About Forum links and advertising. [EDITORIAL]

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About Forum links and advertising. [EDITORIAL]

Post by The_gh0stm4n on Fri 02 Dec 2016, 03:21

Dear users,

As of late there have been more and more user questions and concerns regarding various forms of adverts in Forum links here, and I want to address the issue with this post. 

Games4theworld has always been about helping users, mostly about issues with computer hardware and (PC/Windows) software/games. In order to achieve that in an efficient manner, we rely on many forms of 'linking'. Links assisting in our work can lead to

- guides/articles/announcements posted on this very Forum itself
- items on the official Games4theworld website
- items on the Games4theworld download server
- and items hosted on various external services

Our overall aim is provide users with solutions and support that are as painless as possible to apply. Now, since this very Forum is hosted by Forumotion, we do not have any influence on virtually all of the advertising that you may encounter. Advertising revenue goes to Forumotion. Therefore, it can happen that if we post a link leading to an external filehosting service such as MediaFire or MEGA, the link may work flawlessly at first. But soon after, the forum software algorithm may put advertising "in-between" the download. As we notice these things, we will try and remedy them as soon as possible. For example, as of most recently, Forumotion put adverts in-between download links in our TS4 Gallery and TS3 Exchange sections. In the meantime, all links there were fixed again.

However, there are a few cases where advertising is indeed deliberate. Such is the case with patches and fixes about TS3/TS4: clicking on these links will lead to an advertisement. We are aware that this step is a novelty in the history of Games4theworld. And we also expect that this new "feature" is going to be somewhat unpopular among users. Whatever you may end up thinking now, however, we would also like to ask you to consider the other side of the coin. Maintaining the Games4theworld websites costs money, and since we are a non-profit organization we have no income. All team members are unpaid volunteers, and the hosting for the websites is paid out of the own pockets. 

As mentioned above, we want to keep the support and user experience on the Forum as painless as possible. We therefore have no intention to extend this advertising to other links. Again, we only have these adverts on the TS3 and TS4-related fixes and patches. 

I know this new measure will at the very least cause disillusionment with some users. But in the end, I assure you nothing is really going to change. All our support and fixes are and will remain absolutely free of charge for you, to use and enjoy. No matter whether you are a registered user or an unregistered guest (and no, unlike many other Forums, we at Games4theworld do not diminish access and viewing permissions for guest users).

To end this editorial, I would also like to add that you should not be thinking now that we "will become rich" - or something along those lines. The "revenue" from these advertisements helps cover part of the cost associated with hosting these websites, but not really more than that. Which is good: unlike many other sites we still believe in the idealism of free support and help.

P.S. should you be unable to reach the download sites through these adverts, try temporarily (!) disabling your browser adblockers.

- On behalf of the Games4theworld team


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