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Forum topic by summerfi posted 03-06-2014 12:12 AM 1119 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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summerfi

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03-06-2014 12:12 AM

I happened to look at my profile on my wife’s computer today and noticed something strange. Someone has scattered links to advertisements throughout the text in my profile description. It’s my words, but someone has linked several of the words to ads. What is strange is that when I look at my profile on my computer, those links are not there. Very sneaky. Has anyone else had this happen, and what can I do about it?

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html


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danofpaco

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#1 posted 03-06-2014 12:19 AM

It’s not hacked. It’s a “feature” Lumberjocks has implemented. It’s ads that looks for keywords on each page and links them off to various places to collect click money. The same thing is happening in regular forum posts as well. Extremely annoying – known in the software design business as a “dark pattern,” basically accomplishing goals through obfuscation and trickery.

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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#2 posted 03-06-2014 12:23 AM

Yeah Bob,
Dan’s got it. I use my phone for the vast majority of my internet browsing so I get to miss out on all the “hypertext” links. When I get on the Mac, they’re all there just waiting to annoy me.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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summerfi

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#3 posted 03-06-2014 12:27 AM

This really sucks. I’ve just noticed the ads are scattered throughout all my projects and blog entries as well. As long as I’m signed in, they don’t appear on my computer, just everyone else’s. If I sign out though, they even appear on my own computer. I have ad blocker activated, but they still appear. This has taken things too far when they start tampering with your own words. I’m not happy about this.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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Slyy

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#4 posted 03-06-2014 12:29 AM

Couldn’t agree with ya more Bob. I certainly appreciate the economics of paying to keep Lumberjocks going, but I think there are better ways…..

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#5 posted 03-06-2014 12:31 AM

This is how companies that take over active communities lose their users. They are providing the service for free and we are free to use it or choose to leave. The free to choose to leave is the part they seem to be forgetting about with their current push to extract ever more revenue without improving anything. Anyway when a site adds too many advertisements, just start using an ad blocker. It should be their clue that they have gone over the line. Not sure if an ad blocker will help with this dirty linking stuff or not. Only solution for that is to not click on the junk links or not contribute text.

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Dallas

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#6 posted 03-06-2014 12:32 AM

This is what your profile looks like to those of us who use Firefox

with “Ad Block Plus” as an add on.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#7 posted 03-06-2014 12:42 AM

here we go again

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summerfi

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#8 posted 03-06-2014 12:43 AM

I use Firefox and I have Ad Block Plus activated. When I’m signed in, I don’t see these ads on my posts or anyone else’s. I guess that’s why I never noticed them before. When I’m signed out though, I see them on everyone’s posts. I don’t understand that. Now that I know what these are, I guess I can live with seeing the ads myself. But what really galls me is that if I refer someone else to my posts (a non-LJ) they will assume I’m trying to sell something and that I put these ads there myself. As far as I’m concerned, this is an unethical practice by the site owners.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#9 posted 03-06-2014 12:47 AM

I’m using IE and no add blocker and Bob’s profile looks just like Dallas’s as long as I’m logged in.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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danofpaco

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#10 posted 03-06-2014 01:08 AM

Behold the irony. It appears that LJ’s may only be serving up that ad script if you are not logged in – will pay closer attention to when I do and don’t see them…

-- Dan :: Minnesota

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S4S

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#11 posted 03-06-2014 01:15 AM

please ignore comment # 7 ,....thought i was in the coffee lounge …....oops .

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#12 posted 03-06-2014 01:16 AM

Those underline ads have been there since the beginning of LJs. They only appear to people visiting the site or members that aren’t signed in to their profile.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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summerfi

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#13 posted 03-06-2014 01:16 AM

I may start putting a disclaimer on all my posts that the ads were not put there by me, but were added to my words due to the greed of the site owners. Go ahead and put ads all over, I don’t care, but you shouldn’t be messing with my words.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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tefinn

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#14 posted 03-06-2014 01:25 AM

Tim – Escalate Media did not start doing this. It’s been this way since the beginning when Martin Sojka founded LJs.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#15 posted 03-06-2014 01:35 AM

I think it looks kind of crappy and I doubt that it generates many valuable clicks for the advertisers but don’t resent it, since they have to keep the lights on somehow.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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