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It's too tacky for words.

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

    1. 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

        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

          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

            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. 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

          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

            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

              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

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

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              1. re: Anonimo

                I think it's kind of kitschy - fun.

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

                I totally agree. Tacky, is correct.

                1. 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

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

                    1. re: Sarah

                      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

                        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

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

                          1. re: MMRuth

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

                            1. re: im_nomad

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

                        2. re: Miss Needle

                          Still not happening for me, darn!!

                    2. 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

                        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

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

                          1. re: ccbweb

                            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!


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                        1. re: Sam Fujisaka

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

                          1. 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

                              Yum pig tails, fried or braised?

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

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                              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

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


                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  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

                                    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

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

                                      1. re: Servorg

                                        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

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

                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                            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

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

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

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                                  1. re: Scargod

                                    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

                                      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