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Please No More Flashing Advertisements

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posted on May, 19 2006 @ 12:38 AM
ATS is suffering from flashing advertisements. In some cases such things can prove disastrous, where people have epileptic seizures and such. There was a case in Japan where a video program for kids put hundreds into the hospital.

Pokemon Panic happened in 1997.

Now for me these flashing advertisements are annoying, and one says "you have been selected to win a 42" Plasma TV." That may actually work for some people who sign up for endless offers and credit cards. The killer is when your email box gets flooded even when you give up their offer because it is too complicated. Please ATS try to be a little more selective on your advertising. Who needs a seizures anyway, never mind the annoyance of it.

[edit on 19-5-2006 by SkipShipman]

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 01:06 AM
I have to agree with you skip. While I'm logged in and am not an avid poster here, the flashing advertisments bother me. I've been a bit afraid to complain because I'm not an avid poster of ATS, I'm more a lurker.

Flashing advertisements make me want to leave. I'm not trying to not complain, I'm a bit afraid to. But let the guests see the flashers. Not the members who post little and lurke here. I won't leave because of flashing advertisements, but it is bothering me and I'm trying to figure out how to block the flashing ads.

This member doesn't want to "click the fart"

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 01:24 AM
Yes those flashing adverts are driving me up the wall also.

Can we stabilize them Mods?

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 01:30 AM
I agree. I'm only adding to that first sentence because otherwise my post is deemed too short, but apart from standing up to be counted I have nothing substantial to contribute to the debate. Will this do, oh mindless applet?

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 01:37 AM
I'll have to agree about the ads. Staring at them for more than ten minutes usually leaves me with a headache. Maybe there should be a disclaimer: Warning, viewing ATS my cause paranoia, headaches, and in rare cases, epileptic seizures. The disclaimer should flash, and have not one, but two "fart buttons."

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 10:21 AM
While I personally hate intrusive advertising, I have to admit that running a site like ATS is neither cheap nor easy. Those ads help fund what is effectively a free public service. And apparently those flashing ads pay pretty well and on time, or else no one would use them on their site (and they are everywhere).

I'm just glad they stopped the side ads with "Pick your state" on them. At least now I can scroll down and avoid looking at the ads, instead of having some damned wiggling thing re-adjust itself to the width of my screen and always be in sight.

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 10:26 AM
I agree and if one is prone to migranes the flashing ads could set one off.

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 10:27 AM
yes some ads bother the eyes, but once you move the page down an inch or two,,presto no more ad

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 11:44 AM
When I click on my browser's ""stop" button, most of these kinds of ads stop flashing.


posted on May, 19 2006 @ 11:55 AM

I haven't seen an ad on the internet since 2004.

Though based on reading forums, they still exist. Who knew!

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 12:19 PM
The flashing adverts send me really funny... they make me dizzy and my head hurts so much when i see them

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 12:23 PM
I believe it violates the T&C to use an adblocker on this site.

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 12:40 PM
@_@ someone going to my house to trun it off? the flashy ad police?

young man you havent had your dose of at least 4 hours of brainwashing please turn off the ad blocker and resume treatment I mean web surfing
help help!

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 12:54 PM
Oh yeah, the ATS police will break down your door and uninstall the software. You didn't know that? Hunh, weird.

It was just an FYI kind of thing.

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 01:07 PM
I agree that the flashing ads should go. When I get them, I shift the page so that I can't see them right away. Sometimes I see too many of them on my clicks through this site and just decide to leave. I guess their not such a bad thing since they help me break an addiction to this site.

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 01:18 PM
I just hit stop whenever I see one of the flashy ads. The problem is that it also stops the animated smileys. That I can live with however.

The real problem for me are the FLASH-based ones which CAN'T BE STOPPED!

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 01:22 PM
Unfortunately, at this point, the bulk of our banner advertising is being delivered from four different ad networks, all of which contain some variety of banners with flashing creative attributes.

Our only form of control is to disable offensive banners, and flashing is merely annoying.

Since this is our only source of revenue sufficient to support the hosting costs (we added three monster servers recently), disabling a significant percentage of ads isn't a viable option.

However, we will soon have our first round of direct-insertion banners (where the advertisers is contracting directly with us), and we have a higher degree of influence over the approval process of these banner units. As ATS gets more and more popular, these kinds of higher-quality ads will become more commonplace.

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 05:06 PM
Well thanks for the word and explanation. Being an adamant free speech advocate, I am also sensitive to freedoms of advertisers, although they are supposed to be limited under concepts of commercial speech. Of course ATS needs sponsorship to support its new servers and hey I have no problem with the owners having all the success possible in the future. In other words "live long and prosper."

Nonetheless I am looking forward to the future, yours and ours, to greater possibilites in making prudent selections as new sponsors come forth. So thanks again, while I hope others will continue commentary. Skeptic and the other amigos need all the good suggestions possible to make ATS better. Of course now as many people realize, these rotating banners are not currently under ATS control, any suggestions to advance on the new sponsors, as well as supporting the feelings of members about the flashing banners ought continue.

posted on May, 19 2006 @ 05:24 PM
I have been working diligently to improve our advertising by getting the word out on ATS to major media buyers in LA, London and NYC... e have a "direct sell" insertion kicking off the end of this month and these ads, as S.O. said, do afford us much more control over what will and what won't be seen.

Additionally, these ads are always much more creative and much "classier" since the advertiser spent ALOT of money paying the advertising agency to create them.

The point is, ATS has reached a new level. I can't think of ANY site in our genre that has direct sales. The great part is the campaign that's kicking off this month is so cool (the product) and perfect for ATS.

Your "Business Development Director" (me
) has been hard at work and the efforts are starting to bear fruit.


posted on May, 20 2006 @ 09:28 AM
Make people pay for using this site.

I mean, if they really value this place, why the hell not?

I think that would sort the men from the boys and make people put their money where their mouth is.

Love ATS as much as you say? Prove it.

Isn't ATS worth paying for? Surely you must value it in some way.

[edit on 20-5-2006 by horusthechorus]

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