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New Guidelines: Trip Reports Containing Adult Content

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by Sonya, Apr 20, 2023.

  1. alanleroy

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    A list of prohibited words and phrases would be awesome. I fear I've used some without intending any malice or real profanity. I sure don't want to cause the team here more work or negatively impact the site.

    Of course, the issue is with Google AdSense and their algorithms that look at content and automate the penalty system. Unfortunately, they don't provide a list of 'No No' words. Only general guidelines.

    Maybe we could create a codebook that associates a potential 'No No' word with a brand-new proxy word. It could be our own dirty language. Or better yet, as Google's AI Chatbot gets smarter, we can just ask it to review our reports before posting. It is named 'Bard' after all.
     
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  2. breanna61

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    Would be tough to do when an F bomb is no problem but it flags spa smh
     
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  3. Sonya

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    To be fair, spa is fine, but massage is apparently sexually explicit to the algorithm, but not when human eyes see it.

    The algorithm does what it does. It is looking for pejorative use of words, which is why it doesn't like it when you call anything a whore or slut, and sometimes bitch. The use of "fuck" has never seemed to be a problem, but I might have missed one or two over the years. Neither does degenerate chasing or grinding at gambling, or excessive use of alcohol and drugs, although those are listed in their rules as bad.

    Here is the most common report I get about VMB:

    Adult: Sexual content
    Certain sources of advertising are restricted from appearing on content that:
    • contains nudity.
    • is sexually gratifying, sexually suggestive and/or intended to cause sexual arousal.
    • discusses sexual fetishes.
    • is about sexual entertainment.
    • promotes sexual merchandise.
    • facilitates affairs and/or sexual encounters.
    • provides advice regarding sexual performance.
    • promotes sexual enhancement medications or supplements.

    And here is the page with the full list and descriptions, if you're interested: https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/10437795

    I have seen a bunch of topics fall under this heading, including every time someone asks about treating their wife to a massage at the spa. I typically ask for human review and the restriction is removed withing a day or two.

    Sexual images is another one that seems kind if arbitrary. I've seen everything from a cocktail waitress picture to a photo from a room at Cosmo that showed the naked lady wallpaper that was in the "guest" bath in a wrap around suite get reported. Again, I do the appeal for human review and most of these are corrected.

    Explicit drug use is also reported. When you post your goodies from the dispensary or talk about cocaine or harder drugs.

    I'm not trying to find a work-around to avoid the reports. They are part of the joy of being a forum admin. I just wanted to minimize the number of times I get a report and have to say, "Uh.. yeah, okay." :) I completely accept it's going to happen from time to time, but it's been a lot lately. It does cut into the revenue stream and I have some concern about it becoming a bigger problem and resulting in them booting me from the program. That would mean I no longer have the money to keep the lights on. They aren't threatening me with that, yet. So maybe this thread is making a bigger issue out of something that is just an inconvenience for me. I just thought it was time to reach out and ask for a little discretion to make my work here a little easier.


    Also, I really didn't want to call out any specific individual here. This is a general ask, as it seems to be a general issue. There's no new "rule". I have no plans to "censor" or remove TRs if there's a way I can avoid that. This is the first step in that. Next step, if there's a TR that is a problem, I will reach out in PM and tell you there's an issue and ask if we can fix it by doing XYZ, like removing a photo or reference. What happens after that? I don't know because I haven't gotten there yet.

    I'm deleting some posts that call out a specific phrase or user, because I really don't want to go there or put anyone on the spot. I'm just asking for a little help to keep things on track and running smoothly. I'm not saying you can't have fun with your TRs or that you shouldn't talk about certain topics. I really do want to keep this a fun place for us to talk about all the aspects of Vegas. Vegas is an adult playground and has adult topics that are valid. I'm just not sure that TRs have to rival Penthouse Forum letters to be fun.
     
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  4. Sonya

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    Almost missed this one. Sorry.

    I do have affiliate ads on the board. Hotels, shows, tours, etc. Typically these ads are in the spaces that are not between the title and start of threads, that's AdSense, except in After Dark and a couple of moderator sections, although I've seen reports that AdSense ads do sometimes appear there, and I'm trying to figure out why that is happening, but that's another issue. :)

    Washington State has or had some laws about advertising for dispensaries and online casinos, but I haven't asked an attorney to look at that again for me in some time. I don't know what the rules are around advertising for strip clubs. Honestly the revenue generated by affiliate programs like that is nowhere near what it used to be and often not worth the hassle.

    There was a time when you could slap up some affiliate ads and generate $1k per month. Those days are LONG gone. Even the commissions I get for hotel and show reservations is a fraction of what they used to be, and that's if you can get approved for the programs, which is much more difficult now. (Looking at you Wynn and RW!!)

    Again, I appreciate all the suggestions, but that wasn't the intent of this thread. I'm just asking we turn some of the more adult content down to an 11, as my Spinal Tap friends would say. :)
     
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  5. EastCoastVegasFan!

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    How does the revenue work for a hotel stay, don’t they have to go through the ad? I appreciate how upfront and honest you are with the $ side of things here. It’s refreshing.
     
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  6. Sonya

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    If you book through one of my links, either text links, ads or offers I post in the Hotel Offers section, and complete the stay, I get a small (1-3%) commission on the room rate part of that stay. If you book through an email offer, by going directly to the rewards program, or through your host, which most of you do, I don't get anything on that. It used to be a bigger part of my revenue stream, but you guys taught everyone how to maximize comps. :haha: Kidding!
     
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  7. EastCoastVegasFan!

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    I’m the lowest tier now, so will prob go through the ads, moving forward.
     
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