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  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Скорпион Founding Member Board Elder Site Mgr Site Supporter ++

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    as it is that time of year again,

    it has been decided that to rely on members generosity after what happened last year is not the best plan we could come up with.

    consequently, starting next week, we will have a vetted advertiser very much related to who we are and what we do inserted on the main banner where the silver coins are now.

    don't freak out, the kitco ticker will still be there until we find something better to use.

    In addition, I am adding a 'articles' / 'editorials' page where authors can submit articles directly to us, and we will get it up on the site for them. Over time, instead of importing articles from other sites, we hope to have the authors directly submitting them here also.

    Thanks everyone, and have a great productive year.

    Scorp
     
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    Fatboy Gold Member Gold Chaser Site Supporter

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    It's your house and you do have to keep the lights on BUT....

    I think there are still many that would still be more than glad to chip in to help pay the bills. Historically speaking, one had to be at the absolute top of their game to see your post and get in before you closed the door to donations!

    Please let us know if you would reconsider NOT using an outside "sponsor".
     
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    mayhem Silver Member Silver Miner Site Supporter

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    Start with that and you are allowing the camel to get it's nose under the tent.

    More censorship to follow.
     
  4. mayhem

    mayhem Silver Member Silver Miner Site Supporter

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    Start with that and you are allowing the camel to get it's nose under the tent.

    More censorship to follow.
     
  5. Professur

    Professur Midas Member Midas Member Site Supporter ++

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    Damn ... i was expecting to find a paypal link to buy a special title again
     
  6. EO 11110

    EO 11110 He Hate Me Mother Lode

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    how about gim silver rounds? how did that go last time? i bought some even though i wasn't a member then.
     
  7. Scorpio

    Scorpio Скорпион Founding Member Board Elder Site Mgr Site Supporter ++

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    rounds are going to be coming out after we see a pullback on prices,

    we should see one yet anyway,

    S
     
  8. GoldWampum

    GoldWampum Midas Member Midas Member

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    I agree, sponsorship=censorship. I'd rather see a call for donations first.
     
  9. GOLDZILLA

    GOLDZILLA Harvurd Koleej Jeenyus Midas Member

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    andial Sir Midas Member Site Supporter ++

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    If you are looking for a show of hands on who would donate count my hand raised.
     
  11. southfork

    southfork Mother Lode Found Mother Lode

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    I will pledge $50.00.
     
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    Irons Deep Sixed Site Supporter Mother Lode

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    I vote for a scrolling ad for one of them girly websites. If we're getting scenery lets make it boobalicious!!~:banana:
     
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    budfox I have become comfortably numb... Midas Member

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    I'll chip in if I can sell by Tiger Blood on the site..duh, winning....
     
  14. RoyalBeluga

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    Does anyone else see a Chicken Kebab? :haha:
     
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    Irons Deep Sixed Site Supporter Mother Lode

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    Now that you mention it.....I thought maybe it was a bowl of goulash.
     
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    Now I'm hungry :eating:
     
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    Irons Deep Sixed Site Supporter Mother Lode

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    I have just the snack for you!! They are a little aggressive at first though....


    carp.jpg
     
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    KGMe Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    EDITED: Removing source material that has not been approved by the GIM2 staff as concession to our advertisers.
     
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    skyvike Gold Chaser Platinum Bling

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    Well, ya know with the other method, we had to deal with members who threatened us with legal action because they felt making a donation made them an "owner" of the site and entitled them to either post whatever they wanted or control what others wrote.. Then there was the hassles and hissy fits over the "bought" titles. Overall, the generosity level was very high but the frequent urinary olympiads made it too much trouble.

    Please try to remember that we started this site so we'd have a place to share our thoughts without getting booted just for having a contrary opinion. We don't see any more serious changes to the content than we did when we started accepting donations. We can promise that the same kinds of posts that have always been appreciated will still be appreciated and anything we found offensive before will likely still be offensive and dealt with accordingly.

    Of course, there will always be those who feel the miniscule amount of moderation on this forum is an unacceptable level of "censorship" and there's nothing we can do to change that. We are all done trying to explain our concept of "free speech" to people who think it means, "I can say whatever I want whenever I want." Nothing less that ZERO moderation will satisfy those types.

    Please be sure to let us know if you think there is an instance of any sponsors trying to influence content on the site.

    We are just as opposed to that as we have always been.

    We tried the donation model and that turned out to be a pain in the rear. Now we're going to try accepting some advertising and see how that goes.

    Thanks to all members for their continued support.
     
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  20. gpond

    gpond Silver Member Silver Miner

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    I'm sure this is an April fool's joke so allow me to join in.

    Well... ummm... well... Happy April 1st!!

    (My wife and I are celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary today. Sure it makes sense we would get married on April Fool's day. In fact I insisted upon it. Well, I requested it. She had final approval... but isn't that the way?)
     
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    [​IMG]

    :bear_laugh:
     
  22. Irons

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    :eek_ma:..:eek_ma:...:eek_ma:

    As jaded as I have become, I never would have thought of that.
    Sigh, now I guess I'm a bit more jaded.~:vollkommenauf:

    What a bunch of *********************.
     
  23. skyvike

    skyvike Gold Chaser Platinum Bling

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    That pretty much sums up how we felt about it....
     
  24. AgAuGal

    AgAuGal Founding Member Founding Member Site Mgr Site Supporter

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    happy aniversary you guys, I did not know that but knowing the source I can believe it :551::553: and many more!!

     
  25. Scorpio

    Scorpio Скорпион Founding Member Board Elder Site Mgr Site Supporter ++

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    guys,

    no jokes, no games,

    We have built a crew and set up a structure so that one person does not have the capability to do what happened in the past. Now, the way it is structured, that cannot happen. This decision was a extension of that. Gim lives on, with no one person holding the only keys to it.

    We never kept, nor will we, members personal information. We don't know boo about anyone, and I want it to stay that way.

    S
     
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  26. budfox

    budfox I have become comfortably numb... Midas Member

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    There's an asshole around every corner isn't there?
     
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    Carrion Crow Silver Member Silver Miner Site Supporter ++

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    Just curious.
    APMEX banner ads follow me wherever I go on the internet. It borders on creepy. Does that stem from visiting this site? Assuming they are the new site sponsor will it give them the ability to stalk everyone who comes to GIM2?
     
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    skyvike Gold Chaser Platinum Bling

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    We don't share, or even collect, individual visitor information so I don't see how visiting this site alone would affect the banners you see. The only way I know for any advertiser to get your personal information is for you to give it to them.
     
  29. Pyramid

    Pyramid Gold Member Gold Chaser Site Supporter

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    That's not from visiting this site, it's from visiting A****'s website. It's called retargetting marketing. Some tech whiz can explain it better than I can, but a cookie gets planted, then whoever they are paying to run their advertisements (e.g. Google) puts it up on other sites.
     
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    April fools jokes are only funny if they are immediately apparent when called out.

    Post how much is needed to keep the website going as is and start a countdown towards that goal.

    I have my $100 ready when you are.
     
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    skyvike Gold Chaser Platinum Bling

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    Sorry FC.

    Thanks for the offer of a donation but it's not an April Fool's joke.

    We've changed the design of the site header slightly to accommodate the banner.
     
  32. Carrion Crow

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    lol. Is APMEX like Lord Voldemort: “he who must not be namedâ€.
    Thanks for the explanation. I wondered how they were doing it it.
     
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    I do remember all of that and you guys need to do what you think best going forward. I think there is a lot of latitude that's been given on this site to express one's self. I like that style, meaning I'd rather face the fire than censor a little hot headedness. Overboard becomes overboard, but it seems a nudge has worked in most cases... there really have not been many bannings that I know of... My only concern is that it stay intact. I support the idea that it doesn't mean I can say anything I want without responsibility or retribution.

    I don't know of any topics that are verbotin per se here... as long as a degree of civility is maintained.
     
  34. GOLDZILLA

    GOLDZILLA Harvurd Koleej Jeenyus Midas Member

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    I can understand that everything changes, but do you always gotta announce major changes on April Fools day? It confuses alot of people here.
     
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    Rusty Shackelford Midas Member Midas Member

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    I know I just thanked him, but it is worth repeating on this issue. Put and end to the changes on 4/1. It aint like the guys that run the show did not already have it in the works so what would have been wrong with an announcement on 3/30 or 4/2. Just saying.
     
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    All I can say is I must have been asleep and missed all that. I had no idea that people felt that they should have a say in the way things are moderated here based on their voluntary donation. I didn't even know there was a "title" to go with your donation untill it was all done and over!

    Either way, thanks for allowing us all to hang out here for another year!
     
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    Noted.

    :biggrin:
     
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    I am also stalked by APMEX while online.

    At first creepy but now more annoying than creepy.
     
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    Happy 12th, gpond ! The April 4th is our ( 39 years ). We were going for the 1st too, but the big green machine ( US Army ) screwed that up for us.

    RE: The topic of ads. I don't have a problem as long as they are a few to pay the bills/etc. I don't want to see 1/2 page of ads so the pages take forever to load due to what I guess are heavy graphics. Lot of us are out in the boonies on slow connections.
     
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    gpond Silver Member Silver Miner

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    Happy Anniversary Andy!
     

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