The Strange Case of the Missing Ads:

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Re:#372: Yup. The only thing that seems certain at the moment is that anonymous editing will be a thing of the past. We need to be able to show that an editor has — at least in theory — agreed to our ToS.

Not that we give a rusty fart. Google has to be able to say diligence was given.

edited 27th Oct '10 9:57:29 PM by FastEddie

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377 Madrugada27th Oct 2010 09:57:05 PM , Relationship Status: In season
Zzzzzzzzzz
Once again, ninja'd by the man himself.

edited 27th Oct '10 9:57:49 PM by Madrugada

...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
Not dead yet.
^^^ We can still do it, you know.

edited 27th Oct '10 10:03:15 PM by RocketScience

379 TuefelHundenIV27th Oct 2010 10:02:39 PM from Wandering. , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
Ok the rusty fart comment amused me.

What do you mean by Still it?
"Who watches the watchmen?"
Not dead yet.
Amazing how a missing word can totally change the meaning of a sentence.
381 Meophist27th Oct 2010 10:04:02 PM from Toronto, Canada
"Re:#372: Yup. The only thing that seems certain at the moment is that anonymous editing will be a thing of the past. We need to be able to show that an editor has — at least in theory — agreed to our To S."

Unfortunate, but understandable. Hope this not impact significantly number of contributors.
382 RocketDude27th Oct 2010 10:05:49 PM from AZ, United States
Face Time
^I just want to know if we have to send in our Email addresses once the changes are in effect.
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Not dead yet.
Most likely, yes.
384 Deboss27th Oct 2010 10:08:24 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
Would it be possible to just use a cookie that's used when somebody clicks an "agreed to TOS" button?
385 TuefelHundenIV27th Oct 2010 10:09:46 PM from Wandering. , Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Watchmen of the Apocalypse
ahh still do it. Ok Understood.

The having to cease anon. editors gave me a bit of personal irony.

So what are the possible methods to be used for registration? The obvious was already mentioned a form of submit your email and agree to the TOS sort of thing.
"Who watches the watchmen?"
Not dead yet.
^^ Actually, that could potentially work. But we'd still have to collect an email address, right?

edited 27th Oct '10 10:10:58 PM by RocketScience

387 Deboss27th Oct 2010 10:13:10 PM from Awesomeville Texas
I see the Awesomeness.
I'm thinking a page that says
Hi, the system doesn't know you. If you want to edit, you'll have to sign in, create an account, or read through and accept the terms of service.
Still looking for a way to do accounts without having to do a stinkin' email loop. Clicking to say you've read the terms of service will likely be part of it.

Might be selfish of me, but one term of service might be "Keep track of your own password!"wink
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389 Meophist27th Oct 2010 10:16:21 PM from Toronto, Canada
^ Would enjoy that. No email required - something that surprised me when I come to site. Very rare, but email requirement kinda useless with free ones everywhere.

I not sure how email add to security here.
highly secure
To S, maybe?:

  • Keep track of your password

  • Do not link to NSFW sites- this will have your post be thumped and your sorry butt banned.

  • Do not discuss NSFW subjects. Consequences are the same as above.

  • If possible, keep vulgarity down to a minimum, as censors take care of any language anyways.

  • Keep discussion civil.

  • Pay tribute to the mods every ninth of May.

edited 27th Oct '10 10:23:34 PM by Chubert

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391 GameGuruGG27th Oct 2010 10:26:14 PM from Castlevania , Relationship Status: Shipping fictional characters
Vampire Hunter
First, wouldn't Plan 302 cause a bit of a problem? Namely, you'd make less money since less pages have less ads.

Second, what about an Anonymous User, err... username? What about a username and password that would be listed in the Terms of Service? It probably wouldn't work, but it is a suggestion to throw out.
Not dead yet.
^^ The forums would be ad-less, so maybe #2 and #3 can be relaxed there? And no censors. Nobody wants them, nobody likes them.

edited 27th Oct '10 10:30:24 PM by RocketScience

So my name wouldn't be kosher anymore or was that just a joke?
Pretty good chance the forums will carry ads from Amazon Affiliates (like today) or another ad network, so they won't be entirely unsupported.

No way we're coming out this without a reduction in revenue, though. We don't know what the other networks might pay or what percentage of pages will need to be in the non-Google area, but it will all add up to "less."

edited 27th Oct '10 10:47:17 PM by FastEddie

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395 Meophist27th Oct 2010 10:47:06 PM from Toronto, Canada
^^ You usually a lurker anyway. ;)

"Second, what about an Anonymous User, err... username? What about a username and password that would be listed in the Terms of Service? It probably wouldn't work, but it is a suggestion to throw out."

Call it "user", password "password"?

edited 27th Oct '10 10:47:17 PM by Meophist

396 TParadox27th Oct 2010 10:47:31 PM , Relationship Status: Norwegian Wood
My first thought is TV Tropes Is Its Own Personal Army. But objection #1 is civility and objection #2 is in a 16 page threadhop, someone probably already suggested it and got it shot down.

Also no matter how strong we are, Google is just stronger.

Google could buy TV Tropes if they thought there was money in it.
397 Meophist27th Oct 2010 10:48:48 PM from Toronto, Canada
@394: Alternate revenue stream be nice. Maybe we best try start something?
highly secure
G Adless forums means number 2 and number 3 are idiotic drivel. My bad.

edited 27th Oct '10 10:48:57 PM by Chubert

Whatcha gonna do, little buckaroo? | i be pimpin' madoka fics
Responsible adult
Although I still wonder what this means for works pages. Miij's thoughts on the matter still worry me.
"Proto-Indo-European makes the damnedest words related. It's great. It's the Kevin Bacon of etymology." ~Madrugada
400 TParadox27th Oct 2010 10:52:17 PM , Relationship Status: Norwegian Wood
On a more helpful note, I'd be more inclined to donate to the wiki if I was able to easily find a way to make a donation smaller than the "lump sum turns off ads for 3 months."

If I could do it in one-month intervals, it'd be more feasible on my wages.

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