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"Google ad. experiment."

Post by Marigold » Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:53 am

Please see viewtopic.php?f=31&t=10752

I'm just posting this link to Tim's thread at the top of the list, in Forum Rules, because I wonder if there may be some people who have missed reading it if they don't use the Unread Posts search button, which would have highlighted the link to a section many of us don't look at very often.

It's really good to know that people now have a way to support the Forum, and to show our appreciation of all Tim's time-consuming hard work keeping it running so smoothly behind the scenes. It's good also that he's getting some support towards the annual server hosting costs - the forum doesn't run for free, and I think it's unacceptable that Tim should pay for it entirely himself, as well as putting in the hours he does. Many of us were desolate when Practical Poultry Forum crashed last year, and it's lovely to see that so many 'refugees' found a home on here, and provided the numbers and the lively contributions which made it possible to keep this site running as well. So let's hope that more people will either want to join the 'Team' and contribute a small annual donation to costs, or else keep assiduously clicking the ads each time they visit - about 120 clicks per person per annum should do it, I think.....

I hope Tim will soon post a more prominent link to the hosting payment page, but in the meantime it can be found in the thread linked above.
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Post by bigyetiman » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:42 am

Will click regularly, and would be more than happy to contribute towards running costs.
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Post by Marigold » Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:39 pm

Everyone who contributes is thereafter immune to ads! The trouble with clicking them is the spam generated by the link you create. £10 a year works out at less than 20p.per week, what else can you buy for 20p which gives you such entertainment?


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Post by MrsBiscuit » Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:57 pm

I have sent my £10, the forum is such a lovely place, not just about chooks and I am pleased it exists and am very happy to support its existence. Its worth it to me not to have to engage with adverts, although the banner one across the top was fine, but I heartily dislike those sites where there are ads all over the place. I dislike the bbc site for that reason, as well as the content which masquerades as news. Anyway, I also think its a good thing not to make contributions mandatory, not everyone is a regular and we don't want to put off users, and in any case I'm not sure that regulars should get a worse deal than casual visitors. I know that's not anybody's intention either, so it seems to me the current solution gives everyone a choice to do whatever suits them best.
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Post by Hen-Gen » Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:27 pm

I’ve submitted £10 too. It does seem remarkable value for a years entertainment. But then again so does three pints of Deuchars IPA. That’s Indian Pale Ale for the uniniated. Which brings me on to tonic water. For years we’ve enjoyed Indian Tonic Water. Do we really need slimline when the measure of gin has about a thousand times as many calories. Do we need tonic flavoured with basil going under the name of Mediterranean Tonic Water. Or elderflower tonic water. Who is going to be impressed down the Horse and Jockey when you order a Plymouth Dry with Mediterranean Tonic. Now I love a G and T before dinner. Do I put in half a strawberry on a cocktail stick. And ice. Do I want to swig it like an alcoholic before the ice melts and waters it down. No. Keep the gin in the freezer and the tonic in the fridge. It’s not rocket science.
Bet you never thought a request for £10 would lead you down this garden path.
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Post by Marigold » Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:41 pm

I've been looking through the list of registered forum members (click the Members button on the top line of the page) to try to get some idea of how many active members we currently have, i.e, people who have actually posted something at least once in 2018. I think I found around 20-30 people who have contributed to threads, other than just introducing themselves in the Welcome section. Of these, quite a few have joined to get help with a particular issue or problem, and once this has been discussed, are not heard from again. One or two have posted about birds or equipment for sale. Round about Page 53 on the list, in May 2017, there's a sudden influx of 'refugees' from Practical Poultry Forum when it closed, and many of these are still active on here. Assuming that we have around 15-20 actual, regular members, that puts the donation scheme into perspective - those of us who want the forum to continue may be just about be able to keep things afloat if we all contribute our annual £10 Full Member subscriptions.
But what surprised me is the huge number of people who have registered recently without posting anything at all, not even in the Welcome section to prove they're not robots. Take a look at the last few pages of the list - there are dozens of names which Tim has registered, who haven't checked in. The first column says how many posts each has made, and the end column says when they were 'last active' which I suppose must mean browsing without posting if the number of posts is 0? Let's just hope that, whilst they're enjoying the Forum, they're all clicking away like mad on the ad links!
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Post by MrsBiscuit » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:48 pm

OK HG, I will take up your gin based chat, being fond of the odd G&T. I couldn't care less what T I use, its normally own brand, or Schweppes. But I do have some G preferences - Tanqueray10, Copper House (? Copper Something anyway, made by Adnams), Ophir (? not sure that is spelt right either), and Hendriks (with cucumber of course!) We are lucky as visitors know we drink gin and often bring a bottle of something exotic, so we usually have a bigger range than if we were buying! As we have our own lemon tree it gives me enormous pleasure to make a G&T with our own slice in it. I sometimes make ice cubes out of lemon juice as well. When my Dad was dying, a man who had had his fair share of G&Ts over his life, my brother and I would come home from the hospital and demand a G&T to relax us, and to remember him by. Simple pleasures. He was also fond of Samuel Smith's IPA.

Marigold, we seem to be a small (but select obviously) band.
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Post by rick » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:28 pm

We need more chicken pictures!
Have you seen the Chilton Rail ads lately at stations with the hybrid family out on excursions? Its brightened up my commute :)
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Post by NicolsT » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:29 pm

All done. I only check in occasionally but happy to pay£10 per year fit the privilege.
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Post by Icemaiden » Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:44 pm

Hen-Gen wrote:
Thu Sep 20, 2018 4:27 pm
I’ve submitted £10 too. It does seem remarkable value for a years entertainment. But then again so does three pints of Deuchars IPA. That’s Indian Pale Ale for the uniniated. Which brings me on to tonic water. For years we’ve enjoyed Indian Tonic Water. Do we really need slimline when the measure of gin has about a thousand times as many calories. .... Do I want to swig it like an alcoholic before the ice melts and waters it down. No. Keep the gin in the freezer and the tonic in the fridge. It’s not rocket science.
Bet you never thought a request for £10 would lead you down this garden path.
Hen-Gen: I get in enough trouble putting home-made sorbet in the freezer, taking up space. If I dared put a bottle in there, hubby would be appoplectic (sp?)!

For what it's worth, I like the pink "aromatic" tonic plus a chocolate peppermint leaf from the garden in Plymouth Gin. Sainsburys own brand gin is perfectly good enough for my pink grapefruit & gin sorbet; the gin stops it from freezing too hard (that's my excuse, anyway!).
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