Originally Posted by Gilda
Sometimes forum members post a link to a product or a suggestion for a product. (I have done this on occasion.) I, for one, welcome this product referral because I can more easily find a specialized product which is not commonly available. I think our forum members are very sensitive to posting product referrals and do not overdo it.
Not user posted but auto included when not logged in. Same ads or products as the top banner and the right side display.
And those ads are clearly generated by advertisers using other sites the browsers have been to unrelated to FGRV.
Yes I did hit an etrailer tire link posted by a forum member so those ads could be related to the site BUT the rackspace web hosting ads are from unrelated activity of looking up web hosting prices for someone. I also get camera equipment ads after looking up camera equipment. Clearly my browser history includes cookies from certain online advertising companies.
Once logged in the ads in postings are gone. They would mostly generate ad revenue from people that do google searches and wind up viewing the forum without being members. A little annoying for members but login turns them off. If the ads are helping to support the expense of the site I don't mind.