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DaBears
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I can understand getting as much revenue as possible from the site. However when that product starts to interfere with use it should be looked at. Lately it seems that when posting links to sites the api.viglink tracker messes up the URL. This is becoming more and more common. It's making the site less useful to those looking for help and more frustrating for those of us attempting to help.


For the record the the link that caused me to post this was in fact a joke however there have been a few links I've posted lately that get broken and were meant to help.
 

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Carl Spock said:
There's another way to get rid of Viglink. You can opt out.

http://www.viglink.com/support/optout

I don't know how this affects the income from Viglink that goes to DBSTalk. Maybe one of the administrators can comment.
David's post linked in makaiguy's post above speaks to that:
David Bott said:
Hey Guys...

We are using Viglinks on the site in order to maybe drive some a little more revenue. Been using on AVSForum for some time with very good success and some nice deals found.

In any case, I did not forgot about the fact that some people do not like it, so if you go into the USERCP and click on "Edit Your Details", at the bottom of that page you will see two new options that can control this setting. The first one if to shut them off for you seeing them and the second is to omit your posts from being word linked. While the first one is no biggie, kind of think about the second one as it does help to support the site being able to word link.

Thanks all.
 

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Just double checking, but does allowing ads help support DBSTalk? Here is what it lists when I go to "Edit Your Details" in the UserCP:

"No - Do not turn off the ads and continue to help support AVS Forum in this simple way."
 

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Yes, it's one way that does help, along with being a club member, using the ads to buy things from advertising merchants etc.

Dbstalk is affiliated with AVSForum which is probably why you saw that.
 

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TheFigurehead said:
Just double checking, but does allowing ads help support DBSTalk? Here is what it lists when I go to "Edit Your Details" in the UserCP:

"No - Do not turn off the ads and continue to help support AVS Forum in this simple way."
OPPS!!! My Bad! That was because the plugin that I had made was first made and tested on AVSForum. After that I installed it on DBSTalk and, well, missed that.

I have fixed it, thanks!

In regards to the ads...Yes, without them, DBSTalk could not operate as it does cost to run a site. So we do what we can and in the case of Viglink, I wanted to be sure people could turn it off if they wanted.

In regards to the issue, can you please point out and example and I will get it over the the Viglink team.

Thanks.
 

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The one thing I don't like about the ads at the top of the screen is that when you click on one of the links, it doesn't open the site in a new tab/window. It takes you out of dbstalk altogether.

When you click on a highlighted word in a post VigLink does seem to open a new tab, which is better. Although the it seems to take a really long time for the new tab to actually load...

The ad banners at the bottom of the page seem to spawn new tabs, too.
 

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DaBears
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David Bott said:
OPPS!!! My Bad! That was because the plugin that I had made was first made and tested on AVSForum. After that I installed it on DBSTalk and, well, missed that.

I have fixed it, thanks!

In regards to the ads...Yes, without them, DBSTalk could not operate as it does cost to run a site. So we do what we can and in the case of Viglink, I wanted to be sure people could turn it off if they wanted.

In regards to the issue, can you please point out and example and I will get it over the the Viglink team.

Thanks.
I have posted a few links lately and due to the vigilink it won't allow it to link to the site correctly. It's mainly been a problem when linking to retailers sites such as monoprice or best buy. I even had the problem linking to turbotax.com once. I thought it was a bad copy paste at first but this is too common. For instance:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dynex™+-+6'+HDMI+Cable/2648583.p?id=1218342637879&skuId=2648583

wwwdotbestbuydotcom/site/Dynex%26%23153%3B+-+6'+HDMI+Cable/2648583.p?id=1218342637879&skuId=2648583
So even with them off completely it still breaks them. It doesn't inspire me much to help support them as an advertiser. So I'd ask that you get it fixed because ultimately it impacts this site.
 

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dpeters11 said:
Yes, it's one way that does help, along with being a club member, using the ads to buy things from advertising merchants etc.
Off-topic, but I've been meaning to ask... is there any way on this site to be able to tell when your club membership runs out besides checking financial statements? I know mine will run out during the first half of this year, but I don't remember when.

~Alan
 

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Alan Gordon said:
Off-topic, but I've been meaning to ask... is there any way on this site to be able to tell when your club membership runs out besides checking financial statements? I know mine will run out during the first half of this year, but I don't remember when.

~Alan
It should be in User CP--Paid Subscriptions.
 

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In regards to the Club...It will also remind you before it does.


In regards to the Viglink issue...Should now be resolved...thanks for reporting it!
 

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Mr. FixAnything
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Today the viglink interception goes totally wild. Actually it's very useless - it blocking any URL from posts making a page like this:
<Error>
Code:
AccessDenied
<Message>Access Denied</Message><RequestId>E73E3A00EC81FD71</RequestId><HostId>USGHxeguqHMHnJn5LiutH9GrmyCwYOa8pbYyHRHxZM7gcRGbVG8nxXJmHNsO9hp7</HostId></Error>
I did opt-out for both check boxes and still gettin this sh^%$^.
 
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