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    Default I think the advertising has gone off the rails

    This is a cut and past from the bottom of my page:

    Is it possible to do something about this?
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    Default Re: I think the advertising has gone off the rails

    The adblocker I got following the recommendation by Donn works perfectly. I can't even see the ad in your post, just an empty rectangle. uBlock Origin. It's free, too.


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    Default Re: I think the advertising has gone off the rails

    I was getting an add to take the Trump survey.
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    Default Re: I think the advertising has gone off the rails

    Personally, I just let the ads be. If the income supports the forum, that's fine by me. I'll even click on one now and then.

    The problem with the ads is that the software can't tell which material is appropriate, and humans don't get involved unless things go pear shaped.

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    All I get is telescopes and plumbing suppliers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnw View Post
    Personally, I just let the ads be. If the income supports the forum, that's fine by me. I'll even click on one now and then.
    Too many infected ads out there https://arstechnica.com/security/201...to-ransomware/ to bother living without an adblocker.

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    I don't get nuthin'...thank God. I guess my Adblock is working overtime.
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    Default Re: I think the advertising has gone off the rails

    The ads are targeted by your browser history. That's why we all see different ads.

    I haven't added an ad blocker yet, but I think I might.

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    Default Re: I think the advertising has gone off the rails

    I'm guessing that the ads are picked by some insidious algorithm that uses your history of internet searches. The ones I get are either for boats or investment schemes.

    I never click on anything that pops up without my asking.
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    Default Re: I think the advertising has gone off the rails

    When I click on a link to the LA Times it prevents me from reading it unless I unblock their site from ads, is that next?

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    Before I found alternatives to google everywhere I went that had ads, the ads were for the things for which I had already searched. When I kicked google to the curb, and purged my system of it, the nature of the ads became random. Clever how they engineered the main search engine everyone is now dependent on, as if they were just providing a necessary service for free, when all along it was designed to be a marketing technique. The two things that make it problematic, one, that a lot of the time I use do a search I'm not interested in buying any product or service; I'm just doing basic research for my own use, and two, if my search was for something I intended to purchase, I probably already have—and never will again, ever, so trying to sell me another is pointless.

    A benefit of having ad-free WoodenBoat forum switch to having ads, is that it prompted me to go find other ad-free sites for all the other reasons I go to the internet. I have never, not once ever, clicked on an ad on any website or in any email. And I never will. I also don't visit a car dealer or a furniture store hoping they can help me buy other stuff, too, like a book I've already read.


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    Quote Originally Posted by delecta View Post
    When I click on a link to the LA Times it prevents me from reading it unless I unblock their site from ads, is that next?
    Ayup - it's apparently called 'whitelisting'. Providing specific exceptions to let your adblock software that ads from THAT site are ok. Some sites these days won't let you view them without doing that.
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    My ad blocker works on my desktop but not on my iPhone. The ads I see on the iPhone are very specific to me, almost always something I searched for on google. I understand the need for the revenue, but these strike me as a personal privacy invasion. My wife doesn't log in here, but think of a situation where Paul searches google for a gift for Kat and she logs in and sees the ad. He could be in big trouble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    My ad blocker works on my desktop but not on my iPhone. The ads I see on the iPhone are very specific to me, almost always something I searched for on google. I understand the need for the revenue, but these strike me as a personal privacy invasion. My wife doesn't log in here, but think of a situation where Paul searches google for a gift for Kat and she logs in and sees the ad. He could be in big trouble.
    Searching for a gift on the interwebs is now a thing of the past for anyone who has a confuser that might be seen by the giftee. Most pages are filled with them. This past Christmas I searched for one of those tabletop alcohol "fireplaces". Found one, but every page I went to for a month had ads for them.
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    The ads would be served based on our individual browsing habits, but also by input about our assumed demographics: white, middle age male; good income; boats; DIY.

    That doesn't mean we'd only see ads for expensive fixer upper boats; we could be served ads targeting just one of those profile characteristics: retirement ; golf communities; flannel shirts.

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    These ads are part of a so-called, "programmatic," system. Much like NASDAQ, ads are continuously bid, bought and placed by computer programs. At any given minute tens of thousands of transactions are occurring. So, depending upon current ad inventory, and " appropriate ," places to serve them that are available , it can seem that what shows up is sort of random.

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    Default Re: I think the advertising has gone off the rails

    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    The ads are targeted by your browser history. That's why we all see different ads.
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    Oops, that explains a lot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakaway View Post
    The ads would be served based on our individual browsing habits, but also by input about our assumed demographics: white, middle age male; good income; boats; DIY.
    What used to annoy me was, for example, the countless ads for tyres just after I had bought some. Adblock has helped get rid of all that for me.
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    Default Re: I think the advertising has gone off the rails

    If I go to the bilge using Chrome, I get the ads. I don't know of a Chrome ad blocker. Using Firefox, with the ad locked add-on, I see no ads.
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    Default Re: I think the advertising has gone off the rails

    Quote Originally Posted by StevenBauer View Post
    The ads are targeted by your browser history.
    I frequently search for things I want to buy. Then I get ads for things I have just bought.
    Life is complex.

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    Default Re: I think the advertising has gone off the rails

    I wonder if our Wooden Boat hosts know that quite often I'm seeing ads for plastic boats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Conway View Post
    Too many infected ads out there https://arstechnica.com/security/201...to-ransomware/ to bother living without an adblocker.
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    Yikes. Thanks for letting me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ron ll View Post
    I wonder if our Wooden Boat hosts know that quite often I'm seeing ads for plastic boats.

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    Almost everywhere I go on the web, I get ads for sailboats. Only here do I never get ads for sailboats.

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