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If You're Blocking Ads While On ATS, You Get A Big Ugly Message

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posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:22 PM
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So wait. How many flags do we need before we don't see any more ads? Is that posted anywhere?




posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:24 PM
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originally posted by: Domo1
a reply to: tothetenthpower

So basically this won't affect people if they just post every dumbass thought that pops into their head!? I forgot I don't get ads anymore.



Woah dudette......

You're telling me everyone is hearing my thoughts? And now you want them to post every thought of me online?



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:26 PM
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Interesting observation:

I use a couple different machines to access the website and received the "ugly message" on both. Since I do not have a problem supporting the site by allowing ads, I added the site to my list of exceptions on those machines.

Now I see the ads on one machine, but not the other.

Why is that?



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:27 PM
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I have never used a add blocker adds do not bother me and I think that blocking the adds only hurts sites I enjoy using.

You have my full support on this one, which I know counts for little



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:27 PM
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a reply to: SkepticOverlord

The only reason I use an add blocker here is because on iOS last year a candy crush or something ad kept redirecting my iPhone to the App Store. No matter what I couldn't get by it with out ad blocker to read ats.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:29 PM
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a reply to: Xstokerx

That has long since been corrected.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:31 PM
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a reply to: AugustusMasonicus




Since the ads are based on your search history they are not showing you something that you have not already looked at.


I hear this a lot but I definitely get ads that are pretty far removed from anything I've searched for. Nothing embarrassing, just something I would never want or search for.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:35 PM
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a reply to: Domo1

I am not an expert but I am sure there are some predictive algorithms being used so not everything will be straight from your search engine but my point to the other poster was how weak-minded do you have to be where you start to fear for your personal integrity that you will subconsciously patronize these ads? I think it is just more lame complaining for the sake of complaining. I would wager you are getting bombarded by more television advertising than on this site.



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:39 PM
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originally posted by: KellyPrettyBear
a reply to: SkepticOverlord

Good to hear. It would be a tragic loss to lose ATS.

How about a freemium model?

Such sites sell premium features to maybe 5%
Of the members, who wind up paying for all
The freeloaders.

Fyi my little website has grossed over 2 million dollars since 2001...and I've never sold ADS on it.

Kev


---

If this is a real problem for people where ATS is itself
put at risk, I guess we will just have to BUY IT!

I mean your daily ad revenue is probably about $500 to $1000 a day
and then add in other ancilliary profits, so the site on a good year
is at $360,000 a year gross. I would value the ATS website at
four-times earnings for business purposes, so I could probably
do $1.45 million US on an outright sale.

I would then move it to a secret Vancouver, BC, Canada location
to ensure ABSOLUTELY NO US, Canadian or foreign government
intrusion and utter secrecy where ALL website data and all
site-to-end-user-and-end-user-to-site communications
would go Shor's Algorithm resistant realtime encryption
packet encoding via a custom applet.

I'd put the site on an older but still goodie IBM System
z10 Mainframe (I should have a spare one around downstairs...)
so I can handle between 3000 to 7,000 users at a time!

Ads would then goto ONLY JPEG banners and user-click
videos ONLY max - 30 seconds long!

If worst comes to worst we could probably swing it.....


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posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 01:42 PM
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I'm just happy to be on ATS without popups and flashy ads banging my eyeballs all the time...kudos skeptic, for trying to thread the needle with this.......



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:19 PM
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originally posted by: SkepticOverlord

originally posted by: Daedalus
I've got 4,430 posts, i've been here a couple weeks shy of 12 years, I still see ads when i turn the blocker off.

The metric for disabling ads for members favors content-starters, those who create threads. Your flag count is low, that's why you're not in the upper-category.



See I don't see ads but I still get the adblocker message?
If I don't get ads anyway, do I need to unblock or whitelist ATS?



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:22 PM
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a reply to: SkepticOverlord

S.O.

Just to tell you how much I appreciate this thread and your position I have made ATS my one and only white listed site. There are several reasons for this, but the main one is this is a site I use and care about.

Most sites that started blocking content would lose my traffic, but ATS has grudgingly become a site I actually value and consider important to my life. Could I live with out it...sure, but no need since your request is reasonable and made with sincerity.

Thank you from one of the hardest to please members you will ever find...anywhere.


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posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:23 PM
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Also I can't see any avatars, what's all that about?



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:26 PM
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a reply to: Domo1

Nope it's based on flags, not post count.

So thread contributing members are the ones that would be absolved from ads.

~Tenth



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:32 PM
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a reply to: blupblup

What do you see just under Basic Info here: www.abovetopsecret.com...

You should have a WayAbove status of 1, which means we stop showing you ads, and there are no restrictions.


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posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:37 PM
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But still a option to get a paid subscription or donate and get rid of ads possibility would be cool.

And not only with paypal.

A bitcoin address that starts with 1ATS----- or 1Above------ would be cool though and maybe opens up a new area in adrevenue



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:39 PM
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a reply to: Cygnis




posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:50 PM
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originally posted by: SkepticOverlord
a reply to: blupblup

What do you see just under Basic Info here: www.abovetopsecret.com...

You should have a WayAbove status of 1, which means we stop showing you ads, and there are no restrictions.




Yeah I have a WAS of one... and funnily now my avatar (and everyone else's) is showing.
Was weird, they were all just grey boxes of text


Thanks SO.




posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 02:54 PM
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Since I first saw the big ugly message no more than a couple hours ago, I've disable my ad block for ATS, but then all avatars have just disappeared.
All I see is a grey space where the avatar is supposed to be.
Did this happen to anyone else?



posted on Mar, 1 2016 @ 03:04 PM
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a reply to: athousandlives

It can take up to 15 minutes for the system to recognize that you've disabled ad blocking. At that point, everything will be normal.




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