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Forum topic by MrRon posted 02-20-2012 05:59 PM 1110 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2012 05:59 PM

What’s with the ads after every OT post? It is very annoying. I scroll down to read the replies and it wisks me back up to the beginning. It takes me up to 15 seconds before I can scroll down and have the post remain still so I can read it. It’s annoyances like this that make people abandon these forums and look elsewhere. I realize there has to be someone who pays to operate a forum, but this is not the way to do it. Everything today is driven by greed, make as much money as you can. This continual invasion of unwanted ads here and on other sites will eventually drive me away from the internet for good.

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 06:16 PM

I understand that the ads can be frustrating. HOWEVER, the ads are what pays the bills for this forum to be free to you and I.

As far as making as much money as I can, I believe that I should. I would be surprised if you turned down any raises from your employer as you didn’t want to make any more money.

-- Jim Beachler, Chief Puzzler,

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 06:16 PM

The ads go away when you are signed into the site. when you are just lurking offline they show up.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 09:10 PM

Advertising has become a curse, especially on the internet which was NOT envisioned as a commercial retail outlet.
I can’t disagree that everyone has the right to make money, but when that method is nothing more than a Pain in the ass for people victims, it goes way beyond decent business practices and promotes fraud by evil forces.
Today, you are hard pressed to find a small piece of real estate area on a web page to rest your mouse curser so that it does not invoke commands and pop-ups you do not want or have no interest in. The Internet has become one huge “garage sale” with the information you want reduced to almost as footnote.
TV is not better. DirecTV “offers” – well not really – FORCES you to subscribe to a “package” of say 150 channels, 120 of which are advertising channels which you don’t want anyway. You cannot subscribe to just channels you prefer to watch …...... so is the viewer getting a good deal? Who in their right mind would PAY to be advertised to …..... lunatics?
Personally I’d sooner PAY for an internet or TV programming WITHOUT advertising———- Oh but heresy, that would be freedom of choice wouldn’t it comrade puzzleman.?

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 02-20-2012 09:42 PM

I like free TV. With Tivo, I don’t have to watch commercials. And with Google’s ad blocker, there’s no ads to clutter up my reading of the forums.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#5 posted 02-22-2012 12:16 AM

There is no such things a free anything anymore. Even the BBC (in UK) which does not have any advertising, is run by a chartered independent body that is financed by TV license fees from viewers. Their budget is incredibly small compared with any other commercial broadcasting company, but their programming is far superior, balanced and absolutely informative with out hype.
Not everyone wants BBC or PBS style broadcasting, especially companies with products and service to sell whether they are good, needed or not.
Years ago on commercial TV, or radio come to that, they paused and asked viewers/listeners to see what their sponsors had for you to see or listen to. That to me was advertising with dignity, but a decade later there was not heads up announcement for advertisers, just a very abrupt and vulgar stop for a second or two, then ad bombardments accompanied by some really tacky ones.
Now we come to today where there not even a distinguishable “break” between programming and advertising, insomuch that it is difficult tell if you are still watching your program or in the middle a string of really iffy and somewhat offensive ads.

Yes, advertisers and business people are there to profit, and that I think we all accept, but when the advertising overpowers the programming and display complete lack of respect for the viewers – their intended customers, then there is something incredibly rude and misguided with their perception of how to treat people.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 04:47 PM

So far, TCM, the movie channel, is the best thing on TV. No commercials, no breaks for ads. I hope it stays that way.

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#7 posted 02-22-2012 08:09 PM

I don’t mind the ads on this website, they’re mostly woodworking related.
The servers for this website are not free, how do we know the admins are even making money?

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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Scott Oldre

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#8 posted 03-03-2012 06:06 PM

So can anyone tell me how criminal background checks relates to wood working? I don’t mind ads, because I do understand this is what pays for this free site. However, there should be some type of restriction as to what we’re presented with. Make it tools, wood, crafts, whatever, but a cooking video after every project and criminal histories are killing the ambiance of this web site.


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#9 posted 03-03-2012 06:17 PM

@Scott – I’m not sure if this is the case here, but there is a shift toward ads tracking individuals across sites. More and more, they are targeted to the individual rather than the subject or content of the site itself. This doesn’t mean that it works well, or that this is what you are seeing, but it there is more to what ads you will see than just the site you are visiting.

-- Barry,

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#10 posted 03-03-2012 06:20 PM

You can delete the “cookies” in your browser and that will thwart the
targeted ads.

It will also delete all your autocompletes for web forms, site logins and
URLS in the web address bar.

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