Has there been a discussion about the ads masquerading as posts in the blog feed?

When the latest redesign occurred, one of the things I truly didn’t like (aside from the entire front page and new grid layout) was the ads that are masquerading as posts in the blog feed. Here’s an example: Take a long drive down the road to peace of mind with this Dash Cam and save 71% while you’re at it - http://boingboing.net/2016/02/25/take-a-long-drive-down-the-roa.html

In the blog feed (http://boingboing.net/blog), this looks like just another article, and is only recognizable as an ad by being by-lined by Boing Boing’s Store

I figured it was an oversight lost in the noise of the update, and would eventually be fixed. It’s been quite a while since the redesign, and it hasn’t changed, so I’m wondering what the plan might be for this.

What are other people’s thoughts?


Why, there was a whole thing on that very thing recently.


My, what a purple elephant!


Good lord. I’m sorry I asked.


emphasis and strikethrough mine, no offense intended

I think of that recognizable thing, sitting in plain sight, as what keeps the lights on.

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I don’t have a problem with keeping the lights on - in fact I’m all for it. I just don’t like that the ads are identified as such in one place, and not the other. But, as I also just said - I’m sorry I broached the topic. If I’d seen that other thread I would have been perfectly satisfied to keep my keyboard shut.


You may not know this, but that sort of immediate contradiction can be difficult to parse. It scans as a complaint masquerading as 100% support. Which is fine, just a bit hard to parse, for me, some guy on the internet.

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You may not know this, but a statement can be both supportive and complaintive, in varied or equal measure.

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