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    Exclamation The Bad Advert Thread


    Hi, the purpose of this thread is to keep all reports of bad adverts on the Dev Shed forums in one place.

    What constitutes a bad advert?
    If it has unsuitable content or in some way interfers with your forum experience. An example of this may be an advert that loads incredibly slowly, delaying the rest of the page from loading. Another example would be the type of advert that floats over the other content forcing you to click its close button to get back to your viewing. Yet another example would be an advert with distracting audio that auto-plays.

    What can you do?
    Take a screenshot and post it here along with a description of where on the page the advert is and what exactly is wrong with it. Personally I use ImageShack for image uploads as you don't need an account, it's quick and it's free. Once you've uploaded an image pick the code from the "Thumbnail for forums (1)" box which when posted in a thread looks like this:


    What is the point of me reporting a bad advert?
    The administrators can quickly see what adverts are causing disruption to the forum users and work to solve the problem. Without users reporting the bad adverts the admins have no way of knowing they exist without generally browsing the various forums. Considering that the DS forums are only one part of the network that would be quite unlikely.

    Thank you for your vigilance

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    I have text link ads when I'm logged in. I thought that wasn't supposed to happen?
    Edit: I'm a moron...the computer I was on had a browser extension for ebay highlighting. >__<
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    Hey, what a great thread.

    The top-right animated image on EVERY PAGE still says "tommorow" instead of "tomorrow," and "sign-up" should be "sign up," though the latter is grammatical nitpicking instead of gross spelling error.

    I also find it weird that the ad uses the words "tomorrow" and "today" when the newsletter is weekly.

    This issue was first pseudo reported in the lounge a month ago.

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    This seems to happen every 12th refresh or so.
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    This one is just...egregious.
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    This one was annoying.
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    Yeah, thumbs down to the auto-expanding flash ads. I wouldn't think DS would be the site to finally get me to install flashblock. Shame on you.

    Speaking of which, how come when I read a thread there's a small clear flash app that follows me down the left side of the screen sometimes? What is that for? When I click "activate" on it, it goes away. I assume it's 1x1px, so that's why I can't find it.

    Also, tommorow is still there

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    I use IE8 and no advert blocking system at all and I have never seen a floating Flash block or an expanding ad on the DS forum. I have 5 DS forum pages set to open every time I open IE, in a normal day I might view maybe 20-50 DS forum pages/threads. Maybe I've just been mega lucky in which case I wish my luck would move from forum adverts to lottery tickets.
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    The floating ad is invisible, I only see it because flashblock puts up a little flash icon for every piece of flash it encounters.

    The expanding adverts are real, I saw 3 before installing adblock. I just turned one of them on and it's the Crucial ad, which expands horizontally slightly but not vertically.

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    Originally Posted by Tann San
    I use IE8 and no advert blocking system at all and I have never seen a floating Flash block or an expanding ad on the DS forum. I have 5 DS forum pages set to open every time I open IE, in a normal day I might view maybe 20-50 DS forum pages/threads. Maybe I've just been mega lucky in which case I wish my luck would move from forum adverts to lottery tickets.
    I'm on here a lot, and constantly refreshing... and think this is the 2nd one I've ever seen.... in addition to an occasional survey ad that floats across the screen. But you may just be very lucky.... who knows what the rhyme or reason is for when the adverts are to pop up...
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    When I stared this thread I asked jamespayne to either add it to his watch list or get the person in charge of adverts to do so. I'm not sure he/they have done so but hopefully someone is reading this. It kind of defeats the point if I have to keep PMing him to read each new post. Maybe some admin style feedback would help **hint hint HINT**

    That's interesting about the floating Flash block. I'm going to check my cache and decompile it if it's in there.
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    I found it! Attached.

    The floating Flash's location is:
    Code:
    http://puma.vizu.com/swf/v3/andes.swf?t=1259696300208
    It's invisible, and it floats exactly in the top left corner of the page, even when you scroll. It happened after I posted a reply to a thread.

    According to firebug, the HTML of the item after being hit by flashblock is:
    Code:
    <div 
        bgInactive="url(chrome://flashblock/content/flash.png) no-repeat center" 
        bgActive="url(chrome://flashblock/content/flashplay.png) no-repeat center" 
        style="border: 1px solid rgb(223, 223, 223); background: transparent url(chrome://flashblock/content/flash.png) no-repeat scroll center center; overflow: hidden; -moz-background-clip: border; -moz-background-origin: padding; 
            -moz-background-inline-policy: continuous; min-width: 32px ! important; min-height: 32px ! important; width: 32px; 
            height: 32px; cursor: pointer; display: inline-block; visibility: visible ! important; -moz-box-sizing: border-box;" 
        title="http://puma.vizu.com/swf/v3/andes.swf?t=1259696300208" 
        tabindex="0" 
        role="button"/>
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    I had a look at its guts and it seems to just be your normal advertising junk. It basically stores a bunch of data to a SharedObject which it uses to keep track of various things. It's hard to say what, since it seems to work off data that gets passed in. You can google the Vizu ad catalyst bit to see more about the system in general. I could post the code but I really don't see the need to, it's quite boring stuff.
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    I assumed it was just a tracker, a high-tech version of the 1x1 pixels they used to strew about. You said you wanted to check it out, so I figured I'd let you know.

    Also, for the love of god "tommorow" is still up there

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