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Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:43 am
by Smellthevalve
It seems there is advertising appearing from the top or bottom of the screen (I am using safari browser in portrait mode) it creeps out from the edge of the screen and i have to press an arrow tab to get rid of it.
This has started in the last 2 weeks; my question - Is this something I will have to put up with from now on or something i have allowed accidentally?
I would like to get rid of it as there is already advertising embedded in the webpage, I don’t want another layer sliding itself over the top - it makes things especially annoying on a smartphone!

Re: Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:01 am
by zenguitar
There was a brief experiment that ended up generating pop-up adds that was commented on here. Paul Gilby quickly pulled the plug on that as it was too intrusive.

I've not noticed what you describe using Safari on my iMac or MacBook, but I don't view the site on my iPad or iPhone which, from your description of viewing in portrait mode, I suspect is what you're describing.

It might be worth logging out of your SOS account, switching your device off for a minute, and then signing in again once you restart. That should refresh your cache and ensure everything is up to date.

Andy :beamup:

Re: Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 2:15 am
by Hugh Robjohns
I know Paul Gilby is investigating and experimenting with options for targeted advertising when the website and/or forum are viewed on mobile platforms.

Obviously, although the forum is provided free of charge, it is an expensive facility to provide and maintain, and web advertising is an important factor in its ongoing viability. So while no one would want web ads to intrude or distract, they are essential and some compromise is necessary.

That said, I'm sure Paul would be interested in your views and feedback, and I'll make sure he's aware of your posting here.

Re: Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:52 am
by Logarhythm
Smellthevalve wrote:It seems there is advertising appearing from the top or bottom of the screen (I am using safari browser in portrait mode) it creeps out from the edge of the screen and i have to press an arrow tab to get rid of it.
This has started in the last 2 weeks
It's the same on Android. I have the SOS site whitelisted so I expect to see adverts, but fwiw the ones that come up from the bottom of the screen are a bit annoying - it's really easy to accidentally click them when trying to scroll down the forum using my thumb.
I did wonder about the targeted element too, as I've had at least two adds written in what I think was Arabic script, which I cannot read :crazy:

Re: Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:02 am
by Arpangel
Logarhythm wrote:
Smellthevalve wrote:It seems there is advertising appearing from the top or bottom of the screen (I am using safari browser in portrait mode) it creeps out from the edge of the screen and i have to press an arrow tab to get rid of it.
This has started in the last 2 weeks
It's the same on Android. I have the SOS site whitelisted so I expect to see adverts, but fwiw the ones that come up from the bottom of the screen are a bit annoying - it's really easy to accidentally click them when trying to scroll down the forum using my thumb.
I did wonder about the targeted element too, as I've had at least two adds written in what I think was Arabic script, which I cannot read :crazy:

This is a an unwelcome trend, I’m having to put up with increasing advertising on YouTube, it gets worse as time goes on, I’d hate to see SOS go this way, with such intrusive advertising, I fully appreciate that this forum costs money to run, of course, just like Youtube and you have to have a certain amount of advertising, but it seems to be getting really bad, exponentially, which is puzzling.

Re: Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:33 am
by Chevytraveller
Personally, as a long time subscriber, I would welcome an "Ad-free subscribe option" and would be willing to pay more for this..

:bouncy:

Re: Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:09 pm
by Arpangel
Chevytraveller wrote:Personally, as a long time subscriber, I would welcome an "Ad-free subscribe option" and would be willing to pay more for this..

:bouncy:

But how on earth would you survive without knowing about plug-in's you’re not interested in or the latest OLED TV?

:D

Re: Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:33 pm
by Chevytraveller
Arpangel wrote:
Chevytraveller wrote:Personally, as a long time subscriber, I would welcome an "Ad-free subscribe option" and would be willing to pay more for this..

:bouncy:

But how on earth would you survive without knowing about plug-in's you’re not interested in or the latest OLED TV?

:D

Quite happily I imagine... i haven't had a TV for 10 years!

Re: Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:32 pm
by Paul Gilby
The second of my advertising experiments is now complete. The anchor advert has been switched off but it may take up to 24 hours to disappear.

Re: Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Tue Dec 08, 2020 7:55 am
by ConcertinaChap
Chevytraveller wrote:Personally, as a long time subscriber, I would welcome an "Ad-free subscribe option" and would be willing to pay more for this..

:bouncy:

+1

Hence: :bouncy: :bouncy:

Re: Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:14 am
by adrian_k
Ok I have now re-whitelisted SOS :D

Re: Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 8:37 am
by Arpangel
This whole advertising thing, not just SOS, is really a free for all now, and an excuse for people to charge you for something that was once free, like sites with minimal advertising.
YouTube is getting intolerable, you have no option now, on some channels, to skip to video, that seems to have disappeared, so in a fifteen minute video yesterday I got 4 ad breaks, taking the piss just doesn’t come into it.

Re: Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:04 am
by ben howes
Re YouTube, clearly they want your money for the premium service. They have their claws in you, now the service has been free for so long. Then it becomes so unusable in free mode that you cave in and subscribe.
That's capitalism I suppose.

Re: Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:22 am
by Arpangel
ben howes wrote:Re YouTube, clearly they want your money for the premium service. They have their claws in you, now the service has been free for so long. Then it becomes so unusable in free mode that you cave in and subscribe.
That's capitalism I suppose.

And, the economic climate right now has made the whole situation even more ruthless.
People trying to claw back money left right and centre.

Re: Intrusive advertising

PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2020 9:40 am
by Wonks
Get the right ad blocker and you can use YouTube as before, with no ads at all.