Video ads affecting forums

vonfirmath

New member
I am finding that, while viewing a longer thread, my window is being pulled up to the top on occasion. Mostly recently, the Academy ad had finished at the top and there was a new ad called something like "Undercurrent"
 
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Admin

Admin - Webmaster
Can you please describe the issue in more detail? Are you saying they affect the format of the forum layout?

No ads here should exceed the boundaries of the fixed banner size, or play audio or video automatically. It is allowed that a banner can expand, animate or play after you mouse over it for a few seconds, though.

I have been blocking ads that cause layout issues and that autoplay or expand without mouse-over whenever I see them.

If you see it again, any information you can provide would be helpful, including a screenshot and a destination URL or company name. Also, if there is one of those "Ad Choices" arrows in the corner, copying that information may help me to block it as well.

Thanks!
 

rachelandtyke

Well-known member
I have had the same trouble. I will be reading a thread, and all of a sudden, it has scrolled back to the top as a video ad has started to play. Then it keep trying to stay back up at the top and makes it hard to scroll down. I haven't clicked on these video ads to make them play, they just start on their own. I will try to keep an eye out and try to get the info you asked for next time it happens.
 

Admin

Admin - Webmaster
Thanks! Any info appreciated. That's definitely a nuisance type of ad that I will do my best to block.

It's really a sad catch 22. I do my best to filter out garbage ads like downloadables, ringtones, flashy contest ads, politics, religion and various other categories. I don't allow pop-ups, pop-unders, autoplay anything, interstitial ads that force you to close them to go to read a page. None of those, even though they'd increase revenue substantially. And for the efforts, I still have to deal with rogue advertisers that sneak in these types of ads around the blocks set up by the ad networks. And the worst result is the proliferation of ad blockers, which are the worst of the bunch, as they effectively rob many independent sites of the revenues they need to pay costs.

It's a sad state of affairs with ad blockers. More and more sites are starting to detect them and put up warnings if you use one, or block images or some or all content to anyone with an active ad blocker. I hope I'm not forced to do so at some point, but it seems to be the trend.
 

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