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.

  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.

  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.

  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


"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?

  KEITH 1955 12:50 09 Sep 2018

I clicked the link to trust pilot , only 6 bad mouthers in 2 years , say no more. How do you stop trouble makers using this site (ban/block) , the reason I ask is because in the past I have seen controversial comments made by certain people and a few days later I see other controversial and get the feeling its the same person using a different name.

  Forum Editor 17:12 09 Sep 2018

....a few days later I see other controversial and get the feeling its the same person using a different name."

Your feeling is right. Anyone who gets banned can simply re-register under a different name and email address. It has happened many times, and if the banned person was with us for any length of time I can usually tell when they're back from the way they write.

I tend to do nothing when that happens because life's too short - unless the same person starts behaving in the same unacceptable way.

  HondaMan 19:41 09 Sep 2018

The "sponsored content" ad is the worst. I've managed to block most of them, but the odd one slips through.

  wee eddie 20:21 09 Sep 2018

I was rather enjoying the Sponsored Content

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