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Floating-roaming new ad in my way

Scargod Sep 8, 2009 11:20 AM

This is the lowest, cheapest, most invasive thing I have seen yet! This ad that scurrys around the screen wanting me to participate in a survey... and I thought it was about the Chow/Chowhound site...
Edit: now a second (different), one has suddenly fallen onto my screen! Annoying as hell!

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  1. Chris VR RE: Scargod Sep 8, 2009 12:10 PM

    Agree. I hate those damn ads.

    1. alanbarnes RE: Scargod Sep 8, 2009 02:28 PM

      Ad? What ad? I don't see any ads on Chowhound.


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        Chris VR RE: alanbarnes Sep 8, 2009 03:04 PM

        I have adblocker too. This one manages to bypass it.

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          alanbarnes RE: Chris VR Sep 8, 2009 03:41 PM

          Odd. I haven't seen it. Here's hoping that trend continues.

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            grayelf RE: alanbarnes Sep 9, 2009 03:21 PM

            I get them too. And if you try to "chase" it and click to get rid of it, the danged thing seems to scurry faster.

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              LNG212 RE: grayelf Sep 10, 2009 11:00 AM

              I've actually managed to hit the "close" button -- or so I thought. You immediately get booted out of CH and sent off to some "take our survey" purgatory screen. Very low on Chow's part to allow this sort of thing.

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                Servorg RE: LNG212 Sep 10, 2009 12:27 PM

                Although it has improved my skeet and trap shooting eye in my attempts to hit the little sucker "on the fly" as it were... ;-D>

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                  LNG212 RE: Servorg Sep 10, 2009 12:52 PM

                  ha! I guess I need more practice "target shooting" 'cause that sucker scoots across the screen so fast. :)

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                  c oliver RE: LNG212 Sep 12, 2009 09:38 AM

                  Interesting. I don't have ad blocker although if it bothered me all that much, I'd get it. But I have NO problem closing it and nothing further happens.

            2. re: Chris VR
              Gio RE: Chris VR Sep 11, 2009 06:41 PM

              It had not appeared for a few months but reappeared yesterday and today a few times even though I have ad blocker. Annoying, isn't it?

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            small h RE: Scargod Sep 11, 2009 06:32 PM

            If there's a way to make me less likely to click on something, I have yet to encounter it.

            1. Veggo RE: Scargod Sep 11, 2009 07:01 PM

              I don't get them after further restrictions on my blocker settings, and I have very antique equipment. The tradeoff is that I can't open threads when they reach about 120 posts because they are read as spam, but by then most useful info has been said.

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                Scargod RE: Veggo Sep 12, 2009 04:57 AM

                What browser and what version are you using? A spam blocker? I may have to do a retrofit and go back in time...
                Oh, here's the "Twilight Zone" thing (or am I being gaslighted?): I haven't seen them lately.....

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                  alanbarnes RE: Scargod Sep 13, 2009 10:03 AM

                  Veggo didn't answer, but I will. I'm running the most recent version of the Mozilla Firefox browser with the Ad Block Plus plug-in on a PC with an XP operating system. I've never seen these ads people are complaining about. In fact, since installing ABP I haven't seen a single ad on Chow.com. And I can view any size thread.

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                    Scargod RE: alanbarnes Sep 13, 2009 12:38 PM

                    I am remiss because I cannot say for sure which browser it was happening in (in the past). I just opened all three and it just happened in IE 8.0.6001.18702 and only IE. Also my navbar menus are sometimes not dropping down in IE!
                    I use Google Chrome more and more, yet it is not as compatible with websites as IE or Firefox. Previously I used Firefox (and Adblock), the most, but to have full functionality with all websites (especially banking and other online commerce), IE is a necessity. Facebook seems to work better with IE, too...
                    I think most developers design for maximum functionality with IE, the #1 browser, and others get short shrift. I'm pretty sure I am only seeing the ads show up when I open Chowhound/Chow in IE.

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                      Soop RE: Scargod Sep 18, 2009 06:06 AM

                      I use Firefox and I see it.

                      It's enfuriating, because you rush to close it, and you have to wait and zero in.
                      Luckily I have a built in ad-blocker, which means the more it infurates it, the less attention I pay. I saw the word survey, but that's it.

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                        c oliver RE: Soop Sep 18, 2009 08:23 AM

                        Too funny. Just as I was about to reply here, it bounced down :) But what I get sits still and after 15 seconds (I timed it this time for scientific accuracy!) it went away. Not a BFD for me anyway.

              2. im_nomad RE: Scargod Sep 12, 2009 06:08 PM

                Yep, me too I thought that had gone the way of the dodo, and I don't know if it's because I updated my firefox, but the thing is back, floating all over the screen, until I close it.

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                  grayelf RE: im_nomad Sep 13, 2009 08:56 AM

                  Gah, I just got two different floaters within 5 minutes. Enough already.

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                    enbell RE: grayelf Sep 13, 2009 03:50 PM

                    I even tried taking the dang survey, but it comes back - like a bad blister!

                2. Scargod RE: Scargod Sep 17, 2009 07:29 AM

                  And now I just got an annoying roll-down ad coming from the header, which rolls down if I scroll over it. Good lord these ads that intrude are getting annoying!
                  Didn't you get it that we didn't like the girl climbing into the TV? Now highly annoying moving ads are back as well as drop down menus.
                  Sheesh people! Can't you get ad revenue without doing this and using a lot of bandwidth to load and run all this Flash/video crap?

                  1. Midlife RE: Scargod Sep 22, 2009 12:13 PM

                    Added Ad Blocker Plus to Firefox on Windows XP and it didn't stop them. Do I win a teddy bear if I shoot one of them in flight?

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                      Servorg RE: Midlife Sep 22, 2009 12:35 PM

                      A kewpie doll, but you have to hit 3 n a row... ;-D>

                    2. Scargod RE: Scargod Sep 24, 2009 07:15 PM

                      Now we have the Visa ad which flops down and covers up the navbar! Great!
                      A little hard to navigate around Chowhound without dealing with the ad.
                      This sucks! Don't you vet these ads at all?

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                        Veggo RE: Scargod Sep 24, 2009 08:26 PM

                        Hasn't that been the Visa ad campaign for years?
                        It's everywhere you want to be. :)

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                          c oliver RE: Scargod Sep 25, 2009 04:55 AM

                          It's odd that we all get different "versions." The Visa one only drops down my screen when my cursor is over it. Otherwise, it stays put :)

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                            Scargod RE: Scargod Sep 25, 2009 06:41 AM

                            Here is what I just saw on my screen and I could not get it to go away. It was frozen there and I could not close the ad! It blocked my being able to access the navbar.
                            This is in Google Chrome. I had to close the tab.

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                              c oliver RE: Scargod Sep 25, 2009 07:01 AM

                              Isn't that peculiar??? With the "bouncing ball" I can just close it or it goes away in 15 seconds. And with this, it only shows if the cursor is over it. Did you say ad blocker software didn't help? If *I* had the problems you're having it would make me crazy(er) also.

                              1. re: c oliver
                                Scargod RE: c oliver Sep 25, 2009 07:11 AM

                                Are you suggesting I'm making this stuff up? I think you are just saying I'm crazy...
                                Try a Google Chrome pill. Perhaps it will make you crazier.

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                                  c oliver RE: Scargod Sep 25, 2009 07:20 AM

                                  Scar, I'm DEFINITELY not suggesting that you''re making it up or that you're any crazier than usual :) I don't even know what Google Chrome IS. Is that anything like Centrum Silver??? x,c

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                            Gigi007 RE: Scargod Sep 26, 2009 09:44 AM

                            I haven't had the problem while on CH, but do experience elsewhere. At times, I can't get rid of the thing. The worst part is that it usually floats right in the middle of the juicy part of an article. Do they do it on purpose? I mean, float to the side, the bottom, etc., but stay out of the middle. Damn ads.

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