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Postby veganskater » Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:08 pm

OK, I'm going to play nice here, and repress my urge to wring my hands and say, "Why, why, WHYYYYYY....?!?!"

Instead, I'm going to remain open to various thoughts, viewpoints, and politely ask,

When did banner ads start appearing on the BM website? And what is the thought process behind this change? Also, how does that fit with the idea of non-commercialism and not advertising big corporations? (The first one I saw was for tents at Wal-Mart; the one I saw just now was for Victoria's Secret. Someone on Facebook posted about having seen one about Marlboro Country).

Tell me please, that this is an April Fool's joke....?
Slightly heartbroken but trying to stay openminded,
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Postby hookahdude » Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:14 pm

:shock:

If you clicked on one of them it would have taken you to the Wikipedia article on April Fools....
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Postby Badger » Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:21 pm

Dear Vegan, who is a skater,

Are ... you..... really...

....that.... clueless??????


thanks for the meat-free laughs.............
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Postby veganskater » Fri Apr 01, 2011 11:25 pm

Ah, already, someone's not playing nice....
Oh, wait. "Badger." Now it makes sense.

Not clueless, just so heartbroken I was--I kid thee not--afraid to click on the link. For fear that it wouldn't be a joke.

Anyway, thank goodness, thank goodness.
I suppose I should have kept my (typing) trap shut, and simply looked to see if it vanished tomorrow....
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Postby Isotopia » Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:15 am

Was your reply an intent to.... say..

...something?
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Postby Sham » Sat Apr 02, 2011 3:26 am

It's now April 2nd, and the banner ads are still on the main page of the Burning Man web site. Wow, this is for real!
I am going to sell my ticket to the event this year and boycott everything that is Burning Man related.
I am also going to boycott, Home Depot, Walmart (not that it's a bad thing), Victoria Secret (although I will still look at the mannequins in the window), Marlboro cigarettes (well, I don't smoke) and Trojan condoms (even the one that's been in my wallet since 8th grade).
Further, I intend to hold my breath until these ads are removed from the website.

Larry Harvey should be ashamed of himself! :roll:
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Postby goathead » Sat Apr 02, 2011 4:43 am

Shambala wrote:Larry Harvey should be ashamed of himself! :roll:


Why? He was the one who taught Charlie how to party like a rock star at First Camp.
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Postby Elderberry » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:42 am

Would you complain about those ads if it were announced that the revenue from them would reduce the cost of your ticket be half? Just wondering.
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Postby Kinetik V » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:55 am

I am almost certain Burning Man didn't have someone sitting at BM HQ waiting till precisely 12:01 am Pacific time to remove a banner ad prank from their website.

Having been in SF this week, I know I sure as heck wouldn't be sitting in the office with so many great things to do around me. I'd be gone.

So in short...a bunch of people need to chill out. If it's still up by noon on Monday then give them hell. But until the weekend is over...I'd expect it to be left up...remember they are volunteers for the most part. We often forget that.
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Postby Minxy » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:28 am

Shambala can you post pix of you holding your breath?! I'm dying to see this. :)
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Postby Sham » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:42 am

I am willing to keep an open mind, but we are well into the day after April Fools Day, and the ads are still there. I am searching for a place to buy my cheap imported Chinese crap, since I am boycotting Walmart. Any ideas?

I am not completely holding my breath---I am taking half breaths. I would think that someone would want to see a picture of the condom that's dry rotted in my wallet. Go figure! :shock:
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Postby Rice » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:56 am

Being a IT guy myself, I suspect that BMORG does not have staff on-site 24/7.

I agree with Kinetic V. If the image and its link are still on the BM site on Monday, we should raise a stink.

Otherwise, just ignore it....

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Postby Elderberry » Sat Apr 02, 2011 9:56 am

Shambala wrote:I am willing to keep an open mind, but we are well into the day after April Fools Day, and the ads are still there. I am searching for a place to buy my cheap imported Chinese crap, since I am boycotting Walmart. Any ideas?

I am not completely holding my breath---I am taking half breaths. I would think that someone would want to see a picture of the condom that's dry rotted in my wallet. Go figure! :shock:


There is nobody working on the weekend, so for sure they won't be removed until Monday, assuming they even remember to do it then.

Nobody even comes in to fix eplaya when it goes down over the weekend, you think they care about some stupid april fools jokes on the site being up too long??? Duh. Get a clue.
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Postby Sham » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:00 am

jkisha wrote:
Shambala wrote:I am willing to keep an open mind, but we are well into the day after April Fools Day, and the ads are still there. I am searching for a place to buy my cheap imported Chinese crap, since I am boycotting Walmart. Any ideas?

I am not completely holding my breath---I am taking half breaths. I would think that someone would want to see a picture of the condom that's dry rotted in my wallet. Go figure! :shock:


There is nobody working on the weekend, so for sure they won't be removed until Monday, assuming they even remember to do it then.

Nobody even comes in to fix eplaya when it goes down over the weekend, you think they care about some stupid april fools jokes on the site being up too long??? Duh. Get a clue.

Do you really think so? Explain it again to me Mr. Wizard! :D
I truly believe that caliber of humor is shifting around these parts.
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Postby Rice » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:05 am

Oh the love....
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Postby hookahdude » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:25 am

I think I would worry if the banner ads WENT SOMEWHERE BESIDES THE FRIGGIN ARTICLE ON APRIL FOOL'S DAY ON WIKIPEDIA!!!

CHILL

THE

FUCK

OUT

Have a PBR or 6 and relax Alice, smoke some hookah with a caterpillar and everything will be ok....
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Postby Rice » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:37 am

hookahdude wrote:I think I would worry if the banner ads WENT SOMEWHERE BESIDES THE FRIGGIN ARTICLE ON APRIL FOOL'S DAY ON WIKIPEDIA!!!

CHILL

THE

FUCK

OUT

Have a PBR or 6 and relax Alice, smoke some hookah with a caterpillar and everything will be ok....


hookahdude, this is the eplaya... Over-reactions, rumors, illegible ramblings are part of the experience. Snark is a past-time.

This too shall pass.

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Postby hookahdude » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:50 am

Good point....

I am just sitting here watching a documentary called Waste Land about the artisit Vik Muniz who went down and worked with the "pickers" of the Jardim Gramacho landfill in Rio de Janiero. Here are people who literally live in the landfill and sift through rubbish in order to just live.

My perspective is a bit different at this moment and to see people get their panties in a bunch over something so trivial is just well... ya know?
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now the banner ad works

Postby blotto66 » Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:08 am

the victoria secret banner takes you to vs.com
total sellout!
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Postby Rice » Sat Apr 02, 2011 11:37 am

Fuck people.

Everyone FREAK OUT!!!!!

It was a Joke!


There are NO banner adds on the BM site. Nothing, nada, zip. Whatever you saw has been taken down.


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Postby Sham » Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:41 pm

stretch80 wrote:Fuck people.

Everyone FREAK OUT!!!!!

It was a Joke!


There are NO banner adds on the BM site. Nothing, nada, zip. Whatever you saw has been taken down.


Love Rice

Oh, they're gone now. I guess it was a joke. Forget all those nasty things I said. I love Burning Man and I love Larry Harvey. It's good thing I didn't sell my ticket.
Now everyone can calm down and realize that EVERY FUCKING YEAR there is something fun for April Fools Day.
I still stand by my assessment that we have a lack of humor here on eplaya. Five years ago, everyone would have understood. Now there is a lot of spoon feeding required. I will adjust my posts accordingly.
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Postby Risky » Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:59 pm

Everyone is busy this weekend at the Convectional Caucus in SF.
Here is the live broadcast:
http://www.shoutingfire.org/?q=node/238044
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Postby Eric » Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:14 pm

Shambala wrote:I still stand by my assessment that we have a lack of humor here on eplaya. Five years ago, everyone would have understood. Now there is a lot of spoon feeding required. I will adjust my posts accordingly.


Please don't. Some of us like your posts the way they are.
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Postby Rice » Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:14 pm

Shambala wrote:
stretch80 wrote:Fuck people.

Everyone FREAK OUT!!!!!

It was a Joke!


There are NO banner adds on the BM site. Nothing, nada, zip. Whatever you saw has been taken down.


Love Rice

Oh, they're gone now. I guess it was a joke. Forget all those nasty things I said. I love Burning Man and I love Larry Harvey. It's good thing I didn't sell my ticket.
Now everyone can calm down and realize that EVERY FUCKING YEAR there is something fun for April Fools Day.
I still stand by my assessment that we have a lack of humor here on eplaya. Five years ago, everyone would have understood. Now there is a lot of spoon feeding required. I will adjust my posts accordingly.


Shambala, I love you as you are!! Sure, I do not always agree with what you say, but everyone is entitled to their own views and opinions.

Please, do not change on my account!

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Postby Sham » Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:42 pm

I've always loved both the playa and eplaya because my dry and sometimes caustic sense of humor was always understood and appreciated. A few years back, it started to shift and I noticed a new level of righteous indignance that I've only before seen at the return counter of a Walmart.
Yes, I know that this was all part of a fun AF prank, and I was just following up with it. Please re-read my postings--they're actually funny.
Humor and trends are changing, which is why the TV show Two and a Half Men is so popular. I don't find this lowbrow, cheap crap very funny, but most people do.
So here I find myself trying to explain my humor in regards to April Fools Day. Ugghh!
I still love you all to pieces! :D
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Postby Risky » Sat Apr 02, 2011 2:50 pm

Risky wrote:Everyone is busy this weekend at the Convectional Caucus in SF.
Here is the live broadcast:
http://www.shoutingfire.org/?q=node/238044


And they're done. That was fast.
http://www.shoutingfire.org/
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Postby ibdave » Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:18 pm

I for one only look at the main page 2-3 times a year. I had forgotten about the fools day annual joke until this. Don't like? don't look....... :shock: :roll: 8)
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Postby Elderberry » Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:27 pm

If you have to explain it...
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Postby chris2010 » Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:50 pm

I thought it was funny! :lol:
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Postby Sham » Sun Apr 03, 2011 12:54 am

jkisha wrote:If you have to explain it...

Explain what? :D

By the way, that smart phone that I placed in the water of a urinal was a success. This non-working display phone looked perfect sitting in the pee. It had everyone talking about whether it was waterproof and if it was damaged. It really looked like it slipped out of someone's hand, and no one suspected that it was an April Fools gag.
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