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ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
Posted by Michael on 1 April 2007, 02:06 GMT

[Sample Program]As many of you know, in November we began running ads on ticalc.org in order to cover our bandwidth costs. While this trial run has proven highly effective, we are still falling short each month on ad revenue. Feedback has shown that our visitors are overwhelmingly against any form of graphic banner ads, so we are instead turning to something more creative.

Beginning in the next two weeks, all BASIC programs uploaded to our archives will automatically be edited to include pay advertising, similar to what is shown in the animated screenshot. This will allow advertisers to pay lump sum fees for perpetual product placement in the BASIC portion of our file archives and should solve our immediate financial situation.

We will attempt to balance the ad placements so that they are non-intrusive; however, as the editing is done by automated scripts, there may be a few instances of inappropriately placed advertising. Please vote on the survey to let us know what you think.

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Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
romeopascal84 Account Info

Curse my all-believing mind! I was seriously beginning to get worried, but then I remembered it was 4/1...
I would, actually, be willing to give in to in-program ads would they become necessary. (But I would also wonder, how do they get money out of them?)

Reply to this comment    1 April 2007, 11:56 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
Matt M Account Info

To be honest, that would make me code the program as long and tedious as possible to make it super-hard to insert ads...lots of fake, unused script randomly-placed.

And I'd want all of the profit from the ads in my programs.

Reply to this comment    1 April 2007, 14:55 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
ElementFire Account Info

Great, I came here just to check out what they would do this year. Nice!

Reply to this comment    1 April 2007, 14:21 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
anykey  Account Info
(Web Page)

120d

Reply to this comment    1 April 2007, 15:10 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
nicko01  Account Info

rod?
what is that about??
(1337speak if you didn't know)

Reply to this comment    2 April 2007, 21:14 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
anykey  Account Info
(Web Page)

damnit. I thought somebody would remember that...
lol! == 101! == 5! == 120d

Reply to this comment    3 April 2007, 04:11 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
jonas debrave Account Info

omg, this is the moment you should finally realise humour will never go together with math :D

Reply to this comment    3 April 2007, 19:01 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
nicklaszlo Account Info

I do.

Reply to this comment    3 April 2007, 19:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
burntfuse  Account Info
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I've been around here long enough to remember that.

Reply to this comment    3 April 2007, 22:13 GMT

Sic Transit Gloria ticalc.org
aladdinslamp Account Info
(Web Page)

'nuff said. Happy 1st day of madness.

P.S. All supervillains, evil masterminds, evil geniuses, evil empresses, etc: I now have the access codes to U.G.F.aE. (United Goodness Forces against Evil) headquarters. Supervillains willing to purchase, please post a reply...

Reply to this comment    1 April 2007, 15:15 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
jonas debrave Account Info

THANK GOD IT IS THE FIRST OF APRIL AND I HOPE YOU WILL NEVER DO ANYTHING LIKE THT AGAIN

*my hart: BOMBOMBOMBOMBOMBOMBOMBOMBOMBOMBOMBOM @ speed c*

Reply to this comment    1 April 2007, 19:08 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
Ben Nagy  Account Info

Tsk, Tsk
This had better be some kind of sick April Fool's day joke! (Most likely) Yeah Right! Editing all BASIC programs that come in? There are so many! That's a laugh!

Reply to this comment    1 April 2007, 20:37 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
b-flat Account Info

Wow, this is one of the best April Fool's day jokes ever. No one had done anything to me all day, so I was highly susceptible.

ROTFLOL

Anyway, the idea is a great idea, but only if you could really get the script to work (it would be quite annoying if it placed the ad in the wrong place & it kept popping up all of the time).

Reply to this comment    2 April 2007, 01:15 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
Joshua Huang  Account Info

I almost fainted when I saw this. lol. Then I saw the "fake news" thingy. April Fools!

Reply to this comment    2 April 2007, 17:34 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
patz2009  Account Info
(Web Page)

To tell you the truth, I never found the current ads to be too intrusive, but that's probably because I'm only concentrating on the 50% of the pixels that aren't ads :)

However, with a 96*64 screen, you'll notice if an add is on your screen. Heck, you only have 6144 pixels to look at in the first place.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2007, 23:31 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
Joshua Huang  Account Info

Well, in-calc adds would probably be full page- A lot more distracting than the tiny little ads on ticalc.org

Reply to this comment    3 April 2007, 00:09 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
JAEM Account Info

...Wow... that's...quite the April Fool's joke
I have to say, that's pretty great!

especially the URL - the .RU domain screams SCAM - lol

Reply to this comment    4 April 2007, 01:26 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
Pugboy Account Info
(Web Page)

I thought they were serious for a sec. Good thing they weren't! Iw ould have switched to Assembly!

Reply to this comment    4 April 2007, 23:34 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
Jason Malinowski  Account Info
(Web Page)

I do know assembly; so I could still hack your binary files to add in calls to an ad routine. ;-)

Reply to this comment    7 April 2007, 16:43 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
TheStorm  Account Info

almost got me there :p but then i realized it would be pointless all I would have to do is edit the ad out of the programm duh!!

Reply to this comment    5 April 2007, 19:37 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
KermMartian  Account Info
(Web Page)

...and then you'd re-upload your programs, and ticalc.org would readd the ads. :P

Reply to this comment    6 April 2007, 05:56 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
Austin Ayers  Account Info

Knowing me, I'd put ads in there for them.

...If I ever actually released a game, but any attempt I make would suck.

Reply to this comment    8 April 2007, 18:54 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Introduces New In-Program Ads
pi_baker53 Account Info

Well, if I ever put in any ads (and if I ever wrote a program worth uploading XD ) it would only be a small ad for one of my other programs, and it would just be in the "about" section.

BTW, its my birthday today! <:) And I got a TI-89!! WOOT!!

Reply to this comment    8 April 2007, 21:19 GMT

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