FAQ : Site Adverts

This is the Frequently Asked Questions section of this site. It is divided into several separate pages:


Why do you have adverts?

When the site was started I was unsure of how long I would be able to keep it running, partly because of the bandwidth used and partly because of the time involved in keeping the code running, looking after user queries, etc.

(After getting slashdotted a couple of times this server was upgraded to a dedicated host as a way of increasing site-performance. However this obviously costs more to run)

Writing articles and general maintainence takes a surprisingly large amount of time - so it seemed reasonable to put an advert or two on the site.

However, like many surfers, I don't like looking at adverts.

As a concession to this I chose to only display them upon the articles pages - as this is where most visitors end up, either via google, or via syndication - and only then if you're not logged in.

This means that if you return to the site often enough to be annoyed by the adverts all you have to do is create an account and login.

Of course if you do wish to support the site you may choose to view the adverts by making the appropriate selection in your preferences.

How can I disable adverts?

If you're an unregistered user of the site you are unable to disable the adverts.

If you're a registered user of the site simply edit your preferences to enable or disable the displaying of adverts.

Will you carry my advert?

Your advert might be considered if it is both:

  • Non-annoying.
  • Relevent to Debian users, and administrators.

I realize that the first of these items is entirely subjective, but I'm a big fan of text adverts - and I abhor flash. Personal preference, sure, but I'm not alone.

If it fails to meet these two requirements then it will not be carried. Also I will only place adverts upon the article pages in their current location.

Banners and other horizontal images will not be accepted for the top of the page - adverts will only be placed in locations which are currently in use for adverts.

(I'm not fond of advertising, and regard it as a "necessary evil" rather than an income stream.)

What are "community adverts"?

As an experiment this site currently allows users to create their own adverts.

The adverts which are submitted by users are intermingled with the adverts from Google. (Currently the community adverts are shown 10% of the time.)

Once an advert is approved the owner will be able to keep track of the number of times it has been displayed, and the number of times it has been clicked upon.

By default new adverts are limited to 1000 impressions, which will last a couple of days. Once the advert has expired all details will be removed and it will need to be resubmitted as a new advert to be repeated - however I will not allow people to keep submitting identical adverts, we want some variety!

Can I see which community adverts are running?

Yes you can. Simply visit this page to see all the currently active community adverts.