Talking ads?


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Last night, one of the side by side ads at the top of my screen, started talking. It startled me, as I was sitting in a quiet house and wasn't expecting it, since I've never had an ad with noise from CSO. It was a nationwide ad and I use firefox.

Any possibility that you can request silent ads?


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I hate ads that automatically play. One of the worst was on the fantasy site. It was a Geico advertisement. The loud audio starts with no action on the viewer's part and it says something like "You can't stop this Geico ad from playing because it is already over!"

Anyway, all auto-play audio and video ads are disabled here. As a side note, I have all nuisance ads disabled, such as pop-overs, pop-unders, interstitial ads that force you to click so that you can read the next page, etc.

There are multimedia ads, but theoretically you have to mouse over it for a few seconds or click it to play.

Of course, some advertisers break the rules, but with enough information I can put in a ban request.

I do note that sometimes if you are on a desktop, the mouseover range can be a little generous, and I've seen it sometimes to where if you move a mouse over an advert and then off the window if the ad is at the edge, it will start the playback.

If you see it again, can you please verify that it plays automatically without any chance of the mouse being near or over the ad? And note which ad location, for example, I think you mean the left-hand large rectangular ad at the top, next to the Clek/Nuna ads? might be enough to ban it, but if you are willing to see the destination URL, that would be more information I can use.

I am watching for a Nationwide as here also, but many ads are targeted based on your region or browsing history so it may not appear for me. I have not seen an autoplay ad here that I was able to confirm in a long time, but ads vary so much that even though I have a lot of page views, I probably don't even see 10% of what other members see due to targeting.


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I want to thank you for all you do to make our experience here so nice. This website has got to be the nicest one I frequent in regards to ads. And I love that you are so proactive in making the ad experience even better.

So, tonight I got another talking ad. I am on a macbook using firefox and it is the left ad of the two under the sponsored ads on the page. Tonight I hit the quote button on someone's post, which is on the right side of the screen and then quickly scrolled down using my fingers on my trackpad, so that I could get to the reply box. I am almost positive that I didn't roll over the ad at all before it started playing. Tonight it was an at&t ad.

I am having issues uploading the screenshot to photobucket but I can message it to you?


Admin - Webmaster
No screenshot is needed with your description since it's a major advertiser:) But you are welcome to email it to wembaster "at" car-seat "dot" org. If you see it again and it does the same thing, the resulting URL would be handy just to make sure it's not some third party advertising for them such that a block on AT&T or Nationwide wouldn't actually affect it. I'll keep looking for them as well.

Has anyone else seen these auto-play ads?

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