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Discussion in 'Sorcerous Sundries' started by Taluntain, May 14, 2008.

  1. Silvery

    Silvery I won't pretend to be your friend coz I'm just not ★ SPS Account Holder Veteran

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    What's going on on the front page? Everytime I come onto this site there are huge adverts down both sides of the front page for games. I don't get them anywhere else because I have the ad blocker set. It's one of the reasons I got a bloody SPS account in the first place!
     
  2. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    Oops, I forgot to exclude that for SPS account holders. It's actually just one background ad called a "site skin" that I've been testing for the last few days. As far as I can see it only shows a few times a day so it's not really a big deal. For some reason it doesn't want to exclude for SPS accounts like the others ads though, so the resident code wiz will need to fix it. I'll post here when it's done.
     
  3. Chandos the Red

    Chandos the Red This Wheel's on Fire

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    Actually, it makes the site look awesome on a 27" monitor at 1080P, Tal. :thumb:
     
  4. The Great Snook Gems: 31/31
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    As annoying as that is, the pop ups that have been showing up are much worse. They don't want to let you close them, if you try to close them they pop up with windows asking you if you are sure you really want to close them as they obviously such a great deal.
     
  5. Chandos the Red

    Chandos the Red This Wheel's on Fire

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    Just think of it as the "free market" at work. :p
     
  6. Marceror

    Marceror Chaos Shall Be Sown In Their Footsteps Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    It wouldn't be as bad if the ads didn't constantly redraw themselves as you scroll down the front page. Instead of a smooth scrolling experience it seems a little like the ads are having a seizure on you. I admit that many of them do look quite cool - great artwork.
     
  7. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    We don't allow such pops, but if nobody reports them, I only remove them whenever I go through the new ads. The first post in this thread has all the information on how you can report bad ads.

    I'm not really sure what exactly is annoying about the site skins though? They show in otherwise blank space and the ones that I've seen look pretty cool.

    That's odd... I've got them set to fixed position so that they don't redraw... none of the ones that I've seen have done that. What browser are you using?
     
  8. Silvery

    Silvery I won't pretend to be your friend coz I'm just not ★ SPS Account Holder Veteran

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    They're annoying because I shelled out to NOT have adverts showing :D
     
  9. Marceror

    Marceror Chaos Shall Be Sown In Their Footsteps Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    IE8.

    Oddly, I'm currently looking at a "Dark Orbit" add, and it rolls up the page as I scroll down, rather than redrawing itself.

    Earlier today (and everytime I've seen this sort of add previously) everytime I scrolled, the add would redraw as always to be positioned at the top of the web browser.
     
  10. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    I've changed it now to stay on top of the page and in a fixed spot as that shouldn't be causing any issues...
     
  11. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    Also, the site skin should be disabled with ad display level 1 or higher (same as popups) for all the SPS account holders now. I'm sure Silvery will let me know if not. :D
     
  12. Erod Gems: 14/31
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    I think the front page has reached the point where there simply is too much advertising. For example on a 1680*1050 resolution about half of the screen, if not more, is filled with ads! Bright ads on a dark background makes it even worse. Luckily I do not have any reason to visit the front page nowadays myself, but I do wonder what visitors and potential new members feel about the ad overload. Unless ad blocking is more widespread than I thought.
     
  13. Silvery

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    DUUUUUUUUUUUUDE!!! Where've you been?!?!
     
  14. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    The top part of the front page is a bit heavy on the ads, granted... but that's only a smart part of the whole page. If it was distributed evenly, it wouldn't be that bad - unfortunately all advertisers want their ads as close to the top of the page as possible. Most even make it a requirement, so I can't do much there. But the front page as the most valuable page for advertisers also has 4 or 5 ads that don't appear on any of the other pages, so it's not really representative of the overall amount of advertising.

    As for ad blockers - running this site and paying for the bandwidth for all the downloads costs a lot a money every month. During the recession donations have practically stopped, but the site's traffic hasn't. People who use ad blockers take away even the little amount of money that ads bring in that could help support the site. We've been offering cheap SPS accounts that allow you to disable all advertising site-wide for many years, so everyone's got a legitimate way to disable all advertising. Ad blocking isn't it, though.
     
  15. Gaear

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    Robin Sue Joss and 'The Finish Challenge' are driving me crazy. She likes to make roast beef - I get that - but I just wish she wouldn't goose me everytime she unexpectedly starts holding forth about it audibly from the shadows. :p

    It seems to be a stealth ad in that it may start after you've been browsing a page for a while.

    Sadly I didn't grab a screen last time it played, nor a URL (and now I can't get it to play, of course), but it has appeared on the main page in the square ad box over 'Latest Active Threads.'

    Here is the ad verbatim, from YouTube:

     
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  16. Marceror

    Marceror Chaos Shall Be Sown In Their Footsteps Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    What do you have against roast beef, and clean pans? I think both of those things are wonderful, personally.
     
  17. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    Yea, I got a few reports about these already - hopefully we can get all the audio ones removed at once. Sorry about that.
     
  18. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    Is anyone still getting any problematic ones?
     
  19. Gaear

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    As of yesterday I was getting the occasional automatic audio ad (like Robin's), and a bizarre thing where audio from what I presume to be ads would play with no distinguishable video anywhere (it was not coming from the normal ads), but today everything seems to be good. :thumb:
     
  20. Taluntain

    Taluntain Resident Alpha and Omega Staff Member ★ SPS Account Holder Resourceful Adored Veteran Pillars of Eternity SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) New Server Contributor [2012] (for helping Sorcerer's Place lease a new, more powerful server!) Torment: Tides of Numenera SP Immortalizer (for helping immortalize Sorcerer's Place in the game!) BoM XenForo Migration Contributor [2015] (for helping support the migration to new forum software!)

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    If you or anyone else spot any audio ones again, please let me know.
     
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