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post #1 of 16
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Honestly, Nicko, love the site, but the ads are getting to me to the point that I'm strongly considering giving up on this site. 

 

First of all, that huge stupid MACY ad is taking over the entire page and when I try to close it, it crashes my browser. This happens on a daily basis and is getting old. Others recommend using a different browser or downloading pop-up blocking software, but I don't want to block pop-ups (the site I use for my job uses pop ups for important live notifications) and I don't want to be forced to use a specific browser. 

 

Today was the crux of it though. My experience in a nutshell: 

 

1) Go to cheftalk.com/forum/ 

2) I get a HUGE MACY pop up

3) I immediately get ANOTHER pop up VIDEO WITH SOUND which just woke up my toddler during his nap. 

4) Upon trying to close the pop-ups, the browser crashed. 

 

Unless you get rid of the pop ups, I'm out of here. There's enough flashing, rolling over, blinking, moving and jumping ads to the side and the top and the bottom as it is, do you really need to annoy the *@^$ out of your members with pop up videos now?

 

Advertisers give you money because you have traffic. 

You have traffic because the site has content. 

The site has content because us, forum members, provide it to the site. 

 

Too much advertising => less members => less content => less traffic => less money. 

 

It's a delicate balance to run a successful member-provided-content-advertiser-sponsored site. I feel like you've tilted the balance too far. 

 

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post #2 of 16

I used to post 2-3 times a day.  Now, maybe twice a week.  It takes literally 3 minutes to wait for the reply box on the threads.

O.T.O.H I'm NOT a computer person.

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post #3 of 16

All I can say is that AdBlocker in FireFox 8.0 must work fantastically! I've never seen the Macy's ad nor pop up videos.

 

BTW, AdBlocker can be customized by internet site for selective pop ups or blocking

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post #4 of 16

First, think before you post a thread with this title. It gets indexed by google pretty quick. The ads are lousy but they keep the site running plain and simple. We have tried in the past to ask members for donations and it was a JOKE! Of hundreds of users barely 15 people donated. We offered paid memberships and we had about 26 people opt in for a 12.00 a year subscription. It would be great to run the site with out ads but it doesn't pay the bills. Keep in mind all ChefTalk.com is free to you.

 

I suggest you use ad blocker. We have reported the ads to the marketing team and it should of been removed.

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post #5 of 16

Nicko, I think you have the authority to edit the thread title.  I wondered what happened to the membership option; it was one of several things I meant to take care of which got dropped during some life uphevals.  Sorry buddy. 

 

French Fries, the Adblocker Plus add on for Firefox does a good job on this site as well as many others. Give it a shot.  If you don't like it, you can disable it.  Before I added it,  the Macy's advertising had me so buffaloed I nearly ordered lipstick for myself. 

 

Foodpump, the long delay is at your end.  At a guess, you've got some unwanted software of one type or another.  Maybe time for a reformat my friend.  Keep your security software to a minimum (but use the good stuff), and stay away from automatic registry cleaners and the like. 

 

BDL


Edited by boar_d_laze - 12/10/11 at 7:10pm
post #6 of 16

Gee, I have not had a problem with blatantly obtrusive ads or anything like that.  Maybe I'm lucky because I don't use any Microsoft stuff and that commercial crap can't deal with Unix based systems.

 

I can relate to the funding issue, though.  For over 20 years I've been hosting Team.Net sportscar related stuff on a volunteer basis.  About $100 a month comes out of my pocket to keep it on the air, and I rely on donations to cover it.  If each and every one of the 10,000+ subscribers gave me a dollar a year for the service they get I'd be a happy camper.  THAT ain't gonna happen.

 

I, for one, am satisfied with the current state of affairs here on ChefTalk.

 

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post #7 of 16
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Nicko, thank you for responding. I have a tremendous amount of respect for you and your site, I would hate to see it going down the drain. Ever since the Huddler update I'm having problems after problem, reply boxes unresponsive, very difficult quoting and multi-quoting, insane delays, the problem mentioned by foodpump is not isolated to him, I've had it several time. I'm very computer litterate, I have built several sites including a very large successful advertiser-sponsored free community similar to this one. The double ad pop-up including one with video which woke up my son during his afternoon nap was the thing that took it all over the top for me.


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Originally Posted by Nicko View Post

First, think before you post a thread with this title. It gets indexed by google pretty quick.

Why is that a problem? Worst that can happen, someone searching for "word-that-was-in-my-title" will get this thread as a search result, and may end up on this site by accident, making you money. 

 

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The ads are lousy but they keep the site running plain and simple. We have tried in the past to ask members for donations and it was a JOKE! Of hundreds of users barely 15 people donated. We offered paid memberships and we had about 26 people opt in for a 12.00 a year subscription. It would be great to run the site with out ads but it doesn't pay the bills. Keep in mind all ChefTalk.com is free to you.

 

You're missing the point. You're comparing the ad based model to the no-ad model. I embrace the ad model, but I was trying to point out that it requires a delicate balance of ads that don't disturb the functionment of the site to the point of alienating its visitors/content providers.

 

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I suggest you use ad blocker. 

I like to visit this site on many computers, when I'm visiting friends, family, on my wife's computer, at work, etc... I am not always able to configure all those computers the way I see it. And for a site to be successful it shouldn't require to configure one's computer in a special way just to visit that site, nor should you expect visitors to be computer-literate enough to know how to download extra software or change browser. Otherwise you're seriously restricting your audience. 

 

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Keep in mind all ChefTalk.com is free to you.

 

And keep in mind we provide ChefTalk.com's content free to you. It's a two way street: you provide the infrastructure for a free service supported by advertisers, we use the service and provide the content. 

 

When I threaten to give up on cheftalk.com I'm not expecting anyone to be really concerned about it. When a pro like foodpump explains he's already partially cut down on his activity on this site, you may want to try and understand why in order to avoid alienating other important members. 

 

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Originally Posted by Nicko View Post

We have reported the ads to the marketing team and it should of been removed.

 
Thank you! I strongly appreciate that. 

 


Edited by French Fries - 12/10/11 at 11:11pm
post #8 of 16
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Maybe I'm lucky because I don't use any Microsoft stuff and that commercial crap can't deal with Unix based systems.


I use Mac OS which is a Unix based system. You must be lucky for another reason. 

post #9 of 16

Google Chrome with adblock works like a dream.

post #10 of 16

french fries you are totally right on your first post.

 

I did encounter some problem too.

 

and that is very very annoying indeed!.

 

even I got stuck with one forum the past few days.

 

it does cause probleme to the site!.

 

shame really!.

 

there is certainly a way to goes around that probleme.

 

me over here getting ad from French side. one particular is a pop up, asking me to chat a girl from nowhere in france, that is a strange ad but just plain intrution.

always the same girl Alice. "HI you are Their!" (tu es la!), well who is that ad. that is not an ad.  or for example saying that I have won an Ipad etc. pop up blocker does work but my antivirus program over load and restricting access and it actually scan everything...........

 

 

 

post #11 of 16

I use Firefox and haven't had any sort of problem, so far.

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Nicko View Post

We have reported the ads to the marketing team and it should of been removed.


FYI the ads have not been removed. Here's a video ad that just took over the whole site for me. 

 

 

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Here's another problem where a banner ad is taking over the bottom of an image-uploader making it impossible to access the Cancel/Submit buttons at the bottom.

 

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Edited by French Fries - 12/13/11 at 9:07am
post #13 of 16
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And the dreaded double-pop up, one on top of the other!!! eek.gif Still there - that's FOUR ads overlapping each other: two banners, two pop-ups, look at that screenshot: 

 

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post #14 of 16

The ads are making me have to click the back button on the browser multiple times now to go back.

post #15 of 16

I am also having to click the back button several times.

post #16 of 16

Every back click the ads change too.

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