New Feature: Text Ads

People are forever asking me to use this site to announce events and fundraisers and the like, and, frankly, life’s too short. I don’t want to open the floodgates by announcing some, so I announce none. That’s problem #1. Problem #2 is that my washing machine died a few weeks ago, and I can’t seem track down a used one to buy for a few bucks.

Solution: text ads. If you’re looking to buy something, selling something for $100 or less, want to freecycle something, or announcing some kind of a community or non-profit event, you can take out a free little ad that will appear on every page on the site. Just fill out the little form, and your ad will start appearing once I OK it.

This is thoroughly experimental. If it’s not useful to anybody, I’ll get rid of it and we’ll make like it never happened. If it’s wildly successful, I may enhance it in any number of ways. When bugs appear, maybe I’ll fix ’em. Give it a whirl.

So… About that washer?

7 thoughts on “New Feature: Text Ads”

  1. I think the textads are a good idea. Is there a way to browse all the ads in the system?

    And the right-hand menu pane for the page isn’t rendering correctly for me in Firefox. IE shows it correctly, but I don’t use IE if I can help it.

  2. Is there a way to browse all the ads in the system?

    No, but that is certainly the next feature that I will add.

    Sorry about the Firefox rendering. For some reason, Gecko munges the layout. I think I’ll try to force it with a <br clear=”all” /> or another DIV or something. I certainly don’t want to give anybody cause to use IE. :)

    By the way — check out Text ad syndication!

  3. The ad alignment on the page is a little funky in firefox – it’s basically transposed over the category and archive drop-downs.

  4. OK, the alignment is solved by, stupidly, dropping an &nbsp; in after the ad block. Totally unnecessary, as per W3C specs, but whatever. :)

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