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Bad bad mobile ads (iOS)

By yukka
Feb 6, 2014
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  1. Got ads on the site now (even when logged in) which hover at the bottom of the screen on the main site and articles, taking up 1/8 of viewing space. The cross to close them has a very small amount of space to hit so 9/10 I open the article behind the advert instead of closing the advert.

    Used the site for years and this is really poor. Please fix it.
     
  2. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,316   +239

    I too have seen them but even with my fingers, I manage to X out of them, good luck.
     
  3. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729   +30

    I haven't had a problem in other sites with this style of ad except where there isn't a cross (most annoying). This morning it was as if the X wasn't actually responding at all.
     
  4. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,577   +342

    Hi yukka,

    First, let me figure out where the ad is coming from and if it's a rotation we have approved or not. You are reading the site from an iOS device, but using the full site? (not m.techspot.com)?

    Also, is the ad coming from HP, or is it a number of different advertisers? I'm only aware of a HP campaign that should be capped from frequency. And even then, I believe we had disabled certain type of ads for logged in users.

    If there's a chance to take a screenshot and the issue with the 'X' to close the ad, that would help immensely as well.

    Thank you.
     
  5. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729   +30

  6. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729   +30

    Sorry for the formatting. There are 3 pics I just took on my ios device. For each when I clicked the x the ad disappeared but the article behind the ad was opened also. And the ads were in the articles too :)
     
  7. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,577   +342

    Ok... that is NO good. Have these ads been showing up for long? I will have them removed by tonight.
     
  8. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729   +30

    I haven't had problems closing them if they have been there before today but I'm not sure. You get used to closing ads on autopilot.
     
  9. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,577   +342

    They are gone now :cool: At least for now I don't foresee using that ad format in our mobile site. I hope we never have to. The ad network we work with added them without our permission. Thanks for letting us know!
     
  10. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729   +30

    Yes they are gone now. Personally I am too paranoid to click on ads especially on a windows computer but on a mobile with a sandboxed browser perhaps I should be more helpful to the site. Wonder if it might make a good weekend discussion topic since people use the site and have done for years. Do tech savvy people click on ads on sites they use regularly?
     
  11. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 729   +30

    Or do they consider it too risky.
     
     
  12. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,133   +1,527

    I don't! If I'm interested, I will do a search and find my own link. It only takes one rogue ad to screw up a PC. I don't plan on clicking that one rogue ad.

    http://www.geeksquad.com/intelligence/blog/rogue-ads/
     
  13. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,316   +239

    @Julio, can you post the mobile link to TS? I simply went to techspot.com & saved it to my desktop on my iphone. TIA :).
     
  14. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,577   +342

  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,316   +239

    Thank you, I'll give it a shot. Hopefully it works. :)
     
  16. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,316   +239

    It worked, thank you. :)
     


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