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  1. Central Geek

    Nice one. Thanks for sharing that.

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    • Central Geek

      Oh, now I see.. Unlike the image in your post, the installed and activated plugin is a friggin billboard.

      Three advertising campaign links are within the settings page with banner adds which have nothing to do with the plugin.

      Too bad.

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      • Ron

        Report it to WP. They’ll either nuke it or at least encourage the author to remove the crap.

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        • williamsba

          Plenty of WordPress plugins, including plugins released by Automattic (Think Jetpack with VaultPress) promote other plugins and services. It’s not illegal by any means.

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        • Ron

          Perhaps you should READ the Plugin Guidelines:

          In general, things like banner or text link advertising should not be anywhere in a plugin, including on its settings screen. Advertising on settings screens is generally ineffective anyway, as ideally users rarely visit these screens, and the advertising is low quality because the advertising systems cannot see the page content to determine good ads. So they’re best just left off entirely. Putting links back to your own site or to your social-network of choice is fine. If the plugin does include advertising from a third party service, then it must default to completely disabled, in order to prevent tracking information from being collected from the user without their consent. This is the method commonly known as “opt-in”.

          Note that if you do include what we consider to be “advertising spam”, or attempt to game somebody else’s advertising system, then we will not only remove your plugin, but also report your code to the advertising system’s abuse mechanism as well. We do not react kindly to spam. Don’t try it.

          Your plugin has been reported for this violation. Good luck.

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        • williamsba

          Did you report WordPress SEO, All in One SEO, Jetpack, etc, etc, etc? Of course you didn’t because you aren’t arguing with them for internet fame and fortune.

          Just as it reads it’s a rule “in general” and really reads more like paid advertising, not advertising a premium version of the plugin you are using.

          This is certainly not a rule I’ve seen enforced when advertising premium versions, which is the big difference here.

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      • williamsba

        Are ads in a free plugin’s setting page that awful? They will be very related soon :)

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  2. Slava Abakumov

    First link in the text (to internal configuration settings codex page) is missing a valid href: https://codex.buddypress.org/getting-started/customizing/changing-internal-configuration-settings/

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  3. Jeffr0

    I installed and activated the plugin to take a look at the advertising and on a wide screen monitor, it’s not that bad. The images are pretty big but the advertising is for related plugins and services the company offers.

    BuddyExtenderAdvertising

    I don’t see a problem with that. MonsterInsights which I reviewed a few weeks ago does the same exact thing. If a plugin is going to advertise something, its settings page is the place to do it. Advertising outside of this area is a big no no for me.

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