Computing.net Popup Ads Block The First Post

Dell INSPIRON 1525
September 17, 2010 at 18:51:21
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 1.733 GHz / 3573 MB
Justin:
When a new post is displayed it is partially obstructed by a popup ad (currently Walmart or GE). There is no button to close the ad. Selecting the ad and closing that webpage returns to the same popup, The inability to read the post is annoying. I am using Chrome on Ubuntu 10.04.

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#1
September 18, 2010 at 05:21:35
I have the same problem and am using Firefox. I installed the adblock plus plugin, but still can't close the Wal Mart add. If you are able to block an add, a blank spot on the screen takes it's place. This is a real pain. What gives??

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#2
September 18, 2010 at 06:30:20
Try IE, I have no problems at all. I don't have any problems with firefox either. What version are you using?

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#3
September 18, 2010 at 08:52:02
Hey,

Can you send me a screenshot? PM me if you need my e-mail address.

Justin


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#4
September 18, 2010 at 13:00:55
http://img820.imageshack.us/i/81334... Ignore my pm if you wish Justin. Here's a screen shot.

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#5
September 18, 2010 at 20:30:46
Hey,

Thanks, I will report this to the ad team.

Justin


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#6
September 19, 2010 at 08:00:53
What I don't understand is why I don't see that on any browsers?
That's why I asked what versions were being used.

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#7
September 19, 2010 at 15:56:39
Firefox 3.6.8 and IE 8. It's still happening. Do you have block scripts running?

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#8
September 19, 2010 at 18:45:49

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#9
September 19, 2010 at 20:33:54
It's Brutal!

Not only does it block part of the screen, but when you roll over the GE ad - which is really hard not to - it expands to take up most of the screen and starts screaming the ad at you.

Venting mode on...

If I have to make sure my speakers are turned off just to avoid being screamed at while trying help people at computing.net, I'll offer my assistance elsewhere.

In addition, I can't do my job as moderator because I can't get to the moderator links at the top of the first post to edit the title or move the post.

Sorry, but this is the second time in recent history that the ads have impacted my use of the site and that just should not happen. Remember the nuestar issue that prevents me from accessing certain forums?

Whether I chose to install ad blockers or not is not the issue. In fact, on my office system I can not make that choice due to the locked down corporate image. If the ads are installed in such a way that they actually prevent normal navigation of the site, then there is a serious design problem.

I come to this site to help members in the Office forum, to occasionally ask for help with XP or other issues and to chat a bit in the Lounge. There are other forums where I can both offer and receive assistance without having to actually fight the ads.

Venting mode off...

Thanks...I just had to get that off of my chest.

If you need me, I'll be over in the Office forum trying to read the newest posts.


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#10
September 20, 2010 at 06:32:36
Hey,

Yes, I understand the frustration, and I'm sorry for the inconvenience. This issue will be resolved very soon. The problem is that it was discovered over the weekend. The people who can fix it won't be available until today. Had the problem been discovered during the week, it probably would have been fixed immediately. I will send a reminder for the team to check on this as soon as they possibly can.

Justin


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#11
September 20, 2010 at 08:54:15
Thanks Justin. It seems to be be fixed, at least as far as my office machine is concerned. (IE6)

Not sure about my home (FF) but I'll check tonight.

Thanks for letting me vent!


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#12
September 20, 2010 at 11:03:00
DerbyDad,

No problem. I totally understand your frustration. I am frustrated too. I just spoke with the ad team. They are going to do their best to get all these problems fixed. The walmart ad is already supposed to be fixed. The GE will be fixed today.

The issue is that this is more of a seasonal thing where, somewhere in the pipeline, intentionally, people get careless. None of these ads are supposed to be like this. We're going to try to find all the misplaced ads. More may popup though. If they do, please let me know (with a screenshot if at all possible). I'll do my best to get them taken care of ASAP!

Thanks so much!
Justin


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#13
October 10, 2010 at 15:05:43
There are ways and means to stop ads on this website and any other. I've had none on here for yonks, even with IE. You just have to Google around and apply the necessary fixes. I am (obviously) using Windows but I'd be amazed if the Linux geeks haven't got fixes available.

Ms Hulot's boat


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#14
October 10, 2010 at 20:06:44
re: There are ways and means to stop ads on this website and any other

There are also computers with locked-down corporate images that don't allow the users to install any applications or alter any settings within a browser.

I am the unlucky user of one such computer. It's not like I can call my IT Help Desk and ask them to install a non-standard application on my machine to make it easier for me to engage in non-work related activities. :-(


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#15
October 11, 2010 at 06:08:35
To Justin,
Seems as though the drop down tabs on top are being affected like before, this time Virtual Desktop is the culprit not allowing the menu to stay long enough to make a selection....

Keep the old stuff running


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#16
October 11, 2010 at 08:35:00
Re #14
Point taken - I was thinking more along the lines of a home computer.

Ms Hulot's boat


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#17
October 13, 2010 at 07:45:02
Well I finally got hit by a barrage of HUGE pop-up ads on computing.net. It has been real bad in the last few days. It seems the ads to the right of the posts have a tendancy to pop open as you read the post and cover the post. It is not activated by my cursor on these times. The last new pop-up is the water one, the other huge pop-up is the green internet speed pop-up.

Justin, Is there not a way to embed the ads so they can't pop-up larger? It is really annoying.

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