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    This thread is for reporting banner ads that run at the top of the forum. Sometimes, people buy ads through the Project Wonderful ad network that are not appropriate for this forum—i.e. sex, violence, politics, religion, hate speech, or obvious scams. Since I live in North America and the system runs different ads in other parts of the world, this thread allows people to let me know so I can go to PW and block them.

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    1.) Date and time ad was visible:
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    It appears to be an ad for a dating site. Says "Want to meet intelligent men? Educated? Single? Register now!" with a no sign over the word "bimbos."
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    What do you see as being objectionable about it? The use of the word "bimbos"? Because just being a dating site is not really enough for me to want to block it.
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    What do you see as being objectionable about it? The use of the word "bimbos"? Because just being a dating site is not really enough for me to want to block it.
    The word bimbo is potentially insulting to some people, and by definition, an insult. It is basically someone who is "empty-headed" or viewed as a "sex object" as defined by google.
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    Fair enough. I'll block the ad.
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    Considering the effort to remove gendered insults from the comic, I was expecting an angrier Giant response for that one.
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    Given that people have asked for blocks for things as harmless as depicting two people kissing, I need everyone to explain WHY they think an ad is objectionable, no matter how obvious it may seem to them.
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    1.) Date and time ad was visible:
    8:20pm CST, July 3rd, 2015
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    It seems like some sort of game; the caption reads, "Socialist paradise? Or Capitalist utopia? The choice is YOURS."
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
    1.) Date and time ad was visible:
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    It seems like some sort of game; the caption reads, "Socialist paradise? Or Capitalist utopia? The choice is YOURS."
    Im seeing the ad at 10:36 AM EST, if action ends up being taken, but I don't personally see anything inappropriate about it.
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    Im seeing the ad at 10:36 AM EST, if action ends up being taken, but I don't personally see anything inappropriate about it.
    Seconded: I both see it, and unsure what is wrong about a game where you are a democratically elected leader. (By which I mean: if there is something wrong - like "no politics" rule of the forums extending to the advertisements - I'd like to know so I can adjust future reports accordingly).

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    I hadn't clicked it, so I wasn't sure how deeply it got into politics (apparently not at all). Was just bringing it up, figured better safe than sorry.
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    1.) Date and time ad was visible: 12:10 am, July 11, 2015
    2.) Region: USA
    3.) Location of ad: Top Box
    4.) Brief description of objectionable content: An ad for something called "Pop Adopts" advertising a chance to "adopt Miley Cyrus". It has a small, chibi version of a person (who I assume is supposed to be Miley Cyrus) popping out of a human-sized egg wearing no clothes, at least on the upper portion of her body. The eggshell is blocking line of sight to her breasts, but it comes close enough to showing them, and shows enough skin besides that, to take me past my personal level of discomfort; at least part of this discomfort is that the depiction appears less physically developed than a grown women generally is, implying that this depicted character is less than fully developed...which is kinda creeping me out.
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    That sounds pretty awful, but it looks like the bidder has already canceled the bid because I can't see any sign of it. Project Wonderful lets you see bids in four categories: Winning, Outbid (but still active), Paused, and Expired. It doesn't let you see bids that have been canceled, so there's no way for me to track it down and ban the advertiser from ever advertising again. This is, incidentally, my #1 complaint about Project Wonderful; I also can't simply search all PW advertisers looking for them, either.

    Anyway, if it appears again, report it again and hopefully I'll be quick enough to block it before it disappears again.

    The game in the previous report sounds fine. No action on that one.
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    1.) Date and time ad was visible:
    6:12am EST, August 15th, 2015
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    3.) Location of ad (Top box or bottom box):
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    4.) Brief description of objectionable content (including a name or other identifying characteristic): It is not clear what product exactly is being advertised, however one of the characters displayed appears to be Sabine, whom I assume Rich owns the legal rights for.
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    1.) Date and time ad was visible:
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    3.) Location of ad (Top box or bottom box):
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    4.) Brief description of objectionable content (including a name or other identifying characteristic): It is not clear what product exactly is being advertised, however one of the characters displayed appears to be Sabine, whom I assume Rich owns the legal rights for.
    That's not Sabine but a character from the advertised webcomic Holy Bibble.

    edit for post below: Striking? The only thing they have in common is black hair and a similar skin tone. Sabine doesn't even have horns ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iruka View Post
    That's not Sabine but a character from the advertised webcomic Holy Bibble.
    Really? The resemblance is striking.
    “Evil is evil. Lesser, greater, middling, it's all the same. Proportions are negotiated, boundaries blurred. I'm not a pious hermit, I haven't done only good in my life. But if I'm to choose between one evil and another, then I prefer not to choose at all.”

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    Whether or not it is intended to be Sabine, ads that promote religious-themed content are not welcome here. Advertiser blocked.

    EDIT: The same goes for any other content listed under Inappropriate Topics in the Rules of Posting: Political ads, graphic sexuality, criminal activity, etc.
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    It's fine. They're not advertising any political aspect here, and politics is not the only possible "international discussion" anyway. I think it's enough of an edge case that it doesn't really cause a problem.
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    It has a naked woman posed suggestively on top of a naked man.

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    Yup, got it. Advertiser blocked.
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    Date and time ad was visible: 28 September 2015, 6:21 AM (still up as of this posting)
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    Brief description of objectionable content: The ad is for "Free Horror Games", and includes a picture of the Jigsaw mask from the Saw films on the right side of the banner, which I think makes the ad not site-appropriate content.

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    On what grounds? Copyright infringement? I don't think Rich is responsible for protecting the Saw franchise.

    But seriously, there's nothing in the rules that forbids references to R-rated movies. If there was, I would be banned so hard. If the ad was showing scenes of bloody gore from the movies, sure, but ain't nothing wrong with showing a doll face.


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    1.) Date and time ad was visible: November 4th, 2015. At 5:26 AM forum time.
    2.) Region (Pick one: USA, Canada, Europe, or Rest of the World): Rest of the World.
    3.) Location of ad (Top box or bottom box): Top box.
    4.) Brief description of objectionable content (including a name or other identifying characteristic): ad to a site called "bobcat in a box." Ad reads "we run a bot that bids on or purchases items with free shipping - $1 per day.
    Sounds like a fishy business to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Zahn View Post
    1.) Date and time ad was visible: November 4th, 2015. At 5:26 AM forum time.
    2.) Region (Pick one: USA, Canada, Europe, or Rest of the World): Rest of the World.
    3.) Location of ad (Top box or bottom box): Top box.
    4.) Brief description of objectionable content (including a name or other identifying characteristic): ad to a site called "bobcat in a box." Ad reads "we run a bot that bids on or purchases items with free shipping - $1 per day.
    Sounds like a fishy business to me.
    I believe it's an idea from this xkcd strip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Zahn View Post
    1.) Date and time ad was visible: November 4th, 2015. At 5:26 AM forum time.
    2.) Region (Pick one: USA, Canada, Europe, or Rest of the World): Rest of the World.
    3.) Location of ad (Top box or bottom box): Top box.
    4.) Brief description of objectionable content (including a name or other identifying characteristic): ad to a site called "bobcat in a box." Ad reads "we run a bot that bids on or purchases items with free shipping - $1 per day.
    Sounds like a fishy business to me.
    I also got that add, and it does sound rather fishy. It also disappointed me; I was expecting a webcomic, not a semi-scam
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince Zahn View Post
    1.) Date and time ad was visible: November 4th, 2015. At 5:26 AM forum time.
    2.) Region (Pick one: USA, Canada, Europe, or Rest of the World): Rest of the World.
    3.) Location of ad (Top box or bottom box): Top box.
    4.) Brief description of objectionable content (including a name or other identifying characteristic): ad to a site called "bobcat in a box." Ad reads "we run a bot that bids on or purchases items with free shipping - $1 per day.
    Sounds like a fishy business to me.
    Does not appear to me to be a scam. Or, at least, what they claim to be doing is something that it is entirely plausible someone would do. I admit to not knowing whether they actually provide the advertised service, but the service in question would appear to be entirely reasonable.
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    XKCD readers are known for trying to implement ideas from the comic (geohashing being probably the most popular, there's an incomplete list), and there are several mentions on the web of people recieving their packages via this service.

    Almost certainly not a scam, just a crazy idea.

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    Does anyone know what it actually, you know, offers? The premise is obviously in imitation of that XKCD strip, but unless theyre, I dunno, selling the program they use or something, the add doesn't make it clear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keltest View Post
    Does anyone know what it actually, you know, offers? The premise is obviously in imitation of that XKCD strip, but unless theyre, I dunno, selling the program they use or something, the add doesn't make it clear.
    Seems pretty clear to me. You sign up and provide money and a shipping address, they run the bot, you get random stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keltest View Post
    Does anyone know what it actually, you know, offers? The premise is obviously in imitation of that XKCD strip, but unless theyre, I dunno, selling the program they use or something, the add doesn't make it clear.
    If I understood, they sell the service of using the bot and setting up the deliveries for you (so you pay then and you get the random surprise purchases in your mailbox).


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