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  1. TheGodInAGreyHoodie

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    I understand that ads pay for the site. I am cool with that. But no site I have ever visited as more annoying ads than this one.

    The UFC fight ad that randomly screams out of my speakers is enough for me to serious consider moving back to Patriots Planet.

    Even pop up ads are not nearly as annoying as the rollover ads here and the audio ones.
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    There are ads here??


    *Firefox user with ad block add on*
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    Yeah some of those ads are really loud!
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    Just turn the volume on your pc down.
  5. TheGodInAGreyHoodie

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    I do that. And then I turn them back on to listen to things I actually want to hear. And sometimes I will have two browsers open. Both the forum and a link off of the forum of a BB press conference. And I can't hear the video I want to listen to because the ad is screaming.


    If Patsfans.com unlike most forums can't support itself through normal ads and must resort to the obscenely obnoxious ones I will simply choose another forum to visit. It is out of control here.
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    I work in multimedia, so I need speakers on, so visiting this site during work hours became a little troubling when there were audio ads. HOWEVER - ther is a great Firefox plugin called Flashblock. It makes all flash swfs optional - DL it, its great.
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  8. TheGodInAGreyHoodie

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    I don't want to do that. I don't have Firefox. Plus I visit other sites that also work on the ad revenue model and the specifically ask that we don't use ad blockers cause it completely shuts down their revenue stream. I don't want to stop supporting those site because this site allows extreme ads.

    If that is the model Ian is using, allow extremely obnoxious ads to coerce people into paying for a service pretty much every other message board is able to make work solely on reasonable ads. Then I would rather go to Patriot Planet or even complete stop discussing the Patriots online than support that.
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    I clicked on this site the other night, a loud add popped up....it woke up the family, and my wife yelled at me. True story.
    Because of the noise level, I click off the site as quick as possible. So...in other words ........I DON'T read your adds, I DON't listen to your adds....I AVOID your adds and at times I AVOID the site because of your adds.....IT AIN'T WORKIN
    And I don't think I should have to turn off my volume everytime I come to PatsFans...PLEASE CHANGE
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    Pony up a little dough for the site and the ads will go bye bye.
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    #54 Jersey

    Eh, I plopped down a little dough and got some Pats stuff, along with ad-free browsing.

    I thought you avoided coming here because the Pats are winning now. :confused2:
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    If that is my only choice....I will go bye bye.
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    I plan to become a paying member as soon as I am no longer a poor college student. Until then, Safari AdBlock works just fine :cool:
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    Other posters are right on. Adblock plus, noscript, and ghostery is the way to go. I haven't seen an ad on the web in years.
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    Well, use Firefox as at least 2 posters have mentioned!

    Even if you don't use firefox normally, use it for this site!
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    That completely cuts off the ad revenue to this site and other sites I visit. Thus a poor choice.

    I don't understand why that is a better solution than limiting this site to reasonable ads and then having the site collect the ad revenue from the reasonable ads as a way of supporting the site.

    I don't mind seeing the ads. Just don't shout them at me.
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    > That completely cuts off the ad revenue to this site and other sites I visit. Thus a poor choice.

    You can selectively exclude sites from adblocker. I know this for sure for Chrome (some sites I use are smart enough to sense adblocking software and refuse to work if detected) and assume its the same for firefox. You have a perfectly workable solution, you just need to figure out how to do it.

    For what its worth, I develop and support open source software and act as a forum moderator elsewhere all for which I get 0 compensation. I am painfully aware that the internet doesn't run on hugs. Rather than threaten to leave, consider spending a few pennies to get yourself a nice pats related gift by becoming a paying member. The hardware costs and the time DONATED by the mods here are significant. Reconsider giving back just a tad for all that is provided to you FREE.

    I have no relationship with the folks who run this site other than being a satisfied user and supporter.
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    I have nothing to do with the ad server here, but as a website operator myself I believe you're HUGELY overestimating the control that the site owner has over the specific ads that run.

    As a rule, an individual company doesn't approach an individual website asking to place a specific ad. The ads are sold to an ad network which then farms them out to hundreds or thousands of websites. And 10 different users may see 10 different sets of ads. That means the site owner -- whom you accused in another post of purposely choosing the most horrible possible ads in order to make your life as a free user unbearable -- probably doesn't even know that the ads you're talking about exist.
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    That is why I don't want to resort to a complete ad blocker. An internet message board can run on non-blocked visual ads or ones that cover up the page at random times.
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    :agree: :agree:
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    Then why don't I have this problem at any other site I visit that have ads? Maybe this site contracts with an ad company that permits more abusive ads than most others.
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    Become a paying member ;)
    :ditto::agree::yeahthat:
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    No clue! I'm just saying that it's very easy to jump to the conclusion that something you see happening is the product of deliberate strategy when it's really nothing of the kind.

    Have you tried dropping Ian a line with info on the specific abusive ads and advertisers, just in case he has some way to block them? Most website operators would want to know about problems that might chase users from their site.
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    The ad provider I believe has had problems before with spyware, even. I also believe that ad rates are such that the more obnoxious the ad, the more money it pays typically. I've seen this site once or twice with ads turned on and it is a truly horrible experience, even when they are not shouting at you.
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    If you have Windows 7 or Windows Vista, you can control the volume on a per-application basis. Once the audio starts, open up your volume control and mute Internet Explorer.
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    I've sent off e-mails on this because it happened to me when I was at work today - very annoying. I'll get that fixed, and that seems to be the new avenue that one of these networks is running - I just don't know which one.

    So hang with me on this over the next week or so until it's resolved and we eliminate the noise :mad:

    And also, a PM or an e-mail is a great way to let me know about these things, you can always contact me directly. And for the record the goal is to not a "paid" model at all. I've moved the ads out of the way as much as possible, including removing an ad spot recently. Regarding the ad network that had the spyware issue was a net-wide phenomenon, where they all had that problem - and that was a year ago. We haven't had any issues since.

    So I'll get it taken care of. I'll be away with my family for a few days, but the emails have been sent to get all "audio intrusive ads turned off", so hopefully they'll go away shortly.

    Ian
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    Exactly. My goal isn't to make $$ and make everyone miserable. The goal is to just cover the costs as much as possible and make sure that everything works the way it should and that we have no issues when the place is full of people so it doesn't freeze, crash, etc. - all things we battled with until I spent $$ to upgrade the configuration to a stable state, which we've had now for quite a while (thankfully). I don't have control over the ads that come through - it's controlled by the ad network. All I can do is make requests to turn off certain ones that are coming through that are irritating people - myself included.

    As I said - please - anytime there's an issue, please click the contact link, PM me, etc. so I can be made aware of it. Had work not been crazy this week I may have seen this sooner and I could have gotten them taken care by now, and I apologize for the fact that all of you had to endure it :(
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