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Complaint Bad place for an ad

  1. May 31, 2012 #1


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    See thread https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=610179
    and attached screen grab.

    Is this an ad? Or something else? It's directly PF-related. It's a "related searches" Flash thingy in the body of my message.

    I wasn't logged in so I know why I was getting it, and I'm sure once logged in I won't see it.


    This is worse than intrusive; it's damaging. It potentially completely changes the content of a post. Readers of the thread will refer to the inclusion and try to figure out what I'm talking out. I know I did, and I wrote the post!

    Can anything be done?

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  3. May 31, 2012 #2
    Next time you see it, copy the URL and I'll ban it. thanks
  4. May 31, 2012 #3


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    Well it's still there. All I have to do is log out and I see it again.

    But I'm not concerned about my specific post as much as I am about the problem in general of putting ads inside a post where they can be easily confused with the post content.

    I know this is all pretty automatic, and I don't know how much control you have over where/when/what ads are placed.

    Anyway, it's a Flash element. The src URL is
    h t t p //tag.contextweb.com/TagPublish/GetAd.aspx?tagver=1&ca=VIEWAD&cp=513282&ct=58108&cn=1&epid=&esid=&ifurl=&tppg=&cf=300X250&rq=1&dw=1475&cwu=http%3A%2F%2Fphysicsforums.com%2Fshowthread.php%3Ft%3D610315&cwr=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.physicsforums.com%2Flogin.php%3Fdo%3Dlogout%26logouthash%3D1338481902-0db6b5ec6ddaa60696136e6311a9b5970ba4a833&mrnd=7361948&if=0&tl=2&pxy=247,465&cxy=1475,732&dxy=1475,732&tz=240&ln=en-US
  5. May 31, 2012 #4
    Yes it is ad space. I'm saying I can ban the specific ad if warranted, but the ad space will remain.
  6. May 31, 2012 #5


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    Yeah. That's what I assumed.

    I guess the confusion lies in the fact that the ad ... is advertizing ... PF?
  7. May 31, 2012 #6


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    I guess if you push Targeted Advertising to the limit, you reach Tautological Adverstising: "People who bought XYZ are interested in buying XYZ"...
  8. May 31, 2012 #7


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  9. May 31, 2012 #8


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    Just how, my friend, do you think that Greg supports this site considering how few of us actually pay for a membership as opposed to the thousands who indulge for free? Sometimes I snoop around without logging on, and the ads are irritating but not lethal. I prefer to log on so that I might respond to something or be alerted to things that are new since my last viewing, but sometimes I just snoop.
  10. Jun 1, 2012 #9


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    I wasn't not complaining about any intrusion, as if I have some right to be ad-free. I was just concerned about the ads affecting the message of the posts.
  11. Jun 1, 2012 #10


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    Speaking of sending the wrong message ...

    It occurs to me I should not have used the Complaint label. I'm not complaining. I should have used the Feedback label.
  12. Jun 9, 2012 #11
    I have attached two bad ads repeatedly appearing in Ryan's post.

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