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Forum topic by dawsonbob posted 29 days ago 955 views 1 time favorited 57 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dawsonbob

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29 days ago

How do we turn off the sound on these ads? It’s really, really, REALLY becoming annoying! I can’t turn the sound off on my computer, because I need it for other purposes. I understand the need to generate income for the site, but at what expense? If this sound issue drives me and others away from LumberJocks, what have you gained?

Please get this fixed.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection


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William

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#1 posted 29 days ago

You are not the first person I’ve seen today complain about this situation.
I have not had issue, but I do hope it is fixed soon.
I’d hate to see good people leave because of these ads.

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dawsonbob

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#2 posted 29 days ago

Cricket, are you listening?

I just clicked on another thread of interest and, BANG!!! I was assaulted by a raucous sound that I didn’t want to hear.

I don’t care WHO the advertiser is: I won’t buy from them because of their tactics. Obviously, as William pointed out, I’m not the only one experiencing this. At least give us the option to turn the sound abuse off.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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bigblockyeti

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#3 posted 29 days ago

I thought it was a virus at first, but only coming from Lumberjocks. This has to be a hacker, LJ wouldn’t stoop to this level.

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dawsonbob

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#4 posted 29 days ago

That’s what I thought too, at first, bigblockyeti. What now seems more likely is that the site owners are simply looking for a revenue stream and don’t really care about what they do to the site. I mean, I’m being assaulted with ads for exercise videos, sun glasses and who knows what else. Really? Are those things relevant to woodworking? c’mon, now, LJs corporate; is it really worth driving your loyal base away because of this? I wouldn’t think so.

I spent 35 years in the advertising business, so I think I may have some idea of how all this operates, but this is folly; if you lose your base, you have no one to advertise TO.

LJ’s has been my favorite site, but as long as this issue persists, I’ll be spending time elsewhere. Am I alone in having this kind of reaction?

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Mosquito

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#5 posted 29 days ago

Stuff like this is why people use AdBlock and similar things, thus defeating the purpose of said ads…

if they were unobtrusive and not annoying I’d gladly turn off adblock, but such is not the case. Also, I didn’t mind it when it was just the banner at the top, and the one (ONE) on the side. Seems to be a lot more now… such is commercialization I guess.

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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dawsonbob

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#6 posted 29 days ago

I have an older computer, Mosquito, and I’m not really sure if I can get adblock to run. Believe me though, if there was an effective, simple solution like that for me, I’d be all over it. I understand commercialization, and I’m all for it (within reason, of course), but driving away viewers isn’t commercialization: it’s shortsighted stupidity.

Please understand that I have no problem whatsoever with unobtrusive ads — I will click on them if I’m interested, but only if I’m interested. Any — ANY — ad that is forcibly assaulting me I’m going to hate, and therefore hate the advertiser, too.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Rob

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#7 posted 29 days ago

I use Adblock in Chrome and somehow the ads on some sites still manage to get through. I’ve never noticed the obnoxious LJ ads mentioned in these complaint threads though.

Dawsonbob, if you can run Firefox or Chrome, you can run AdBlock. In fact, your computer may actually perform better because it isn’t downloading and processing all the garbage from the ads.

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Cricket

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#8 posted 29 days ago

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dawsonbob

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#9 posted 29 days ago

Actually, Rob, I am running Firefox, but it’s an older version (the newest that will run on my old Mac, though). I will investigate Adblock to see if it will run in this browser. The thing is, though, that I really shouldn’t have to…and neither should anyone else. This is the only site where I experience this kind of thing, which I attribute to incompetence on the part of the site programmers.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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bandit571

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#10 posted 29 days ago

Noise? What noise? Running Ghostery on Firefox/windows 7

No ads, no noises.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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dawsonbob

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#11 posted 29 days ago

Thank you, Cricket. So this has been going on for awhile now, and they still haven’t fixed it? Not a priority for them then, is it?
Its become a constant barrage now, certainly not something intermittent. I know that you do your best to take care of this kind of thing, but are you getting any help from above?

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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Rob

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#12 posted 29 days ago

dawsonbob, what version are you running? It looks like AdBlock Plus was available at least as far back as Firefox 2.x.

I usually don’t get audio ads, but occasionally one does slip through. Fortunately, the latest version of Chrome shows an icon on each tab that’s playing audio, so it’s a lot easier for me to find the offending page and close it!

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Bob Current

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#13 posted 29 days ago

Work in a fabrication shop for about 30 years and sounds will no longer bother you.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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UncannyValleyWoods

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#14 posted 29 days ago

Installed adblockplus and Ghostery more than a year ago…Haven’t seen an internet ad since then. Install it and stop complaining.

-- http://www.etsy.com/shop/UncannyValleyWoods

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dawsonbob

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#15 posted 29 days ago

Hey, Rob, I’m running Firefox v 3.6.28 on a dual 2 Gig Mac G5 with OS 10.4.11. Top of the line once, but pretty old stuff now. I did just go back to the Adblock site to see if I had missed something, but, no, nothing is available. The simple solution, of course, is to upgrade my computer. Unfortunately, that’s not an option right now.

If LumberJocks were running properly, this wouldn’t even be an issue.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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