# meta

Stefan Oltmann

03/04/2024, 12:22 PM
Could we create a separate channel specifically for individuals to share advertisements related to books, paid courses, and similar offerings? Additionally, could we update the #feed description to emphasize the exclusion of advertisements? I find that courses priced at $100 are not particularly engaging for me. I primarily use that channel to stay informed about library updates, captivating blog articles, and noteworthy news within the ecosystem. If I were interested in a paid course, I would likely conduct a targeted Google search when the need arises. I'm concerned that an influx of advertisements might lead to an overflow of premium content, causing announcements about exciting new libraries to be overshadowed or lost in the clutter.
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03/04/2024, 1:31 PM
I think I agree in principle, but I'm not sure exactly where I would draw the line. When somebody posts a captivating blog article, they may well be making money from it, either directly or indirectly. For example they might be trying to build an audience and promote another paid course or product.
The Kotlin Essentials course that was shared earlier seems to have around two hours of free preview content before the paid part begins—do you think the post in #feed would have been more palatable if that had been made more obvious in the ad?

Stefan Oltmann

03/04/2024, 1:35 PM
Good questions. I'm fine with YouTube videos or blog posts that contain ads, so people can get a revenue. As long as there is a way to access it freely. Yes, I think if that has been more present, it would be fine. I'm also not against free chapters of paid books. A red line is where people post discount codes, I think. So as a package of a free course on basics with a hint to the full course on the site would be more acceptable.
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The way this ad was presented felt wrong. Also, because it was quite long. A shorter "Here is my Kotlin new beginners course, and if you want a full course there is a link" without all the words and discount codes would be something I might skip over. 🤷‍♂️


03/05/2024, 10:55 AM
I agree that this should not be in #feed, it's really just an ad for a paid product. A demo / free sample existing is irrelevant to that qualification. Something free that might make money from ads on/around the page I'm reading/watching it on is very different from asking for my credit card.
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