Jan
9

2017 Poll #5: Ads on Pages?

Author Brant    Category All, Updates     Tags

On the fourth poll of 2017, 90% of users approved a possible plan to spend the next several months focusing on a customizable/interactive Survivor template and completing the seasons of Total Drama. The numbers were similar in a Twitter poll. This plan is now being evaluated to see if its feasible.

Also, thank you again to everyone who volunteered to help. My hopes are to progress more rapidly through simulator development with the help of volunteer efforts in addition to expanding and improving the website. I sent responses to every application, and now I’m trying to come up with the most efficient system without having any users’ tasks overlap and wasting anyone’s time. Please don’t take offense if anyone does a task that you were hoping to do. The goal is to improve the site as much as possible, and I would like to avoid the volunteer system leading to conflicts or dissension among the users generous enough to put their time into helping the site.

Now, a far more boring fifth poll has been created. What would your opinion be on having simple (not video or malware-related) ads placed on the BrantSteele websites to cover server costs? Are they acceptable on the simulator pages? On the non-simulator pages? Nowhere? If you have any other ideas that are alternates to ads that cover the server costs, please suggest them. Donations are always a possibility but will probably be avoided to prevent any possible legal ramifications. Right now, the server is stable, but the hard drive keeps filling, and it would be nice to upgrade a few different components and have some more breathing room. Gradually simulators are being redesigned to support smaller save sizes as well.

The next poll/survey will be posted in a few days and will be an actual survey reviewing the 2016 community features and asking what you would like to see in 2017. If you want to post any thoughts on that below, they will be taken into account to help set up the next survey.

12 Comments to “2017 Poll #5: Ads on Pages?”

  • Profile photo of Chill Out
    Chill Out [Member] January 9, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    I wouldn’t mind ads at all on both simulator and non-simulator pages, I’d rather have the website up with ads than not have the website at all! Plus, if anyone’s really bothered by ads, there’s always ad-blockers (although I wouldn’t recommend them if you want to support the website).

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      Brant [Admin] January 10, 2017 at 12:08 am

      The truth is that I’m not sure how effective ads would be in the modern day Internet since many people have adblocks. Plus who would want to click on an ad that’s probably unrelated to anything while they’re in the middle of a simulation? If they only make a few dollars per month, it’s not worth the annoyance of having them.

      The site’s not going anywhere, and it keeps being optimized to cut costs without sacrificing much. But it would make it easier to connect the whole website and bring account saving back with upgrades.

  • Profile photo of Brendan
    Brendan [Member] January 10, 2017 at 1:31 am

    I can’t fund this thing myself, but I can certainly help chip in to cover some of the costs if I need to.

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    Alex [Member] January 10, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Brant can u plz make an apprentice simulator??? 🙂

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    Luigimas [Member] January 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Adds on the simulations themselves could be annoying and distracting. Would rather have the ads on the non-simulator sites.

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    Liam Cipher [Member] January 11, 2017 at 11:03 am

    When will you add The Duel to the homepage?

    • Jake Miner [Guest] January 11, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      I was just about to ask that question. It would be nice having it on the homepage.

  • Profile photo of Arcturus Dean
    Arcturus Dean [Member] January 11, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Brant, I suggest using GoFundMe or Patreon. But do it as Brant rather than BrantSteele.com. (I.e say you need the mkney to help update your website) whereas its nothing to do with the improving the website, moreso you and you wanting to improve your website. It sounds wishy washy, but legally nobody can do anything about it.

  • Profile photo of Domino stevens
    Domino stevens [Member] January 12, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    I dont know if its just me or I missed something but on the homepage I dont see the duel Sim I have to go to the blog and click on the link

  • Profile photo of Brant
    Brant [Admin] January 12, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    When The Duel is finished, it will appear on the main page. Also, I’m not sure what image to use for “The Challenge” yet.

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