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Tuesday November 13, 2007
02:42 AM

Do you have a web site? then help promoting Perl events!

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While trying to scratch a recent itch I have setup the Perl Community AdServer. It allows any web site owner to easily add a few advertisements to his site to promote the Perl related events, the Perl Mongers and various Perl sites.

The server provides the ads based on the country of the visitor. So we can easily advertise the French Perl workshop to visitors from France, the London Perl Workshop to visitors from Great Britain and the Israeli Perl Workshop to visitors from Israel.

I think it would be great if many people would add these ads to their respective web sites.

See the AdServer for instructions on how to add it to your site.

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  • ...but how about a non-javascript version? Adblock kills these ads quite easily. :-(
  • Thats pretty kewl, but needs some graphics (or something) to be more eyecatching. In a page with lots of other content, the Perl note gets pretty washed out.

    Too bad all the camels are locked up by O'Reilly (for any commercial site, anyway).

    • That's because the goal of the Camel is to sell O'Reilly books.

      The logo of Perl is an onion.

  • Thanks. This is a great idea. I already added it to [] and [] start pages.

    Unfortunately it already seems to be blocked per default by AdBlockPlus (firefox) because its URL matches "://adserv" (and maybe other negative substrings). Can you (maybe additionally) provide URLs without such tainted strings?

    How about for instance?

    Who do I ask to get it integrated with our []

  • Are there any measures being taken to prevent malware distributors from abusing the server, thereby causing us to distribute security breaches?
    • I guess no, as I have no idea what are you talking about.

      Could you please explain?

      • Spammers have been inserting ad code that distributes malware. Obviously this is done by hacking legit ad accounts, or simply by purchasing an ad from an automated portal. Flash movies have been the most common vehicle, as they are difficult to inspect.

        Unless we have an HTML/code expert inspecting all ad submissions, it would be possible for a spammer to provide an ad that would then be present on an otherwise-reputable web site that you would not suspect of having such content.
        • At the moment I allow only plain text and a single <a href= tag so for now I think the only problem can be texts in a language I don't understand.

          Which means most of the languages.

          I don't think I plan to allow much more complex html than that.

  • Instead of returning javascript:

    document.write("<ul><li><a href=>MadMongers</a></li><li><a href=>YEF - European Conferences and Workshops</a></li><li>Perl Event: <a href=>Windy City Hackathon</a>, December 14-16, Chicago, IL</li><li class='perlAdserverSelflink'><a href=''>By Perl AdServer</a></li></ul>");

    you return html:

  • The ads are now shown on perlmonks via the (optional) Community Ads nodelet.