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Will Embedding Post Hurt Virily?

There is a current argument in Virily regarding embedding posts within a post, instead of using the regular link. The issue in concern in this matter is, the embedded pages give the reader additional viril points for opening those pages as if they were opened by the reader.

Lately,  a series of posts tagged as #spotlighting started by @CarolDM, is becoming a trend within the site. These posts are focused on other members and three of their old posts are embedded.

Here is one of such posts (embedded)

Spotlighting Our Members ~ Gloridaze“>

Spotlighting Our Members ~ Gloridaze

 

The concern brought up of one of the members is,  this might be exploited that might hurt the financial flow of the site and might even cause it to fold in the future. For me, it is quite a valid concern. Getting the additional virils for the readers and (most probably) the author of the embedded posts means they get extra income even when they did not purposely open those pages… at least that will the readers would observe from their point of view.

However, I did not reply if I should be concerned with this method or not. I could not conclude right away if embedding posts instead of using ordinary links would really hurt Virily. Why? Here are some of my reasons:

  1.  I wanted to remain objective on this matter and want to investigate first before I jump to any conclusion.
  2. Virily has a unique system in distributing Virily points based on activities and not just views. And the virily points are converted into $$$ with a variable conversion factor. (Although I have observed that $1 is more or less equivalent to 1000 viril points).
  3. I don’t fully understand is the algorithm behind the advertising income to viril points.
  4. Virily admins review each post before they become visible to other members.

On the technical side, this is what happens when pages are embedded in a page.

  1. Pages are embedded via the iframe tag. Using the iframe tag is like creating a small window within a page which allows the readers to see the actual content of another page or at least a part of it without actively opening that page.
  2. Because of this iframe tag, those embedded pages would be seen by any page-counter as actually opened. Thus trigger the additional virily points.

 My other thoughts on embedding pages.

  1. The method of ‘embedding pages’ is not new in Virily. In fact, when you create a post, there is even an option to ‘Embed’ a video or other pages. Although it was just recently that this method is used to embed other pages from within Virily.
  2. Other sites allow are even encouraging it. You may have noticed, you can embed a Youtube video within any site. Thus you can watch the video even without opening the Youtube website itself.

 

Points for concern.

 

Here are at least three aspects that could be the points for concern:

 

  1. Loading the embedded pages consumes additional resources for the servers without additional income.
  2. Readers get extra viril points without opening the pages thus without loading the ads.
  3. This method could be exploited to earn extra viril points without helping the site to earn more.

My thoughts on these concerns:

  1. I don’t think that embedding a few pages would hurt the server because only the main content or just a part of it is loaded in the iframe window.
  2. The embedded pages are ‘Technically’ loaded. But I’m not sure if there will be an additional ‘hit’ for the ad that is supposed to be displayed on that page?
  3. Virily has long implemented some safety measures against abuse and exploits. Users have a daily limit for the number virils they can earn. Thanks to @tasartcraft for pointing this out.
  • Question of

    Do you think Embedding Pages would hurt Virily in the future?

    • Yes
  • Question of

    Would you embed some posts of other authors in your own post?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you like CarolDM’s idea of spotlighing other members?

    • Yes
    • No

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