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loopytheone

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I would rather see ancient threads removed, ancient attachments and links to keep costs down, than that type of ad. To be honest that does look illegitimate. I don't see it, staying logged in, but i have to agree it would turn me away too.

It just seems very kneejerk; low quality adds if not logged in, and blaring, aggressive red text when i do log in (even though I support already)...just doesn't seem "classy". More like a dark corner of the internet, if you ken the allusion.
You might have a point there, but I dunno how the site runs really. How do I technology? :doh:

I have told the admin about my disliking of the blaring red text too but have heard nothing back so I'm going to assume that is a subtle way of him telling me to shut up about it. Either way, it is his decision and his decision alone unfortunately.
 

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I don't see the clickbait ads once I've signed in - I guess they are only there for casual visitors? Or do others see them all the time?
 

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I don't see the clickbait ads once I've signed in -
Same with me. Since they're literally ubiquitous nowadays, with even major, quality international newsites having them, I'm a bit done with getting really upset about them.
 

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Well I don't save passwords on my phone which means I see them every time I visit the site and have to be sure not to accidentally touch the screen over them so I don't get a pop up telling me I won something or I have a virus on my phone. I've used a fair number discussion boards and none of them had clickbait ads like those and as I said if I am a person looking to join a discussion board i would not sign up for one with clickbait. It just means that new members will more often be porn browsers than discussion board members. Frankly I have told a lot of friends from other sites to check out dims, the BHM/FFA board is great and so on. I would be embarrassed to send them here now.
 

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Same with me. Since they're literally ubiquitous nowadays, with even major, quality international newsites having them, I'm a bit done with getting really upset about them.
I'm not upset, but it does make me feel sad.

I do not agree with this statement, or the presentation of how Dims is doing it. The strategy of simply posting random crap on the internet and hoping people click it is a strategy that is so, so outdated. Like sending ads to homes in the paper; most people literally never even bring it into their home, it goes straight into recycling. Because if they are interested, the objects of their interest send them updates on sales etc directly. But it sure as hell irritates a lot of people. In fact, it irritates some people so much they refuse to shop at those stores.

'Clickbait' is the newer strategy, which would look at your history and make judgements on your actions to present you with Ads that you might be interested in. Facebook is a good example. I like a friend's post about a leash, and that company INSTANTLY pops up for me to click on.

Another strategy is that by actively viewing ads, you are granted benefits. This is often seem in mobile gaming. In reward for watching a 15 second ad, I get points in the game I am playing.

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Warning, this is going to sound harsh.

To be blunt, the presentation on this site before logging in...well, it looks unprofessional. Like something a high school student would do for a mid term. It looks like spyware. It has nothing to do with anything on the site.

Fine; sites gotta do what sites gotta do.

So in addition to ads, they ask me to support, and put aggressive, irritating text on the site. So then I subscribe, and I STILL see aggressive, irritating text. Again, to be blunt, this comes across as being desperate and cash grabby. And because it is visual enough that it irritates me, it makes me wonder where all the money is going to, and why other methods have not been investigates to ease storage capacity etc. If I wasn't irritated, I wouldn't care. But that big red text? It takes up half my bigass iphone screen.

Dimensions is a wonderful place, but if I am to put on my business and marketing hat, the only thing that truly separates it in my mind is the story board. The paysites could be on any soft porn and/or modeling site. The forums with facebook and teamspeak.

Because it is no longer in it's hayday, the actions described above combine to come across like death throws, which is why it makes me sad. Because I love Dims now, and love the lurking support it gave me when I first got here.

Edit: The other thing that can't be replaced is the people here, of course xoxo
 

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I sometimes forget that despite the fact that the BHM/FFA board is a great place with smart folks having good conversations for the most part, this is a site that the majority of people come to to look at pictures of naked BBWs and this is the kind of thing you expect to see in such a place.
 

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Ontario weather doesn't know what it wants to be when it grows up. Had to take a "morning" outfit and an "afternoon" outfit
 

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Warning, this is going to sound harsh.

To be blunt, the presentation on this site before logging in...well, it looks unprofessional. Like something a high school student would do for a mid term. It looks like spyware. It has nothing to do with anything on the site.

Fine; sites gotta do what sites gotta do.

So in addition to ads, they ask me to support, and put aggressive, irritating text on the site. So then I subscribe, and I STILL see aggressive, irritating text. Again, to be blunt, this comes across as being desperate and cash grabby. And because it is visual enough that it irritates me, it makes me wonder where all the money is going to, and why other methods have not been investigates to ease storage capacity etc. If I wasn't irritated, I wouldn't care. But that big red text? It takes up half my bigass iphone screen.

Dimensions is a wonderful place, but if I am to put on my business and marketing hat, the only thing that truly separates it in my mind is the story board. The paysites could be on any soft porn and/or modeling site. The forums with facebook and teamspeak.

Because it is no longer in it's hayday, the actions described above combine to come across like death throws, which is why it makes me sad. Because I love Dims now, and love the lurking support it gave me when I first got here.

Edit: The other thing that can't be replaced is the people here, of course xoxo
Don't get me started on this issue - lately I've just been trying to blend out all questions related to the abyssal 'corporate communications' here . Several others and myself have repeatedly tried to address the aspects you name, pointed out much more effective approaches of how to communicate in order to establish trust and generate support. With no success. It beats me how one wants to run a site that is all about people communicating while completely disregarding the most basic rules of good communication.

Given my professional background, this is intensely frustrating - so I've been trying to create a mental disconnect for myself. Between the Library and people I like discussing with - versus the general policy question.

I sometimes forget that despite the fact that the BHM/FFA board is a great place with smart folks having good conversations for the most part, this is a site that the majority of people come to to look at pictures of naked BBWs and this is the kind of thing you expect to see in such a place.
This schizophrenia has always been the root problem of Dims. If you look at the various conflicts on the boards, that's what (except for some of the HP political mud) they in essence boil down to.

It would actually make a lot of sense not to have all the boards on one page, but like a gateway - go through the left door for BBW-porn- through the right door for fat discussions & socializing. Because the overlap between the 2 groups is pretty limited - and might even create more of a sense of ownership and responsibility on both sides.
 

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Not really a big deal but Starbucks never gets my name right. Today I'm "Brent" -- at least two of the five letters are right. :(
 

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Arg!!! I have to redo our last two tax returns (I think). I just found out that there is a tax court ruling that allows for the deduction of the cost of reconstructive surgery after massive weight loss. This would be an exception to the general rule that the cost of plastic surgery is not deductible. This is a big deal since I spent almost 40K on my wife's reconstructive surgery.

Now I have to go to the office tomorrow and spend my Sunday looking for an elusive tax court case on Lexis. I HATE TAX LAW!!!
 

Crumbling

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Not really a big deal but Starbucks never gets my name right. Today I'm "Brent" -- at least two of the five letters are right. :(
You're drinking Brent's coffee... Maybe you are Brent?
Maybe you are Brent in the middle of an existential crisis.
Imagine Brent. Imagine Brents life.

Now live your life, as if you were Brent.

You are Brent now.
 

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Got hit with a huge wave of FFA guilt after a conversation with my bf's sister in law.
 

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Uhoh. One of those he is unhealthy conversations?

She commented that it looks like he might have lost weight. Talked about how's he's older than I am (12 years) so he's always going to have to work to keep up with me and extra weight will make that harder. Then she let me k ow that she used to be over 300lbs and had weight loss surgery and it worked really well for her. And she's right, extra weight doesn't make it easier, but then I feel guilty for liking him just the way he is, because obviously I love him and want to be happy and healthy.
 

Crumbling

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Uhoh. One of those he is unhealthy conversations?
"He's really come so far out of his shell with you, He's like a different person."

"But, I'm really worried about him, about his health."

"Why don't you start browbeating him about his weight like we do, because 25 years of treating him like a human garbage disposal,alongside 10 of us making him feel miserable about the inevitable results really helped us get the message across"



Make sure he gets proper nutrition, and give him a reason to leave the house every once in a while. Get his heartrate up into the cardio zone a couple times a week:blush:...

...and you'll more than balance out whatever "harm" might occur because you go weak at the knees when he eats a potato.
 

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LOL.

I basically had a similar conversation to that with my guy's mom. Even including the innuendo too!!
 
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