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MNHQ are you really advertising pole dancing?

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StealthPolarBear Mon 01-Jul-13 10:13:06

Adverts for stag do parties in Budapest with the image of a woman's leg in a high heel next to a pole?
I didn't click on it so it may be something completely different but I know what it looked like! I couldn't believe my eyes.

StealthPolarBear Fri 05-Jul-13 18:49:44

Thank you, will do

nannynick Wed 03-Jul-13 14:22:54

On my adsense account I can block 500 domains, so could block all ads where the advertiser has linked to a specific domain. Expect Mumsnet has the same option (though with luck Google lets them block more than 500 domains if they need to, as they serve more ads than a small blog like mine).

Tee2072 Wed 03-Jul-13 13:56:40

Thanks Helen.

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 03-Jul-13 13:54:51

Hello. I think we've blocked that ad but do please tell us if you see it popping up anywhere again.

reggiebean Mon 01-Jul-13 18:48:48

PeteCampbell It was on my work laptop as well. [prays computer doesn't suddenly break resulting in it being handed into IT/all of my eBay links being discovered/me being sacked and possibly reported as a Grade A weirdo]

I looked at the Ebay links too. My poor computer history. sad

StealthPolarBear Mon 01-Jul-13 18:21:13

Thank you for looking into this. Sorry screenshot is so poor.

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 01-Jul-13 17:43:30


Kate there's a screen shot on Stealth's profile.

So there is, thanks Tee.

AnyFucker Mon 01-Jul-13 17:42:18

This has happened before, IIRC

Tee2072 Mon 01-Jul-13 17:42:17

Kate there's a screen shot on Stealth's profile.

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 01-Jul-13 17:38:04

Hello all,

Thank you to those who reported this thread to us - and sorry that this has happened!

Does anyone have a link or screenshot to the ad? We'll look into it postehaste.

We're going to move this to Site Stuff in just a mo, as it's a site ishoo. It's generally better to post about this sort of thing there, as we check it regularly. And plus site ishoos should go in the site topic <anal>

<idly wonders what a hen do organised by MNers would be like>

We appreciate you patience, and will try to get this sorted asap!

MmeLindor Mon 01-Jul-13 17:19:08

The issue isn't what is technically possible. As Stealth said, that's one for the tech team to work out.

The problem is that AdChoices is putting ads on Mumsnet which may offend or upset users, and this is something that MNHQ will have to deal with.

It's a cop out to say 'they can't do anything about it'. There are plenty of ads that would not be in the 'spirit of Mumsnet' and would have people up in arms.

MNHQ have always been good about listening to our whinging concerns.

I'm using Chrome with the AdBlock app installed and never see any ads on MN. There's a little hand at the top telling me 4 are being blocked on his page.

I can pause it with one click if I want to see the ads (which I never do) and if it doesn't recognise something on a page as an ad I can point it out and get it blocked.

Makes for a much calmer internet experiance.... MN get their advertising money, the companies get their advertising shown by AdChoices and I don't have to see them = everyone's happy.

Tee2072 Mon 01-Jul-13 16:47:49

Being Google hardly makes them invincible. Ask their Google Reader team...

reggiebean Mon 01-Jul-13 16:45:54

Hello I did have to delete my cookies instantly after looking at that, I couldn't even imagine what sort of ads they'd come up with for that. blush

Hellohippo Mon 01-Jul-13 16:43:48

Is it because of the eBay thread with the link I didn't dare click n because bleaching eyes was mentioned?

StealthPolarBear Mon 01-Jul-13 16:41:17

iRonically that was on my iPad. iThink they're trying to take over.

jennycoast Mon 01-Jul-13 16:36:04

reggie I can assure you I have never googled, or read a thread on here, or on any other way shape or form engaged in pole dancing lessons discussion. I do however live quite near Windsor - which is where the ones in the ad I can see are based, which is where I suspect they are getting their tag (or whatever you call it) from.

reggiebean Mon 01-Jul-13 16:34:34

And if Ad whatsit can't do that? They are a really stupid company that no one should use.

They're a Google company, so good luck with suggesting that no one use them. grin

(btw, Stealth assume this was a typo, but I loved the "iWork" it made me chuckle grin)

StealthPolarBear Mon 01-Jul-13 16:32:23

Nethuns. Stupid technilogy

StealthPolarBear Mon 01-Jul-13 16:31:29

My "outrage" actually was disbelief. On Bethune I'd have believed it but I thought all ads on mn had to go through anyfucker or something... smile

StealthPolarBear Mon 01-Jul-13 16:29:55

iWork in a technical role. When my boss asks me to do something she doesn't care what the technology can or can't do. She wants me to work within the limits of the technology to achieve our aims - and that may involve thinking outside the technological constraints. So when mnhq come to this thread their choice may be between keeping the handful of mners on this thread happy , or generating as much advertising revenue as possible. That's going to be a tough one for them grin. But ultimately there are ALWAYS ways round these issues if you're willing to make the sacrifices. If you think not wait until the bnp start advertising on mn and see how quickly they discover they can actually do "something".

Not comparing this to the bnp btw. Just making the point about technical constraints vs business requirement from a management point of view

Tee2072 Mon 01-Jul-13 16:29:30

I calls 'em as I sees 'em.

And if Ad whatsit can't do that? They are a really stupid company that no one should use.

There is plenty of ways to use targeted adverts well without putting ads on sites that don't want those ads. As MMeL said, what if it was a Nestle ad? Or formula? This site would explode.

livinginwonderland Mon 01-Jul-13 16:27:38

Get AdBlock.

reggiebean Mon 01-Jul-13 16:27:11

Not saying that MN will or won't do anything with regards to the ads, just that it's really not as simple as ringing someone up and saying, "No more strip club ads, thanks!" and that you shouldn't be outraged at MNHQ when it's not actually something they have a lot of control over.

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