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Video Pop-ups
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, June 3, 2023 9:17 AM

I think this site has been hijacked. Video pop-ups keep appearing and reappearing just as soon as you close them. They interfere with posting. I see the problem on my cell and  tablet.

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, June 3, 2023 9:50 AM

Not sure if it's available on your platforms but I installed uBlock Origin on my PCs/Chrome browsers.  It's an ad blocker and all the BS went away.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, June 3, 2023 11:18 AM

Not sure either but I might have to look into it. Or I might be done here.

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Posted by MJY65 on Saturday, June 3, 2023 12:36 PM

I'm getting the same garbage.  Seems to have started yesterday for me.

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, June 3, 2023 3:32 PM

MJY65

I'm getting the same garbage.  Seems to have started yesterday for me.

 

Same here, yesterday 

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, June 3, 2023 4:34 PM

I'm with John. I've got the ad blocker extensions active on both my phone and laptop browsers, and I haven't seen a popup (on this site, at least) for years. They cut out 99% of that cr*p across the board.

Greg

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Sunday, June 4, 2023 4:55 AM

AdBlock on my laptop here.  No issues.  It really only became necessary in recent years because ads on most sites have gotten to the point of overriding the content, and that's going too far.  Seems to me that the original purpose of ads has gotten lost and they're now self-defeating because they're too intrusive.

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Posted by Tim Kidwell on Monday, June 5, 2023 8:51 AM

Bakster

I think this site has been hijacked. Video pop-ups keep appearing and reappearing just as soon as you close them. They interfere with posting. I see the problem on my cell and  tablet.

 

Good morning,

FineScale.com has not been hijacked. We've contracted with a new ad partner, so the ads look different and react differently on the screen than they did previously. I sympathyize that popup ads detract from the overall experience. However, advertising decisions are out of editorial's hands, and, the fact is they help keep FSM going. If you would like to lodge your opinion about the web-based ads, the best way to do it is by sending an email to customerservice@FineScaleModeler.info.

Thanks,

TK 

 

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, June 5, 2023 10:02 PM

Tim Kidwell

 

 
Bakster

I think this site has been hijacked. Video pop-ups keep appearing and reappearing just as soon as you close them. They interfere with posting. I see the problem on my cell and  tablet.

 

 

 

Good morning,

FineScale.com has not been hijacked. We've contracted with a new ad partner, so the ads look different and react differently on the screen than they did previously. I sympathyize that popup ads detract from the overall experience. However, advertising decisions are out of editorial's hands, and, the fact is they help keep FSM going. If you would like to lodge your opinion about the web-based ads, the best way to do it is by sending an email to customerservice@FineScaleModeler.info.

Thanks,

TK 

Hi Tim, thanks for advising. Sadly, and especially with using my smartphone, it makes posting near impossible. The ad covers the post when one tries to write it. I will probably lodge a complaint, but...  maybe not. 

Thanks again for responding

 

 

 

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 9:30 AM

Try installing an ad blocker as the others have suggested. That will very likely resolve this for you.

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 10:55 AM

I run uBlock Origin on my notebook and workstation.  It's free and got rid of everything.  Haven't found a solution for my iPhone yet and agree - it's about unusable.

You can get uBlock Origin here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm

 

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by DUSTER on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 10:51 PM

 

 correction-ish Zip it!

Steve

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Posted by Tim Kidwell on Thursday, June 8, 2023 7:47 AM

DUSTER

 

 correction-ish Zip it!

 

Duster, I'm sorry to see you modified your original post. I had an ad for Always maxi-pads pop up earlier, and I thought, "Wow, hitting the exact demographic with that one."

Like it or not, these ads generate revenue for FSM that helps pay my salary, along with the salaries for rest of the editorial staff and designers. The brand has to make money or there will be no FSM. I know there are those on the FSM Forum and in general who have a dim view of FSM and FSM's demise may not bother them, but it bothers me--again, it's my job. But more than that, FSM is an important part of the scale modeling hobby. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't put nearly as much time and effort into as I do.

You've been here a long time, and I know you know all of this. And perhaps I'm being too candid for some, but, on this front, I have to accept that I can't change it and concentrate on the things I can change.  

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Thursday, June 8, 2023 8:19 AM

Tim Kidwell
Like it or not, these ads generate revenue for FSM that helps pay my salary, along with the salaries for rest of the editorial staff and designers. The brand has to make money or there will be no FSM. I know there are those on the FSM Forum and in general who have a dim view of FSM and FSM's demise may not bother them, but it bothers me--again, it's my job. But more than that, FSM is an important part of the scale modeling hobby. If I didn't believe that, I wouldn't put nearly as much time and effort into as I do.

I'm sure we all understand that the ads help you generate revenue and help pay your salary.  But, as a couple of guys who participate here on their phones have pointed out, the latest set of ads with video pop-ups are making the forum unusable for them.  If they can't use the forum, they stop coming, and the ads generate less and less revenue because of the decrease in traffic.  I'm also sure you're aware of that, and I know there is very little you can do to change it.  Just saying that the ad situation is out of balance and now seems to be defeating its own purpose, by driving traffic away, or forcing people to use ad blockers because of how disruptive it is to the intended purpose of the forum.  I don't think any of us mind side-bar advertising.  But the ads that interrupt your posting or kick you out of the forum mid-post are a source of frustration for a lot of us. 2 cents

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Posted by Bakster on Thursday, June 8, 2023 5:09 PM

Eaglecash, that is well said.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, June 9, 2023 7:17 AM

I use a phone,I use Duckduckgo as my browser,no ads,no pop-up videos,so there's no need to leave the forum if you use a phone,just use an ad blocking browser.

I just don't understand all the hand wringing,it's like anything in life,adapt or die.

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Posted by the Baron on Friday, June 9, 2023 1:07 PM

Tojo72

I use a phone,I use Duckduckgo as my browser,no ads,no pop-up videos,so there's no need to leave the forum if you use a phone,just use an ad blocking browser.

I just don't understand all the hand wringing,it's like anything in life,adapt or die. 

Yes

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Posted by stikpusher on Friday, June 9, 2023 2:29 PM

In favor of the original complaint, not everyone is as tech savvy, wants or knows how to add the pop up blockers or use a browser. The adds are most annoying, especially as they bounce around the screen and come back multiple times after being closed.

I do realize that FSM has to pay the bills, and these adds help do that. But it is something of a self inflicted wound to make the site more difficult or enjoyable in use that tends to drive away a percentage longtime members. None of the members will die from this. But in theory, less use of the site could lead to its' demise as a cost cutting measure.

 

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Posted by Bakster on Friday, June 9, 2023 3:06 PM

Tojo72

I use a phone,I use Duckduckgo as my browser,no ads,no pop-up videos,so there's no need to leave the forum if you use a phone,just use an ad blocking browser.

I just don't understand all the hand wringing,it's like anything in life,adapt or die.

 

I tried your duckduckgo idea and it made no difference. Problem remains.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, June 9, 2023 5:40 PM

Makes no sense,it's a pop up blocking browser that blocks everything on my phone,can't say why it doesnt work for you

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Posted by keavdog on Friday, June 9, 2023 5:57 PM

I understand adtech - used to work in and around it.  I don't think any usability/ui/ux advisor would say this is a good idea.

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by disastermaster on Saturday, June 10, 2023 12:00 AM

      
Hey guys!

 I still have a landline so, not a problem for me. I talk to people when I am called at home.
This way I don't have a wireless noose around my neck so I can be jerked around.
 
 The only reason I even have a simple flip phone (that stays turned off 99% of the time) is to call in a car problem if I should have a breakdown.

Otherwise, I don't really have any use for it.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, June 10, 2023 5:40 AM

How quaint

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Posted by Bakster on Saturday, June 10, 2023 7:35 PM

Tojo72

Makes no sense,it's a pop up blocking browser that blocks everything on my phone,can't say why it doesnt work for you

 

 

Tojo... now that I have more time to look at this closer ... I got it to work using DuckDuckGo. No more ads. I put it on my iPad and phone. I am sure I will need to do the same on my PC.

Thanks for the tip.

 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, June 10, 2023 7:46 PM

Bakster

 

 
Tojo72

Makes no sense,it's a pop up blocking browser that blocks everything on my phone,can't say why it doesnt work for you

 

 

 

 

Tojo... now that I have more time to look at this closer ... I got it to work using DuckDuckGo. No more ads. I put it on my iPad and phone. I am sure I will need to do the same on my PC.

Thanks for the tip.

 

 

Excellent,I'm not a tech guy,so I really couldnt say anything beyond what I said,glad you got it.

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, June 12, 2023 11:12 AM

Well, I just had a nice long detailed reply erased by the pop up induced glitches... guess I won't be doing any of those responses anymore and stick to short posts.

 

F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

N is for NO SURVIVORS...

       - Plankton

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Tuesday, June 13, 2023 9:30 PM

Yeah, the same thing happened to me so I just gave up!  These pop up ads are getting very frustrating.

TJS

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 5:28 AM

I mostly view the forum on my kindle. The pop ups are literally 20-25% of my screen. Ridiculous. There is advertising and then there is trying to jam it down your throat. 

 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 7:09 AM

Gotta try pop up blockers,if I can do it,anyone should be able to.

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Posted by Having-fun on Thursday, June 29, 2023 5:03 PM

 

I have not seen any adds, the reason being is that my virus checker ( It is not a free version, I pay for it ) is very good at blocking adds. In case you like to know the make of the virus checker is Kaspersky, yes, I know, it is made in Russia, but, I had it for several years and never ever had allowed a virus to invade my PC. The problem with Kaspersky is that the add blocker is so strict that it even blocks some news channels that like to print adds, such as Fox news, etc.

Besides this it work very well.

Joe

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