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Xiao Yang Dec 4, 2008 06:13 PM

It's too tacky for words.

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    bubbles4me RE: Xiao Yang Dec 4, 2008 06:20 PM

    Okay I thought I was the only one...hate it.

    1. hannaone RE: Xiao Yang Dec 5, 2008 12:30 AM

      Not to mention that it is a link to an unknown location (no tool tip or description when you mouse over).

      Edit: Accidently clicked on it and was taken to wendys.com.

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      1. re: hannaone
        LindaWhit RE: hannaone Dec 5, 2008 05:21 AM

        Seriously? It's not like we have ENOUGH Wendy's banner ads - now those gold side banner frames are sending you there as well?

        I understand the need for revenue, CH PTB, but enough is ENOUGH with the ads.

        1. re: LindaWhit
          Mr Taster RE: LindaWhit Dec 19, 2008 09:12 AM

          How about those survey requests that slowly glide in from the left side of the screen (I've tried to click it off before it actually settles into place, to no avail... you have to wait for the long and slow glide to complete before you can banish it). Then if you try to scroll it off the page while it's gliding so you can continue reading, it follows you. You literally have to be annoyed for 5 seconds (I think it's worse on my widescreen LCD than on my 4:3 screen). Advertising that annoys is never effective... the whole point of advertising is to make it invisible so that the message is better tolerated. Those gliding surveys do the exact opposite.

          Mr Taster

          1. re: Mr Taster
            LindaWhit RE: Mr Taster Dec 19, 2008 10:27 AM

            Yeah, when I first read about them, I didn't understand what people were talking about. But in the last few weeks, I've had to deal with about 5 of those gliding surveys.

            You can gah-ron-TEE I'm not going to click on the damn survey and answer it when they're that annoying!

      2. lynnlato RE: Xiao Yang Dec 5, 2008 05:45 AM

        Atrocious. And I hate the hidden outside links. You try and scroll down and next thing you know it's a magic internet ride to... Wendy's? A foodie website that transports you to fast food. Ironic, no?

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        1. re: lynnlato
          Servorg RE: lynnlato Dec 6, 2008 08:20 AM

          One more excellent reason to utilize Mozilla / Firefox with their Adblock downloaded. No more pop ups. No more ads morphing out of their spider holes. Try it and you will be transported to only those things you actually WANT to see.

          1. re: Servorg
            LindaWhit RE: Servorg Dec 6, 2008 09:51 AM

            Agree for the most part - however, one thing I've noticed with the Adblock in Mozilla/Firefox is that when your cursor hovers over the above Chowhound link to get the menu to pop down, the now "gray screen" ad covers the links from the Cookware link down. Doesn't seem to do that in IE (meaning the pop-down menu overrides the ads in IE, not the other way around as here in Firefox with Adblock).

            1. re: Servorg
              im_nomad RE: Servorg Dec 6, 2008 01:32 PM

              servorg....how/where do I get this? flash ads have been freezing up my screens for a while now....on many sites, not just here.

              edit: NM found it.

            2. re: lynnlato
              Mr Taster RE: lynnlato Dec 19, 2008 09:15 AM

              The funniest part is that in the pre-corporate chowhound, the founder Jim Leff posted an ethics statement on the front splash page:

              Ethics Statement (from Alpha Hound Jim Leff)
              I guard my anonymity and my opinion cannot be bought. I always pay my own tab, and this site will never contain food advertising. May I eat nothing but Wendy's for the rest of my life if I ever offer less than purely objective chow advice.

              Courtesy of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine:

              Mr Taster

            3. Anonimo RE: Xiao Yang Dec 6, 2008 10:40 AM

              Another vote against the ugly gold frame from me. It's unappetizing.

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              1. re: Anonimo
                janeh RE: Anonimo Dec 6, 2008 10:46 AM

                I think it's kind of kitschy - fun.

              2. mcel215 RE: Xiao Yang Dec 6, 2008 11:04 AM

                OMG.......that was so funny when I read the title to this thread.

                I totally agree. Tacky, is correct.

                1. Miss Needle RE: Xiao Yang Dec 6, 2008 11:13 AM

                  Holy crap! I had no clue what any of you guys were talking about until I clicked on the big Chowhound sign on the top. I do have to say it's a bit of an eyesore.

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                  1. re: Miss Needle
                    Sarah RE: Miss Needle Dec 6, 2008 01:31 PM

                    I feel so left out! I still can't see what you all are talking about -- guess it's a blessing.

                    1. re: Sarah
                      Miss Needle RE: Sarah Dec 7, 2008 06:29 AM

                      Ha ha. I felt left out too until I discovered it.

                      Sarah, if you are in the mood to look at something gaudy (or you just don't want to feel left out), scroll all the way to the top and click on the large CHOWHOUND banner that's in red on the top. It's above "Special coverage, Budget recipes, Gift guide, Mushroom guide, etc."

                      1. re: Miss Needle
                        im_nomad RE: Miss Needle Dec 7, 2008 06:32 AM

                        gee...how modern....wasn't the site's new look supposed to be more contemporary or something?

                        btw, what does "hyperdeliciousness" mean ?

                        1. re: im_nomad
                          MMRuth RE: im_nomad Dec 7, 2008 06:35 AM

                          But it's part of an ad, no? I think it's ugly too, but I almost never see it.

                          1. re: MMRuth
                            im_nomad RE: MMRuth Dec 7, 2008 06:47 AM

                            no, it's part of the CH main site....see what Miss Needle said above.

                            1. re: im_nomad
                              Jacquilynne RE: im_nomad Dec 7, 2008 07:07 AM

                              It's part of the Wendy's ad, not a permanent design change.

                        2. re: Miss Needle
                          Sarah RE: Miss Needle Dec 7, 2008 07:36 AM

                          Still not happening for me, darn!!

                    2. ccbweb RE: Xiao Yang Dec 6, 2008 12:38 PM

                      We should all definitely make a point of continuing to complain about each advertisement on the site.

                      Also, we should be ready to pay a subscription fee if we wish them to disappear.

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                      1. re: ccbweb
                        Xiao Yang RE: ccbweb Dec 6, 2008 01:01 PM

                        I think you totally missed the point. The complaint has nothing to do with ads. I, for one, don't mind ads. I've learned to ignore them. I use Firefox but don't use AdBlock because it makes pages look too naked, and has some other problems. But there is NO exuse for the sheer ugliness of that gold frame. It is truly an assault on the sense and it is not an advertisement for anything except poor of taste. It is the visual equivalent of a jello-mold entrée.

                        1. re: Xiao Yang
                          ccbweb RE: Xiao Yang Dec 6, 2008 02:35 PM

                          Its a part of the Wendy's ad, though. Ugly ad, certainly, but not a design feature of Chow or Chowhound.

                          1. re: ccbweb
                            Xiao Yang RE: ccbweb Dec 6, 2008 06:10 PM

                            No, but a website should have ultimate control over the content its advertisers place on their pages. All contracts I've seen specify that. I'd go so far as to accuse Wendy's of defacing the site!

                      2. Sam Fujisaka RE: Xiao Yang Dec 7, 2008 07:08 AM


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                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                          im_nomad RE: Sam Fujisaka Dec 7, 2008 07:40 AM

                          no really Sam, tell us how you really feel.... ;)

                          1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                            Stephanie Wong RE: Sam Fujisaka Dec 7, 2008 07:49 AM

                            Add cheesy to the list.

                          2. Xiao Yang RE: Xiao Yang Dec 9, 2008 08:43 AM

                            Now, that's a little better, especially the sexually suggestive box. I never did get turned on by little girls in pigtails.

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                            1. re: Xiao Yang
                              Jase RE: Xiao Yang Dec 9, 2008 07:19 PM

                              Yum pig tails, fried or braised?

                            2. Sam Fujisaka RE: Xiao Yang Dec 15, 2008 10:53 AM

                              EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK. Its BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                              1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                                LindaWhit RE: Sam Fujisaka Dec 16, 2008 01:00 PM

                                Yeah, and check out the blue/fruit frame from the ad sponsor, Blue Moon Brewing Company, on the main CHOW page.


                                1. re: LindaWhit
                                  Servorg RE: LindaWhit Dec 16, 2008 01:47 PM

                                  I get no frames on any ads, blue fruit or gold or what have you. I don't know whether to feel lucky or deprived. ;-D

                                  1. re: Servorg
                                    LindaWhit RE: Servorg Dec 16, 2008 05:20 PM

                                    I don't have either frame on my home PC, but I do on my work PC. I'm viewing both in Firefox, so I'm not sure why I see it one place and yet not another.

                                    1. re: LindaWhit
                                      Servorg RE: LindaWhit Dec 16, 2008 05:23 PM

                                      It is a puzzlement. Maybe one of the "geek squad" will come along and enlighten both of us.

                                      1. re: Servorg
                                        Jacquilynne RE: Servorg Dec 16, 2008 07:19 PM

                                        You might just have your window set narrow enough not to see it, since it goes around the light grey block that holds the posts and the sidebar. Or perhaps you've got some kind of ad-blocking enabled.

                                        1. re: Jacquilynne
                                          LindaWhit RE: Jacquilynne Dec 17, 2008 06:29 AM

                                          Using Firefox, I've got AdBlock Plus enabled, but I think my settings are different at home (better?) than at work.

                                          1. re: LindaWhit
                                            queencru RE: LindaWhit Dec 17, 2008 11:45 AM

                                            I get the frame sporadically with AdBlock Plus enabled. Right now it is not appearing, but I saw it yesterday. I am also seeing the Blue Moon ad on Chow right now. It's truly a mystery since I see no other ads.

                                    2. re: Servorg
                                      Jase RE: Servorg Dec 16, 2008 07:15 PM

                                      Definitely deprived. Think of how you lost a reason to complain.

                                2. Scargod RE: Xiao Yang Dec 22, 2008 08:14 AM

                                  I thought I had accidentally stumbled on a Las Vegas site... Tasteless

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                                  1. re: Scargod
                                    ChinoWayne RE: Scargod Dec 22, 2008 08:34 AM

                                    No, not a Las Vegas site, but the schlocky design is reminiscent of Michael Jackson's personal taste in decorating. Vegas does gaudy much better.

                                    1. re: ChinoWayne
                                      Servorg RE: ChinoWayne Dec 22, 2008 08:41 AM

                                      If the online advertisers ever figure out how to do neon frames that will be the day I take a sharpened no. 2 pencil to my eyes. ;-D

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