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Bulbapedia:Advertising

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Keeping Bulbagarden online costs a significant amount, and it is only by generous donations that we are able to foot the bill. We hope to decrease our reliance on charity by publishing advertisements on Bulbapedia, which is the single largest site on the server in traffic terms. Specifically, we are proposing the publication of Google AdSense advertisements in the site-wide notice area.

We have refrained from doing so in the past because people are not drawn to Bulbapedia for its community, as is the case with the Bulbagarden forums, but for its content. Bulbapedia is a Web 2.0 site, therefore its content is created by its users - and to that degree it is also owned by its users, as opposed to other reference sites like Veekun or Smogon, where content is created by the staff. To monetize user-created content can be considered unethical - as one cynic put it, "Web 2.0: you make all the content, we make all the money."

Therefore, we have decided to consult you, the creators of content, on this matter. Naturally, votes will be weighted to reflect the number of edits the voter has made. Please cast your vote by adding your signature (~~~~) to the end of the signature lists below. All registered users may vote once to:

  • Support the publication of Google AdSense advertisements on Bulbapedia
  • Reject the publication of Google AdSense advertisements on Bulbapedia
  • Abstain

The poll was closed at 13:18, 10 September 2007 (UTC).

Results

Support Reject Abstain No vote Voters
Weighted users 10 users 33 0 users 0 3 users 10 7 users 27 13 users 43
Other users 94 users 19.05 41 users 8.31 13 users 2.64 148 users 30
Total 104 users 52.05 41 users 8.31 16 users 12.64 7 users 27 161 users 73

161 users voted in this poll, of which:

  • 104 users (64.60%) voted in favour,
  • 41 users (25.47%) voted against, and
  • 16 users (9.94%) abstained.

The final weighted results are:

  • 52.05 in favour,
  • 8.31 against,
  • 12.64 abstentions, and
  • 27 unused votes.

The proposal is therefore passed.

Weightings

Support Reject Abstain No vote
BulbaBot 12
Pie 9
TTEchidna 7
Fabu-Vinny 5
Zhen Lin 5
PAK Man 4
Zeta 4
Taylor 3
Pokencyclopedia 3
Zurqoxn 3
Woopert 3
Argy 2
Meowth346 2
User142 2
ElectAbuzzzz 1
Jshadias 1
Urutapu 1
Siegfried 1
Ketsuban 1
Evkl 1
Total 33 0 10 27

All other votes will be weighted so that the total weight is 30, provided at least 30 users not in the above list cast their votes, i.e. if 60 users other than the ones above vote, then the weight on each of their votes will be 0.5; otherwise the votes will have weight 1.

Support

Reject

Abstain

  • Woopert 03:25, 10 July 2007 (UTC)
  • Argy 07:09, 10 July 2007 (UTC)
  • Pterodactal 08:19, 12 July 2007 (UTC)
  • User:Umiyouko 23:39, 12 July 2007 (EST)
  • User:Robotbld 09:00, 2 August 2007 (EST)
  • Shiningpikablu252 16:12, 6 August 2007 (UTC)
  • DrGaellon 17:59, 8 August 2007 (UTC) - I think I'm too new to vote.
  • Ebany Salmonderiel 10:52, 20 August 2007 (UTC) — I don't really mind whether there are adverts or not.
  • Moose 12:45, 22 August 2007 (UTC) - Indifferent. Ads are ads are ads.
  • SoulEclipse 12:53, 22 August 2007 (UTC)
  • Bishopk 15:51, 25 August 2007 (UTC) - The focus should be content.
  • MacGyver 21:56, 25 August 2007 (UTC)
  • Zim Del Invasor 01:00, 28 August 2007 - I think I'm too new to vote, like those other people who said that.
  • User:jamesrd 19:08, 29 August 2007 - i'm new here
  • Mepoe 03:25, 10 July 2007 (UTC) - As long as the ads aren't 'wrong' then they're okay.
  • 振霖T 13:18, 10 September 2007 (UTC)