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Topic # 185755 4-Dec-2015 02:59
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From today (Dec 3) Stuff have added a *most annoying* pop-down for "suggested news" every time you scroll up on one of their news pages.
It has a close link but this doesn't stick across other pages, so as soon as you move to another news story it reappears.
It is driving me nuts.
Anybody know if there is a way to disable it.
I have made my views known by writing to Stuff - but I doubt it will make any difference.

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  Reply # 1440246 4-Dec-2015 05:26
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It probably won't make a jot of difference. Tell them, instead, your going to read another infotainment site.

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  Reply # 1440250 4-Dec-2015 06:52
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Add:

div.recommendedBar { display: none !important; }

to your user style sheet. You can usually find this in your browser's advanced settings.

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  Reply # 1440251 4-Dec-2015 06:55
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Agree, it's really annoying.  I also find grab one's new layout annoying too.  I use the scroll bar on my mouse to scroll down and it opens up detail boxes when you hover over any spot on the page - bad design, but I'm seeing a lot of it lately.  Do they not do user testing?

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  Reply # 1440253 4-Dec-2015 07:01
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Yep it sucks, i thought it was spam etc when it first happened.

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  Reply # 1440254 4-Dec-2015 07:02
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Very annoying.

Wont be visiting Stuff as much now if this pops up every time

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  Reply # 1440299 4-Dec-2015 08:58
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Adblock Plus manages to get rid of it ok... drove me nuts for the hour that I attempted to put up with it

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  Reply # 1440362 4-Dec-2015 10:24
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Finch: Very annoying.

Wont be visiting Stuff as much now if this pops up every time


Heres a good reason to stop visiting stuff completely - their CRAP misleading clickbait style of reporting:

Headline on the front page :  "McDonalds all day breakfast is here"  you then click thru to the article titled "McDonalds All day breakfast is headed to NZ"

then in the article "McDonald's spokeswoman Kim Bartlett said she couldn't confirm a nationwide rollout just yet, "but it's possible..."





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  Reply # 1440369 4-Dec-2015 10:43
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I stopped visiting stuff when they intentionally put the sports section at the very bottom forcing you to scroll through all their trash articles to get there

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  Reply # 1440374 4-Dec-2015 11:01
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There's no denying that stuff is crap.  Little news to speak of and heavy reliance of press releases and reader submissions.  I suspect it's used by students for homework assignments.

I read several overseas papers and you see the same stories in the UK, NZ, and US.  It indicates to me that there is not much real journalism going on in any of them.

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  Reply # 1440434 4-Dec-2015 12:42
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I stopped reading Stuff when they were headlining news items that had nothing of interest to anyone in New Zealand. 

There'd be a headline like "Police stop driver after 180km/hr car chase" thinking it was a New Zealand story only to discover it's a story from Woolloomooloo or some other unheard of place on Oz.




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  Reply # 1440567 4-Dec-2015 14:47
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Yes v. annoying

adblock:

stuff.co.nz##.recommendedBar



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  Reply # 1440607 4-Dec-2015 15:47
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slingynz: Yes v. annoying

adblock:

stuff.co.nz##.recommendedBar


thanks - also works for me in ublock origin.

Got a reply from stuff . . .  seems they are looking at making some changes but I find the part about positive feedback hard to believe.

 

Thank you for taking the time to write.

 

We only launched our recommended bar yesterday, so we're grateful for your prompt feedback.

 

The response from our readers has been generally positive, but based on feedback like yours we're introducing some changes, including removing the bar from the Stuff homepage. We're also re-thinking how the 'close' button on the recommended bar should work.

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  Reply # 1440613 4-Dec-2015 15:59
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The new feature is very annoying.

Anybody also noticed the videos are on some kind of autoplay too ie play one video and then it continues to play random videos afterwards. Very annoying considering the videos are never related.

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  Reply # 1440616 4-Dec-2015 16:16
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does anyone have a picture of what this looks like, i cant seem to make it show up.






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  Reply # 1440643 4-Dec-2015 17:11
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l43a2: does anyone have a picture of what this looks like, i cant seem to make it show up.


seems they have removed the pop-down.
That was fast.
I'm assuming that the feedback must have been overwhelmingly negative for it to be removed that quickly.

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