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    Default CBR Ads Out of Control

    Hello - I get that ads are a great way to generate revenue, and that I don't really pay anything directly to access the content on your site; however the overlay ads on the CBR site are getting ridiculous. It seems like every page & image i open something new comes up, assuming it's not broken and instead has a .js installation popup come up (it's been a week or so since that last happened).

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    They're even worse on a Kindle Fire. They regularly take over the screen, can't be closed, prevent the viewing of content, etc. When they're not doing that, they crash the browser.
    This site is the ONLY one I've ever visited regularly that has had me seriously wanting to install an ad blocker - and I've been browsing the Internet since before "surfing" was a thing.

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    Totally agree.

    Seems to have started within the last couple of weeks.

    Often I'll click on a link to read an article or something and you get a banner ad filling the screen saying something like "you can continue in x seconds".

    Other times I'll be happily reading something on CBR and suddenly a popup window will appear over the top of what I'm trying to read.

    Very annoying. Do the site owners realise how intrusive these ads are?

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    And what's bad it's not just here. It seems like ads are taking over the Internet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_crisp View Post
    And what's bad it's not just here. It seems like ads are taking over the Internet.
    I question your use of the present tense, as opposed to the past participle.
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    The ads on the main CBR page basically lock up my browser for minutes at a time (unless I force shutdown through task manager). It's ridiculous. I now just shortcut directly to the main forum page...

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    I just wish when I clicked "don't ask me again" on the newsletter sign up, it actually never asked me again, instead of asking me again frequently.

    Other than that, Ad Blocker.

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    Yeah, I just installed Adblocker and it really seems to solve the problem. I'm not sure why I've waited so long to get AB(I've been aware of it for years)...I think for some reason I assumed that it would likely cause a different set of issues (sort of similar to AV software) but it seems to work fine.

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    The only ones I hate are the "wait 5 seconds to close" they make me want to avoid the main site all together which probably cuts down on ad revenue

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    Sometimes I do have trouble closing them. I don't mind ads, but when they actually keep you from the content, what's the point of coming?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joker View Post
    I just wish when I clicked "don't ask me again" on the newsletter sign up, it actually never asked me again, instead of asking me again frequently.

    Other than that, Ad Blocker.
    This.

    I got asked to stop linking to CBR because of that.
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    Why has there not been an official response to this yet? It really IS as bad as the rest of these guys are saying!

    Look, ads in and of themselves are not wrong, that's why I've rejected ad-blocking until now, but this is misuse of Advertising - it isn't adding value to your content and product, it's starting to become a hindrance to CBR.

    Please adress our claims and consider a change in your ad-policy - you had a fine system a few months ago - let's go back to that.

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    There are times I come here and an ad for that Steve Jobs book will come up and then I can't go anywhere. I have to force close through the task manager and hope I don't run into the same issue again.

    Then there are the video ads that will wait and wait until I start reading an article and then it just moves what I'm reading out of the way.

    Very annoying.
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    Had a glitch with this ad today where it wouldn't let me close it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PretenderNX01 View Post
    The only ones I hate are the "wait 5 seconds to close" they make me want to avoid the main site all together which probably cuts down on ad revenue
    Yup. Those 5 second ads are the sole reason I installed an ad-blocker on my iPad

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