intrusive ads

By haoleboy Latest Reply 2017-08-23 20:56:26 -0500
Started 2017-08-17 11:36:21 -0500

I understand the need to generate revenue … I really do. I own and operate a popular niche discussion forum and rely on advertizing to cover costs.
recently I have noticed new ads on this site. video ads with audio that are auto play. I do find those irritating in themselves but several of the ones that have appeared lately have no option to pause or to mute sound
not cool

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12 replies

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2017-08-23 16:56:53 -0500 Report

Hey all, wanted to give you an update. We asked the group who delivers these ads to shut off auto-play video ads, and they confirmed that they have turned those off. I'm not sure if it is instant or if it takes a little time to get those filtered out, but they should go away. Please let me know if you see anymore of them. Best would be to send a direct message to me or email
Thanks for bringing this all up @haoleboy !

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2017-08-18 15:11:42 -0500 Report

We have a space for Google ads to show, and I can only imagine you are talking about something showing up through their ad network. I haven't seen any auto-play ads myself, but I've asked someone here to take a look and see if we can block those types of ads from showing site-wide. Sorry about that, I hate those ads too. I see them on several sites and sometimes can't even find where they are when a page can scroll down endlessly.

haoleboy 2017-08-20 12:22:32 -0500 Report

seems to only be an issue with the banner ads at the top of topic pages.
they are google ads and appear randomly.
I access this sit on my Linux desktop computer running Chrome browser

haoleboy 2017-08-20 12:25:22 -0500 Report

my only real issue with them is that occasionally I will be browsing the forum with a sleeping grandchild in my room.
this issue is not confined to this forum. it is becoming common place on the web

w8chd 2017-08-18 02:12:44 -0500 Report

My Facebook page has been flooded with ads concerning diabetes and related products for several months now. I've wondered how they know to put them on mine.
Ads should have the option to stop them from playing and able to mute them as well.

GabbyPA 2017-08-17 19:21:12 -0500 Report

I do not get anything like that. Could you change a setting in your pop up blocker?? I really don't know, technology brains I do not have.

NewSong53 2017-08-17 16:00:14 -0500 Report

I've always wondered how that works. Sometimes it takes so long to download a site because of all the ads that keep popping up while you're trying to navigate it and I sometimes wind up in some place I didn't intend (like a popup appearing just as I click my mouse). And if a site takes too long (more than a few seconds) to upload, I won't bother with it as there are so many other options to find information. This morning I followed a link to a page and got a popup warning (not my Norton 360) that announced my computer had been invaded by a trojan and was infected with a virus called "spyware" — I immediately closed my browser, of course, and ran another system scan and checked for Windows updates. Still, it was a little unnevering wondering how many people take the bait.

I always thought the one who operated and owned it had complete control over which ads can appear and other options (realizing that refusing them can mean loss of revenue). Do you use "GoDaddy"?

Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2017-08-18 15:15:59 -0500 Report

I'm with you on leaving a page that takes too long to load.

Regarding the ads, we do have control over some ads (ones we put up specifically, and none of them are large or video ads) but we also show Google ads. I'm positive that is where the ads in question are showing. I'm working to find out if we can get those blocked from what Google shows on our site. It's a different process than the ones we have full control of.

NewSong53 2017-08-19 10:21:11 -0500 Report

I just heard a voice ad while logged onto this website, and I didn't click on a link — it just started playing. That rarely happens but there is nothing I can click on to stop it, other than turning off my speakers. Thanks for your efforts!