I haven't seen any ads recently, and unless they were added since last night, it's only for non-paying members.
In Jeremy's defense, the cost of running a website as popular as GC isn't cheap. I'd be willing to bet that the funds coming in for premium memberships doesn't come close to the funds going out for running the site.
There are many ways to counter Google ads on pages if you want to. I'd guess that someone will have a GreaseMonkey script for Firefox by the end of the day.
--- Andrew Senger firstname.lastname@example.org
----- Original Message ----- From: sept1c_tank To: email@example.com Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2007 1:22 PM Subject: [GPSstash] Geooglecaching
As adamant at Jeremy has been in the past about the commercialization of geocaching, I cannot believe that he is now stooping to Google ads on his website. I know through personal experience that he is very proud of his website and its gravity; he charges mightily and imposes heavy restrictions on accepted advertising. He has always been very concerned about the appearance of gc.com.
So why are we looking at those implorable, ugly Google ads plastered all over what was an attractive and professional website? Is this another ploy to get people to purchase an upgraded membership? Do the ads disappear with a premium membership? Is it a case of you can pay him now or you can pay him later? Is the staff growing so fast that he can't afford to pay the non-volunteers?
Or maybe Google is buying the site?
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