Okay, I’m not here to drum up support or anything, but since it’s a site we all love (even if it sucks away our time), I thought I’d mention this.
TVTropes just had their ad revenue system pulled out from under them. Google Ads is suddenly enforcing requirements that I’ve not even seen enforced here. They’re doing some restructuring to comply, but the end result will be less revenue, and the site barely breaks even as it is.
OK, I skimmed the first three pages and the last page (currently page 39) of that thread and from what I can glean, Google has temporarily stripped the ads from TVTropes. The site admins are currently in the process of removing any adult-content tropes (fetish tropes, porn tropes) and moving them off-site; they are also removing AdSense links from all forum pages and pages that take user comments. I think. Not clear on that last bit. They seem pretty confident that this will result in Google reinstating their ad account, but unfortunately it’s going to take a little time to get everything done and then have Google review it, and they don’t have much of a financial cushion while the ads are down, so they’re asking for donations.
If someone actually familiar with the situation wants to correct any of what I just said, feel free.
That’s how I understood it. I have to admit, I was so angry at Google that I didn’t read the whole thread. But I did get further in.
There’s a little bit extra: they will have to have all users agree to a certain terms of service. Many are afraid that anonymous editing will be completely shut off, and that emails will be required; the lack of both are considered big draws to the site. But FastEddie (superadmin) believes that a click through agreement should be enough.
The forums/user content pages are going to be completely supported by Amazon ads or other services, because Eddie does not believe there is any way to make sure that no NSFW content will be posted. If anyone knows of a way to satisfy Google on that, I’m sure they’re all ears.
They’re hoping that actual Wikipages will be sufficient with just rules about not adding pornographic examples.
And, yes, I’m concerned about what this means for the Dope as well, as I said over there. I know we are far from the only place I’ve seen with both Google ads and NSFW textual content.
ETA: Oh, I almost forgot. They are having to add the ability to flag wiki pages for NSFW content, and are going to have to do a lot of editing to the pages that are supposed to be kept.
Where have I been for the last month or so? Reading TV Tropes. That, and other life situations. But largely reading tons and tons and tons of that site. I’ve been doing the Wiki Walk due to the Browser Narcotic qualities of TV Tropes. I love that site!
You know, of all the pages on the web that use AdSense, I honestly have no idea how TVTropes would even have blipped across Google’s radar. I would certainly have never even THOUGHT about them being obscene or anything like that.
Considering TV Tropes’ primary writer base, there *may *be some anime tits displayed in the most obscure recesses of the site. And that’s a strongly conditional may, 'cause I don’t remember stumbling upon any. There might also be links to very, very NSFW pages.
There are, however, discussions and entire pages on porn tropes, and cunts. Sorry, country matters. Language is also completely unrestricted, and people who try and censor or bowdlerize the existing content get weeded out pretty quickly.
Still think Google’s decision to pull the ads is bullshit, mind you. I mean, even on TV Tropes, they don’t talk 'bout pan-fried semen, know what I mean ?