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Blinking and Animated Ads on ATS

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posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 08:08 AM
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Originally posted by Holden
I agree. they are horribly annoying.
whats wrong with banner ads running along the top of the page?
why does EVERY BIT OF VIEWABLE AREA have to contain some kind of advertisement (Im talking about the skyscraper ads running the FULL LENGTH along the right side of the page?)

THey're just awful! CAN'T YOU KEEP THE ADS AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE???!!






Only a fraction of the space is dedicated to ads. Probably 10%. You watch commercial TV and you'll get more that 10% every hour of ads.

It's not like they're in the main area they're on the margins of the board.

I really think that this is silly complaining about this.

Since I've been a staff member money has always gone into improving the board for you the members. No ones getting rich out of this.




posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 08:33 AM
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Originally posted by John bull 1
Only a fraction of the space is dedicated to ads. Probably 10%.


In pure square-pixelage... it's actually less than 1% on all pages for members, and about 2.5% for non-members.



posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 08:43 AM
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Originally posted by John bull 1
I just clicked on a banner ad for HogBusters. org (or something like that) and it was actually really cool though I haven't the time at the moment to play the games they have there..

....I can only imagine the games they must have there....

I clicked on one not too long ago in a BTS thread...It took me to an excellent anime desktop wallpaper website....


[edit on 3/2/2005 by EnronOutrunHomerun]



posted on Mar, 2 2005 @ 12:40 PM
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I don't know what all the fuss is about. I hardly notice the ads, unless they're the "50% likely to cause an epileptic fit" variety, and even then my eyes/brain quickly # them out as unimportant and they don't bother me anymore. If I come across a particularly in-your-face ad, I'll right click it and remove it with the Firefox remove object plugin. 0.5 sceonds. Simple. And I've only had to do that a couple of times.

It would be a shame to see ATS become another blinking, flashing, floating ad, java-infested, viagra-promoting website, but I retain faith in the admin that it will not get to that stage. Personally, I can put up with it at the current level if it ensures that ATS continues to exist and to thrive.

Another option is membership fees. There is another popular forum, where a lot of "goons" hang out if you know what I mean
, which instituted a membership fee system. This has had the positive effect of retaining the kind of members that the site wants, whilst filtering out the trolls and malcontents. On the (debatably) negative side, this policy has reduced the community's size considerably, which admittedly is at odds with ATS's mission of bring the message of deny ignorance to as wide an audience as possible.

The final option is member donations. (I'm unaware if it has been tried in the past). IMO this could possibly work at ATS where it fails on some other sites, simply because ATS enjoys such a fiercly loyal member base. Furthermore, considering the success and popularity of the ATS points and TWATS systems, if there were some sort of clearly visible recognition of donations made, the chance of success would increase greatly since ATS community members greatly appreciate acknowledgment and commendations from other members.

Just my thoughts.



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 12:52 PM
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The "You've been selected" flashing ad is obnoxious and distracting. The producer must think that all internet users are clueless newbies.

Unfortunately when I use an IBM-PC clone w/ winblows explorer I have to click the "stop" icon to suppress the flashing.

Fortunately, at home, the Safari web browser with Pith Helmet will totally suppress any and all ads to the point that only a gray square appears where the banner otherwise goes.

Sorry, administrators and moderators, I guess I have a terrible attitude, but I don't click obnoxious banners, and I boycott companies who publish obnoxious flashing and animated ads. Adonsa.



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 01:10 PM
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All the new big icon faces that are showing up that also talk, are very distracting..
They only startd talking this week..too weird.Fine to look at them, but when they talk, it is spooky..



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 01:46 PM
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I have two popup blockers which is dope cause every time I get that Bush punch-out banner I can punch him as many times as I want without the bother of having to click off the popup that is supposed to follow his butt whoopin. He get's two black eyes and a bloody face--then it starts over, kinda frustrating really, no matter how many times you hit him he keeps coming back with his fist up ready for more...oh well, i keep punchin him anyway.



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 03:39 PM
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I recommend downloading "Flashblock" for Firefox. It puts a little icon over all flash animations. If you click the little icon, it will show you the ad or flash applet. I mean really, if a certain person WANTS to see the ad, then they will click it. If a certain person thinks the flashing ads are annoying, they won't click them. So, those who don't want to see ads shouldn't have to, one reason being they wouldn't click them anyway. Hope that makes sense.



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 04:14 PM
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Originally posted by wecomeinpeace

... The final option is member donations. (I'm unaware if it has been tried in the past). IMO this could possibly work at ATS where it fails on some other sites, simply because ATS enjoys such a fiercly loyal member base. Furthermore, considering the success and popularity of the ATS points and TWATS systems, if there were some sort of clearly visible recognition of donations made, the chance of success would increase greatly since ATS community members greatly appreciate acknowledgment and commendations from other members...


Not yet familiar with TWATS system (or what TWATS means) but you could
possibly add an "ad-free" category to the ATS store that would allow
members to buy ad-free access with the points gained from their
donation(s) for a length of time specified by staff.

Just a suggestion...



P.S. I LOVE this place! It's great to be here!




[edit on 11/8/2005 by WalksThroughTime]



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 04:22 PM
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The advertising supports the increasing costs of maintaining this place. Why would you take advantage of the wealth of free member services here and block the ads?



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 04:23 PM
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Blinking and Animated Ads on ATS

Just my take on this, but people really need to get a grip, and perhaps, take the time to re-read the below quote and what it mentions?
Let it sink in....

Originally posted by SkepticOverlord

Originally posted by John bull 1
Only a fraction of the space is dedicated to ads. Probably 10%.


In pure square-pixelage... it's actually less than 1% on all pages for members, and about 2.5% for non-members.


This site will do what it must, as it always has.
If you are inconvenienced by "less than 1% on all pages for members," my line of reasoning goes something like this: deal with it, maybe?!

This site is simply amazing in what it offers FREELY, and to have any type of issue over "blinking and animated ads" is simply crying over spilled milk...






seekerof



posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 05:04 PM
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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
The advertising supports the increasing costs of maintaining this place. Why
would you take advantage of the wealth of free member services here and block the ads?


If you are referring to my post, the answer to your question is "I wouldn't.
I am merely offering a suggestion that might be considered in the future for
members who may want to give donations.

The amount of the donations could be pre-determined by staff, which would
be an "addition" to your ad revenues. I'm sure not every member would
donate, or even be in a position to donate, but for those who would prefer
that option, it would be available to them.

If you weren't referring to my post... then Nevermind...


I'll go play now...




posted on Nov, 8 2005 @ 05:47 PM
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Originally posted by Adonsa


Unfortunately when I use an IBM-PC clone w/ winblows explorer I have to click the "stop" icon to suppress the flashing.





well. since your 'fessin up

whenever i'm viewing using I.E., i just re-size the page to eliminate that
whole right side column of ads.
also, I make sure nothing is showing past the ATS's script margin- -OR- -
an inadvertant slip of the scroll-down arrow will 'click' one of those Ads!
even if you accidently click on the thin black border of the Ad itself.

other times, i visit the ADs just to see vas ist los
___________
also, i agree with MA
[edit: rider-> any viewer is not required to view ads, not yet anyhow,
and eliminating such is my/our perogative...
any site should seek to increase its overall market-share
to offset ad blocking viewers or augment the revenue stream by other
methods of presenting ADs]

[edit on 8-11-2005 by St Udio]



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 11:08 AM
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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
But here's a philosophical question for you... is it right to knowingly use an advertising-supported website while you have ad-blocking enabled?


Even I turned mine off, on ATS so that I 'see' them.

I evne 'click' on them every few pages, just to make it look like they get a bit off traffic...



posted on Nov, 10 2005 @ 11:41 PM
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If the website is good, like ATS is, and the ad is not obnoxious (does not flash, is not animated) then I'll sometimes click it in order to help the webmaster's click count. But I guess I have a rotten bad attitude about flashing obnoxious ads 'cause I'll totally block em out with Pith Helmet and never even see em.

Recommendation: Webmasters should stare at the flashing or animated ads for hours.

Adonsa



posted on Nov, 11 2005 @ 12:54 AM
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I'll agree that there are one or two ads that are quite annoying flashing red and white or something like that saying you have won a plasma tv or you have been selected. I may have clicked on it once to read some details but now I hurry up to scroll the screen off of that image.

I don't mind most of the others. In fact sometimes I click on them since they seem like a game whether it's punching an image of someone on the screen, knocking out mailboxes, kicking marbles at mouses and watching them get smacked over or a number of other ads. The only type of ad like that I found disgusting were ones with cockroaches crawling around the screen. I don't mind some of the sexier ads that pop up either. Maybe if they have you playing as an ATS sharpshooter taking out terrorists and you get to shoot more than 3 people before the ad tries to take you away, it would be more fun. I think I may not be playing enough pc games but I'm glad I'm supporting ATS by playing around with some of the ads.



posted on Nov, 11 2005 @ 04:27 AM
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This is why I love mouse scrollwheels. I don't even have to move the cursor to the side of the screen, one quick scroll of the wheel and the adverts out of sight.

I've never felt the need for an adblocker, the amount of trash and nonsense that I got with IE has made Firefox feel like a haven. I say look on the bright side, you get this site for free, the least you can do is put up with some dodgy graphics at the top of the page.

Unless your epileptic of course, in which case I think an ad-blocker would be higly appropriate.



posted on Nov, 12 2005 @ 05:01 AM
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It's nice to see changes so quickly. The very irritating ad for the free plasma tv has been replaced with a much less irritating ad which is actually somewhat relaxing to look at especially compared to the old one. I don't really know why someone is trying to "give" away so many things when the details reveal you have to complete tons of offers that may require a purchase or credit card fee or some kind of fee to that effect. I don't call something free if you have to do 18 or 20 different things which may include things that cost money. I guess someone must have started their program though because I can't believe they would keep using those ads if no one is doing all the work they require for their programs.

I spoke too soon. The initial free plasma tv ad before I logged into ATS was changed but not one that I just saw after leaving this thread after being logged in.

[edit on 12-11-2005 by orionthehunter]



posted on Nov, 12 2005 @ 02:35 PM
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I've been getting the pop-unders for the last few days. I thought these were only for non-members?

Or did something change?



posted on Nov, 12 2005 @ 02:57 PM
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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
The advertising supports the increasing costs of maintaining this place. Why would you take advantage of the wealth of free member services here and block the ads?


It's called junk mail, and it goes straight into the trash.

Find something that doesn't "pay for clicks".

Between my software firewall, hardware firewall, and add-ons to FireFox... I don't see any of that stuff. It's all blocked, removed, blank, and gone. I'm not missing anything. I've got computers that aren't blocked if I want to see it. But it wasn't easy to do. I can't stand flickering ads.

Almost all of the blocking is done at the source of the ads. Which is usually the server farms that pump out the spam and ads. I also block everything on the CIA list of "naughty" servers around the world. This style of blocking has nothing to do with any website I chose to visit.

Note: in the last six months, spyware has increased it's tactics to include implementing Trojan-downloader style executables on user's computers. And very hard to remove. These downloader set-ups can be used by anyone that wants to attack a computer. A typical source of spyware is, unfortunately, pop-ups, pop-unders, and banner ads.


[edit on 12-11-2005 by ZPE StarPilot]



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