I think people do it for a number of reasons: 1) to avoid triggering ads,
Here's my (tangential) question, then: Why are people here so vigilant about ads? The answer is probably obvious, but I can't come up with one that doesn't seem a little odd to me. I've never seen another message board in which the posters were so concerned about the banner ads. The "L word" has been censored because of ads, and other words--like "boobs" and "sex"--posters censor on their own, with stuff like "bewbs" and "s3x." I'm sure it has something to do with triggering an ad that offends someone's sensibilities, but can't people just look away? Not click on an ad that offends them? And what would be offensive about an ad for Target or Starbucks showing up in a thread that mentions them? And would the banner ads here really be that offensive--doesn't the site owner have some control over what type of ads can run here?
I'm not angry or anything (although "bewbs" drives me completely insane), just really curious; I've probably given it more thought than it deserves. (And I'm now afraid that this post will trigger the offensive ad to top all offensive ads.)
Unfortunately, some of the banner ads that pop up are really inappropriate for the forum. They're of a very vulgar nature or lead to sites that the forum doesn't want to be connected with. The best way to prevent those ads from popping up is by not using those brand names.
Also, since this forum isn't there for promotion of products and services, or even to rate them, we'd rather not get more specific because that can be distracting from the real focus, which is the etiquette of a situation.
I guess I just think it's a little odd for forum members
to be so concerned with the ads; if the forum admins
don't want the forum to be associated with certain ads, that's another thing. Indeed it makes sense that an etiquette forum would want to avoid vulgar ads as a courtesy to the members, so I'm actually surprised that there's user-generated advertising here in the first place. (If that's what the banner ads are. I know nothing about internet advertising, obviously.) As a forum member, however, I'd much rather look away from user-generated ads or not click on them than write "bewbs" or "bullseye store." (Not that I often have a need to write about boobs, either.)
Again, I'm not criticizing, just curious--just explaining why I've found the vigilance about the ads among forum members surprising. Actually, it's nice in a way that the members are so careful about ad-triggering, though it can be a tad off-putting as well.