Pop Up Ads make this site a waste of time

  karlswilcox 10:28 07 Sep 2018

Is it just me or does anybody else find this site almost unusable due to the crazy amount of pop up ads?! It's a shame as there is a wealth of great information here but it is being smothered by the advertising to the point of being unusable. Tech Advisor I think you have over done the ads at the cost of the people you are trying to attract to read them.

  Forum Editor 18:11 08 Sep 2018

Most amusing is right. There are people out there who bear grudges, and they'll go to great lengths to post offensive comments about us in general and me in particular all over the web - they hide behind the anonymity the internet affords, of course.

It has been going on for many years, and I for one am used to it.

Not a single person has ever been banned from this forum just because they disagreed with me, but lots have gone because they posted personally offensive comments about other forum users.

  Forum Editor 18:31 08 Sep 2018

An apology....

Having posted a response above, I noticed that another post which pointed out comments about me which had been posted elsewhere on the web has vanished.

I swear it wasn't me, your honour, and to redress the balance, this is the text that was deleted - verbatim from another site:-

"The forums are overseen by an overbearing, puffed up, egocentric prat who acts like an old-fashioned headmaster dictating what and what cannot be said. In the Speakers Corner forum he cheats in debating and often takes sides with his sycophantic followers instead of being impartial. There are many lurking non-participants too worried they'll be humiliated (which he enjoys doing) if they took part."

Isn't the web a wonderful thing? I particularly like the opening sentence - it's me to a T.

  rdave13 20:16 08 Sep 2018

Forum Editor , forget the 'name calling' but the issue of these intrusive ads is important to the continuation of this site, in my humble opinion, especially to those new who are looking for a solution to a problem that is most probably very important to them. Being confronted with a barrage of different adverts would be a certain put-off for anyone new and I'm sure we lose new members because of it. They'll simply search for another forum. Now and again I disable my ad-blocker and try to click a few ads just to help out. It's surprising how it affects the CPU usage. Just wondering if these adverts can, at least, be toned down a bit as to make the site relatively useful to potential new members. As it is it is absolutely horrendous so a 'half-way-house' on ads might even bring more members and possibly more revenue? Just a thought.

  Aitchbee 20:19 08 Sep 2018

Isn't the web a wonderful thing?

Nope, it's a minefield, full of nasties.

btw, my favourite website has been a joy to use over the past week, inasmuch that I haven't needed to turn off Javascript everytime I visited.

  rdave13 22:00 08 Sep 2018

On a dual core CPU (old I know) running at 2000 MHz this is how I struggle with this site with AdGuard disabled. It's a video I uploaded and tries to show the difficulty I have controlling the mouse pointer to do as I want. Hopefully the link will work as this is new to me.

YTube

  x123 23:06 08 Sep 2018

Video works OK for me.

I wouldn't mind a few adverts that are static and would occasional click on them but it is getting out of hand and you need a blocker to use the site.

  rdave13 23:09 08 Sep 2018

I wouldn't mind a few adverts that are static and would occasional click on them but it is getting out of hand and you need a blocker to use the site.

That's exactly confirming what I posted.

  rdave13 00:48 09 Sep 2018

Fe , any comments?

  Menzie 01:54 09 Sep 2018

That PC has been slowed considerably by the site.

I mostly view the site on my mobile and apart from the Apester survey which slowed down my old phone which I had to work around, all was fine. On my current phone the mobile site at least is useable.

What I like about Tech Advisor is if you have an Ad-Blocker enabled it doesn't pester you like some sites will. Some sites will have a pop-up appear every time you open a page asking you to consider disabling your Ad-Blocker. Others will actually not load at all unless you disable the ad-blocker.

In this day and age where advertising servers have been taken over (hacked) by unscrupulous sources and used to distribute malware on trusted sites, advertising has become a hot button issue for many.

There are sites which even use visitors systems to mine Bitcoins.

Finding a happy medium for users and what works for the site is a tricky balance. It will be interesting to see how it all goes.

  Forum Editor 10:41 09 Sep 2018

rdave13

"Fe , any comments?"

It would be rude of me not to comment, so here goes...

The first thing to say is that since we ceased publication of the paper magazine, we are entirely dependent on advertising revenues. In an ideal world an ad-free site would be wonderful, but where would the money come from - would you be willing to pay a subscription to use our site? I suspect the answer is 'no', and there, in a nutshell is the problem.

Please bear in mind the fact that our forums, much as I love them, do not pay the bills - by far the largest number of site visitors come for the other content; there are huge numbers of people who visit us without giving the forums a second glance.

I have no involvement in the financing of the business, or in its day-to-day management and to be frank I'm grateful for that. It must be a nightmare job. We have to constantly provide new and interesting content to keep the people coming, so we can attract advertisers. Balancing those two requirements is a very tricky job.

Our forums have an enviable reputation - we have been going for a very long time indeed by internet standards. Lots of businesses would love to have something like this on their sites, and lots of businesses have tried to copy us.

Back in 2000 when I first became involved, I never for a moment thought that I would still be here in 2018 and I imagine that lots of our long-serving members would say the same, yet here we are.

Who knows what the future holds? I have always said that the success or failure of this forum depends on the people who take part - people like you are its lifeblood, and I hope you feel it's worth hanging in there - I certainly do, but then I would say that, wouldn't I?

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