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Oct 18, 2006 12:21 AM

Moving Ads Make Me Nervous

I realize advertising is necessary, but why can't the ads just hold still? Makes me kinda jumpy. Anybody else feel the same way?

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  1. Uninstall Flash from your primary browser. Install it in some other browser to view sites that require it.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      If you're using Firefox, I think a better solution would be to install an ad blocking extension such as the one below:
      If you're not using Firefox, give it a try.

      1. re: Peter Cuce

        I have a pop-up blocker. Is this different from what you and RL suggest?

        1. re: niki rothman

          If you have an ad-blocker, you don't need to uninstall Flash, as RL is suggesting. An ad-blocker takes it a step further and blocks ads that are embedded in a page, not just the ones that pop-up in separate windows.

          1. re: Peter Cuce

            But, obviously my pop-up blocker is not blocking these moving ads on that I am complaining about.

            1. re: niki rothman

              I tried various pop-up and ad blockers and didn't find them as effective as simply not installing Flash in my primary browser.

              1. re: niki rothman

                That's what I said. A pop-up blocker only blocks pop-up ads. An ad-blocker blocks ads embedded in the page.

                1. re: Peter Cuce

                  I just tried out the Adblock extension for Firefox. It's pretty nice. You can overlay Flash for any page with a static background image and then click on it to block it. I think this is preferable to uninstalling Flash, because there are times when you need it. Some sites are Flash-only.

      2. Agree, the new Top Chef knife that covers up the text I'm trying to read is even more obnoxious.

        1. Ad block might work on some, but specifically for moving ads based on Flash, I suggest Flashblock:

          You can select which sites you allow flash on and which you don't. Also, you can selectively activate flash on a site.

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          1. re: Jonah

            I second the recommendation for Flashblock. Flash is often used for really obnoxious moving/jumping ads. Flashblock replaces all Flash areas of all sites with a button. Click on the button if you WANT to see the Flash. Leave it alone if you don't. Sites will load faster, too, because the bandwidth-clogging Flash parts aren't loading. And as Jonah pointed out, you can "whitelist" an entire web site if you want to always see all the Flash on that site. Flashblock is awesome.

            Mr. Leff makes a good point though. When I see an interesting ad here at chowhound, I think from now on I'll try to click on it, to help keep the site going. This is why Flashblock is a good choice. If I want to see an obnoxious Flash ad just once, I can click on the button that indicates a Flash portion of the site is being blocked. However, I don't think there's much chance that a LOT of people will start using Adblock. Most people just don't realize how much cooler Mozilla Firefox is than IE.

            For more comprehensive ad blocking, yes, there's Adblock too. But Adblock Plus is probably better for a novice. With Adblock Plus, you don't have to create any of the filters yourself. Just install it, with a filter subscription, and go web-surfing.


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            1. Just a quick note, to be taken for whatever it's worth:

              This site nearly went belly up due to lack of funds a year ago. CNET Networks has taken it over, given us spiffy new software, and we've just enjoyed a year of chow tips thanks to them. I ran it as a labor of love for a decade. CNET, being a public corporation, can't be as civic minded. The moving ads, which are easy to get used to after a couple days, pay the piper so we can continue to keep this service alive.

              CNET hasn't dumbed us down or messed with things. We're still the same Chowhound. So the least we can do is submit ourselves to some marketing. If you disagree, fine, no problem, go ahead and turn off flash or install an ad blocker. But if enough do, there's no profit. And no profit means no Chowhound.

              Picking and choosing sites on which you view ads makes good sense. Hopefully enough folks dig Chowhound enough to make an exception here.

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              1. re: Jim Leff

                ITA Jim. I used to use ad-blocking software, and then I just thought, oh screw it. The least I can do for the many, many sites I enjoy for free, is view their ads. Thank you for Chowhound - it's a fabulous service.

                1. re: spigot

                  Thank you right back for posting and contributing!

                  Ideally, no one will want to block them 'cuz the ads will be for things many of us are interested in. After all, a crowd of folks fanatically devoted to quality, who can be pitched to "on the merits" (where else in the media is that true?) is pretty rare, and I can think of a bunch of companies who'd want to talk to such an audience. And companies who want to connect with people devoted to quality are right up our alley, so we'd want to see their ads.

                  OTOH, it's not like we're getting condom ads and pitches for timeshares even now... ;)

                  1. re: Jim Leff

                    Condom ads would be pretty funny though, especially if they were google-ized/automated to appear only next to all the threads asking for recommendations on a "romantic" or "cozy" place to take a date! 8^)