5623 in-depth character profiles from comics, games, movies

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game

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The Google Analytics data are anonymized, and Google Analytics settings are all at default.

Social media sharing buttons

As of the 23rd of June I’ve deployed one set of those. ”One set” since I’d like to have one near the end of entries, and one near the beginning. This is the one near the end, since I’m still looking for a solution that doesn’t look like arse for the one near the beginning.

These button are but static HTML links. Thus, it does absolutely nothing unless you click on it, at which point it takes you to a bare-bones page operated by the social network in question.

Which means that the social buttons on writeups.org do not track anything, write anything or make any request. Once you click on one and end up on the Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus page it does stuff, though (if only to identify you).

Advertisements – Amazon

Most of the advertisements are static HTML links to Amazon.com. Writeups.org is an Amazon affiliate, getting a percentage on the sales at zero additional cost to the buyer. All such links are clearly signalled.

(So yes, every time you buy something (anything) after clicking on those links, Amazon makes a tiny donation to writeups.org. Cool, uh ? Remember that before you go on an online shopping rampage.)

Our Amazon affiliate links are *all* hand-picked. They are comics/movies/games/books that feature the character in question – usually their major stories. Which also helps in placing unfamiliar characters.

In other cases these are books or documentaries about an important part of the character’s background (for instance, an history of African-American NYPD officers during the XXth century), or an action figure of the character. Stuff like that. Some advertisements are jokes about the character.

Auto-recommendation box

As of the 19th of August, 2016 I’ve started experimenting with an additional Amazon advert. This one only gets placed in profiles that have way more text than right-hand column illustration, and thus have lots of white space on the right. It generates recommendations based on the page’s content, which can also get funny when the parser misunderstands the context.

It is based on the profile’s text and thus normally suggests stuff closely related to the material being discussed. Such as more comic book trade paperbacks about the character (and in several cases, a newer and cheaper edition of the book we recommend, which was published after our writeups was done).

I wouldn’t be terribly surprised if it identified you in some fashion and steered recommendations toward stuff you’re more likely to buy, though.

Advertisements – AdSense

Writeups.Org is authorized to display Google Adsense advertisements. We only use stock 336x280px units. A profile typically has one text-or-images unit, and one text unit. If there’s no room the profile will display 1 or 0 units. If there’s ample room a third unit is added. All units are hand-placed, based on available space.

All ad units are clearly preceded by the mention “Advertisement”. There are no other advertisements than Amazon.com links and Google Adsense units.

Writeups.org doesn’t carry any native advertising. Nor, to my regret, have we ever gotten anything from any publisher.

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