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post #1 of 103
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The ads changed again. More annoying than ever. At least you could move popups but these cover text!

See for yourself:
Bad ad #1
Bad ad #2
Bad ad #3

I know AI needs money, but is there perhaps a better ad server out there? \
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post #2 of 103
Yours are covering up the forum... mine are pushing the forum to the left and squishing it... it's really annoying.
post #3 of 103
We know, get used to having shitty ads on AI for the rest of eternity. We did something bad in a past life, I'm convinced of it. But you could just do what I did.

When I saw the new advertisements. I went and poured myself a glass of Whiskey. Then another, and another, and another...
post #4 of 103
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Now that you mention it I am already on my second glass of Kahlua.

Here is another for the collection:
EDIT: The collection grows here.
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post #5 of 103
But safari pop-up blocker was on *sobs* the pop up blocker was onnnnnn!!!!!!

*breaks down crying*
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post #6 of 103
Arg. I saw one, for MS LiveMeeting, and had Kasper squelch that. I didn't see the others.

I'll point him to this thread, and we'll get those whacked.

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post #7 of 103
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Thanks a bunch, Amorph.
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post #8 of 103
Gah help me pith helmet away these stupid appleinsider hosted CDW ads!

 

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post #9 of 103
http://www.oyunfabrikasi.com/nl/5/index2.htm

popped up on my windoze box and started dropping trojans all over the place. Thankfully my anti-virus intercepted it.

This kind of $hit might make me think twice about visiting AI again (at least using a peeeceee). I want AI to gain all the revenue it can from the excellent content (delivered by the participants, but hey) but a line has to be drawn in the sand when trojans are involved.

Please see if you can block this stuff or I might join Spymac.




naaah...... not really.
post #10 of 103
*hugs PithHelmet*

Don't look at me like that, on my site ads are OPTIONAL!
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post #11 of 103
Whoa! We have no ads on top now!

[edit: The ads are back. Oh, well, it was fun while it lasted. ]
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post #12 of 103
My modified etc/hosts file must be doing a good job, because I haven't seen any of this stuff.
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post #13 of 103
Can AI have say-so, or specify, the types of ads they can, and will, accept? Banners are cool. Static ones or ones with GENTLY animated designs.

But cant AI refuse or implement a guideline for any potential advertisers: ...and no blinking, epilepsy-inducing shit and no crap covering up threads and, in general, pissing off visitors. Just make a normal, halfway professional-looking banner, for crying out loud!

Worded more professionally, of course.



There are TONS of nice ads on here all the time. They dont bother me. They just sit there and do their thing. If Im interested, Ill click. The CDW ads are nice-looking and sedate. But searing my retina or making it to where I cant see the AI content...

Every once in a while, well get this wave of ugly, obnoxious crap, out of the blue. Odd.
post #14 of 103
I've run into this before, and essentially there are two problems. The first is that marketers would rather ask forgiveness than ask permission, and the second is that AI is about this >< big relative to the advertisers, and so there's a degree to which they don't really take the terms we set that seriously. We need them; they don't need us.

So, despite the fact that we do try to keep the ads as unobtrusive as ads will be, someone's always going to try something. You can always sneak your trojans into an ad server database and get them out onto a whole bunch of machines before the admins get around to blocking them.
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post #15 of 103
Just for the record, NO ADS!!! As of 11:16am CDT on Wednesday.
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post #16 of 103
I love the new Brawny & Quilted Northern ads. Makes me feel all warm and snuggly.
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post #17 of 103
Quote:
Originally posted by Ebby
The ads changed again. More annoying than ever. At least you could move popups but these cover text!

See for yourself:
Bad ad #1
Bad ad #2
Bad ad #3

I know AI needs money, but is there perhaps a better ad server out there? \

yeah i thought they were fine with google...whats up with that!?!
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post #18 of 103
i'm not getting any ads with safari...
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post #19 of 103
Do anyone know how much ads like those here costs "per show"?
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post #20 of 103
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Originally posted by Anders
Do anyone know how much ads like those here costs "per show"?

You (and we) aren't allowed to know.

It's totally hush-hush from the supreme overlords.
post #21 of 103
is it a pay-per-view (successful page load) or pay-per-click(more hits to whatever site?)

or is that undisclosed as well? if so, by which method do banner ads *generally* work?
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post #22 of 103
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Originally posted by Wrong Robot
or is that undisclosed as well?

Ding! Ding!
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Originally posted by Wrong Robot
if so, by which method do banner ads *generally* work?

Generally more of the pay-per-click method.
post #23 of 103
So your saying if we click on the ads a lot than just hit the "back" button to go back to AI, AI still gets money even if we don't buy anything? Sweet, I'm goin on a clicking rampage tonight. I've now made it my lifelong goal to single handedly rid AI of banner ads by clicking on them so much that we'll never need them again.
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post #24 of 103
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Originally posted by DMBand0026
So your saying if we click on the ads a lot than just hit the "back" button to go back to AI, AI still gets money even if we don't buy anything? Sweet, I'm goin on a clicking rampage tonight. I've now made it my lifelong goal to single handedly rid AI of banner ads by clicking on them so much that we'll never need them again.

Well, yes and no. Our invisible overlords get money to run the servers and line their pockets. AppleInsider "the community" will likely never see a dime.

So, if you feel like being charitable, click them by all means. I will not be, though. Give them money by participating with the ads and you just give them more reason to keep the ads or add more of them.
post #25 of 103
Hmmm...that seems like a bad idea. It's a good thing I'm all talk and didn't actually click on any of the ads.

Note to self...clicking on ads = bad.
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post #26 of 103
I, for one, welcome our invisible supreme overlords, you insensitive clod!

Crap, wrong site...

Anyhow, just so everyone doesn't think I'm all negativity... maybe we can build a quick web based form where members can go to report offending banner ads rather than creating a new post in here all the time.

You know how we only build new forums based on demand? I'm surprised nobody has suggested a "Bastard Advertisements" forum.
post #27 of 103
/me starts editing the hosts file.

This trojan dropping $hit is out of hand. Suddenly I remember why I dropped Doubleclick in the deny table of my border router - and it wasn't just because of their Dartmail subsidiary spamming the hell out of everything connected to anything, anywhere.

grrrr.....grumble......mumble.....clicketyclick - there - awl gawn.
post #28 of 103



woohoo.. love these
post #29 of 103
Ooh, Looks like someone's trying to create their own ad server on AI... but it's not working.

I keep having my browser hang as it waits for the ad server to give an error (about 30 seconds).

To prevent this, those of you with PithHelmet and Safari can add a rule to block "\\/adserve\\/" and AI loads fine again. To be more specific, you could put an "appleinsider\\.com" in front of it, but I figure any URL with adserve in it probably ain't good.
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post #30 of 103
Quote:
Originally posted by Brad
You (and we) aren't allowed to know.

It's totally hush-hush from the supreme overlords.

Too bad because if we knew we could get around the "No sponsor"-policy the gods have adopted. Simply put a blueish-grey banner up and pay the small amount they ask for it.

Can you get a preffered webpage when you buy banner placements at Valueclick?
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post #31 of 103
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Originally posted by Amorph
Arg. I saw one, for MS LiveMeeting, and had Kasper squelch that. I didn't see the others.

I'll point him to this thread, and we'll get those whacked.

[edit: For the record:



-Amorph]

oh my omg this pisses me off sooo0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o much!!!
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post #32 of 103
What about the new talking banner ad on this site?

"Hi there, my name is Tina"



I hate it.
post #33 of 103
Banners with sound?? Save it to disk; send it to me. Be sure to include the URL to the original, too.

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post #34 of 103
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Whoa! that was scary! I was reading your post and I never hard sound before. I didn't believe you. I think there is a delay because as soon as I finished reading it "Hi there" BURST through my speakers at well over 100 db. My computer is muted now but I jumped and panicked and closed the window before I could get any info for you.

*thumps chest to start heart again* There it goes...
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post #35 of 103
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Update: It is the one at the bottom of the page.
Direct URL: http://images.bonzi.com/images/adban...t_rollover.swf
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post #36 of 103
that is just ****ing ridiculous that there is an ad like that, i am okay with moving picture, but audio is pushing it...
post #37 of 103
Quote:
Originally posted by Akumulator
What about the new talking banner ad on this site?

"Hi there, my name is Tina"



I hate it.

yes, "tina" just scared the sh!t outta me, too. what the hell? hey tina, do you REALLY think i GIVE A CRAP what you think about speeding up my computer? no. go tell that to the company you work for who thought it would be a good idea to STARTLE THE BEJEEZUS out of me.
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post #38 of 103
Hi There Tina.
Now shut the hell up and GO AWAY.

I was pre-warned by this thread but it still startled and annoyed me.
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post #39 of 103
move the cursor around her and see her follow it heh god... sorry but its super annoying is there someway to turn the sound off for just safari?
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post #40 of 103
Tina must die. She must die now.

BTW, she's a Flash document. I couldn't get her to save and I'm not sure I'm smart enough to figure out how to link to her. Here's the page source when she was displayed on a Future Hardware thread:

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<!-- FASTCLICK.COM 728x90 and 468x60 BANNER CODE for appleinsider.com -->
<script language="javascript" src="http://media.fastclick.net/w/get.media?sid=9991&m=1&tp=5&d=j&t=n"></script>
<noscript><a href="http://media.fastclick.net/w/click.here?sid=9991&m=1&c=1" target="_blank">
<img src="http://media.fastclick.net/w/get.media?sid=9991&m=1&tp=5&d=s&c=1"
width=728 height=90 border=1></a></noscript>
<!-- FASTCLICK.COM 728x90 and 468x60 BANNER CODE for appleinsider.com -->

FYI: She only shows up at the bottom, so you don't even SEE her when she talks.
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