if you're using Google Chrome or Firefox to browse the web & use this site, look up something called AdBlocker Plus. you will breathe a sigh of relief when all the ads disappear, & your web experience overall, not just here on SP, is cleaner, & also more secure. as an IT guy in a corporate environment for around 7+ years, many of the computer infections we deal with periodically come from people on largely legitimate websites, who catch viruses and/or from hijacked ads that are redirecting to malicious locations on the web. something to keep in mind. i'd never browse the web without it installed, just like most of us know what neighborhoods are the really bad spots in our own towns, & would never just go strolling through them in the middle of the night with our kids. it's common sense, & being safe/smart, to browse safely & with protection. #themoreyouknow
I have the same problems Exotec is having. The ads that are normally on the side of the page will pop over to the center of the page and block whatever is on it. Today I was replying to a friend on Sparkmail and a Jeep ad kept popping over to the center of the screen and I have had that happen any time I have been posting on Sparkmail. Those ads have no way to close them. I have to go to the right of the page and scroll down and that will move it back to the side, but if I type two lines it jumps back to the center of the page. When the ads turn up in the center of the page on other things, like team messages, I just have to close the page and not see what is on it. There is no way to get rid of the ads. Yesterday I continually clicked on the box to close an ad and it never did close.
current weight: 197.0
Fitness Minutes: (0)
8,897 2/24/13 12:47 A
I have found that the greater portion of ads when I am on SP are from other websites I go to &/or do online shopping from. I don't have any ads pop-up in the middle of the page. However, when i try to watch a video whether it be on SP or another website (including You-tube) I am getting a pop-up from assorted people requesting me to allow them to 'store' their information in my computer. With some persistence & repeated attempts to 'Deny' one may have some luck. Many times I only have bad luck as my clicking on 'Deny' is to no avail. And with this box in the middle of the video not only can you not see the center of the video but you also cannot do anything else, ie: adjust the size, volume, stop the video, etc. While 'Adobe' is also in the box there is a '?' in blue in the upper right corner which I clicked on. Doing so brings you to the 'Adobe' site where they make it quite clear that they have nothing to do with these ads requesting space on your computer. Anyone else having the same problem? Thank-you.
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current weight: 200.0
Fitness Minutes: (629)
1,189 2/20/13 4:42 P
I agree there are a lot of ads but again this site is FREE to join for everyone because of those advertisers. You don't have to read them, look at them or respond to them. You can however contact them as a consumer and tell them how you feel about their annoying ads. I am on Spark everyday and I have yet to see one pop-up in the middle of my screen.
I agree with the content quality of some of the ads. OTOH, I realize that for us to have access to all the wonderful aspects of the site, it has to be financed SOMEhow. For that reason (only), I can grit my teeth and ignore them.
However, this new thing that's come up where the ad pops into the very center of the screen and you can't get around it and can't get rid of it and it prevents using the site until it chooses to remove itself back to its resident position is much more than annoying. If you touch it in any way, you get rerouted to their (commercial) site.
I can put up with the stupid or contradictive content. I can even put up with the distracting and irritating ya-ya-ya flashing and active/moving ads. But ones that get in my face and prevent my using the site are unacceptable.
Please find some way to limit (ie - prevent) those!
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So I have ads on my sp page for eathealthysecrets.com or something like that, which are telling me that either corn or cabbage will make me fat. It's one of those "weird diet secrets" or "never eat this one healthy food if you want to lose weight" sites. They want me to click to see "shocking health secrets" or some such nonsense. I know you guys have to pay your bills, but could you be more careful about whom you allow to advertise on your site? I'm disappointed, since this site is supposed to be all about balance and moderation and healthy lifestyle changes. For that matter, I'm sick of the Green Giant ads featuring stick figures and CGI women who are unrealistically thin. This is a great site that has helped me a lot - please don't sell out like that.
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