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This is the only site I know of, with wall to wall intrusive ads that hinder navigation.
Even sites like facebook, youtube, yahoo, and google themselves, don't hammer you with ads.

Paint Talk used expand to the full width of my 23" PC monitor, now it is set to a narrow width by PT administrators. I guess there is more of a chance of accidentally clicking on one of theses pay per click ads?

PT is the only site on the net were ad blockers are needed. I will not download ad blocker and junk up my PC, for only one site on the www.
 

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Huh, that's weird. Facebook was the main reason I installed Adblocker. Kept seeing pictures of guys with almost cartoonlike oversized muscles on the right side of the page telling me I needed to beef up, etc.

For the person who said you can't use adblocker if you use Safari, I don't believe that's the case. My wife is a mac person who uses safari and she installed it on her machine. I just googled it and it's available for download, although there do appear to be some problems depending on what version of safari you use.
 

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Huh, that's weird. Facebook was the main reason I installed Adblocker. Kept seeing pictures of guys with almost cartoonlike oversized muscles on the right side of the page telling me I needed to beef up, etc.

For the person who said you can't use adblocker if you use Safari, I don't believe that's the case. My wife is a mac person who uses safari and she installed it on her machine. I just googled it and it's available for download, although there do appear to be some problems depending on what version of safari you use.
PT has ads on the left, right, the header & footer on every page on the site. And you have to wait for the ads to load in before you can scroll down the page.

Turn your ad blocker off and take a look for yourself...
 

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For a site that offers free access to professional painting contractors, it surprises me that contractors here would be that perturbed over Paint Talk earning a few bucks through advertising. Isn't that what painting contractors are in the business for, to earn a few bucks though advertising?
 

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PT has ads on the left, right, the header & footer on every page on the site. And you have to wait for the ads to load in before you can scroll down the page.

Turn your ad blocker off and take a look for yourself...
I'll just take your word for it. I don't want to see the ads.

The software won't junk up your machine. I seem to remember it being a very, very small program to install and once you do it runs in the background taking up very little memory. 99% of the time I completely forget it's running.

PT is absolutely not the only site on the web where adblocker comes in useful. I guarantee you that.
 

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For a site that offers free access to professional painting contractors, it surprises me that contractors here would be that perturbed over Paint Talk earning a few bucks through advertising. Isn't that what painting contractors are in the business for, to earn a few bucks though advertising?
CA, I am not complaining about the site owners trying to make money. I am complaining because the excessive ads makes paint talks experience not so pleasant. Yes, I know I don't have to shop here... But I never complain about any other FREE sites on the web.
 

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well that sucks. I doubt you will be able to subscribe to a legacy version, like this one - 3.8.6, but will have to subscribe to ver 4 or higher. I've admin'ed both. Ver 4 REALLY sucks. Members left the ngpp forum in droves when we "upgraded" to 4.2.0.

Nothing the matter with a few unobtrusive ads. It's the overkill that causes us to kill them. The hand that feeds don't like being bitten.

So are these forums like PT available to the everyman?
How much do they cost?
How labor intensive are they to run?
I'd like to do one on games.


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Yes, anyone can buy the software.

According to their webpage, various pricing. But figure $250

They can be labor intensive, OR you can just let it ride once you have things set up. Some of us like to constantly tweak. And there are always issues that come up, but mostly due to people forgetting their user name or password. And then there is stopping the spammers, pOrnagraphers, flamers, and other unwanteds.

I am sure there are already gamer forums waiting for you to grace their pages.
 
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Yes, anyone can buy the software.

According to their webpage, various pricing. But figure $250

They can be labor intensive, OR you can just let it ride once you have things set up. Some of us like to constantly tweak. And there are always issues that come up, but mostly due to people forgetting their user name or password. And then there is stopping the spammers, pOrnagraphers, flamers, and other unwanteds.

I am sure there are already gamer forums waiting for you to grace their pages.
Can you make them private? Just for people who are referred by others and are willing to not be anonymous?
And I don't think it's the type of games you're thinking about if you think electronic. More like cards and board games and car game ideas for travelers.
I like to change rules for children's games like 'War' and such. Make them playable and fun for adults too. You haven't lived until you've played 'Warp Chess'.

I've looked for sites and have participated in some. You have to deal with cheaters and anger. After a while you just get tired of explaining that you indeed have never done the things they accuse you of.

Heck if they are that cheap, why wouldn't families pool together and get off Facebook?


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Yes, you can make the forum, or any sections of the forum, accessible to only a number of chosen participants. The admin is in control of access masks.

But a closed discussion group, IMO, is better handled by other means, such as a list serve (google groups or yahoo groups)

Or even a closed facebook group would suffice,

and they are cheaper.

IMO, a full blown vBulletin forum would be overkill for what you want - but the advantage of a forum such as a vBulletin one, is that all posts are saved on your server forever. OH and that's another issue, server size. You have to make sure your server is large enough to handle what's posted and VERY reliable.

there is a lot of forum software out there. Some better than others. vBulletin has tried to be everything for everybody, and it is very robust.

I see they have a version 5 now. I have no idea what it is like. One would think if it is light years ahead of this version, Escalate Media would have switched over. I don't think I'd be telling tales out of school when I say that Nathan was not impressed with v 4.
 

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It's just that I've always liked this format.
There is another one that is way cool, Worth1000:
http://effects.worth1000.com/

Ever heard of it?



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It's just that I've always liked this format.
There is another one that is way cool, Worth1000:
http://effects.worth1000.com/

Ever heard of it?



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I am by no means a forum guru or even a knowledgeable user. We got involved w/ vBulletin because we were trying to "give back" by volunteering to help the trade organization.

I also like the format of vBulletin v3.8.6.

painters pit stop uses myBB http://www.mybb.com/

It's free and not too shabby from what I've seen with the sporadic time I have participated

Another paperhanger forum I frequent frequently runs on Delphi Forums http://www.delphiforums.com/

It's OK and free. It's on their servers and has a "premium" option members can buy into. But their search feature is worse than vBulletin.

If you are seriously thinking of setting something up, search the net of all the different internet forum software available.

I found this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Internet_forum_software
 
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