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Post by >THE Ben Reilly< on Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:19 pm

Hey everyone, I know we've had some problematic ads lately. I want to explain exactly what's happening.

Forumotion recently created the option to pay a small fee in exchange for running your own ads, which you get  the money from, and I took it.

My hope is that it creates a little revenue to help me and Eddie out, both on saving toward the UK financial requirement and little things like plane tickets.

I do want the user experience here to be smooth, so I'll keep looking for an ad network that won't drive us all crazy.

I hope you all understand that there will be some bumps along the way.
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Post by phildidge on Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:23 pm

Its for a good cause.

So fair play to you

People can however on things like Chrome, have popups blocked.

If they so wish

https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/stop-pop-ups-chrome

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pop-up-blocker-for-chrome/bkkbcggnhapdmkeljlodobbkopceiche?hl=en

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Post by eddie on Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:32 pm

You can also just click the big X and close the ad.
We will sort out the glitches.

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Post by nicko on Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:45 pm

Fucking fed up with it !
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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:13 pm

nicko wrote:Fucking fed up with it !

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For the third time, nicko...

Get some adblockers :

Go into your settings, go to the security setting, find adblockers for your browser, then download/update/turn on -- whatever is needed..

For using Chrome on an Android tablet, I downloaded some new free adblocker/antivirus apps as recommended by Chrome/Android/Google on their internet shopping site (though there are also some apps that you can buy, one of their free apps there was enough to block this malware..).

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Post by Original Quill on Tue Feb 12, 2019 8:55 am

Where is setting on Chrome? I have no such...

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Post by Tommy Monk on Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:22 am



I'm not getting any ads... but I'm getting loads of random words showing up as large text bright green and underlined, on people's posts and elsewhere on the site...!



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Post by Original Quill on Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:08 am

Tommy Monk wrote:

I'm not getting any ads... but I'm getting loads of random words showing up as large text bright green and underlined, on people's posts and elsewhere on the site...!

It's related, but not nearly as bothersome. If you click on those green letters (why would you?) it will take you to a random ad, or the page about how the transition is incomplete.

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Post by nicko on Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:12 am

Who the fuck started this anyway ?
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Post by eddie on Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:15 am

nicko wrote:Who the fuck started this anyway ?

Read the first post Nicko Rolling Eyes

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Post by nicko on Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:41 am

I read it, I still can't get off the bloody things, i'm not tech minded , in fact i'm as thick as mince. Ben's fault, let him sort it, or there's no point in this Forum for me !
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Post by Original Quill on Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:54 am

It's getting worse, ben. Sometimes 3/4 of the Newsfix screen is covered with ads. Always the bottom and left margins (+/- 50%). Ads even cover each other...talk about dog-eat-dog business.

Pretty soon at this rate, your board will disappear under ads. Razz

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Post by eddie on Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:05 pm

Can’t you just close the ads down?

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Post by Original Quill on Tue Feb 12, 2019 2:35 pm

eddie wrote:Can’t you just close the ads down?

No. They pop up again almost instantaneously. At least the one on the bottom does.

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Post by Syl on Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:22 pm

Now this is odd....I have always seen ads when I post here on the tablet..never on the laptop because I have a good ad blocker.
But in the last couple of days on the tablet I see NO ads.....lots of stuff is highlighted in green though.

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:23 pm

Original Quill wrote:Where is setting on Chrome?  I have no such...

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On Android phones and tablets, you use the "settings" function in the Android menu, and follow through the security section, which takes you to the Google/Android apps 'Store'.

I don't have immediate access to a Windows compooter, so don't know how to handle Chrome (or Firefox) on there..

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Veya's the expert on here; but Victor's pretty cluey, too..

Need one of them on here to discuss Adblockers on Windows systems.

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:38 pm

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Tommy Monk wrote:

I'm not getting any ads... but I'm getting loads of random words showing up as large text bright green and underlined, on people's posts and elsewhere on the site...!

It's related, but not nearly as bothersome.  If you click on those green letters (why would you?) it will take you to a random ad, or the page about how the transition is incomplete.
 

Idea

Multiple malware implanted in ads, hidden away  in the devices system, biding their time..

As the Adblocker and anti-Virus apps identify and disable/lock up the offending software subroutines, a new little mongrel is released to fuck up your screens again..

Even worse on tablets and smartphones, where simply brushing a "greened" word brings up a half-page ad..

Those cnts in the metrics/advertising companies that employ the hackers to write these criminal programmes should all be lined up and shot..

Plus --  maybe we should start recording the companies  employing this --  and start a campaign against them  ???   Name and shame;  boycot their products..

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:54 pm

Idea

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malvertising

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Here's the address for Google's Chrome App Store :

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/unsupported

And for Firefox :

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

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Post by Original Quill on Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:21 am

They are getting more clever...and devious. Now the pop-up ads are appearing right in the center of the screen...and 2 - 3 at a time.

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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:25 pm

Suspect

Some of the advertising in the pop ups that show up here includes :

*  "Secret brain pills" that every billionaie knows;

*   "Would you ever consider dating Asian girls in Armidale ?"  (Armidale is a large country town a 4.5 -- 5 hours drive North from here  !!!)

These are the kinds of ad's that most people won't be clicking on, so it doesn't do those advertisers any good --  make a thousand people even more cranky, to find one deviant silly enough to visit their sites.

And the criminal metrics/adv'ijg firm hiding behind the "boostadv.com" popups-adbot continue along their merry way, employing criminal hackers to create these clever little subroutines.

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Post by nicko on Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:42 am

Still can't get rid of them , tried every thing. Ben tried to make a few Quid and fucked my pc up,[only for Newsfix ] I await a grovelling apology, or openly admit your a DICKHEAD !
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Post by Syl on Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:25 am

nicko wrote:Still can't get rid of them ,   tried every thing. Ben tried to make a few Quid and fucked my pc up,[only for Newsfix ] I await a grovelling apology,  or openly admit your a DICKHEAD !

Nicko, not sure if this will help but I usually post on a pc, I buy Adguard .....it cost less than £15 a year or just over a £1 a month....it stops ALL ads and pop ups, it's brilliant.

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Post by >THE Ben Reilly< on Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:31 am

nicko wrote:Still can't get rid of them ,   tried every thing. Ben tried to make a few Quid and fucked my pc up,[only for Newsfix ] I await a grovelling apology,  or openly admit your a DICKHEAD !

Not only a DICKHEAD but also a LUCKY SOD !!!
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Post by Syl on Thu Feb 14, 2019 4:33 am

>THE Ben Reilly< wrote:
nicko wrote:Still can't get rid of them ,   tried every thing. Ben tried to make a few Quid and fucked my pc up,[only for Newsfix ] I await a grovelling apology,  or openly admit your a DICKHEAD !

Not only a DICKHEAD but also a LUCKY SOD !!!

Ben, the weather has changed for the better, hopefully you will enjoy an early spring whilst you are here....England looks so much better when the sun shines. sunny

Sorry...back on topic now.

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Post by nicko on Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:18 am

I'll try it Syl, if it works I'll bill Ben for £15 + costs + payment for irritation !
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Post by nicko on Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:27 am

Syl, just tried Adguard, want £40 +VAT. No chance ,I'll keep on for a while till I get fed up with pressing the X, then I'll cancel my account !
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Post by Andy on Thu Feb 14, 2019 6:11 am

I use adblocker plus. free. got it from Firefox add ons. does the job and sits quietly running in the background.

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Post by nicko on Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:40 am

Thanks ,I'll get Son to try it . How are you doing ?
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Post by Andy on Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:59 am

Had another set of chest stays on Monday.
Biopsy inconclusive.
My Doctor thinks I have pleuricy.
Deffo fluid at the lower bit of my lung, which I am now hawking up.
Huge greasy gobbets of sputum. They are still investigating whether I have asbestosis, as years ago I worked in proximity to the stuff.

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Post by nicko on Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:30 am

It does sound nasty Andy, hopefully they will sort it soon. Best of luck mate .
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Post by Syl on Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:41 am

nicko wrote:Syl, just tried Adguard,    want £40 +VAT.    No chance ,I'll keep on for a while till I get fed up with pressing the X, then I'll cancel my account !

Is that not for a lifetime licence Nicko?
Click on this link....standard protection is £1.33p per month. I paid £15 for the year and I dont get one ad or pop up anywhere on my pc.


https://adguard.com/en/license.html#new/GBP/PREMIUM/365/2//47

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Post by Syl on Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:43 am

Andy wrote:Had another set of chest stays on Monday.
Biopsy inconclusive.
My Doctor thinks I have pleuricy.
Deffo fluid at the lower bit of my lung, which I am now hawking up.
Huge greasy gobbets of sputum. They are still investigating whether I have asbestosis, as years ago I worked in proximity to the stuff.

Better out than in Andy. At least they are doing tests promptly.
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Post by Fred Moletrousers on Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:51 am

Right, I've had enough of this.

Every post I attempt to make is interrupted by a pop-up ad from something called "Infolinks." It's absolutely fucking useless clicking on the delete button...it simply ignores it takes me to one of its trashy advertising sites.

I am not it the slightest interested in looking at any of this crap, Ben. It has obviously been programmed to circumvent my ad blocking procedures, and if you think that is acceptable, I don't.

Until it's sorted once and for all, goodbye.
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Post by Andy on Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:03 am

nicko wrote:It does sound nasty Andy,    hopefully they will sort it soon.    Best of luck mate .
Thanks Nick, really appreciated.
That means a lot.
We will never be bestest forum buddies or political allies, but personal health and drama transcends the rather escapist world of forum life.


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Post by Andy on Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:06 am

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Andy wrote:Had another set of chest stays on Monday.
Biopsy inconclusive.
My Doctor thinks I have pleuricy.
Deffo fluid at the lower bit of my lung, which I am now hawking up.
Huge greasy gobbets of sputum. They are still investigating whether I have asbestosis, as years ago I worked in proximity to the stuff.

Better out than in Andy. At least they are doing tests promptly.
Good luck with the outcome.
Thanks Syl, really appreciated.

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Post by Raggamuffin on Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:23 pm

I'm sorry to hear that ads are spoiling this forum for some people. Like Andy, I use Firefox and it's not a problem for me. I do think you could lose the attitude Ben - these posters have contributed a lot to your forum.

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Post by Raggamuffin on Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:24 pm

Also, good luck Andy. I have something weird going on too, but it's best not to worry. Hope all will be OK.

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Post by Andy on Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:01 pm

Thanks Raggs. Clearly  what l thought was a normal chest infection has turned out to be a bit more than that.
Remaining positive.

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WhoseYourWolfie wrote:Idea

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Here's the address for Google's Chrome App Store :

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/unsupported

And for Firefox :

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

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Post by Jules on Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:50 am

WhoseYourWolfie wrote:Suspect Some of the advertising in the pop ups that show up here includes :

"Secret brain pills" that every billionaie knows;

"Would you ever consider dating Asian girls in Armidale ?"  (Armidale is a large country town a 4.5 -- 5 hours drive North from here  !!!)

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These naughty ads are clearly designed to lead honest upstanding folks astray.
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Post by Jules on Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:17 am

The ads don't bother me too much. The only ones I get on here are the ones urging me to do an iPhone competition.

Maybe if I started getting weird, questionable ads, I'd get fed up. But that hasn't happened. Not yet anyway. rabbit  rabbit

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Post by >THE Ben Reilly< on Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:40 am

Does anybody here typically go to a lot of news sites that don't have ads? Every site I go to has ads.
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Post by Fred Moletrousers on Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:16 am

>THE Ben Reilly< wrote:Does anybody here typically go to a lot of news sites that don't have ads? Every site I go to has ads.

Given my background I have no problem with the principle of advertising. Forums such as this are, in a manner of speaking, a service - and any sort of service has to be paid for in some form.

So far as all unsolicited web advertising is concerned, I have simply "programmed" myself to ignore it - easily done because it is almost always unobtrusively positioned on the periphery of pages

My beef is with this infuriating, intrusive and tediously repetitive Infolink spot which has been made deliberately unavoidable in that, on my system at least, it automatically pops up whenever I join any thread, and is carefully designed  and positioned across the text so that I cannot read the wording fully.  Nor am I able to click on the reply box in order to post a comment without hitting the advert delete button every time because the bloody thing covers that also.

Deleting it initially and then being allowed to  proceed unhindered and uninterrupted without having to get rid of a constant stream of unsolicited and unwanted propaganda is surely not too much to ask.
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Post by >THE Ben Reilly< on Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:18 am

Fred Moletrousers wrote:
>THE Ben Reilly< wrote:Does anybody here typically go to a lot of news sites that don't have ads? Every site I go to has ads.

Given my background I have no problem with the principle of advertising. Forums such as this are, in a manner of speaking, a service - and any sort of service has to be paid for in some form.

So far as all unsolicited web advertising is concerned, I have simply "programmed" myself to ignore it - easily done because it is almost always unobtrusively positioned on the periphery of pages

My beef is with this infuriating, intrusive and tediously repetitive Infolink spot which has been made deliberately unavoidable in that, on my system at least, it automatically pops up whenever I join any thread, and is carefully designed  and positioned across the text so that I can neither read the wording fully.  Nor am I able to click on the reply box in order to post a comment without hitting the advert delete button every time because the bloody thing covers that also.

Deleting it initially and then being allowed to  proceed unhindered and uninterrupted without having to get rid of a constant stream of unsolicited and unwanted propaganda is surely not too much to ask.

Rest assured that I'm looking for ad networks that provide the smoothest experience here. This one's a hell of a lot better than PopAds, at least.
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Post by Original Quill on Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:23 am

>THE Ben Reilly< wrote:Does anybody here typically go to a lot of news sites that don't have ads? Every site I go to has ads.

I think that misses the point, Ben. A lot of money and research goes into making pop-up advertising a real nuisance. That is because even to get rid of them, you have to turn attention to them. Once you do that, the theory goes, you read them and so the message hits home.

The problem is, who gets to determine what you do with your time and attention? If the advertising company controls your eyes, they can divert, if not control your attention. You are losing personal agency, or the ability to control your own mind (attention) and where it goes. That's pissing people off!

The best defense to pop-ups as a user, is not to delete them. You try to dismiss them.
Then, in fact, you don't pay attention to them. You move the relevant screen around them. But the advertisers anticipate that. They get around that by moving the ads around the screen, so you can't position the relevant screen to a bare place and continue on.

Eventually, the game defeats your member's purpose in coming to Newsfix...and so, your purpose in owning the site. That's why you see people dropping out. The pop-ups are becoming your content, Ben, and by shear volume they are replacing your intended content. Eventually, you have nothing to attract members...and shut down.

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Post by Fred Moletrousers on Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:08 am

Oh, for Christ's sake, as well as having to put up with fucking peripatetic adverts I now have a loud US sports commentary running permanently in the background. And I cannot even turn it down in volume, let alone switch the fucking thing off!

What the hell is going on?

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Post by Original Quill on Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:12 am

One of your ads has an audio accompaniment.

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Post by eddie on Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:30 am

Andy wrote:Had another set of chest stays on Monday.
Biopsy inconclusive.
My Doctor thinks I have pleuricy.
Deffo fluid at the lower bit of my lung, which I am now hawking up.
Huge greasy gobbets of sputum. They are still investigating whether I have asbestosis, as years ago I worked in proximity to the stuff.

Sorry to hear that Andy. Hopefully you’ll get some medication and feel much better soon.

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Post by Andy on Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:41 am

Slowly on the mend, Eds. 3rd lot of antibiotics, these are the size of suppositories, are doing the trick , along with 6 steroid tablets each day. And I am hawking up the fluid as well. Looks like oyster soup and tastes even worse.
Had a biopsy last week, and blood tests and more Xrays last Monday.
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Post by >THE Ben Reilly< on Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:41 am

Please bear with us. I'm sorry this is causing problems but I also would really like to live with my wife and stepkids and I'm pretty desperate to find sources of income that could make that possible.

I am applying to other ad networks to see if we can find a better one. Just please hang in there for now.
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