Re: Round robin blame
100 times this.
I was just fondly remembering the days when consumer level commercial activity wasn't allowed onto the network and for whatever reason there was still a functional internet there. How could this be without having pop-up video ads for deoderant? Without flash banners spawning little UFO's and without even a blinking pulldown telling you that local girls want you right now?
Of course it might have been possible because page operators actually gave a shit about their content and wanted you to see it. They weren't trying, as the ads have told me, to earn $70,000/week from home just by doing whatever the ad wanted me to do that I obviously did not do since I've still got a day job.
I'm not against web commerce at all. I like Steam and Amazon and all the rest of their ilk. I just got sick of all the ads festooned overtop of, underneath, around and sometimes scrolling along to obscure the ONE bit of text that might have held some relevence on the site.
Maybe website operators could try giving a shit again. Only source ads from known companies that you would do business with and better yet, that have some relation to what you are displaying as content. Don't just reel in garbage from offsite agencies. Host the ads yourself like you used to and make sure they aren't something that would piss off your viewers.
Take note of how the children's network on TV doesn't run latenight dating service ads and Marlboro commercials during the Saturday cartoons. Even though those companies would probably pay very well to get into the early adopter market.
Failing that, perhaps a lot of these sites that make a living off all ads with little content need to fall off a cliff into blessed oblivion so the search results page looks cleaner.