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Old 11-07-2019, 10:21 AM   #1
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ads overtaking site or just my imagination

I guess it's time for an old geezer rant and I don't really expect any changes but just need to vent a little. It seems to me that ads on the site are increasing tremendously and taking over more and more of the real estate. I begin to wonder how long it will be before the actual posts will be lost in the background. On my desktop there is even a pop up ad that appears every time I use the back button. Very frustrating.

Am I the only one that notices it or feels this way? I realize running a website takes a lot of work and costs money. I had one of my own for 5 years and one of the reasons I took it down was because of the cost. However, a site of this size and active participation probably wouldn't have had a problem raising enough revenue with just a small membership fee. I know I would have gladly paid 15-20 bucks per year to keep it independent and ad free. All of the knowledge and sharing here would certainly make it worth it.
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I browse the site with Mozilla that has a built-in ad blocker that effectively blocks the side ads.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:52 AM   #3
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Old 11-07-2019, 01:53 PM   #4
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However, a site of this size and active participation probably wouldn't have had a problem raising enough revenue with just a small membership fee. I know I would have gladly paid 15-20 bucks per year to keep it independent and ad free. All of the knowledge and sharing here would certainly make it worth it.
In my not so humble opinion, that's exactly what the new ads are preparing us for: introduce the ads (happened a little while ago) and acclimate the user community to them. And then offer a paid membership to get rid of them.

I posted about it about a month ago:
Website Ads vs. Bug Fixes

At the end of the day, FRF is part of a business and they need revenue to continue.
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Old 11-07-2019, 02:19 PM   #5
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Popup ads are annoying. Make sure you have the popup blocker for your browser turned on. Other than that, I just see 4 ads on the right hand side in the column. They don't bother me. I look at it this way, if ads keep me from paying for something, then good for them. Put those ads on there (as long as not intrusive) and get your money. Hmmm, this next gen GMC Sierra Denali that is looking pretty good. Might have to click on that one.
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Old 11-07-2019, 05:38 PM   #6
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only time I complain is when I pay for something (like membership in a forum, satellite radio, a TV channel, etc, and ads keep popping up.

If I'm paying for an 'ad free service' then don't insult me by pushing ads to my screen.

If it's free, I really can't (and don't) complain.

Ad Blocker is great. No more having to close all the ad windows so you can see what you wanted to in the beginning. For those sites that tell me I have an ad blocker running and to turn it off, I just close the window for that site.
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Old 11-07-2019, 06:13 PM   #7
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WOW .... just added ADBlocker to my Chrome .... the site is a different place ... Thanks
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For those sites that tell me I have an ad blocker running and to turn it off, I just close the window for that site.
I could be wrong, but I predict that's coming here.
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:04 PM   #9
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I browse the site with Mozilla that has a built-in ad blocker that effectively blocks the side ads.



#MeToo. I use Mozilla and Adblock Plus on my phone and laptop. If a site asks me to turn off my ad blocker, I search for another site with same or similar information.
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:20 PM   #10
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I guess wait and see .... wonder what it will $$$ to get rid of ad's in the future ??
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Old 11-07-2019, 07:24 PM   #11
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No problems here with those issues. Have add ablock and others they just out of luck for me seeing the advertisements and lots of ways to get around them. Later RJD
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Over the years, I have kind of developed "blinders" that ignore content on the periphery of the main content I'm reading. I am also able to just scan for keywords when Googling something so I can quickly filter out content that is not of interest to me. So I guess I'm saying that website ads don't really bother me because I ignore them anyway and don't really "see" them.
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I use Ublock Origin add blocker extension on all three of my browsers, Chrome, Firefox, and Edge and see virtually no adds on this site. Don't see adds or popups on most any site actually using that extension.

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Old 11-08-2019, 03:43 PM   #14
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It drives me crazy. Just to see how bad it can get, everyone should experience the jeep forum. It's impossible to use, every time you're ready to click the screen moves again and you get somewhere you didn't want to be, Over and over.
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Old 11-09-2019, 09:12 AM   #15
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I guess it's time for an old geezer rant and I don't really expect any changes but just need to vent a little. It seems to me that ads on the site are increasing tremendously and taking over more and more of the real estate. I begin to wonder how long it will be before the actual posts will be lost in the background. On my desktop there is even a pop up ad that appears every time I use the back button. Very frustrating.

Am I the only one that notices it or feels this way? I realize running a website takes a lot of work and costs money. I had one of my own for 5 years and one of the reasons I took it down was because of the cost. However, a site of this size and active participation probably wouldn't have had a problem raising enough revenue with just a small membership fee. I know I would have gladly paid 15-20 bucks per year to keep it independent and ad free. All of the knowledge and sharing here would certainly make it worth it.
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Old 11-09-2019, 09:25 AM   #16
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I click on as many ads as I can just to generate revenue for this site. I have found that many of them are quite helpful and informative anyways.

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Old 11-09-2019, 09:51 AM   #17
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I can live with the adds on the side,
I hate the ones that look like they have been recommended by the poster !!!
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I click on as many ads as I can just to generate revenue for this site. I have found that many of them are quite helpful and informative anyways.

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I hope you purge your browser cache on a daily basis. Your interests soon find their way to other sites and will only increase the spam you get.
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Ads what ads............................... oh no I just noticed that there are ads................ Never paid attention to them before...

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