|Quoting Asturias (Reply 261):|
And agreed, it's a serious lack of judgement to use these kinds of ads.
After a little Google study, it's not a lack of judgment at all - it's how DM
From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demand_Media#Business_model):
"Content is generated via a process in which Demand Media uses algorithms to generate titles, then posts the titles to a screened pool of freelance writers or video creators. The list of available titles used to be over 100,000 but was severely curtailed in the second half of 2011. Typically, writers can claim up to ten titles and then have a week to submit the articles. Format and length are dictated by guidelines. Submitted articles go to an editor (also a freelancer) who can either clean it up or request a rewrite. After writers submit a revised article it is either accepted or rejected. Payment via PayPal is twice a week."
So, A.net is an outlier with regards to their normal business model, which is to simply magnetize hits by having hack writers rewrite already-existing articles or film yet more crap for youTube.
Someone back up the thread wrote "this isn't eHow ..." but at the end of the day, it really is - whether we like it or not.
I have found and joined a few other aviation forums in the last few days, and won't be coming back here very often.
And I sure as hell won't be recommending it, nor linking to any of the photos or trip reports.
Frankly, linking to this site has become an embarrassment and represents a danger (because of the nefarious ad content) that I won't subject my friends to.
My heart goes out to all the great photographers who have really made this site - it's too bad that their work has to be displayed in such a poor manner.
I especially feel sorry for the moderators, who really, really try to do a good job of maintaining something they believe in. Sorry to say, but they are fighting a losing battle as long as DM
manages the site as they are.