stinko) 16:04, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

HOLD UP, way too many large images for me, can you make them thumbnails or something please?
Oh, and Stinko, I knew you would be back, no-one can leave a Wiki. No one. dun dun dunnnn
Anyway, I highly doubt Wikia is going to change the ad company. They're as uncontrolled as RuneScape's ads. (You should see some that I've reported >.>) It's unavoidable, it just happens. -- 16:10, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

Well. No. I don't see "buy RS gold cheap!" ads on Runscpae's page. Something has to be done. Imagine: Jagex decides to contact us, goes to our website, sees the ad, goes O.O and puts us in their black book of bad fansites. Or this: Some naive newb comes for money making help, sees the ad, clicks on it, buys gold and gets banned and gets his credit card stolen. Do you want this to happen? This is much worse then vandalism or bad info. Now that's a throwing weapon!Doucher4000******r4000I'll eat you! 16:50, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

Hmm, I misphrased that. I should have said that it's not entirely avoidable. -- 17:23, 25 April 2009 (UTC)
There is nothing we can do about it. Wikia controls the ads. Andrew talk 17:18, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

So can we contact WIKIA to stop it? -- Defence Waterkunai1 Talk # fluffy bunniesArmadyl symbol.png 17:27, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

The only reason Jagex does not have these problems is because they keep their advertisers and selected advertisements on a tight leash. The programs that wikia uses to generate ads is too massive to regulate, and nothing can be done to remove certain types of ads from being shown. The only thing you can do is report them on a case by case basis. Second of all, everyone on the internet who deals with advertising programs is aware of this flaw, and I doubt very seriously it damages our image in any way simply because a code with a purpose of creating a random ad chose something we dont like or support. Also, I use monobook as my skin and I see only two ads in the far right hand side of my screen and nothing else, if you are tired of the ads consider a switch. Cap and goggles.pngTEbuddy 18:12, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

-- I agree, the other day an ad made me sick on this site, for, where you can buy and sell rs accounts... This knd of stuff makes me sick. -- Woodcutting Talk! Quest! Timchoff Sign! Edit #Hunter 19:42, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

Comment - Advertisements can be removed from the website via contacting JSharp. He can remove the advertisment permantely, but that does not stop others from appearing. As a disclaimer, perhaps we could have him program the advertisments so that when they are drawn we could have a notice below the advertisment along the lines saying "The RuneScape Wiki does not endorse the following advertisment." or something like that. Just something to ponder.

Bonziiznob Talk

19:58, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

--Yes Something like a disclamer would be nice, I support that.-- Woodcutting Talk! Quest! Timchoff Sign! Edit #Hunter 20:05, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

Umm... a Disclaimer would not help the least. No one is suing us. It wouldn't do anything. If we oppose RWITing, we shouldn't have RWITing ads on our main page. And, these ads cannot be properly reported!!! They are in adobe format, and do not have a URL.

Now that's a throwing weapon!Doucher4000******r4000I'll eat you! 22:54, 25 April 2009 (UTC)

What do you suggest we do then d4k? There is no reliable solution that meets your personal requirements. We must report the ads as we see them, and simply move on. Cap and goggles.pngTEbuddy 01:18, 26 April 2009 (UTC)

Heh. That's a funny screenshot, Stinko.

I think we'll have to do the same thing we've been doing this whole time. See a bad ad? Report it to Wikia staff. Though, for disclaimers, such is already on RS:GD ("This wiki is not responsible for all postings or links to external sites. Any that are deemed inappropriate will be removed as soon as possible."), which we could easily make more known by putting on the anonnotice or at the bottom of our main page, or whatnot. Dragon medium helm! Whaddaya know?Chiafriend12Better than rune!Loon is best buttlord 06:25, 26 April 2009 (UTC)

We definitely need to do something about that. But, what can we do besides report them? The only reason why they are showing up because they have to do with online gaming. If there was a food wiki, the ads there would most likely be for restaurants. So, we should just report them to the staff here, and hope to have them taken down. ~MuzTalk 12:43, 26 April 2009 (UTC)

Comment - I believe reporting them is all we can do, we can't have ads removed and I really doubt Wikia and other companies involved with the ads are going to let us handselect them, nor are they going to make such a change with the way their ads run just because of us. I don't like them being there either but what can we do? Zaros tally.PNGBladeQuick chat button.png# 16:09, 27 April 2009 (UTC)

Comment - I just saw one of a woman tied up to a tree, and the woman was showing quite a bit of cleavage. Not okay for younger children. -_- Prayer.png Jedi Talk HS Log Tracker Summoning.png 01:23, 28 April 2009 (UTC)

Staff Input - I have spoken with Angela about this and she recommends that we follow the protocol here with regards to these ads.

Bonziiznob Talk

05:48, 28 April 2009 (UTC)

Comment - So it looks like all we can do is report them? Well ok i'll be sure to report them if I see any.-- Woodcutting Talk! Quest! Timchoff Sign! Edit #Hunter 02:38, 29 April 2009 (UTC)

Idea - Perhaps we want to put a disclaimer with a link to report bad ads. Maybe looking something like this:

The RuneScape Wiki does not endorse this advertisement. If you feel this ad is inappropriate for the wiki, please report it here

Just a thought. Air rune.png Tollerach hates SoF Fire rune.png 17:24, 29 April 2009 (UTC)

Comment Tollerach that would be a good idea. But I don't know if that would make Jagex put us on the naughty list or the nice list. =/ Prayer.png Jedi Talk HS Log Tracker Summoning.png 18:05, 29 April 2009 (UTC)

Further Staff Advice - As per below discussion I had with Angela:

Another option has come up in the discussion then that rather reporting the advertisement all the time, is it possible to place a "disclaimer" per such below the ad along the lines saying that the "RuneScape Wiki does not endorse the following advertisement"? Just a thought, is it possible? Bonziiznob 06:32, 30 April 2009 (UTC)
I think that could look a bit ugly and end up taking up every more space that the ad itself. All ads are clearly marked as ads and hopefully most people understand that these are not endorsements. A better option might be to make a disclaimers page and mention it there. Angela<staff /> (talk) 06:44, 30 April 2009 (UTC)

Seems our options are not limited to putting an endorsment on the ad, but it not recommended...opinions on the disclaimer page? Perhaps a small link below the ad which directs users to the disclaimer?

Bonziiznob Talk

14:29, 30 April 2009 (UTC)

Comment - Perhaps we should follow in the footsteps of Jagex and add a small question mark below or next to each ad, when clicked it would open a popup menu with our disclaimer and information for reporting bad ads [1]. Cap and goggles.pngTEbuddy 18:51, 30 April 2009 (UTC)