Site supporters pay for the privilege of not having to deal with paid ads. If these extraneous posts came from authorized paid up advertisers, they wouldn't be placed where they are.
Except they are there, and explicitly put there by the forum software, and they are ads.
If they just regular spam posts, moderators would delete them, and there would be no problem.
Since they aren't regular posts, then the only two remaining options are:
1. Someone has hacked the site to insert unauthorized content into it.
2. These are paid-for ads, that are supposed to be displayed to at least some users.
If it were 1, then I am 100% certain the response would be entirely different, most likely with the site going offline until the site owners regained control of all the content.
But the response has been "we're working on it", which is what would be expected if it were 2, and they are just trying to figure out how to not display these ads to MTF supporters.
Suggesting that site supporters hold back on renewing assumes that first, they are a paid up site supporters. Those who aren't have no such leverage. The second assumption is that they see no benefit to paying in the first place. In which case, why would they be a paid up site supporter?
The original poster is an MTF supporter (as per the badge just below the posters name). I have no reason to doubt it, and I don't know why you are. And that is exactly the point, that MTF isn't living up to their side of the paid-for contract, in that they are being shown ads, when part of the contract with MTF is that they wouldn't be shown ads. I simply suggested that since MTF isn't living up to the contract, that the poster stop being a paid up site supporter.
In the third place, threads that are so obviously not part of the normal operations can easily be avoided by simply not clicking on them. That's hardly worth suggesting that renewals be withheld until the situation is rectified.
Yes, the poster could do this, but they aren't supposed to have to.
1) they are explicitly giving the site money to not see ads, and it is part of the contract they have with the site, which the site is not living up to
2) the site is making more money by displaying these ads to people who paid not to see them
3) it costs the site money to fix the problem
The combination of all 3 of these things puts the priority for fixing the problem WAY WAY down, as it costs the site money to fix the problem, and the fix results in the site making less money overall.
I suggested the OP withold renewal until the problem is fixed, as that would be a way to signal the site to increase the priority for fixing the problem, as then the site would likely lose more money via 1, than they gain from 2.
As the weeks go by with nothing more than a vague "we're working on it", IMHO it certainly would be reasonable for an MTF Supporter to consider at least not renewing until the problem is fixed.
Edit: This is largely related to the main thread on this subject (https://www.mytractorforum.com/889-s...eeing-ads.html
, which indicates the problem has been happening for more than a month. And these kind of "ads appearing as regular posts" are spreading to other VS forums as well.