Attention Forum Users - Important Notice Re Avatars

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glyde69 PM glyde69
Joined: Sep 2005
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Posted: 11/9/2012 8:40:35 PM
I liked my avatar.  Me and a midget I met at a bar that had midget wrestling. 
scalabrine PM scalabrine
Joined: Sep 2006
Posts: 20828
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Posted: 11/10/2012 9:46:05 AM
This is a real embarrassment. 

Ok, some people had scantily clad women and partially nude women in their avatars. 

Clearly people posted sexual images as well. It's obvious you removed most or all of those (lesbian images appeared to have 'fell through the cracks').

The point is, you cracked down on images where there was sexual activity but allowed the partially nude images to flourish. Then when your advertisers complain because you as a site weren't diligent enough to 'police' the latter, you punish EVERY SINGLE MEMBER by removing all avatars.

That is an AWFUL business model. 

Take D-Town as an example, one of the most well-known members here. Without his avatar he would just be....D-Town...whatever that's worth.

Now D-Town needs to go through an Avatar Approval Process to post a pic of a guy smoking a cigarette? 

You'll soon realize, we attract the advertisers and when membership falls significantly, they will quickly turn a blind eye to some bikinis and hyperlinks.

Realize this soon or perish as a site...
makemoney420 PM makemoney420
Joined: Aug 2011
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Posted: 11/10/2012 11:31:15 AM
This is a ad sad day in the sports betting world. look at all these negative comments and not one single comment for the the big bad advertising company. Well allow me to.........................................................hahahahahahahaha psych got ya. what u think someoneone would actually see anything good or right in this move??? Although I wish you the best in your future i think it is time that we go our separete ways. Now go on be a big communication medium and get outta here. I knew this day would come i just hoped it wasnt now today...
UberDog PM UberDog
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Posted: 11/10/2012 4:43:45 PM

Do your advertisers want to market their products and services to men who visit a sports betting site or to puritancial churchgoers? If it's the former, Covers management need to learn how to negotiate. Seems like the Covers managment team folded in the face of a threat. Man up, boys.   Your are selling an audience to advertisers, not the other way around.

And how do your advertisers feel about the message from Covers blaming advertisers for this fiasco. That's not good public relations work, either. I for one am less inclined to use any business that advertises here because of how this has been handled. 

Ultimately, the church lady approach to avatars, links and sexual images -- all things that are legal -- is at direct odds with on-line gambling -- which is illegal. And face it--if it wasn't for illegal on-line gambling--this site likely wouldn't exist. Or at the very least, wouldn't have much of an American audience. This contradiction makes the new policy a real head scratcher.

But good luck. You unnecessarily created a rift with your audience and your advertisers because of a fear of getting tough in the board room. Let me know if you ever need help with negotiating these sorts of issues.  Don't let your advertisers dilute your brand. Rather, use the power of your audience to sell the brands of your advertisers.


badlieutenant PM badlieutenant
Joined: Oct 2008
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Posted: 11/10/2012 8:06:47 PM

no avatars kinda sucks

LanceLogan PM LanceLogan
Joined: Mar 2011
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Posted: 11/10/2012 9:57:54 PM
I find it amusing people who don't participate in the forums give a darn about avatars. As well I'm guessing the sponsers pay for the various contests which this site offers which likely generate more traffic than the forums.
seville1969 PM seville1969
Joined: Jul 2011
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Posted: 11/12/2012 9:47:32 AM
So is Nissan, Samsung or some other company gonna have to approve my avatar? How about this, can I sell my "avatar space" to some ad company for a fee? I could always use the extra cash.
-Clutch PM -Clutch
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 6180
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Posted: 11/13/2012 10:36:54 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by 1DapperDan:

MBA's and Political Correctness , the downfall of profitabilty and liberty..........(we need an emotican with a middle finger and and up yours!)


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