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ETCH12 SparkPoints: (13,921)
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1/10/14 9:12 A

I did look up m&m's. I was ordering party favors for a 16 year old. No way trying to hurt, harm, anyone or anything. I am in control of my food choices. I am not a victim. I emoticon m&m's especially the peanut m&m's. Also emoticon .

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (554,139)
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1/9/14 11:19 P

Poor Sparkpeople, they have no control over where and when the ads are placed!!!!

ANARIE Posts: 13,179
1/9/14 10:02 P

The ads are placed by a subscription service, not by SparkPeople. They don't get to approve what does and doesn't run. The ads are chosen for each person based on keywords in other sites you've visited, or at random. (Try searching for inexpensive motels, for example, and for the next six months you'll get Red Roof Inn ads. On second thought, don't try it; take my word! That's what made me install AdBlocker!) SparkPeople doesn't control the ads; pretty much all they can do is ban an ad if it's offensive or a scam, and even then people have to report it or they'll never know it ran since the ads are individualized.

I have an ad blocker add-on to my browser. It's free, and I do not see any ads except the ones that a company puts on its own site. In other words, when I'm on SparkPeople I see ads for the SparkPeople books and merchandise, but nothing else. Sometimes I feel a little guilty because I know Spark and a lot of other free sites I enjoy are losing revenue, but until the advertisers quit running obnoxious things that show up in inappropriate sites, I don't feel guilty enough to turn the ads back on.

Another option, though, is to express yourself to the advertiser. If you write to Mars Candy and tell them you're never going to buy M&Ms or Snickers ever again because you're so offended that they advertise on weight loss sites, that might get them to back off.

SUPERMODEL2BE SparkPoints: (0)
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1/9/14 9:11 P

If it weren't for the ads, you'd have to pay to be on this site.

SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
1/9/14 9:06 P

I ignore the ads and don't allow them to become a focal point.

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
1/9/14 9:00 P

I liken the MANY food ads on this site to ads for liquor on an AA support site. It's just not a great idea, in my opinion. I'd like to see SP be more proactive on this issue.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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1/9/14 9:00 P

Yes that ad has been around for a while along with the Turtles ad. It was then I installed the ad blocker as I couldn't take it!

LEC358 SparkPoints: (11,135)
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1/9/14 3:28 P

I just have an ad blocker installed in my browser. No ads whatsoever

CJSNLOVE3 Posts: 404
1/9/14 2:50 P

I have learned to tune out the ads on this site.

ETCH12 SparkPoints: (13,921)
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1/9/14 2:45 P

Banana to the rescue. Have a great day. emoticon

MUSICMOM27 Posts: 579
1/9/14 10:20 A

at least christmas is over and the cute commercial with santa and the m&ms is gone, lol.

LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (83,102)
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1/9/14 1:27 A

Yeah...M&M's have a history with me also!! LOL

You will learn to ignore the advertisements.....! is part of the price of a free site. If an ad is particularly upsetting, the Spark Staff do have some feedback they can give to the site advertisers. Check out the Message Board for Technical Help....

ETCH12 SparkPoints: (13,921)
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1/9/14 1:17 A

I totally understand, that I need to track my calories. But, why on earth would that cute m&m advertisment be top and center of my spark page. Nothing is free, but candy for the weak, ME I need a sweet snack. That's it. emoticon

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