BlogMarch 1, 2005 4:35 PM ET

Google and I used to be friends

So recently we thought we'd play around with Google AdSense to make a little extra cash. Unfortunately, after five days of placing ads on our main message board page, we received the following email from Google:

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Hello,

Our program specialists regularly review AdSense websites for various criteria, including, but not limited to, site content, clear navigation, and compliance with our program policies. We also reserve the right to disable ad-serving to certain sites.

While viewing www.lambgoat.com , we noticed that you're displaying Google ads on a section of your website containing excessive profanity and violence or racial intolerance. Please be aware that our program policies do not allow AdSense publishers to place Google ads on pages with this type of content. Thus, we kindly ask that you remove the ads from the message board section of www.lambgoat.com (i.e., http://www.lambgoat.com/mb/ ).

Thank you for your understanding. Once you've made the appropriate changes, please reply to this email so that we can review your site again.

We also suggest that you take the time to review our program policies ( https://www.google.com/adsense/policies ) and Terms and Conditions ( https://www.google.com/adsense/terms ) to ensure that all of your pages are in compliance.

Sincerely,

Robin
The Google AdSense Team

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I find it odd that that Google has a problem with our message board. I mean, go to Google and do a search on the offensive word "n*gger"... Google returns 907,000 results. Google returns 33,900,000 results for "fuck." What the hell? Why return any results if Google is so sensitive to profanity and racial intolerance?

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sean_ 3/1/2005 1:53:55 PM

google knows about those slaves you keep hidden behind your woodshed too.

deez_nutz_ 3/1/2005 2:35:47 PM

*posts racist verbiage on lambgoat MB 907,000 times*

blindnation_ 3/1/2005 6:03:53 PM

cause they're fcking stupid?

Papertigers_ 3/1/2005 6:54:46 PM

fight the power lambgoat

DanX_ 3/1/2005 7:16:20 PM

It's 'cause the advertisers don't want to pay to be on a site with a bunch of, well, profanity. If you're paying $x/click, you probably wouldn't want it to be on LambGoat's messageboard either.

bolognapony_ 3/1/2005 7:51:11 PM

naggers turns up 4270 results

me_ 3/1/2005 8:30:32 PM

It's 'cause the advertisers don't want to pay to be on a site with a bunch of, well, profanity. If you're paying $x/click, you probably wouldn't want it to be on LambGoat's messageboard either. ---------- why the heck would you care? you think a "punk" site doesn't want your business because you say the word fck? please.

VictoryGuard_ 3/1/2005 9:29:41 PM

I doubt its the profanity as much as it was the idiocy the observed while looking at thread topics. I would pull the ad if I was google!

a_new_religion_ 3/1/2005 9:43:16 PM

go forth, webmaster. tell the world of your google hatred!!

oilpoilo_ 3/1/2005 11:52:18 PM

google it, fcktard

StreetForce_ 3/2/2005 1:44:20 AM

maybe I need to get out more, but that just made my day

no_cool_names_left_ 3/3/2005 5:03:42 AM

they were ads for like, "meet punks for dating in your area," not the fcking frugal gourmet. google's lucky that their search engine is good, or I would take my browsing elsewhere.

XpirateX_ 3/3/2005 1:38:54 PM

There's a difference between monetarily supporting offensive content, and making it available. Their name is more attached to ads, so I can understand their concern. Besides, Google is still "the best".

Matt w/MetalReview.com_ 3/3/2005 4:31:34 PM

Wow... I never thought Google would do something like this. I've been running various AdSense ads throughout MetalReview for about 3-4 months now and I know there are sections of our website that have profanity; what metal site doesn't? I suppose it's only a matter of time before I get this letter.

Ash_ 3/3/2005 7:50:31 PM

You should say you used to be friends with some of the board users.

keef_ 3/4/2005 6:54:07 AM

fck google

keef_ 3/4/2005 6:55:14 AM

wow, i typed in lambgoat on google and they had it forwarded to http://www.k-k-k.com/ no joke

Liftmycurse_ 3/4/2005 10:32:58 AM

They may have done a random check and you got busted out. Guess if you had more mature people posting here it wouldn't have been a problem.

no_cool_names_left_ 3/4/2005 8:46:37 PM

yeah, us messageboard jerks just cost webmaster some money.

swanswing_ 3/5/2005 12:30:55 AM

hahahha, jerks.

d4n_ 3/6/2005 2:38:41 PM

new blog plz

no_cool_names_left_ 3/8/2005 5:49:08 PM

i'm a chump!

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????http://www.53dy.com

d4n_ 3/10/2005 1:28:29 PM

NEW fckING BLOG

xsamx_ 3/12/2005 5:04:38 AM

did you tell google that?

SMokeOutLoud_ 3/23/2005 4:05:15 PM

those google gayS are just fckERS, they are like microsoft of search engines, who turns down advertising, rejects