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Dec 11, 2012 12:26 PM

More clicks = more ad revenue.

Lots of complaints about having to click through more links to get where you want. More clicks means a busier site means CH can charge more for ads, because unless you use an adblocker, you see more and more ads, everytime you are re-directed. cha-ching!

CH users are making the mistake that CH cares about your user experience. They don't. Not anymore.

Remember the people (myself included) that complained when a lot of content went to video over text? More ad revenue, people.

That said, it's been a fun time, but it's crossed the line where it's clear that CH doesn't care about the regular posters that, truly, helped develop this site with a boatload of free content, discussion, reviews, etc.

So, for all of you who have been so helpful in the past, I've learned a lot, both good and bad- you've steered me right, and guided me away from the wrong.

And while this is a totally free site, and CH can do what they want, it's crossed the line from engaging experience to being commercially manipulated for me. So, see you in the lunch lines. :)

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  1. Exactly, it's a free site. How do people expect a free site to pay for the servers, employees, and other overhead that keeps the site up and running and ALSO churning out helpful content like the articles and recipes? Unless they plan to start charging a membership fee, the money has to come from somewhere, and that somewhere is ads.

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    1. re: juliejulez

      It's amazing that this needs to be said over and over. But thank you for having the patience to do so, jj.

    2. And it's working. Page views jumped up to an average of 2.3 per user, a 60% increase over Tuesday's ~1.4.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Spoke too soon. That one-day bump has settled back down to previous run rate around 1.5 page views per user.