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Mar 12, 2014 09:47 AM

Pulsating, Gyrating Flashing Ads?

Pulsating, Flashing Ads? I really didn't need the gyrating ad with alternating flashing colors about Pres. Obama "Changing the Mortgage Laws"

In fact, it made it difficult to focus on the content that *sells* advertising. The only apt comparison I can think of is to those tasteless electronic roadway signs that are always turned up to incinerate the retinas of passersby.

Does CBS have a policy that allows this kind of distracting ad? If not, it should.


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  1. Those things remind me of nothing so much as some little kid jumping around and yelling "Look at ME! Look at MEEEEE!" Big difference is that smacking the monitor won't do any good.

    Aside from the ads being annoying, those of us using old and outmoded (but still functional) machines will find ourselves w a i t i n g f o r c o n t e n t t o l o a d . . . you know, the stuff we're actually there to see. Okay, I get that the ads allow the bandwidth for both themselves and the content, however irritating they might be, but no ad that irks or angers me is going to sell me anything.

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    1. re: Will Owen

      It is so annoying to have to wait until the screen stops jumping around before I can do something. Can't the Chowhound techs do something to smooth things out?

      1. re: Sharuf

        Why not install Ad Block Plus? One click and it's done.

    2. Flashing.......Gyrating.......PULSATING???? And this is a FREE web site!! Let me tell you something, back in Jr's single day's I use to pay $20 for a 3 song lap dance in the champagne room to get that kind of action! And you are complaining!?!?!

      As has been discussed ad nauseum on this board, download either adblock or adblock plus and kiss all your annoying Ads good bye!! Works on all sites too, not just Chow!!

      Aloha! You owe me a tan!

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      1. re: jrvedivici

        I've recently joined the crowd who have installed Ad Blocker Plus. I see NO downside to it.

        1. re: c oliver

          Uh, the downside is that the site earns less revenue and may not survive. That is a GIANT downside.

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            Er, I meant no downside for ME. CH has some say over the types of ads that run. If they've let the site get annoying, then they should examine their decisions. IMO.

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Dare I say, any site will continue with quality content. It is content that draws the participants/traffic which then draws the advertisers. As long as a site has high traffic there will be a line of advertisers waiting to spend their money for the exposure. From that perspective I think Chow needs to do some housecleaning more than worry about who is or isn't blocking their ads.

              1. re: jrvedivici

                jr, thanks for saying it more clearly than I could. That's exactly how I think.

        2. Ads give clicks, clicks give money, site survives. Bad ads give problems, users ad block, no clicks.

          If anyone who runs this site has a reasonable degree of foresight, that person will ban all those flash and shockwave ads before no ads are actually seen.

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          1. re: therealdoctorlew

            I agree. I only installed it recently when it all just got too annoying. But we TiVo ALL our tv, including the nightly news, so perhaps my tolerance is lower than some.

            1. re: sunshine842

              I added AdBlock For iPhone (supposed to work on Safari) but it doesn't seem to stop the ads here. Any thoughts?

              1. re: Midlife

                Funny but I tried to download adblock on my I-phone today but it wouldn't allow the download. (no idea why not)

                I did notice when I googled adblock for safari, both links it provided me were for adblock beta, and it stated it might not block all ads. Just a FYI.

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  Saw that at one download site but used a different one because of it. Guess it's the way it is. ;o(

            2. There's an ad now at the bottom with a woman apparently eating or brushing her teeth with an octopus arm - "Live flesh: 7 foods that are eaten alive." That picture creeps me out.

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              1. re: majordanby

                As said above, Ad Blocker Plus is your friend.