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New T&C: "covering or concealing banner advertisements"

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  • covering or concealing {sic} the banner advertisements on your personal profile page or any other THE LOCAL page
This is almost surely not something I do, but it would be nice to know clearly what this means.

Is it that I'm not allowed to install an ad blocker in my browser?

Am I also not allowed to even read this forum through a text-only browser?
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Old 30.09.2011, 17:18
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Re: New T&C: "covering or concealing banner advertisements"

I use a yellow Post-It note to cover the advertisements. They'll never find me!
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Old 30.09.2011, 17:26
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I use a yellow Post-It note to cover the advertisements. They'll never find me!
Ha ha. You gullible fool. 3M sponsor EF for that very reason.

I use toast.
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Old 30.09.2011, 17:34
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Re: New T&C: "covering or concealing banner advertisements"

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This is almost surely not something I do, but it would be nice to know clearly what this means.

Is it that I'm not allowed to install an ad blocker in my browser?

Am I also not allowed to even read this forum through a text-only browser?
I'm not a lawyer but I would think that "material or content" refers to what you post to EF - not how you view the site on your own computer.

Now I admit I can't think how anybody could post something that would cover or conceal banner ads in the first place but perhaps that's because I have a sweet and innocent mind. Or am an HTML ignoramus. One or the other.
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Re: New T&C: "covering or concealing banner advertisements"

That was my thinking too at first, but then I just figured they got carried away and forgot to change the introductory sentence.

There are more items in that list that can not (to my best guess) be done through "material or content" but they make sense if I just (in good faith) mentally reframe the introduction as "these are bad things, don't do them". This one alone doesn't make sense to me, except as "you are obligated to see our ads".
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Old 30.09.2011, 22:43
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Re: New T&C: "covering or concealing banner advertisements"

what banner ads?

I don't see any, is this because they aren't there or does my browser somehow conceal them without me realising?

I do have something called ad blocker on my toolbar... I guess from the name that that might block ads...
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Re: New T&C: "covering or concealing banner advertisements"

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what banner ads?
A sign of things to come?
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Old 30.09.2011, 23:45
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Re: New T&C: "covering or concealing banner advertisements"

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Now I admit I can't think how anybody could post something that would cover or conceal banner ads in the first place but perhaps that's because I have a sweet and innocent mind. Or am an HTML ignoramus. One or the other.
Perhaps the true meaning was lost in translation ?
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Re: New T&C: "covering or concealing banner advertisements"

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Now I admit I can't think how anybody could post something that would cover or conceal banner ads in the first place but perhaps that's because I have a sweet and innocent mind. Or am an HTML ignoramus. One or the other.
The existence of that sentence has me thinking that someone with sufficient HTML (or other) skills could put something on their profile page to cover the banner ads (and do the same for other pages too).
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Old 01.10.2011, 21:31
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Re: New T&C: "covering or concealing banner advertisements"

It is all not relevant.
I did not read this stuff, I do not have the time & I am not a lawyer so I do not understand most of it.
At the end of the day if they do not like what I post then they will ban me & I will have to take up golf or fishing or.....

So what?
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Old 02.10.2011, 16:33
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Re: New T&C: "covering or concealing banner advertisements"

To be honest, I don't know for sure what this clause in the terms means either.

I don't think it refers to ad blockers, because how you view the forum is completely up to you. We don't care what you do to the forum after it enters your browser. All we care is that you don't interfere with others. So, I suspect that the clause means exactly that. It doesn't permit you to upload something that would interfere with what other people see. Technically, I don't know how that would be possible. But I guess the lawyer who wrote the terms was being extra careful and trying to cover every single eventuality.

I'll get a confirmation on this though, and get back to you. Hopefully on Monday or Tuesday.
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