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Postby mctuba1 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:47 am

It seems as though there is an ad of some kind between every post in all areas of this forum. Is it just with me or does this appear for everyone else? I have to say this is the most annoying and distracting thing I have seen so far. Can this be disabled?
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Re: When did advertisers start appearing here

Postby scottw » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:50 am

mctuba1 wrote:It seems as though there is an ad of some kind between every post in all areas of this forum. Is it just with me or does this appear for everyone else? I have to say this is the most annoying and distracting thing I have seen so far. Can this be disabled?

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Re: When did advertisers start appearing here

Postby Radar » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:52 am

I've noticed the ads as well, hopefully the ad revenue is going to defer the costs of hosting the board. I can put up with seeing ads if it's helping to pay for us being here.
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby mctuba1 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:57 am

It's one thing to have a few ads on the side but having them after every post is BS.
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby The Big Ben » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:59 am

I use an Adblocker also. The board gets some money from the ads. I don't think it is a lot but it's something.
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby bort » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:28 pm

Is there an adblocker for mobile?
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby Mark Finley » Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:16 pm

Sean made a change in the code. He told me he's still tweaking it. I agree it's intrusive and annoying. There are browsers that block ads on mobile devices, but no plug ins that I know of
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby Mark Finley » Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:20 pm

I'm trying brave browser for android. So far so good
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby hrender » Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:32 pm

For what it’s worth, I don’t see them on my iPhone.
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby SteveP » Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:54 pm

I just disabled adblock+ on my desktop and, sure enough, I now see all the ads you guys are talking about. I don't think that anyone would mind a few unobtrusive ads here and there but between posts? That's way over the top.
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby oedipoes » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:33 pm

These ads are major p.i.t.a...
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby the elephant » Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:55 pm

I thought these ads only generate income if people click them. So who in this community is clicking online ads from Google Adsense? That is a foolish practice at best. Note I am not talking about the ads of sponsors, just the problem ones.
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby bort » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:30 pm

I've already clicked on about 10 of them by mistake... they load slower than the surrounding content, and I think I've already scrolled past it, and another ad appears and I click it unintentionally.

I think the ads stink, and I'd pay a few bucks to make them go away.
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby Mark Finley » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:45 pm

If you like the chrome browser for android, try the brave browser I mentioned. It seems to be functionally just like Chrome, but it blocks all ads. I'm in the process of transferring my bookmarks now.

I'm not happy about this, but they say it was needed to pay the bills. Unfortunately, I don't think with this antique template of a website a paid subscription to emiminate ads is even an option. If it was, you would think the paid sponsors would have already gotten that consideration
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby GC » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:21 pm

Hm. I'm using Firefox for Mac, have Adblock Plus installed but disable it to let ads through here, but the only ads I see are the ones at the top. It's been this way for a long time.

Edit: I just disabled Firefox's tracking protection and the ads showed up. It looks like enabling the DO NOT TRACK settings keeps most of them out.
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby GC » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:31 am

I've just checked a couple of other web sites that complain about having ad blockers installed (even if the page you're on is whitelisted or block-disabled). I tried disabling the DO NOT TRACK protection on them with the same results as above. I think site managers are sometimes complaining about the wrong thing.

After experimentation, it seems that either tracking protection or active adblock+ will disable some or all of the ads. I will keep adblock+ disabled here so some ads get through. I will NOT disable tracking protection because I will not assist targeted ads that track my activities or preferences.
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby Bob Kolada » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:40 pm

I normally use Android Chrome for most things, including this forum, and Ghostery for sites I know will be ad heavy. Ghostery finally got an update recently but is still not quite as user friendly as Chrome. I just downloaded Brave; so far it's impressive.
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby iiipopes » Wed Oct 17, 2018 11:21 am

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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby bort » Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:17 pm

^ Yup... already used to the new look. :(
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Re: When did Google Ads take over this forum?

Postby sousaphone68 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:16 pm

Been awhile since I browsed the forum I don't use an ad blocker when browsing the forum as I felt it was an easy way to support the forum.
The new placement position is not good and some of the ads blend to well with people's posts.
Any chance of the old side ads returning?
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