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    As an aside & talk about POOR coding on this forum, can someone PLEASE tell me why these stupid videos keeps snapping to the bottom left of my screen here? https://www.awesomescreenshot.com/im...7564076dd6ef2f

    It's driving me insane. It keeps covering the text & then when I scroll down a bit then it snaps center bottom, but initially it obstructs what I'm reading initially.

    GEEZE. I've never ever had that problem on a forum before & I'm a forum junkie, although i haven't been on forums lately. Is this something new with forums now?

    I get needing a revenue stream, but NOT to take over the whole purpose of the site which is READING threads LOL

    Thanks for your help
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    Quote Originally Posted by ep2002 View Post
    As an aside & talk about POOR coding on this forum, can someone PLEASE tell me why these stupid videos keeps snapping to the bottom left of my screen here? https://www.awesomescreenshot.com/im...7564076dd6ef2f
    This forum -- like a great many others -- are so desperate for advertising revenue the owners are driving users away by throwing more and more broken, slow, ads that interfere with UX on it. It's diminishing returns...

    ... and that's why I CANNOT browse the web any more without an adblock. As the "advertising can pay for everything" LIE once again races towards the cliff edge just like it did during the dotcom bubble, websites are going to get more and more obnoxious in their ads, not realizing they're doing more harm than good to their bottom line in the long run.

    ... which is why I install adblock plus and if a site won't let me access it with blocking enabled, I don't use that site. If that hurts their "revenue stream" then MAYBE they'll stop being so damned obnoxious about that nobody wants to use the flipping site!

    Hell, I've run adblocks in one form or another for near on two decades, since before the dotcom burst. I often forget websites (even my own) HAVE adverts on them. It's been getting worse and worse to the point that honestly, I don't understand how ANYONE over the past decade can put up with trying to use the web without an adblock in place. Cannot understand how the "normals" do it.
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    Hey guys,

    I wanted to let you know that I have alerted CF management about this issue.

    I have recommended a few options to at least improve the experience of forum members:

    1) Eliminate these ads entirely
    2) If possible*, relegate these ads to an "absolute" position on the page (as opposed to a "fixed" position that forces the ads to always be visible, regardless of page scroll position)
    3) If possible*, a given user's browser could "remember" his/her preference, so that after the initial time a user closes the video ad (in its "fixed" position), the ad subsequently only loads and is visible at the bottom? of the page (i.e., in an "absolute" position)

    * Keep in mind that the ad functionality is almost certainly "built-in" to the ad code itself, and therefore cannot be changed.

    Forum visitors (who are not members) can probably continue to receive these ads.

    Your thoughts?

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by deathshadow View Post
    I've run adblocks in one form or another for near on two decades, since before the dotcom burst. I often forget websites (even my own) HAVE adverts on them.
    It's true, these ads disappear if you enable AdBlock or a similar browser extension.

    That said, I have not checked on mobile devices. Mobile browsers do not support traditional browser extensions, so the issue may be more prevalent there. Can anyone confirm? The last time I checked, if I remember correctly, I thought users on mobile devices got a message saying that the site was incompatible with their device? I really can't remember. For better or for worse, this site does not support a responsive (mobile-friendly) design.

    That said, I can't imagine anyone wanting to access this site on their phone? Does anyone code on their phones? Maybe a tablet? It's definitely not my preference.

    FWIW, I do see that the Adblock Browser app is now available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chump2877 View Post
    Mobile browsers do not support traditional browser extensions, so the issue may be more prevalent there. Can anyone confirm? The last time I checked, if I remember correctly, I thought users on mobile devices got a message saying that the site was incompatible with their device? I really can't remember. For better or for worse, this site does not support a responsive (mobile-friendly) design.

    That said, I can't imagine anyone wanting to access this site on their phone? Does anyone code on their phones? Maybe a tablet? It's definitely not my preference.
    I seem to remember that mobile users are redirected to TapaTalk; I have never used this and can’t therefore tell how the user experience is. But I have seen the standard TapaTalk signature below posts, so some people are actually using this.

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    It's not that bad. You can totally ignore it most of the time. If the owner wants to earn some revenue to help him with sever costs, he's more than entitled to place video ads.


 

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