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  # 1400869 6-Oct-2015 11:20
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freitasm: For those with false positive, are you using Ghostery or other such software?


Plain Win10 here and I get the message too.....IE11.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1400871 6-Oct-2015 11:21
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freitasm: For those with false positive, are you using Ghostery or other such software?


I only have Pop-Up blocker selected in IE11, and have no software installed to stop ads. OS is Win8.1

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  # 1400874 6-Oct-2015 11:22
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I'm running an ad blocker, but i don't get the message...
Feeling like I'm missing out.

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  # 1400875 6-Oct-2015 11:25
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We are looking at ways of reminding people that ads are our only revenue for the site.

Currently we see around 35% of pages served to browsers with ad blockers installed.

We already put a red bar on top of the pages asking for people to whitelist Geekzone and a yellow bar reminding people that there's a Geekzone subscription option.

I was recently approached by a startup that is pitching a subscription service - the difference here is that instead of users subscribing to Geekzone, users sign up for this service and any website running this service will offer subscribers' features and receive a share of the monthly payment based on pageviews. The advantage for the user is that if this company manages to get some good sites behind it then users get "one subscription to rule them all".

Comments on the idea?





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  # 1400877 6-Oct-2015 11:27
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I have a ad blocker in place and get a big red banner at top, no dramas for me. 


But I have a suggestion. 


Instead of having a static one at the top, maybe have a dynamic, floating one which actually moves down as you scroll down. Because now it just sits on top of the page and it can get avoided but if there was a floating / migrating one on the side, it would be more prominent on your face sort of thing .


only thing is color can be say changed from Red to something slightly digestible, so that it doesn't put users off. 

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  # 1400878 6-Oct-2015 11:28
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I probably have an ad blocker, and pop-up supressor, and maybe other 'protective' things, and have absolutely no control over it, because it's not my computer, it's my employers, and they very sensibly don't allow me to look at or fritz with the (IE11) settings.
I expect / hope this is a reasonably common setup in a corporate environment.

If I only have non-work access to Geekzone, then I'm probably not going to be on much.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1400884 6-Oct-2015 11:35
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freitasm: I actually don't like the idea of a floating banner - that's one thing I find annoying in websites.



Have to agree there, Would also bring my little work PC to a standstill.

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  # 1400886 6-Oct-2015 11:37
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freitasm: I actually don't like the idea of a floating banner - that's one thing I find annoying in websites.

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The reason I'm currently running an ad-blocker is because a few weeks ago a large advert for Philips shavers appeared which took up a significant part of the page and it showed a video clip.  Small static ads I don't mind, but ones that pop up and take over a large part of the screen whilst showing video I'm not prepared to put up with.

-  Perhaps some stricter vetting of ads is called for?

-  I realise this is done by 3rd parties, but there must be guidelines you can give them specifying which types of adverts are not permitted on your site?





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grant_k: The reason I'm currently running an ad-blocker is because a few weeks ago a large advert for Philips shavers appeared which took up a significant part of the page and it showed a video clip.  Small static ads I don't mind, but ones that pop up and take over a large part of the screen whilst showing video I'm not prepared to put up with.

-  Perhaps some stricter vetting of ads is called for?

-  I realise this is done by 3rd parties, but there must be guidelines you can give them specifying which types of adverts are not permitted on your site?


We don't allow popups, auto play, auto sound ads. From your description and looking at the ads in the queue I think this is one that expands when the cursor is hovering over it for three seconds or longer. It actually has a little 'ear tab" at the bottom that moves as the cursor is on top of it, to indicate time to play.






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  # 1400915 6-Oct-2015 11:48
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freitasm: I was recently approached by a startup that is pitching a subscription service - the difference here is that instead of users subscribing to Geekzone, users sign up for this service and any website running this service will offer subscribers' features and receive a share of the monthly payment based on pageviews. The advantage for the user is that if this company manages to get some good sites behind it then users get "one subscription to rule them all".

 


Comments on the idea?

 



Is this option likely to cost us more?

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  # 1400919 6-Oct-2015 11:50
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freitasm:
grant_k: The reason I'm currently running an ad-blocker is because a few weeks ago a large advert for Philips shavers appeared which took up a significant part of the page and it showed a video clip.  Small static ads I don't mind, but ones that pop up and take over a large part of the screen whilst showing video I'm not prepared to put up with.

-  Perhaps some stricter vetting of ads is called for?

-  I realise this is done by 3rd parties, but there must be guidelines you can give them specifying which types of adverts are not permitted on your site?


We don't allow popups, auto play, auto sound ads. From your description and looking at the ads in the queue I think this is one that expands when the cursor is hovering over it for three seconds or longer. It actually has a little 'ear tab" at the bottom that moves as the cursor is on top of it, to indicate time to play.

Thanks for explaining that Mauricio.  Yes it could have been the one that annoyed me as similar adverts do on other sites.  3 seconds isn't very long really if you get distracted by something else.

I really should get around to renewing my subscription and then it wouldn't be an issue smile





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  # 1400921 6-Oct-2015 11:53
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freitasm:

 

We are looking at ways of reminding people that ads are our only revenue for the site.

Currently we see around 35% of pages served to browsers with ad blockers installed.

We already put a red bar on top of the pages asking for people to whitelist Geekzone and a yellow bar reminding people that there's a Geekzone subscription option.

I was recently approached by a startup that is pitching a subscription service - the difference here is that instead of users subscribing to Geekzone, users sign up for this service and any website running this service will offer subscribers' features and receive a share of the monthly payment based on pageviews. The advantage for the user is that if this company manages to get some good sites behind it then users get "one subscription to rule them all".

Comments on the idea?

 


If we could pay this 3rd party by credit card, and the process was simple, I'd be all in favour of the idea.

One of the things which delays me in renewing my sub is the need to use PayPal which I've pretty much dumped as most other sites have their own eCommerce facilities now.

So a qualified Yes vote from me.





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