This topic was created by I ain't Spartacus.
Really annoying HP Envy Advert!
I know you're funded by advertising. I don't object to this in the slightest. I'm afraid the only time I click on your ads is when I'm on the iPad and miss though.
Please please please don't run shitty ads that expand out of their box, whoosh across the screen and get right in the bloody way of everything! They're really annoying. Particularly when you read 4 or 5 pages, and it does it to you EVERY... BLOODY... TIME!
In this case I'm complaining about the amazing screen covering HP Envy ad that keeps zooming across my screen. There was a time, last Autumn I think, when you were running an MS ad that did this, for about 3 weeks. I don't want to enable an ad blocker, and take away from your revenue. But this sort of obnoxious ad is what'll make me do it. From discussions back then, I know I'm not alone.
Please can you impress this point upon your advertising sales guys. With a 10lb lump hammer if needs be. I don't mind bright colours. I don't mind moving, blinking images (though others do). I don't mind if you make them a bit bigger and I have to scroll (well I do, but I'll put up with it). But for pity's sake, please, NO expanding and no sound.
It is hellaciously annoying and I'm almost certain that it's counterproductive. I don't generally buy stuff from companies that have honed my mild dislike of them into a thermal lance of hatred and despite...
Badly behaved adverts
This ad (and a Google ad currently on the site) is badly coded. We have alerted the agencies responsible and are trying to get them fixed.
We assume that they are behaving badly everywhere they are running.
Re: Badly behaved adverts
Thanks. I wondered about that, after I posted. I saw the ad again, and noticed that there was a button on the bottom left, saying 'expand'. So my suspicion is that it was doing that without user input. Also, when I tried to click on the close button at the top right to un-expand it, as soon as my mouse hovered over the ad it disappeared back up to its normal size again.
I'm using Firefox 18.0. (I hadn't realised their release numbers had got so high, I guess that's auto-update for you).
Do you use third party ad networks, rather than selling/hosting them direct then? Or possibly a mix? I've seen problems with that before, where the site doesn't control the ads, but gets the blame from users. Perhaps you should have some way for users to complain about specific ads, so you can deal with the issue. In the same way I can flag a comment for moderation, perhaps I ought to be able to flag an individual ad. As it seems to be quite common for ads to be 'badly coded', and just happen to go flying across the screen. I assume it's normally accident, as it pisses so many people off, but I wonder if some companies do it deliberately...
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