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Topic: Intrusive ads, let's turn the volume down a bit
Posted By: Tapfret
Subject: Intrusive ads, let's turn the volume down a bit
Date Posted: November 12 2019 at 08:05
I understand ad revenue is necessary to run the site. I try to do my part and leave adblocker down. But in the last month the forum has become almost unreadable without using adblocker do to banner ads showing up literally in the middle of forum posts. Even the front page is littered with them.

Dial it down.

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Posted By: chopper
Date Posted: November 12 2019 at 08:19
Weird, I don't have AdBlocker on my work PC and I don't get any intrusive ads, just the ones at the top of the page.


Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: November 12 2019 at 08:28
It depends on your browser and its stability. I have recently succumbed to AdBlocker because the ads were a detriment to site usage. Sorry but this is ridiculous. THere should be an option of paying a small annual fee for an ad free experience like on RYM. Much better model which actually rewards donations.


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Posted By: Psychedelic Paul
Date Posted: November 12 2019 at 09:02
I often click on the dating ad by mistake on the main menu.


Posted By: Tapfret
Date Posted: November 12 2019 at 09:09
^"Mistake". Sure Paul.

No, I get it. I load a page and go to click something and hit some nefarious ad site because the screen jumps loading an ad somewhere else on the page.

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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: November 12 2019 at 09:19
They are way more intrusive on my phone compared to laptops. They site is practically unreadable on my phone.

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Posted By: Tapfret
Date Posted: November 12 2019 at 09:24
^That's how I do the majority of my check-ins. Any "work" requires at minimum a full laptop screen anyway.

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Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: November 12 2019 at 09:29
It was getting so bad that just accidently clicking on the blank white background would conjure up annoying ads. Totally out of control and i have not one ounce of guilt using AdBlocker to avoid this nonsense.


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Posted By: Psychedelic Paul
Date Posted: November 12 2019 at 09:54
Originally posted by Tapfret Tapfret wrote:

^"Mistake". Sure Paul.

No, I get it. I load a page and go to click something and hit some nefarious ad site because the screen jumps loading an ad somewhere else on the page.
 
That's it exactly. The screen jumps up just as I'm about to click on something and I end up clicking on the dating ad instead. That's my excuse anyway. Tongue


Posted By: siLLy puPPy
Date Posted: November 12 2019 at 10:23
^ that used to happen a lot but hasn't for a while. The screen wants to go to a certain place on the page not always the top. Freaky s.h.i.t


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Posted By: progaardvark
Date Posted: December 18 2019 at 10:27
It seems worse this week. I'm seeing ads in almost every other post now. This site will lose credibility if the ads outnumber the content.

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Posted By: Tapfret
Date Posted: December 18 2019 at 11:12
^Seriously. If someone isn't familiar with the site their first glance would look like one of those "buy this site" ownerless domains.

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Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: December 18 2019 at 13:45
Originally posted by Tapfret Tapfret wrote:

^Seriously. If someone isn't familiar with the site their first glance would look like one of those "buy this site" ownerless domains.
 

Yeah. One ad in a post on one page was bad enough, but now every page seems to have like five. Not only is it ugly and cumbersome, but reading posts now is much more difficult. 


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Posted By: Argo2112
Date Posted: December 18 2019 at 13:59
Yea, I noticed we are getting slammed with this stuff lately. May be it's worse because of the holidays?
I noticed my junk mail has increased a lot. 


Posted By: historian9
Date Posted: December 18 2019 at 15:33
It's not like it's in our control so I don't think we can do anything about it at the moment, but I do recommend using ad blocker plugins for the browser of your choice in the mean time.

Actually I would ask everyone if they could post screenshots in the future, because even with adblocker turned off I'm not seeing a single add, so I don't know if it's a browser setting on my end or some country based thing.



Posted By: Tapfret
Date Posted: December 18 2019 at 21:32
Originally posted by historian9 historian9 wrote:

It's not like it's in our control so I don't think we can do anything about it at the moment, but I do recommend using ad blocker plugins for the browser of your choice in the mean time.

Actually I would ask everyone if they could post screenshots in the future, because even with adblocker turned off I'm not seeing a single add, so I don't know if it's a browser setting on my end or some country based thing.



I captured these from this exact forum. I went out to upload it and when I came back it was even worse. This is on my phone. Android using Chrome. Here's the screen caps.




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Posted By: Nogbad_The_Bad
Date Posted: December 19 2019 at 05:29
That's what I'm getting, every other post a banner ad.

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Posted By: Tapfret
Date Posted: December 19 2019 at 06:59
The best part is there is an empty space between the links in the header and the thread title that actually contains an adserver link. If there isn't a law against that there certainly should be.

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Posted By: Quinino
Date Posted: December 19 2019 at 09:19
Originally posted by historian9 historian9 wrote:



...because even with adblocker turned off I'm not seeing a single add, so I don't know if it's a browser setting on my end or some country based thing.



Exactly, same thing here - no ads whatsoever ???

(I don't even have / use adblocker, btw)


Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: December 19 2019 at 13:27
Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

That's what I'm getting, every other post a banner ad.
 

ditto


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Posted By: Raff
Date Posted: December 19 2019 at 13:39
Ads  (banner or otherwise) are really a nuisance on the phone, but I don't see any on my computer because I use uBlock (which unfortunately has no mobile version).


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Posted By: wiz_d_kidd
Date Posted: December 20 2019 at 07:10
I usually run Ghostery on Firefox on my PC, and one day I had to disable it for another site. I forgot that I had disabled it, and when I went to PA, I was astonished at the bombardment of advertisements! I never use my phone for engaging in forums because it's just too small and hard to mouse around, so I never realized the extreme volume of ads here. Ghostery back on!


Posted By: chopper
Date Posted: December 21 2019 at 04:32
AdBlocker just blocked 10 ads on this page alone, it does seem a bit excessive.


Posted By: Gentle and Giant
Date Posted: December 21 2019 at 11:57
I haven't seen any ads on this site. I do have Ublock running in Chrome, but it's switched off on this site. So I wonder why I'm not seeing anything (a Win10 laptiop btw)?


Posted By: Catcher10
Date Posted: December 21 2019 at 18:15
Is there any reason why over the past month or so it has gotten so bad? The screen shot that Ian posted is exactly what I see daily now

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Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: December 30 2019 at 13:05
Ads are now appearing stuck in the middle of reviews on the front page. (Perhaps this has been happening for awhile now, I generally don't scope out the reviews on the front page.)

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