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Freshly pressed advertisments ...no thanks

  1. What a pity the WordPress 'front page' now contains full page ad type posts including the text " Tickets now on sale"
    like the Pando daily post recently featured.
    What next? Ads and paywalls. no thanks.
    Lets stick with ordinary comment from ordinary folk and talented artists who are not trying to sell us something, please.

    The blog I need help with is sfcawriter.wordpress.com.

  2. I'm using Firefox 12 with AdBlock Plus. I cannot see any advertisements like the ones your refer to on this page > http://wordpress.com/#!/fresh/ Id that where you are seeing them or do you mean that you are seeing them on the posts that are featured on that page when you click into the posts?

    WordPress.com has been running advertising on our free hosted blogs since 2006. Many bloggers do not know this because despite the fact they ticked the box required to get a free blog, they did not read the ToS. Many also do not read features page, or advertising entry in the support documents after registering their username and blog(s). Also note that as the ads do not display to us when we are logged in, and as many use browsers with ad blockers when logged out, they may not realize they are there at all. The only way to get rid of all advertising on our free hosted WordPress.com blogs is to purchase an annually renewable No-Ads upgrade.

  3. Thanks
    However I am actually concerned not about ads as such, but about the Freshly Pressed page featuring commercial posts with text like "Tickets on Sale Now", such as the Pando daily post featured here https://wordpress.com/#!/fresh/
    Is featured blog posts the place for a commercial organisation to be selling their goods...isn't that a bit tasteless?
    Can't they do that somewhere else?

  4. @sfcawriter - that Freshly Pressed post concerns Matt Mullenweg. You might like to read this:

    http://ma.tt/about/

    and understand that WordPress.com (which hosts our blogs) is owned by Auttomatic which was founded by him.

    You can read this too:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Mullenweg

    So, it's not surprising the Freshly Pressed page is blowing his trumpet, is it?

  5. I guess self-praise and profit justify anything these days.
    It's still a pity these people cannot just give some space to the bloggers in the spirit in which blogging is intended, which as far as I know is not about "hey buy tickets - on sale now!!"
    Matt whoever- he -is would surely agree there is should be a place for commercialism and there should be a seperate place for regular voices with something to say. If I want his products, I'll call him.

  6. You're already using one of his products.

  7. Matt whoever- he -is happens to be a founding developer of WordPress, the Open Source software used by over 15% of the web, including this site.

    If I want his products, I'll call him.

    Here are the products > http://automattic.com/

  8. @absurdoldbird
    More than one ... :D At the minimum we are all using:
    wordpress.com software
    Akismet
    Gravatar

  9. It's my opinuion that venting about corporate decisions made by wordpress.com (Automattic Inc. ) Staff and management on this technical support forum is an exercise in futility. Corporations are not democracies, and thinking that venting here is an effective way to affect change at the management level is misguided. That's why I flagged this thread for Staff attention.

  10. @TT - apropos more than one - very true!

  11. wow you guys are touchy about the guy who looks like the messiah. I think it should be clear I was just pointing out that for the first time I am aware i log on and see "Tickets on Sale Now" where I usual see poetry or reasoned thought. This is not a good direction. Sorry for speaking without having flowing blond hair and a start-up.

  12. The only thing I'm touchy about is being lumped into one as 'you guys'! And even then, not as touchy as I seem, lol! ;)

  13. Resistance is Futile

  14. ~~TT - cute - thanks

    The OP could always "you guys" @raincoaster for some fireworks :)

  15. ~~auxlass
    I assure you that raincoaster and I could produce a babes from the coast fireworks display that would rock this forum to the core, but I'm choosing to be restrained and she's unavailable. ;)

  16. @timethief...I think I just got that funny (youtube)

  17. I, personally, think self-promotional sales would INCREASE the interest level of Freshly Pressed, which reminds me of "What's Hot" on Google+, in other words, it's all stuff your Great Auntie in the Home would find cutting edge. But that's just me.

    I don't, actually, object to 'you guys." Miss Manners said it is now genderless, and if it's good enough for Miss Manners, it's good enough for me. Overthrowing the kyriarchy is not about syntax; it's about not getting bogged down in the petty things while you're trying to change the world.

  18. @ raincoaster
    I have nothing against this company (apart from idolization of individuals)...I was merely referring to finding "on sale now" on what I see as an index of what bloggers have been up to. Ads are fine, even on a person site, but not on 'freshly pressed'.
    Changing in the world (not the intention of my original post) is actually more possible than you might think. You are welcome to follow a trail to unravel progress in that regard at my site. -sf ca writer.

  19. @sfcawriter
    What you do not see cannot irritate you so I suggest using an AdBlocker:
    Adblock for Internet Explorer http://simple-adblock.com/faq/internet-explorer-9/
    AdBlock Plus for Firefox https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/
    AdBlock for Chrome https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom
    AdBlock For Safari http://safariadblock.com/

  20. Getting bogged down in syntax...or self-promotion...is not the way to change the world.

  21. @raincoaster
    I was not aware there was a particular way to change the world. But I do recommend everybody try. Anonymity is a good way to deflect criticism of self promotion for those who care. Not exactly sure what syntax is...I'm a poet.

  22. If you're not sure what syntax is, perhaps you should reconsider your career choice.

  23. @tt - at risk of giving his royal mattness more exposure... this is the 'ad' that was on Freshly Pressed:

    http://pandodaily.com/2012/05/17/pandomonthly-nyc-with-matt-mullenweg-is-next-week-tickets-on-sale-now/

    It's a freshly pressed blog post, which has currently slunk back to the previous page. And it clearly says 'Tickets on Sale now!' at the bottom of it, beneath a picture of his face.

    So, really, sfcawriter's getting an adblocker won't get rid of that, will it? Maybe I'm missing something here.

  24. No, it won't. It's the same as when I sell tickets to my workshops. It's not ad code.

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