Dear administrators of UE forum,
Recently I surprisingly found that there is a commercial ad. column added in the left margin of the forum home page. Sometimes it is some training centers' ads, sometimes even a dating site! Personally I think it is an eyesore which ruins the academic atmosphere of this forum. And I don't know whether this has gained a permission of the Chinese network operators or these ad companies have donated to UE forum to gain this space for advertising.
Anyway, I hope our forum become better and spare no space for these improper information.
Wish you all the best!
Actually, it's less about capitalism and more about covering the significant costs of running a large and successful free site like this.
I've now switched off the ads for members with more than 10 posts. I hope that sends the right message to our regular users.
I'm not a teacher, so please consider any advice I give in that context.
Please remember that members join at no cost and have access to free materials, resources, and just about unlimited help from people who expect nothing in return (except sometimes we like to know that our answer was helpful).
However, there are costs to providing that. Would you prefer to look at a few ads, or to pay a monthly fee for being a member here? I think ads are a better option!
Facebook (free for members) certainly has ads. Yahoo and G-mail (free for members) and the others e-mail sites have ads. Someone has to pay for the expenses. Let it be the advertisers and not the members!
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
I'm not against ads at UsingEnglish, but there has been a text display problem that I've faced since the ads were launched. The bigger one on the left and those smaller ones at the bottom covered some text, which resulted in having 'like' and 'share' buttons relocated to the top of a post, with the ",,, and,,, like this"-message relocated as well, creating a mess. Pressing the 'refresh' button helped, but not always (I'm currently using IE 8) If everything stayed in place and didn't move, I guess I'd find it okay to be reminded that I might need to reclaim my brain some day.
Last edited by caronmi; 18-May-2011 at 01:37.