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Project Wonderful's messaging system.

I've been using Project Wonderful for a few weeks now, both as an advertiser and a website publisher hosting the ads. My own advertising sales aren't too great, so far; all my slots have some spaces left that are going for $0, and my total earnings are less than a dollar a day. But I've seen a few places where bids have been going way up so it's quite possible to get some money out of this ad system. While I'm waiting for that to happen to me, I'm putting up many little ads in the $0 to $0.10 range myself.
I do this largely because I can. The interface is very straight-forward and invites advertisers go gamble away small amounts of money. But there is one thing wrong with it that breaks Project Wonderful for me, which is that the server sends far too many messages. Dozens a day, telling me in cheery tones that my $0 bid on some tiny little site has been approved, is the high bidder, has been outbid or has been canceled with no reason given*). If, like me, you take the bottom feeder strategy of taking out many low bids on many different sites, you'll be flooded past the spam threshold, train yourself to delete automated messages unread, and then miss the personal message that another user has also sent through the system. This just happened to me and is the reason why I'm posting this now instead of incorporating this complaint in a longer review that I had been planning to post on one of the other comics blogs. But even before that, the flood was a nuisance: the many low bids that I make simply aren't worth the time spent reading those messages about them. Project Wonderful needs a digest option.
[Update]: Hidden in the profile configuration page for PW is a link to a page where you can change your contact preferences. That should take care of the worst of the flood.


*) This is the result of another flaw in the PW design, which is that ad blocks can't be shrunk or expanded while there are still active bids on a block. I guess it would be rude to kick off one advertiser to shrink the ad block by one button space. But publishers will want to tinker with the size anyway, so now if they want to do that, they have no option but to kick every bidder off and start anew.

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