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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 11:15 am
by Sam Spoons
The forums have ads in the RH sidebar, I realise these generate vital revenue for SOS so have whitelisted the site in my adblocker. For a while I've noticed the third ad showing adverts for 'questionable' devices, recently a TV aerial and a wifi router which claim benefits over conventional kit that appear to be 'too good to be true'.

I assume that SOS rents this space to google ads and has no control over what it advertised there? I think it is probably not good for the mag to be associated with what are scam products if there is a way to limit what appears in this ad space.

Re: Advertising sidebar content

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 3:09 pm
by Eddy Deegan
Sam Spoons wrote:The forums have ads in the RH sidebar, I realise these generate vital revenue for SOS so have whitelisted the site in my adblocker. For a while I've noticed the third ad showing adverts for 'questionable' devices, recently a TV aerial and a wifi router which claim benefits over conventional kit that appear to be 'too good to be true'.

I assume that SOS rents this space to google ads and has no control over what it advertised there? I think it is probably not good for the mag to be associated with what are scam products if there is a way to limit what appears in this ad space.

I've noticed this too. In my case I've seen some very sketchy adverts, including for various 'driver management' utilities which I know to be classified as viruses by some quarters.

However, although I have SOS whitelisted as a site I have all customised advertising disabled in my Google accounts and I've taken a lot of pains to opt out of a LOT of marketing cookies (I make a bit of a habit of following through the 'set preferences' options to disable them all) so I accept that I could get any amount of random garbage in those ads.

Re: Advertising sidebar content

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 4:42 pm
by Sam Spoons
Eddy Deegan wrote:However, although I have SOS whitelisted as a site I have all customised advertising disabled in my Google accounts and I've taken a lot of pains to opt out of a LOT of marketing cookies (I make a bit of a habit of following through the 'set preferences' options to disable them all) so I accept that I could get any amount of random garbage in those ads.

Yes, I do similar and, unless I really want to visit a site, if the opt out of cookies is not a theee of four click process I simply don't carry on to the site. I do have cookies active on the SOS website though.

Re: Advertising sidebar content

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 5:28 pm
by Eddy Deegan
Sam Spoons wrote: if the opt out of cookies is not a three or four click process I simply don't carry on to the site.

Good man. Thanks for confirming I'm not alone in observing that policy :thumbup: :lol:

Re: Advertising sidebar content

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 6:18 pm
by Sam Spoons
Eddy Deegan wrote:
Sam Spoons wrote: if the opt out of cookies is not a three or four click process I simply don't carry on to the site.

Good man. Thanks for confirming I'm not alone in observing that policy :thumbup: :lol:

I'm trying to migrate to Brave but some sites just don't work at all with it, and lots don't if using the 'private window with Tor' option....

Re: Advertising sidebar content

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 6:44 pm
by BJG145
Wow, this level of patience and philanthropy is beyond me. Any annoying ads in my browser window get hit faster than a biting mosquito.

Re: Advertising sidebar content

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 6:57 pm
by innerchord
I didn't realise there were any ads on the SOS site. I've never seen any. But then again, I've never seen an advert on YouTube ;)

Re: Advertising sidebar content

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 8:15 pm
by Sam Spoons
Are you sure you live on the same planet as the rest of us inner :bouncy: :bouncy: :bouncy: chord?

Re: Advertising sidebar content

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 8:48 pm
by BJG145
(I just paused AdBlock on the forum and got an advert for WooCommerce in the sidebar; a WordPress plugin I recently used. So I don't think the ads are curated by SOS.)

Re: Advertising sidebar content

PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2020 10:38 pm
by Sam Spoons
TBH I knew they weren't but I wondered if they can have any control over the nature of the ads. I guess not but I assume Google ads provide a useful income stream.

Re: Advertising sidebar content

PostPosted: Wed May 27, 2020 7:00 am
by ConcertinaChap
1) Eddy, I follow the same line wrt cookies.

2) As I've said probably too many times before I block ads on this site but compensate by buying an online subscription. Nothing I've read here about the ads others see makes me want to change that policy, I'm afraid.

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