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  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,188
    amaferanga wrote:
    I see the ridiculous obtrusive advertising is back. Just had some stupid ad for a car cover the whole screen.

    I still don't get how the folk behind the site and the ads can be so stupid to think that irritating adverts actually work. They p!ss people off - p!ssed off people don't buy your stupid products!

    ^^ This. It's beginning to make me sad.
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  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 11,071
    Wobbling pages, jumping pages, blanket ads - got to be the most unpleasant, intrusive and frustrating website anywhere on the web at the moment. Seriously guys, if the aim is to alienate users, then you are succeeding in spectacular fashion.
  • secretsamsecretsam Posts: 4,627
    Imposter wrote:
    Wobbling pages, jumping pages, blanket ads - got to be the most unpleasant, intrusive and frustrating website anywhere on the web at the moment. Seriously guys, if the aim is to alienate users, then you are succeeding in spectacular fashion.

    +1> Firefox. Windows 7.

    It's just a hill. Get over it.
  • sandyballssandyballs Posts: 575
    The forums website is now unusable for me. I use ipad and iPhone but as soon as I click a sub forum or thread I am navigated straight to a random game in the App Store. This started about. 3 days ago but I had taken a break for a few days before that. I have applied all restrictions in my devices including child restrictions on the App Store but they still get through. It took 6 attempts to get to this thread without an App Store pop up.
  • plowmarplowmar Posts: 1,032
    Relating to my previous comments my 'fix' was coincidental as the adverts came back. Spoke to my daughter's hubbie who told me about 'AdBlock'.

    Downloaded it a couple of days ago and there have been no further adverts no matter which site I am on. The program works with windows 7 and other OS are mentioned on the AdBlock site.

    You are asked to make a voluntary donation but given my mistrust I didn't do anything but if things stay satisfactory may go ahead and give something.
  • rjgrrjgr Posts: 51
    As reported to you above you have an advertiser with and auto-redirect script/code running diverting your customers to some rubbish on the App Store. This is the most annoying user experience - please fix it and bar the cretins responsible!

    :evil:
  • ChrisChris Posts: 81 QA
    I'm looking into this now.

    Just to clarify, we do not want any ads with this sort of behaviour, so it must be a rogue one somewhere.
  • plowmarplowmar Posts: 1,032
    Further to my comment above I tried to clarify site needed to stop adverts but it looks as though it hasn't posted.

    site in simple terms is capital a lower case d capital b lower cases lock
  • rundlerundle Posts: 52
    I used to spend time at Roadbikereview and eventually so annoyed by the advertising and scripts on that site that I left, haven't been there for years.

    Just checked it, it is worse than ever with the scripts loading and the pages jumping around like mad.

    I didn't think a site could be bunged up worse than that. I was wrong. BikeRadar and CyclingNews set the new standard.

    There is more advertising than there is content and the jumping around drives me nuts. Seriously? Full width banner ads in the middle of a page, in the middle of a thread?

    Completely ruined. Whoever dreamed this up needs to be unemployed.

    I'll check back in a few years.
  • Who came up with the idea of a "Take our survey" ad that blocks access to BR, and which has NO "X" TO CLOSE IT?

    FFS! Access to this site should not be conditional on having to take a bloody survey first. The only workable solution is to kill the window completely and try again later.

    Ipad, Safari, if anyone who can do anything about this cares.
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  • rundlerundle Posts: 52
    they don't.

    clearly.
  • diydiy Posts: 6,680
    Have I picked up some sort of virus or has bike radar started embedding IntelliTXT in the forum. All the posts are getting linked to irrelevant texts.

    Anyone else got this happening?
  • bompingtonbompington Posts: 7,639
    I know they pay for the site and it's pointless to complain, etc.

    But the hideous click-bait Outbrain links under "promoted stories" are doing my head in.
  • englanderenglander Posts: 232
    bompington wrote:
    I know they pay for the site and it's pointless to complain, etc.

    But the hideous click-bait Outbrain links under "promoted stories" are doing my head in.

    I just did a search for "Outbrain" to see if I've got a virus, or if it is indeed genuinely someone's decision to run those types of ads. They even seem to get through a particular extension on browsers which blocks ads. I'm gradually moving away from Bikeradar because of the excessive advertising.
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  • thegibdogthegibdog Posts: 2,106
    bompington wrote:
    I know they pay for the site and it's pointless to complain, etc.

    But the hideous click-bait Outbrain links under "promoted stories" are doing my head in.
    +1
  • Jeff JonesJeff Jones Posts: 1,865 Editor
    Who came up with the idea of a "Take our survey" ad that blocks access to BR, and which has NO "X" TO CLOSE IT?

    FFS! Access to this site should not be conditional on having to take a bloody survey first. The only workable solution is to kill the window completely and try again later.

    Ipad, Safari, if anyone who can do anything about this cares.
    That was a problem with the overlays, which should have been fixed a while back.

    We're trying a less intrusive approach for surveys now.
    Jeff Jones

    Product manager, Sports
  • cab3086cab3086 Posts: 35
    I see the car adverts are back top, sides and not bottom of the page!! And these adverts keep resizing my display which, ADMIN is very very ANNOYING!!
  • iPad here, Virgin active advert is making the screen jump up and down, and frankly inducing mirgranes if I'm not careful and driving me to the laptop which makes them disapear, no other site does this.
  • eddiefiolaeddiefiola Posts: 344
    I work in advertising, my company makes millions of dollars a year from advertising, this is one of the rare sites I use Adblock on...
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,506
    Think there's an ad serving malicious content somewhere on here - opened multiple threads this morning on my phone and got attempted redirects to install (presumably) malicious apps on the Play store
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  • I work in advertising, my company makes millions of dollars a year from advertising, this is one of the rare sites I use **Nobody likes ads but they pay for the site so please have the class not to whine about them** on...

    So I should just suck up a Migraine? yes sure it's a free to use service but even so, and frankly I rather suspect causing a browser to shift position so is not a designed feature.
  • eddiefiolaeddiefiola Posts: 344
    Hey Roger, maybe it wasn't clear as bikeradar changed the text of my message in between the ** are their words not mine.

    I rarely use a certain browser extension as I work in advertising but I do on this site as it's one of the worst offenders in how they monetize their visitors.

    So I believe we are agreeing.
  • Hey Roger, maybe it wasn't clear as bikeradar changed the text of my message in between the ** are their words not mine.

    I rarely use a certain browser extension as I work in advertising but I do on this site as it's one of the worst offenders in how they monetize their visitors.

    So I believe we are agreeing.

    ah so it does! and looks like that plug in or similar will be coming to a iphone/ipad soon http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-34173732

    *for bikeradar* clearly adverts do pay for the site, but equally the intrusive nature on this site does drive people to the plugins.

    The only reason I have it installed is for here, i disabled it from time to time but am always forced back.
  • 964cup964cup Posts: 1,359
    So in response to people using ad-blockers, IM have followed the trend for including disguised advertising within the site itself in the form of "sponsored features". Blech. If you had a sensible ad policy, you wouldn't need this kind of underhand anti-journalism. Just refuse overlays, pop-outs, video & audio and all that other dancing baloney; include straight still-image ads within the feature listing on the front page every nth article, or a static sidebar like a certain other weekly cycling site, and it wouldn't be a problem. Or get with the programme and offer an ad-free version behind a paywall.
  • So, is the advert which automatically plays a super-loud video with no mute option another "oops we didn't realise" or is it another intentional decision?

    FYI I simply shut the site down because it drowns out anything else I'm playing, like a radio stream, or it annoys anyone else within about 100 yards or so.

    Come on guys, this isn't the way to do things.
  • on IOS you get a pop up Game of wars advert, that if you try to close you get diverted to app store to download lad brooks etc, close the tab, and try again and around the loop you go.

    This site is currently the only reasons I have the software you don't like, on the laptop, getting very close to installing something on IOS I currently whitelist all but Bikeradar.com.

    common guys others manage not to do advertising with out driving users to plug ins etc.
  • diydiy Posts: 6,680
    2nded on game of war. you won't get any click thru revenue on it anyway so may as well block it. It's well know malware.
  • Should be sorted now guys. Thanks for feedback.
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  • diydiy Posts: 6,680
    no it's still happening. I think there is more than one
  • no it's still happening. I think there is more than one

    Where are you getting redirected to?
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