I haven't received a reply yet from the email I sent, but I am hoping the it was received and that the site managers will take my comments into consideration. If it appears again, I will follow the instructions on the link you sent.
Thanks all, I sent the following message to staff using the link on my Spark Page from my first friend add.
Here is the message I sent....please consider sending one yourselves. Many voices are more powerful than one.
Dear Spark People,
Thank you so much for this site. You are doing great things offering free support to people who would otherwise feel like they were battling something much bigger than themselves. I have been a member for a year and a half, and while I am not likely your poster child for success, I do enjoy having this site to come back to, to check in.
I understand that there is a cost to providing this service and that the most practical way to ensure that you can continue to operate is through advertising. I do wonder though, how you choose what ads you will allow. While some ads make sense - Curves for example, an ad popped up the other night that caused me to do a double take. It was for "Plan B" the morning after pill. While one might think this is an appropriate place to advertise such a thing considering most of your members are likely women, not all women see abortifacients as beneficial, and some like myself, find drugs that are designed to end a life as horrific and offensive to all people -not unlike genocide offends (or should offend) everyone.
Please reconsider your association with such companies and maintain a site that is positive and affirming to all life.
SGWAISTMGMT - my dh installed it for us. He tells me that he went online and downloaded "Ad Blocker Plus". I hope that helps!
BJUBILANT - hmmm...good question. I know if there is something on a post, we can click on "inappropriate post". However, if you hit that when you are on a random thread (like in this team), the spark coaches would think the thread was inappropriate.
Does anyone have any ideas?
Perhaps if you post a comment in the tech boards?
Or click on inappropriate post whenever you next see the ads that are offensive, and then in the space that is provided to explain why you clicked it, mention that it was the ad that was bothering you, not the thread itself.
cj sorry. Didn't fully answer you question, BJUBILANT. To report something inappropriate, the button is down at the very bottom of the thread.
Edited by: CJBAGGINS at: 4/30/2012 (20:57)
What if we woke up tomorrow with only those things that we thanked God for today?
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I AGREE WITH CATHOLICCORGI. The only way things will continue if we remain silent. But we must be here to give other options not to silence free enterprise. When we protect the rights of all we protect ourselves.
Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things:... Psalm 98
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though... we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day my day....So fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal 2 COR 16-18
Doing nothing is the most perfect form of action, when I do nothing there is nothing left undone and there is nothing left to do.... The Way by Lao Tse
I think the ads on certain pages are generated by the computer the way spam is... they "pick up" certain words and generate an ad on that page. There are so many factors in keeping up a site as "diverse" as SP, that it becomes hard to micro police all of the ads and where they show up. Not saying I agree with the ad policies, but I think that is how it works... you never know how the Lord would use our protests... It doesn't hurt to voice our opinion!
Step into the unknown with confidence! Trust that in the darkness of that first step there will either be something solid to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly!
Though I'm a bit surprised that they've gone as far as Plan B, SparkPeople has been advertising birth control pills forever--often on the Catholic team pages that mention "birth control". Though I have used SparkPeople for years, it is predominately an amoral advertising platform. That doesn't mean we can't protest, but I'd be surprised if we see results.
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I am really suprised to hear that but since they also have ads for the cheesecake factory it tells me they are concerned about the bottom dollar when they have picures of cheesecakes on a site that is supposed to be alll about health they must have very little concern about the members or our beliefs/feelings
I just noticed that there is an ad running for "Plan B" on the Spark Pages. Where do we go to complain about this? I love Spark People, but I do care who I support and who they are in partnership with. Has anyone else noticed this and if so, what are your thoughts?
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