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Project Wonderful Update

Some great new changes to Ryan North's Project Wonderful auction ad service including two I thought I'd highlight:

1. You can bid on ad "boxes" - this means if you want an ad on Comixpedia, for example, you can bid once for the cheapest of the three PW slots here.

2. Bids by the penny below ten cents - this is good for smaller sites where you might buy an ad for 4 or 5 cents but not the previous minimum of 10 cents.

Second - I'm putting sometime in focusing on the webcomics encyclopedia at to try and improve it and make it more valuable to the Comixpedia community. I think I've sorted out how to run Project Wonderful ads on it now - they're fairly unobtrusive and should help bring in a few more dollars to the Comixpedia coffers so I can start paying people to work on things around here again. If you're interested go to now.

Minimum Thresholds?

Fabricari's picture

While I really love Project Wonderful, I'm not really a fan of the bids being below 10 cents. It just doesn't look very attractive on the home page that the ad spot is worth 3 cents. Also, my current spot dropped from 10 cents a day to 3. Granted I'm on hiatus right now, but that's still a loss of revenue that helps pay hosting.

That said, my recommendation would be to allow the people selling the ad to set a minimum threshold. If I were able to post a default "buy this ad" image when it was below the threshold, it would encourage higher bids, IMO.

But like I said, I still enjoy this system, and negatives aside, I'll continue to use it. Thanks!

Steve "Fabricari" Harrison

Steve "Fabricari" Harrison

That's a good idea

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

I don't know how hard that would be to implement but it seems like a good idea.


Xaviar Xerexes

On second thought, let's not go to Comixpedia. It is a silly place.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

Yeah, that should be short

Yeah, that should be short term thing. In the old system, if there was a $0 bid you had to bid 10 cents to outbid it, and if nobody wanted to pay more than that, the bids would stay at ten cents. Now the bid is only 1 cent to outbid it, so in this situation there is a short-term drop of bids to 1 cent, but it should go up as people see this deal, especially those who were already paying 10 cents!

#1 is great.I'm not so happy

Scarybug's picture

#1 is great.

I'm not so happy about #2, its decreased the average bid on my adspace from 10 cents to 1 cent. We'll see if that changes.:/


Nerdcore: The Core Wars

___ Nerdcore: The Core Wars

Good point -

Xaviar Xerexes's picture

I suppose that means traffic-wise the "market" was valuing you at almost but not quite 10 cents and the old system forced the 10 cent bid (in any event it means your value was closer to 10 cents then zero). So in the short term I can see how some will get stung a bit by this.

I think long-term this will be good for all as the PW system of buyers and sellers matures - there is still a lot of variation in traffic to bid prices which I think can be chalked up to the newness of the system and the still fairly small pool of buyers and sellers. The larger that pool gets and the more familiar with and sophisticated the use of PW gets the more efficient the actual bid pricing will get (at least that's my semi-educated guess).


Xaviar Xerexes

On second thought, let's not go to Comixpedia. It is a silly place.

I run this place! Tip the piano player on the way out.

Hi, it is nice to know that

Hi, it is nice to know that somebody is taking care of the encyclopedia.


I been busy with other stuff(Busy with Free/Open Source game development hobby).


In the meantime, I clean up some articles. They alway seem to be accumulating.