It Makes The World Go 'Round 2
Even though the situation is not at all funny to those involved, the darker side of my brain has to laugh, and laugh out loud.
I speak, of course, about BGG and Rocketville. Yes, that ad that everyone who has ads enabled has been complaining about. That awesome new game [sic] from Richard Garfield and Avalon Hill.
It begins with a complaint, a thread, and a geeklist. So what's the effect of all this?
Because of BGG's decision to allow such intrusive ads, people are figuring out how to disable all ads. This hurts all advertisers and BGG as well. People won't pay to turn off ads. People pay because they like the site. Now some don't.
The game itself is drawing quite a bit of negative buzz because of the ad. Therefore reviews like this will be seen by everyone. I have also read the rules and will be posting my own comments in my next rules update.
Again, this is just natural market forces at work. People have a voice and a choice. If you push too hard, it will backfire.
In BGG's defense, they have reacted properly in the past when touchy topics like censorship begin to overwhelm the site. I have no doubt they will do the right thing again.
In the meantime, I am entertained.