We used to get some VERY awful, vulgar ads. Thus the caution about words that might trigger them (they don't always, just sometimes). It has been better since the forum started censoring certain words.
I don't think the store names have anything to do with it, though.
Ah. Perhaps something changed since then, because even with my last keyword-heavy post, all I'm getting are ads for wedding stuff and candy bars.
Store names, no. Just certain words that are now filtered triggered the vulgar ads.
Yeah--I sort of went on my own tangent in this thread, referring not to store names, but specifically to three words I've seen many posters censor themselves here. They're not in the forum filter, yet I've been told posters censor them to avoid triggering offensive ads. I've used all three in this thread, and I haven't seen any remotely offensive ads.
I don't doubt posters used
to trigger vulgar ads, but I'm wondering if something has now changed. At any rate, I've just always been curious about this aspect of the forum culture; I've never been to a forum where the ads weren't pretty well under the control of the admins, and where the posters didn't give them much thought.
Then it really should be the responsibility of the forum operators to find a more appropriate advertising solution, rather than passing the buck on to the membership.
Aaaand, that's what I was hinting at in earlier posts. When I said I couldn't think of a reason for the massive concern about ads that wasn't also sort of odd, that's what I meant. I don't want to criticize; I know nothing about internet advertising. I'm just kind of mystified. If a word or name isn't in the forum filter, can't I use it without self-censoring and being told I'll trigger bad ads?