I didn’t think I minded the ads, as they generate an income for the site and I just made my donation last year to help with the site upkeep. But now the ads are back, I realise how annoying they are!
I’m pretty sure my problem is down to user error though. I just can’t log into the members area to toggle ads off. Probably too many attempts with the wrong password. Tried to log in with my forum password, then realised it was a different one. Will try again later 🙄
I have been able to log into both my member area and forum accounts on here. These both have different user names in my case as I always base my user names on my full first name plus the first letters of my middle name and surname followed by the year in which I created that particular user name.
It is therefore because I joined the forum back in 2016 that my forum user name is as it is as shown on all of my posts on here (including this one of course).
If I was to create a new user name just now, it would probably be "johncs2023" but since today is the last day of 2023, my new user name would be "johncs2024" if I waited until tomorrow before I created it.
My member area user name is actually "johncs2022" and that is because I created it last year in 2022 but to date, this is only the first time that I have had any issues regarding the ad-free status on here.
In a way, it would probably be better if those two accounts were merged into one single account which could be used anywhere on TWO including the forum but over on Netweather, they also operate with separate accounts for the Netweather Extra service and their forum, so TWO is not completely unique in that regard.
Of course, I don't know all of the technical details of how this site is operated, but Brian has said in the past that different versions of a certain software at a particular time are used to operate this forum, and he has also admitted in the past that certain versions of that software have been rather buggy.
For that reason, it would appear that there may well have been a recent upgrade to this software which is shown to rather buggy and it's possible that this is what is causing those issues with the ads.
Now, I know that the forum isn't Brian's highest priority when it comes to his overall business model but nevertheless, it is still a part of that model which means that as with everything else, I'm sure that he doesn't really want to be losing any money with that.
For that reason, I have no doubt that he will sort out those issues as quickly as he can, once he is fully aware of them.
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31 December 2023 08:29:06
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