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Title: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on July 16, 2008 02:04:57 PM
<inserted by sweets4ever>

Hi, guys!  Please report questionable ads in a reply to this thread:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270606.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270606.0)

Report questionable and potentially offensive ads and ads that scroll/talk/start playing without user interaction.  In your reply, please do your best to describe the ad and include a link to where the ad leads.

As of 07/08, we do have some non-crafty ads circulating, which you can read about below.  Please only report the offensive ads to us. :)

Thanks!

--sweets4ever



Hello Craftster readers,

By the end of the today you'll be seeing some more ads than usual on Craftster and not all of them will be non-craft-related.

Why are we doing this?

Well, to put it simply, we've got bills to pay.

Among the items that cost big bucks is a new multi-server setup. We should be transferred to this new server in a couple of weeks and it's gonna be blazing fast around here.

We're also about to welcome a new employee to the Craftster team to help distribute the work around here. We'll be spilling the beans on that next week! But, trust us, you will be as thrilled as we are about this. :)

Are we still working away on getting craft-related ads?

You bet! The sales people at NameMedia have called hundreds of companies and we have a few exciting ad campaigns coming up soon which we think you'll all really like. We also have thousands more craft-related companies on our list to get in touch with. But this takes time and a lot of "knocking on doors" and in the mean time we need to make sure we can pay for what it takes to run Craftster.

(Ever wondered why the internet is littered with cell phone ads and not littered with craft ads? Well, it's a tough nut to crack! But we're working hard at it!)

Are we going to have to endure pop-up ads and punch the monkey ads and talking ads?

Nope. We're using very high quality ad networks to fill the unsold ad inventory. But if you see anything very questionable, let us know via the Contact Us link at the top of the page and we'll be able to block it.

- Leah


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 16, 2008 02:28:27 PM
If I had a crafty business, I'd buy an ad here. ;D

...I'm just sayin' :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 16, 2008 02:31:02 PM
Me, too!

I mean, if I had time to put into my crafty business, I'd buy ad space!  :P

:D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on July 16, 2008 02:32:24 PM
i don't mind the one with the cute lil puppy, but i did get one just now with one of those weird SIM like people dancing...those always kind of annoy me.   :-\


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: craftydame on July 16, 2008 02:51:58 PM
i'm so excited about the server update and the new employee that i think you could tell me i'd have to stand on my head while watching ads, and i think i'd still be happy! (okay, not really - i get dizzy! ;))

but honestly, as much as we might think it sucks to have non-crafty ads, or we might complain about it, it's for the better or craftster, and that's what's important! everyone who complains about the site being slow (which i'm TOTALLY guilty of myself!) should be super happy about the ads! unfortunately, things need to change to grow forward,and craftster is so incredible that i think we need to embrace the changes, thinking about how much MORE awesome craftster will be in the future!

besides, you'll stop noticing them unless they're something that catches your eye anyway - remember when the google ads came and everyone was leery of them? i don't even notice them anymore!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 16, 2008 02:54:32 PM
I'm realllly excited about the server upgrade.  I feel so awful everytime someone posts that it's timing out for them. :-[


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sean_namemedia on July 16, 2008 03:01:08 PM
i don't mind the one with the cute lil puppy, but i did get one just now with one of those weird SIM like people dancing...those always kind of annoy me.   :-\

Howdy, all,

Pardon my corporate intrusion. I promised Leah I'd help monitor the advertising situation to make sure nothing too objectionable gets on to the site, so I'll be brief.

If you do see ads with dancing people or singing squirrels, please post a screenshot and/or let us know which advertiser it appears to be. We have an army of minions -- OK, it's really only a couple of folks -- standing by to hunt them down and suppress them.

Thanks!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 16, 2008 03:03:42 PM
Ack!  Sean's online!  I better get back to work.

*waves to Sean!*  I was just...uh... doing something productive, I swear. ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sean_namemedia on July 16, 2008 03:06:37 PM
Hey, truth be told, I was just playing Scrabulous myself...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 16, 2008 03:07:16 PM
Haha! :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Kitten Wrangler on July 16, 2008 06:36:43 PM
I s'pose that then explains the ad I just got, about "Get you American Green Card"

Can I report ads if they're misspelt, or have bad grammar?   :P


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: MissDisney on July 16, 2008 06:53:06 PM
i dont know how to take or post screenshots (and i really dont *want* to, but ill learn)

so far they have just been the typical uber irritating *click here, get this* and such...i dunno, i liked it better when craftster was insulated, its the only website i have ever ACTUALLY clicked an add on, not only because i trust that this site was picky, but because they were ads for things i actually want...

i understand the need, but i hate that this is how it has to be

what exactly does a multi-server do? does it just make things faster? are there going to be new features?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 16, 2008 06:56:42 PM
Here's a tutorial for how to take a screenshot:  http://www.wikihow.com/Take-a-Screenshot-in-Microsoft-Windows

It suggests saving it as a .png, but a .jpg or .gif uploaded to Craftster Picture Hosting, Photobucket, Flickr, etc. will do just fine for us! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on July 16, 2008 09:39:30 PM
the one with the dancing person was for classesUSA (or something along those lines). 

i feel like my other post was too complainy   :-\.  i'm all for different ads if it means that craftster's gonna be even better (which, i dunno, is that possible since craftster's so awesome now?   :P).  honestly i don't even usually notice the ads unless it's for something that interests me, or there's movement (for some reason i seem to be easily distracted by movement). 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: dawt on July 16, 2008 10:40:26 PM
i dont know how to take or post screenshots (and i really dont *want* to, but ill learn)

Press the PrtScr key (print screen) at the top of your keyboard (it's at the top of mine, might be different on yours), open your photo editing software, any simple one will do, then either hit Ctrl-V or go up to Edit at the top of the page and click on Paste. Save it in any form you please, but my choice is usually jpeg.

Easy-cheesy. ;)



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: MissDisney on July 16, 2008 10:42:05 PM
my laptop is Vista, so i used the snipping thing

but thanks for helping both of you


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: dawt on July 16, 2008 10:43:35 PM
As for the ads, I think it's great Craftsters is being improved upon and if that's what it takes then we'll learn to live with it. I tend to tune out the ads anyway, but if there's a lot of movement involved I'll close the window cause it tends to make me nauseous.

I wish you all the best with helping Craftsters grow!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on July 17, 2008 02:17:56 AM
i don't mind the one with the cute lil puppy, but i did get one just now with one of those weird SIM like people dancing...those always kind of annoy me.   :-\

Howdy, all,

Pardon my corporate intrusion. I promised Leah I'd help monitor the advertising situation to make sure nothing too objectionable gets on to the site, so I'll be brief.

If you do see ads with dancing people or singing squirrels, please post a screenshot and/or let us know which advertiser it appears to be. We have an army of minions -- OK, it's really only a couple of folks -- standing by to hunt them down and suppress them.

Thanks!


LowerMyBills.com is the one I just saw and gasped in horror! They have those cheesy ads with the dancing silhouettes and the "choose your state" prompts.

While I understand that Craftster needs money, is it always going to be this way? It really saddened me to see that tacky ad this morning :-[ One of my favorite things about Craftster is seeing small crafty businesses getting an opportunity to fairly and beautifully advertise online. The Google text-only ads don't bother me at all, because they are usually really relevant to crafting. But mortgage ads, really?? :-\


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: MissDisney on July 17, 2008 02:20:41 AM
thats exactly how i feel...this site has always been isolated and comforting and non-commercial


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 17, 2008 04:12:23 AM
Sean will explain more to ya'll this morning, but please don't misunderstand -- other business still totally have the opportunity to advertise here.  These ads only fill the positions of UNSOLD ad space.

The more ad space we can sell to crafty companies, the less of these ads we'll see! :)  I know they are pounding the pavement pretty darned hard trying to get space sold to crafty companies.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sean_namemedia on July 17, 2008 04:31:18 AM
I think Leah said it best in her post: We are actively and persistently pursuing crafting advertisers of all sizes.

You've likely also noticed a resurgence in ads promoting our recently revived self-service advertising program. Our intent there is to target small businesses, and the result will be be to push out the "network" ads. We are already seeing some sales activity there.

Our sales team is also hard at work talking to larger advertisers. The fruits of their labor should start bursting forth on the site, if not later this week, certainly by next week. We've had some promising signs there in just the last 36 hours.

We want the advertising content on this site to match the quality of the participants. And truthfully, when we are successful in doing that, Craftster makes more money. So it's a mutually beneficial undertaking.

Our goal is to match the advertising to the audience, whether it is craft-related advertising or marketing messages from companies trying to reach a concentration of people who need to make quality prints from digital photos or drink a particular brand of coffee.

Meanwhile, I've alerted the aforementioned troops about the LowerMyBills ads. I noticed those, too, yesterday, and they will be removed today. If you see anything else, keep the alerts coming.

-Sean


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sean_namemedia on July 17, 2008 04:32:51 AM
Sean will explain more to ya'll this morning, but please don't misunderstand -- other business still totally have the opportunity to advertise here.  These ads only fill the positions of UNSOLD ad space.

The more ad space we can sell to crafty companies, the less of these ads we'll see! :)  I know they are pounding the pavement pretty darned hard trying to get space sold to crafty companies.

...what she said!

Her two paragraphs said it far better than my 6!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Mojo on July 17, 2008 04:34:30 AM
But we can still choose to suppress ads altogether right? I still have no ads appearing at all so I'm guessing that's a yes...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 17, 2008 04:37:48 AM
But we can still choose to suppress ads altogether right? I still have no ads appearing at all so I'm guessing that's a yes...

Actually, we don't offer that feature anymore.  Anyone who had already turned their ads off was grandfathered in, though.  You were probably one of those people! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Mojo on July 17, 2008 04:48:12 AM
WOO HOO!!  Thanks sweets!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 17, 2008 04:51:11 AM
WOO HOO!!  Thanks sweets!

Glad to help! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: T-Unit on July 17, 2008 05:01:56 AM
I don't have a problem with extra ads, or even slightly unrelated ones. I understand that Craftster would take alot of both time and money to run. It would be good though if the ads can be limited,

Personally, I hate to see dating website ads flashed everywhere. It's a little bit silly really. In the last 20 mins I've seen at least two different ads for a dating site about 10 times....

Enough whining. lol

I love and appreciate all the hard work everyone puts into this site to keep it up and running, and adore the community spirit here.

So thanks.!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: MirthFairy on July 17, 2008 08:08:33 AM
Just as long as we never ever wind up with those expanding ads. You know, the ones that expand into the adjoining text to play a little  movie and are really hard to close. Gah. Annoying.

Looking okay this morning. Weird to see a non-craft ad in the upper right-hand corner, but unobtrusive. I have not seen any dating site ads, so that's good.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 17, 2008 09:07:08 AM
Just as long as we never ever wind up with those expanding ads. You know, the ones that expand into the adjoining text to play a little  movie and are really hard to close. Gah. Annoying.

Looking okay this morning. Weird to see a non-craft ad in the upper right-hand corner, but unobtrusive. I have not seen any dating site ads, so that's good.

I HATE those!  When you try to close them, you accidentally "touch" the actual ad part and then it opens another screen or the darned clip starts automatically playing and gahhhhh! >:(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: DIY ho on July 17, 2008 09:24:38 AM
Just as long as we never ever wind up with those expanding ads. You know, the ones that expand into the adjoining text to play a little  movie and are really hard to close. Gah. Annoying.

Ditto! As long as we don't have those, pop-ups, or annoying *automatic* video ads, I'm happy. :)  Those videos scare me. I'll forget I've got my speakers on, and all of a sudden... someone's voice is in the room! :o ::) ;D

I don't even see an ad at the moment! Well, just the text ones. ;)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on July 17, 2008 09:53:15 AM
i've noticed that the newer ads seem to be taking a lot longer to load than the usual ones.  half the time by the time i'm done on a page the ads haven't even loaded yet.  like right now i'm just getting blank white boxes. 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on July 17, 2008 11:54:59 AM
Does everyone see the same ads or are they some how regionalized?  I'm from Alberta, Canada, and this morning alone I've had an ad for the Edmonton Police Service (1 hour north of me), WestJet (located in Calgary 1 hour south of me) and Recycle Alberta.  I thought it was funny to see them on a website based in the US.

As I'm typing this, there is an ad on the left hand side for Fantasy Dating that I find VERY, VERY disgusting!!!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 17, 2008 11:59:03 AM
As I'm typing this, there is an ad on the left hand side for Fantasy Dating that I find VERY, VERY disgusting!!!

Did you happen to take a screenshot of it?  If not, was the website fantasydating.com or something else?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Eliea on July 17, 2008 02:48:57 PM
Ihave no problems with the adds since I can  block them and once we get more craft related ones I will unblock them.
But I do have one issue that I jsut wanted to mention. It seems like the site is taking longer to load because of the adds. I don't know if this is true or not but all avatars and such will be loaded and my computer will hang and when I look at the loading info(bottom left corner of my browser) it's some add service that's taking forever to load.
Just thought I'd mention it. And I"ll keep my eyes open for anything gross. If it makes craftster better I"m happy.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: DIY ho on July 17, 2008 03:48:54 PM
I must have an ad blocker I didn't even know about, because I still haven't seen any! I have Firefox and it's all I use, but I don't remember setting any ad preferences. Niiice. ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on July 17, 2008 04:54:15 PM
I just saw another ad from LowerMyBills.com.

It had a dragon playing a guitar with a rose in it's mouth, while interest rates sprayed out from behind him whenever I moused over it. Lovely really :-[

I've noticed Craftster slowing down a lot too, which I think can partly be contributed to all these new corporate ads being Flash based.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Eliea on July 17, 2008 05:32:10 PM
I must have an ad blocker I didn't even know about, because I still haven't seen any! I have Firefox and it's all I use, but I don't remember setting any ad preferences. Niiice. ;D
You have to set the add on up. It's not hard at all. But it won't block flash based adds just banner style or those in frames. I still haven't found one that blocks flash based adds yet. :(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: HSG on July 17, 2008 05:54:36 PM
I've been seeing this ad.



 Kidding! ;D You know some of you drank some, and we know who you are!


Seriously though, the ads that I'm seeing are mostly Google ads. I've seen a couple Flash, but nothing real annoying.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 17, 2008 06:34:45 PM
HSG!! :D  Haha!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on July 17, 2008 07:53:09 PM
As I'm typing this, there is an ad on the left hand side for Fantasy Dating that I find VERY, VERY disgusting!!!

Did you happen to take a screenshot of it?  If not, was the website fantasydating.com or something else?

No, sorry, I didn't think about taking a screen shot.  I didn't look at the address but it said at the bottom the New Fantasy Dating.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on July 17, 2008 08:40:23 PM
OMG HSG! You totally freaked me out with that one! :D ha!



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 17, 2008 08:58:45 PM
As I'm typing this, there is an ad on the left hand side for Fantasy Dating that I find VERY, VERY disgusting!!!

Did you happen to take a screenshot of it?  If not, was the website fantasydating.com or something else?

is it the OtakuBooty one?  there IS a pic of a minor female either chewing or kissing a knife that's pretty creepy.  the site itself seemed less creepy (except the name).
(i checked it in case my husband and i could find some geek friends that way, because apparently it's not only a dating site but general socialnetworking.)

i have, however, seen what i thought were gaming sites and predatory lending institutions (sorry but i think that's the greatest euphemism ever) and i forget what else but i reported them already.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 17, 2008 09:03:02 PM
No, sorry, I didn't think about taking a screen shot.  I didn't look at the address but it said at the bottom the New Fantasy Dating.

oh i guess it was something else then


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: rabid.dustbunny on July 17, 2008 10:51:42 PM
I've often wondered how Leah was able to run this site, pay for and house the servers, etc. Even though every time craftster changes I get all anxious I'm not against the ads either, unless they got...icky, for lack of a better word.  I would hate for one of my favorite places to go corporate and be compromised, like the first time I saw a "MacDos" in France.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: craftydame on July 18, 2008 01:15:16 AM
HSG that's AWESOME!!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: HSG on July 18, 2008 02:13:04 PM
Glad you all liked it. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: La Maestra on July 18, 2008 07:12:25 PM
I just saw another ad from LowerMyBills.com.  It had a dragon playing a guitar with a rose in it's mouth, while interest rates sprayed out from behind him whenever I moused over it. Lovely really :-[  I've noticed Craftster slowing down a lot too, which I think can partly be contributed to all these new corporate ads being Flash based.

I keep getting those Lowermybills ads, too - with the girl dancing and the giggly girls video clips - they drive me crazy!  One is for mortgage, and one is for auto insurance.  I thought I cured it when I cleared my cookies and my cache and went for 5 minutes without them, but now thy are back every 4th or 5th page.  Maybe crafty people are exceptionally irritated by motion ads.

And I'm another one that was for the first time clicking on ads on a website when I found craftster - now I force myself to ignore the sides of the screen :-[  Even if the ads are for something I don't want, could they at least just SIT STILL???!!  That's all I ask....  then I'd at least look their direction without bitterness.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: MirthFairy on July 19, 2008 07:54:03 AM
Not a fan of the motion ads, but the motion phone ads don't seem to bother me. I think it's because the motion eventually stops and the colors are pretty low key. I really have to say that the lowmybills.com ads must go. The ads always look so sketchy!

Short note for Firefox users. I downloaded an add-on that blocks most videos and music from auto-playing and I love it. It's called Stop Autoplay (makes sense, right?) and it's really user friendly in that there is an icon in the tool bar that turns the program on and off. I usually turn leave the program on. It even blocks auto-play on myspace.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Carillia on July 19, 2008 08:47:24 AM
You have to set the add on up. It's not hard at all. But it won't block flash based adds just banner style or those in frames. I still haven't found one that blocks flash based adds yet. :(

I use Flashblock (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/433), which mostly works fine. In place of the flash ad you get a "play" button and you can choose to either activate the flash, or right click and remove it. I hardly ever notice ads anymore thanks to it. Only downside is that occationally I don't notice non-ad flash contents.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: craftydame on July 19, 2008 09:34:12 AM
you know, if there's one in particular that's bothering you, you can just refresh the page so that a new ad comes up.... i do that all the time when i want to see what all ads there are!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: PimpernelSmith on July 19, 2008 10:24:14 AM

...Totally understand the financial realities of this.....but --

What I'm finding sad is that because my method of coping is to refuse to look at ads, I no longer notice the legitimately useful craft ads. I'm so bored/put-off by the AT&T/HighSchoolHunt crap at the top and sides of the page that I no longer scan any of the stuff -- thereby hurting the businesses I'd actually value.   :-\

Just a bummer I guess.....


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on July 19, 2008 11:04:38 AM
We really appreciate this feedback PimpernelSmith! The hope and the goal is that we can sell all the ad space to craft-related advertisers. This kind of feedback is really important to hear.


...Totally understand the financial realities of this.....but --

What I'm finding sad is that because my method of coping is to refuse to look at ads, I no longer notice the legitimately useful craft ads. I'm so bored/put-off by the AT&T/HighSchoolHunt crap at the top and sides of the page that I no longer scan any of the stuff -- thereby hurting the businesses I'd actually value.   :-\

Just a bummer I guess.....



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Bigmouth on July 21, 2008 05:47:23 AM
I noticed the new ads, and immediately went looking for this thread.  I knew it had to be here!  Leah, you're great about communicating these changes when they happen.

I keep cracking up over the agricultural products in the Google ads:  pest management, plant moisture management, crop management podcast, a grain elevator company....
and now that I'm replying, I see one that says: Chat Free with Sexy Singles in your ZIP code now!
FreeEasyChatRooms.com
^^^(The agricultural stuff is odd, but the "sexy singles" thing really doesn't belong with Craftster.)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on July 21, 2008 06:43:51 AM
Heya bigmouth. I've blocked FreeEasyChatRooms.com from the google adsense ads. Sometimes  it's a little tricky to block those particular ads. But hopefully what I did will do the trick.

No sexy dating allowed here! :D :D :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: MirthFairy on July 21, 2008 08:01:55 AM
I just refreshed because there was an ad that was probably for classmates.com (but I will never know because it didn't even say what it was advertising - which is what annoyed me). Anyways - I refreshed and came back with a page full of ads advertising ads. ::)

BTW - I hate classmates.com. They charge too much for too little service and if you wanna give someone you're real e-mail you have to be sneaky or else they'll delete your message. I'll stick with myspace. </rant>


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on July 21, 2008 08:33:51 AM
Now to get rid of lavalife.com - it seems to show up every other page for me.

One thing I have noticed is how slow my pages are loading and sometimes they don't load at all but just lock me up.  Last night I was locked up 3 times in a row while waiting for ads to load.  In the bottom left hand corner it kept flashing between 'waiting for ad.yieldmanager' and 'waiting for adserver.000web.com' and then I would get 'done' but the page was blank and I'd have to escape and start all over.  Today, even, the pages are super slow and I get the same thing flashing.

I love Craftster but sure don't like this change!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on July 21, 2008 09:43:17 AM
I love Delta, especially for the fact that they're based here in Atlanta (woot woot), but their Flash-based ad is killing my Craftster usage. Lately, 8 times out of 10, if a Craftster page is taking too long to load, I look at the status bar and it's because another Flash-based Delta ad is loading in the top right corner. And it's personalized (popping up rates from Atlanta to different cities) so I'm guessing it's taking up extra time/bandwidth to look up my location?

(BTW, thanks Leah, for taking the time to address everyone's concerns!)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 21, 2008 09:54:30 AM
stuff like this are almost always false:  we should not have them.
"Make 3k-5k A Week From Home. See How
beindependantlyrich . com"


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: dawt on July 21, 2008 10:22:46 AM
I'm thinkin' maybe there should be a place to post just the names and/or screen shots of ads without the commentary to make it easier on the folks (Leah) who have to read through all the critiques and commentary in order to find the name to add to the block list. (Hmm, screen shots may be giving more free advertising, though, so maybe no pics.)

I have a feeling unwanted ads will be an on-going problem as unscrupulous advertisers seem to constantly come out of the woodwork.  :-\




Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 21, 2008 10:26:32 AM
It's okay to post commentary, names and screenshots here.  We're going to read it all anyway and sometimes we get feedback from additional members regarding their like/dislike of the ad, which is helpful, too.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on July 21, 2008 10:42:07 AM
I also just wanted to add a couple of things based on some questions and comments in this thread:

1. We're moving over to a new banner ad software system very soon. Probably early this week. This should eliminate the slowness and timeouts we're sometimes seeing for the banner ads.

2. We're also moving over to the new faster server setup within a week or two. This should help with a variety of slowness and "busy server" issues.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 21, 2008 10:43:04 AM
*ticker-tape parade*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 21, 2008 01:15:37 PM
Hooray for Leah and Co!!
srsly.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 21, 2008 01:23:48 PM
Ack!

sugardaddie . com

"dating the rich and glamorous"

um... hello.

this is craftster.



we ARE the rich and glamorous.

(PLEASE somebody "get" my humor for once on this site...)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 21, 2008 01:25:44 PM
"Grain Moisture Testers
Dickey John Moisture Testers Corn, soybeans, wheat and more"

double ack!!
ok i will stop posting ugly ads...
but this one was for more usual humor value.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 21, 2008 01:35:30 PM
sugardaddie.com didn't bother me too much because it wasn't flashing or moving, but yeah, we are the rich and glamorous. ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on July 23, 2008 02:15:50 PM
I've been getting these lately:



And this is what it links to:
http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=B2-mEbp6HSLGWF4fcyQWt28DdBdmsvCW7hfXlAcCNtwHgpxIQARgBII7NgwI4AFDkmt-IBmDJtsiH4KO0EKABlY6m_wOyARRtZWRpYS5hZHJldm9sdmVyLmNvbboBCTcyOHg5MF9hc8gBAtoBRWh0dHA6Ly9tZWRpYS5hZHJldm9sdmVyLmNvbS9hZHJldm9sdmVyL2Jhbm5lcj9wbGFjZT0yNzg4NyZjcHk9ODExODI3OYACAagDAcgDBYgEAZAEAZgEAA&num=1&ggladgrp=3845544162443442394&gglcreat=14329716974815590036&adurl=http://www.plentyoffish.com/%3Fdating%3Dcontent_d_Image%26source%3DGoogleContent%26keyword%3Ddating&client=ca-pub-1734703147688622&nm=8 (http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=B2-mEbp6HSLGWF4fcyQWt28DdBdmsvCW7hfXlAcCNtwHgpxIQARgBII7NgwI4AFDkmt-IBmDJtsiH4KO0EKABlY6m_wOyARRtZWRpYS5hZHJldm9sdmVyLmNvbboBCTcyOHg5MF9hc8gBAtoBRWh0dHA6Ly9tZWRpYS5hZHJldm9sdmVyLmNvbS9hZHJldm9sdmVyL2Jhbm5lcj9wbGFjZT0yNzg4NyZjcHk9ODExODI3OYACAagDAcgDBYgEAZAEAZgEAA&num=1&ggladgrp=3845544162443442394&gglcreat=14329716974815590036&adurl=http://www.plentyoffish.com/%3Fdating%3Dcontent_d_Image%26source%3DGoogleContent%26keyword%3Ddating&client=ca-pub-1734703147688622&nm=8)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: AmphipodGirl on July 23, 2008 03:20:06 PM
There's one set of amusingly mis-categorized ads -- whenever I view my Craftster bookmarks, I get Google ads about having bookmarks printed for my church group, craft kits for bookmarks, etc.  It took me a while to figure out why I was getting so many ads about a craft I don't really do... I don't mind them, they're at least crafty ads, but it's an example of when the Google word-matching misses the meaning.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: AmphipodGirl on July 23, 2008 04:47:32 PM
I know the feeling... the pet rat forum I was on got tons of exterminator ads.  :-\
Ouch!! 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 23, 2008 05:12:02 PM
I know the feeling... the pet rat forum I was on got tons of exterminator ads.  :-\
Ouch!! 

Oh gosh! :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Kitten Wrangler on July 23, 2008 07:09:12 PM
There's one set of amusingly mis-categorized ads -- whenever I view my Craftster bookmarks, I get Google ads about having bookmarks printed for my church group, craft kits for bookmarks, etc.  It took me a while to figure out why I was getting so many ads about a craft I don't really do... I don't mind them, they're at least crafty ads, but it's an example of when the Google word-matching misses the meaning.

There was a forum once, where I posted so often and in so many categories, that Google pretty much only ever showed up ads to do with cats - breeders, litter trays, etc etc etc.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: AsphaltQueen on July 24, 2008 08:22:00 AM
Hmmm, I'm thinking this guy and his quote of "I'm better than you" could be made into a pair of fun shrinky dink earrings...



Aha! A Craftster Challenge where you have to craft something utilizing the ads - now that would be interesting.   ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: MEshelltakeone on July 24, 2008 10:47:16 AM
I LOVE the communication on here!! just when i was wanting to see what was up with the ads, of course there is a thread already up!!!
Thanks Leah!!

NOW, its odd to see the non-crafty ads, though i understand money makes the world go around, and The Craftster Team (Leah, Sean( i dont really know who you are, but i like your replys to things!), sweets and new full timer....Casey?...yes..Casey ;)) works really hard to keep it from being too much for us, so i will allow it... :D.

i also want to ditto on a post back a few pages ( read the whole thing before posting ;)) where i also ignore the non-crafty ads in which case causes me to ignore the crafty ones that deserve my attention.....

what about the Miley Cyrus...chick one...to see her new video??! its odd and i dont like it....i think i can do a screenshot if needed...unless we like this ad and want it to stay for some reason??

anyhow, great work Craftster Team ( i like this title i just made up for you guys ;)) i love love this place, i honestly dont know what i did before Craftster!!




ah, my first screenshot, i did it in paint ( all i have available), it looks crappy, but you get the point...also, you can see the equally annoying ad for plenty of fish....ugh...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on July 24, 2008 11:48:21 AM
and new full timer....Casey?...yes..Casey ;))

Yea!   ;D


(btw, has anyone notice a couple of really cool, really crafty ads lately? They make me super happy.)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: T-Unit on July 24, 2008 02:22:56 PM
I really really don't care (well not so much I do care alot.!) what you do with craftster.

But do we have to see this one?



It starts off all bouncy and annoying which is why it got my attention

 :'(

This is the url if you click on it.....

http://www.incredimail.com/english/splash/splash.asp?ds=e


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on July 24, 2008 02:51:11 PM
Thanks ambiguous.miss! I just reported it to be blocked.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Artisan82 on July 24, 2008 03:03:33 PM
This thread is really, really interesting.  If you asked me two years ago if I EVER would have paid money to support a website, the answer would have been an emphatic "no".  However, after being encouraged by another craftster member, I looked into becoming a "friend of Craftster".  I read all the info about it, and I thought: wow, here's a chick who's providing this service to all us crafty people, who's commited to keeping the website "grass-roots" and making sure that the adverts are relevant to the content of the site, and who really wants this site to be a community.  I thought that Leah had undertaken an ambitios (perhaps impossible?) task. So, I became a friend of Craftster by making a donation (albeit small) to the site.

Now, the site is loaded with adverts... they don't really bother me that much and it certainly won't put me off from using this site any less.  I can't help but feel a little jipped for making the donation though.  I thought I was helping one girl make a life doing the crafting thing, not adding to the total revenue of some media company.

I love Craftster, and I love what I get out of it - but I probably won't be a friend of Craftster next year.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: DaisyTattoo on July 24, 2008 03:18:49 PM
I don't pay any attention to the ads and rarely even notice them. No complaints here. Do what you gotta do :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: AmphipodGirl on July 24, 2008 03:29:17 PM
I actually kind of like the Gorilla Glue ads.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 24, 2008 03:30:55 PM
http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/imgad?id=CMPEqc3ulqT_fxCsAhjvATII8IFQ008KXT0


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 24, 2008 03:31:31 PM
I actually kind of like the Gorilla Glue ads.

well it is useful for crafts.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SunflowerSmiles on July 24, 2008 03:37:05 PM
 I think as a friend of craftster...(as I would encourage ALL to do...it's WAY cheap for all the extras) but I don't get these ads popping up as I believe I have my settings set to block me seeing that, as a friend of craftster...but hey I'm all for paying the bills and if these will do it....go for it!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on July 24, 2008 03:38:54 PM
I thought I was helping one girl make a life doing the crafting thing, not adding to the total revenue of some media company.

I hear ya! Believe me I do! Before I was ever a "business owner," I had many of the same feelings you do about these kinds of things.

But it's important to keep in mind that every penny people paid in the past to become an FOC went towards paying for the server and paying me and Jean's salaries.

And now every penny people pay to become an FOC still pays for the server (about to be multiple servers) and the salaries of me, Jean and Casey AND other people here at NameMedia who help run the site now.

So like I said, I totally understand your reaction and I've had that same feeling about other things in the past. But being a business owner has really opened by eyes to the fact that in the end people need to get paid for the work they do. So I don't begrudge people like I used to in some circumstances.

I think the best thing we can do is to make sure you all are not thinking of their FOC subscription as a "donation" but as something you get real value for. If that's not the case for you right now, that's AOK! :) We're trying to come up with some more value-added feature ideas for FOC's and maybe that will convince ya and maybe not. Either way you're always welcome here! ;D




Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lmcbride on July 24, 2008 03:51:47 PM
I've run all my adware updates and so forth and I'm still getting all the weird ads that I take it aren't supposed to be here.  sigh.  At this point I don't even see the cool crafty ads, they are all covered up or whatever - the crappy stuff has obliterated the crafty stuff.  But no way will it prevent me from coming to craftster and I will keep being a FOC and just figure out a way to live with them or live around them or whatever.  I too appreciate all of the work that goes into keeping this site running.  It's my most favoritest place on the whole internets. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: PimpernelSmith on July 24, 2008 03:51:47 PM


I wonder if I get less of the really noxious ads because I use a Mac.....?
                                                                                                   (*bonus!*)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SunflowerSmiles on July 24, 2008 04:16:41 PM
I LOVE craftster and will be a loyal follower and an FOC until.....until!  Craftster has been awesome and has inspired me in so many ways and I've met so many wonderful people!  to be honest I NEVER see the ads cause I'm too busy looking at all the crafty goodness and relating to others in the same place!  Leah!! your awesome and the the rest of you crafty ladies rock my socks off....keep on keeping on and if that means lookin and a few funnies then so be it!!!   


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on July 24, 2008 04:35:15 PM
I wonder if I get less of the really noxious ads because I use a Mac.....?
                                                                                                   (*bonus!*)

Hmmm...I have a Mac but it's offline because it's for design work only and we use our little PC for internet use. I might hookup the Mac this weekend and see what the ads are like!

So while reading this page, I think I just got the best ad combination so far :D Microsoft Live, Delta and a Ford ad featuring Kenny Chesney. They all were Flash and/or had live video.

I'm enjoying the Gorilla Glue ad and even the "ARRRG! It's BBQ" one.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 24, 2008 06:52:36 PM
I'm seriously stoked about the Gorilla Glue ads. :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: julieboolie on July 24, 2008 08:06:31 PM
As long as we don't get the really disgusting *dramatized* pimple ads that MySpace has, I'm good. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 24, 2008 08:44:20 PM
i have to admit, also, that "jammydog micro-masking tape" has me curious.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: bookstorebabe on July 24, 2008 09:03:31 PM
Lots of ads? Fine. Non craft ads? Fine. Real life, it takes money to keep a site going, and I love this place. What I've learned, friends I've made.
But-please no predatory lending ads. I've been poor, I was sucked into a chain of payday loans once, long ago-so these especially bother me. It's fine to think we're too smart for that, but if you're desparate...
And this is just a personal pet peeve-I hate the diet/weight loss ads. To me they seem to prey on/feed women's insecurities. Maybe it's just me.
Sorry to be so negative! Gorilla Glue is great, and I'll remember the bARRRbque sauce!
And I will renew my friend of craftster status when the time comes.
Thanks for listening!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: creamycharb on July 24, 2008 10:10:13 PM
 ??? ??? ???I am not sure if it is the new ads slowing down my craftster experience or not-
but the dates coincide pretty much.  for the last week or so craftster has been responding slower and slower and S-L-O-W-E-R.
Just to get to this forum to read about possible new things going on that might be responsible, i clocked it at over a minute to load each and every page.
i am soo sooo sad.
i simply cannot sit and pop around to see the  great new projects, like i am want to do, when it takes that long to get around.
i will check back, periodically, to see if it improves-
but if it doesnt, im afraid im outta here.  and i LOVE it here.
obviously not everyone is having this same problem-  and the weird thing is, i haven't noticed any crazy new, in my face, non-crafting ads.  but it definately appears to be ads that are loading, from what the bar at the bottom indicates.
very perplexing and very sad- ??? ??? ???

so, if anyone has an idea of what is happening with me, and it's something that can be fixed, please let me know. and if this new server might improve things-  horaaayy. 
and if things do improve to where i can use craftster again, i will be so greatful, and happy, and not wanting to take you'all for granted every again, that i will definately make a monetary donation of appreciation to this site- with a cherry on top
but if the ads are to blame, and the ads are staying, then...
i must be going.

its been fabulous.
take good care.

heart,
Creamycharb



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on July 24, 2008 10:14:01 PM


I just thought I'd let you know I've been getting these pop up ads. I also have no problem with the ads, I realize when I get online I'm going to get bombarded with them, so I'm good at ignoring them. I do however, get severely annoyed by pop ups. Just thought I'd mention it, if it irritated me, I'm sure it did someone else.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on July 24, 2008 11:12:20 PM
We're not showing any pop-ups! You should definitely scan your computer for adware, spyware, malware, etc.

I just thought I'd let you know I've been getting these pop up ads. I also have no problem with the ads, I realize when I get online I'm going to get bombarded with them, so I'm good at ignoring them. I do however, get severely annoyed by pop ups. Just thought I'd mention it, if it irritated me, I'm sure it did someone else.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: dawt on July 24, 2008 11:12:41 PM
I love Craftster, and I love what I get out of it - but I probably won't be a friend of Craftster next year.

Hmm...that sounds to me like cutting off one's nose to spite the face. If donations become fewer, then more advertising dollars would be needed, which in turn creates more ads in order to keep things running. If more people donated then it's logical that less advertising would be needed, and Leah and her team could continue to weed out those hokey-pokey dancing ads and keep the more relevant ones.

There is no perfect world, even on the Internet, everything costs something. AND, change is inevitable, this fabulous site can't stay fabulous without growing, ya just gotta take the good with the bad and ignore the rest.  ;)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: DIY ho on July 25, 2008 12:55:51 AM
I'm keeping up with this thread, being interested in people's reactions and such... but I'm becoming ridiculously curious about these ads! ::)  I only see them when I'm logged out or someone posts a screenshot. And I'd have to manually log out to see them, because I'm always logged in...

oh hell, I'm going to look. ;) :P ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 25, 2008 04:10:01 AM
I love Craftster, and I love what I get out of it - but I probably won't be a friend of Craftster next year.

Hmm...that sounds to me like cutting off one's nose to spite the face. If donations become fewer, then more advertising dollars would be needed, which in turn creates more ads in order to keep things running. If more people donated then it's logical that less advertising would be needed, and Leah and her team could continue to weed out those hokey-pokey dancing ads and keep the more relevant ones.

There is no perfect world, even on the Internet, everything costs something. AND, change is inevitable, this fabulous site can't stay fabulous without growing, ya just gotta take the good with the bad and ignore the rest.  ;)


Thanks!!  You expressed the point EXACTLY! :-*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 25, 2008 04:10:32 AM
oh hell, I'm going to look. ;) :P ;D

:D!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: FruityLoops on July 25, 2008 04:27:18 AM
I have to say I really don't like the non craft ads, especially the dating ones and credit card ones that I've been seeing a lot recently, I would prefer it if it could be a benefit of being an FOC to not see any ads or at least just crafty ads.   I hate online ads with a vengeance, buuuut you do tend to see adverts just about everywhere online these days so I suppose it's something you just learn to ignore! 

Just as an aside though.  One of my bezza mates joined craftster very recently and she found it very confusing to work her way around because of the ads being seemingly everywhere, and sometimes it's hard to work out what are site links and what are ads, I don't find it confusing as I've been on for so long and know where everything is and know where the ads are placed but she felt it was quite jumbled and confusing.  She'll soon get used to it, and it's not due to the new ads as obv I don't think the placements have changed, just thought it worth mentioning.

Otherwise I'm as happy with Craftster as I've always been, I'm more bothered about the fact my boss blocked me from being able to view it at work, and Craftster was the only thing that used to get me through the day...  Not it's either alcohol or chocolate that has to get me through the day :S Cue many swear words muttered under my breath... ;)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Artisan82 on July 25, 2008 05:38:22 AM
I love Craftster, and I love what I get out of it - but I probably won't be a friend of Craftster next year.

Hmm...that sounds to me like cutting off one's nose to spite the face. If donations become fewer, then more advertising dollars would be needed, which in turn creates more ads in order to keep things running. If more people donated then it's logical that less advertising would be needed, and Leah and her team could continue to weed out those hokey-pokey dancing ads and keep the more relevant ones.

There is no perfect world, even on the Internet, everything costs something. AND, change is inevitable, this fabulous site can't stay fabulous without growing, ya just gotta take the good with the bad and ignore the rest.  ;)


Thanks!!  You expressed the point EXACTLY! :-*

Gals, I love ya - but I still have to respectfully disagree.  While I'm sure that much of the money raised by advertising goes to improving Craftster itself - Namemedia is still a profit-based business.  Higher profits are good, so the goal will always be to make more money.  I think even if FOC enrollment skyrocketed in the next few month, we'd still see lots of new adverts (cuz what company ever says:"okay, I think we have enough money now"?)

I'm not trying to be too cynical or "darn-the-man" here... I'm just saying that I feel differently about the FOC now than I did when I enrolled.  Of course I reserve the right to change my opinion at any time (this is a woman's privledge  8) ).

Again, I love Craftster, and I love being part of this community - and I'm not averse to giving back... I'm just not sold on the FOC idea in consideration of the new circumstances..... yet.....  ???


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 25, 2008 05:49:12 AM
It's okay to agree to disagree!  We still love ya and we're glad you're a part of the community one way or another.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on July 25, 2008 07:44:39 AM
I'll check, but they definitely only pop up on Craftster. I'm not saying you're wrong, but there's definitely something weird about it since they do only pop up on this site.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 25, 2008 09:01:49 AM
Yeah, we definitely don't have any popups on our system.  Yick!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: indywriter on July 25, 2008 09:56:06 AM
Okay, so I've read the whole thread now...

I totally understand that non-craft ads have to appear.  But I was disappointed to learn that FOCs cannot turn them off anymore.

I never thought about turning the ads off until I visited the site today and was greeted by an ad for vodka.  It's not that I'm such a stick in the mud that I begrudge anyone their cocktails, but I'm soooo not interested.  So I thought I'd look to see if anything was posted about the new ads before I turned them off.

I guess I won't be doing that now  :P

If FOCs can't turn off ads, could we at least maybe have the perk of choosing the kind of ads we do or don't see?  Like maybe there would be a check list of ad categories?  I don't mind ads for children's products for example, but dating ads and alcohol are something I'll never pursue.

I've been to sites that let you choose ad categories for individual visits (usually to play some game or something).

Just a thought.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 25, 2008 10:02:44 AM
I'm not trying to be too cynical or "darn-the-man" here...

my brain is needing to inject a little surrealism here.  because when i read this, in a crafting context, the first image that came to my mind was a person... darning... a man. 
ouch!!!  (even if he's a poppet man or an amigurumi man.)

not criticizing your self-censorship or anything like that.  just saying what my mind did with this sentence, on a friday amount of brain-power.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 25, 2008 10:05:59 AM
I totally understand that non-craft ads have to appear.  But I was disappointed to learn that FOCs cannot turn them off anymore.

WTF?!  we can't?!
i was just about to get desperate and turn them off (after the initial curiosity [my hands typed "furiosity", which is not all that wrong, for the reaction following curiosity])..........


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 25, 2008 10:06:41 AM
No.  If you had yours turned off previously, we grandfathered you in, though.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 25, 2008 10:08:15 AM
OK so if i was being "stingy"* before, i get to reap the benefits of it now.  and as i wasn't, i am punished.  nice.

*i mean with my... time? eyespace?  not sure what.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 25, 2008 10:09:37 AM
OK so if i was being stingy before i get to reap the benefits of it now.  and as i wasn't, i am punished.  nice.

I don't think anyone is being punished.  I'm sorry if you feel that way.

We just didn't want to alter anyone's previous account settings because, well, that would have been a bit intrusive on our part.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 25, 2008 10:11:51 AM
i guess i just always felt relief thinking "oh well if the ads get TOO horrible i can turn them off.  because that is a perk of being an FOC."  and i didn't think they would change that without warning us.   (>_<)

oh well...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 25, 2008 10:17:24 AM
I apologize.  Here is where Leah mentioned it https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=160663.msg2878329#msg2878329 but maybe we should have made it an announcement topic of its own.

I have read that a few people have installed ad blockers on their browsers and that seemed to work well for them.  I have mine still on full-force, though.

The more our team pounds the pavement for craft-related ads, the less of these sorts of off-topic ads we'll see.  Hang in there! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: DIY ho on July 25, 2008 10:19:26 AM
Just as an aside though.  One of my bezza mates joined craftster very recently and she found it very confusing to work her way around because of the ads being seemingly everywhere, and sometimes it's hard to work out what are site links and what are ads, I don't find it confusing as I've been on for so long and know where everything is and know where the ads are placed but she felt it was quite jumbled and confusing.  She'll soon get used to it, and it's not due to the new ads as obv I don't think the placements have changed, just thought it worth mentioning.

I've had friends and family look over my shoulder at the site before and say the same thing... that it looked confusing and/or jumbled. :-\  I happen to like the faux corkboard layout! I always attribute this to their level of craftiness, however. (That would be zero. ;))  All jokes aside, it IS a lot to look at, especially on the main page.


And I *did* logout just to go look at the ads. I am still susceptible to crafty peer pressure. ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 25, 2008 10:44:11 AM
i think i was over-reacting earlier.  and i was somewhat rude.  i am sorry.  
a lot of stupid stuff happened this week in my "real life" that made me feel not safe, and i think this was just one more straw.

i don't know if that makes any sense but anyway i apologize.



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on July 25, 2008 10:45:32 AM
Aww! No worries nataluna! ((Hugs))  I hope things start going better!  :-*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 25, 2008 10:50:47 AM
i think i was over-reacting earlier.  and i was somewhat rude.  i am sorry.  
a lot of stupid stuff happened this week in my "real life" that made me feel not safe, and i think this was just one more straw.

i don't know if that makes any sense but anyway i apologize.

Aww...I hope you're okay/everything gets better for you. *hugs*

I know I (we) don't have all of the answers, but we do try to keep you as happy as possible while you're in the community.  After all, we want your experience here to be enjoyable so you stick around with us!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: AmphipodGirl on July 25, 2008 10:53:45 AM
Is it helpful if we suggest advertisers we'd LIKE to see?  I think a lot of folks here would love American Science and Surplus, but probably don't know about it...I have other ideas too if it's useful.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sean_namemedia on July 25, 2008 11:11:42 AM
If FOCs can't turn off ads, could we at least maybe have the perk of choosing the kind of ads we do or don't see?  Like maybe there would be a check list of ad categories?  I don't mind ads for children's products for example, but dating ads and alcohol are something I'll never pursue.

I've been to sites that let you choose ad categories for individual visits (usually to play some game or something).

We love this idea! We're not yet sure how we could or would accomplish that, but we'll throw this idea to the top of our to-do list and look into what we can feasibly do.

Keep those ideas coming!

-Sean


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: dawt on July 25, 2008 11:12:15 AM
AmphipodGirl, definitely, from what I gather it's part of why this thread exists.

BTW, I'm throwing my vote in to pursue the idea of being able to block certain ads as an FOC privilege as well and believe it would encourage membership.



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sean_namemedia on July 25, 2008 11:15:15 AM
Is it helpful if we suggest advertisers we'd LIKE to see?  I think a lot of folks here would love American Science and Surplus, but probably don't know about it...I have other ideas too if it's useful.

Absolutely! Share, share, share!

If we can show specific advertisers that they can reach interested new customers and potential repeat customers, the sale practically makes itself.

Well, OK, it's not that easy, but it does help.

-Sean


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: alteredmommy on July 25, 2008 11:22:07 AM
I'm pretty single minded in my Crafster surfing and frankly rarely notice the ads at all.....but maybe thats because I only get ads when I first come on site.  Once I go to another page they all go away.  I have no idea why that happens but its working for me :)

being a rural crafter in canada (land of very little craft stores) I would love to see any kind of internet supplier of art/mix media supplies.....my credit card is already getting a work out at SkyBluePink.com, AlphaStamps, ArtChix, SilverCrow and I know there must be more that haven't yet fed my hoarding obsessions!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 25, 2008 11:24:08 AM
Is it helpful if we suggest advertisers we'd LIKE to see?  I think a lot of folks here would love American Science and Surplus, but probably don't know about it...I have other ideas too if it's useful.

ooh i like that company and i always forget about them.

i think any art supplies company would be good like maybe cheap joes.

and oriental trading company has a lot of cool stuff in their art supplies catalog as well.  hugely more than they used to.

also organizational companies which i can't remember any names right now but ones that sell the special boxes for organizing.

and ikea.

and specialty companies like ones for sculpture materials and gardening materials and doll materials and dying materials ... even though it's a niche within here, it will find some people in some sections.

and anime anima designs,  i think it's called... they have really cool stuff.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: AmphipodGirl on July 25, 2008 11:26:07 AM
Ok then, here we go:
Nordic Needle -- unusual and specialty needlework supplies and books.  I keep learning about new things from them, like they turned me on to huck weaving
Lacis -- old-timey and hard-to-find needlework, lace, and costuming stuff
ABE books -- a network of used book sellers with a big searchable database.  You can find almost anything there.
Powell's books
Dover Publications -- craft books, reprints, embroidery transfers galore, stencils...

If Ebay ads came up here showing actual craft items, not electronics, I bet they'd get a lot more click-through.

That's what I've got for now, will let you know if I think of more...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: La Maestra on July 25, 2008 12:05:34 PM
Well, if this is any indication of clickability, just being mentioned as good sites in these posts has me looking them up!  I do get some of the best referrals for online venues from Craftster!  If they asked, I wonder how many sites would find out that they were found because they were mentioned in a Craftster thread?  I notice that popular patterns on these threads are usually in low supply or out at JoAnn's - they sure have some patrons here!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on July 25, 2008 12:27:16 PM
I love Craftster, and I love what I get out of it - but I probably won't be a friend of Craftster next year.

Hmm...that sounds to me like cutting off one's nose to spite the face. If donations become fewer, then more advertising dollars would be needed, which in turn creates more ads in order to keep things running. If more people donated then it's logical that less advertising would be needed, and Leah and her team could continue to weed out those hokey-pokey dancing ads and keep the more relevant ones.

There is no perfect world, even on the Internet, everything costs something. AND, change is inevitable, this fabulous site can't stay fabulous without growing, ya just gotta take the good with the bad and ignore the rest.  ;)


Thanks!!  You expressed the point EXACTLY! :-*

Gals, I love ya - but I still have to respectfully disagree.  While I'm sure that much of the money raised by advertising goes to improving Craftster itself - Namemedia is still a profit-based business.  Higher profits are good, so the goal will always be to make more money.  I think even if FOC enrollment skyrocketed in the next few month, we'd still see lots of new adverts (cuz what company ever says:"okay, I think we have enough money now"?)

I'm not trying to be too cynical or "darn-the-man" here... I'm just saying that I feel differently about the FOC now than I did when I enrolled.  Of course I reserve the right to change my opinion at any time (this is a woman's privledge  8) ).

Again, I love Craftster, and I love being part of this community - and I'm not averse to giving back... I'm just not sold on the FOC idea in consideration of the new circumstances..... yet.....  ???


I have to agree with Crafty.Canadian on this one.

When I joined, I knew my FOC contribution was going to help Leah directly. Now it's going to NameMedia's corporate overhead mostly, I'm sure, judging on the huge amount of ads they've had to add since purchasing this site. It kind of reminds me of when Fox (aka News Corp.) purchased MySpace (http://money.cnn.com/2006/08/24/magazines/fortune/myspace_short.fortune/index.htm).

I will probably still continue my FOC status but it will only be because the extra features are useful to my swap partners, no other reason :-\


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 25, 2008 12:30:48 PM
I'm sorry you feel that way, Ma Rut, but I'm glad you do find the extra features useful to you and/or others! :)


We'll just keep on keepin' on the best we can. ;D  This momma is workin' for the weekend! :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Eliea on July 25, 2008 02:31:07 PM
AmphipodGirl, definitely, from what I gather it's part of why this thread exists.

BTW, I'm throwing my vote in to pursue the idea of being able to block certain ads as an FOC privilege as well and believe it would encourage membership.


I would suggest american eagle or some clothing adds. Don't the knitters and crocheters like to make their clothing? lol. I personally shop at alloy.com and love their prices. I"d love some clothing adds as those still seem to fit to an extent to me.
People who buy them can buy, and people who make them get inspiration.
I say this partly as a joke and partly for real. :)

Does craftster only get money from the adds if people buy from them or just click on them? I thought it used to be clicks but just wanted to check. I'm willing to turn them back on and click away. :)

Also love the idea of FOC getting to choose the adds they see. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on July 25, 2008 02:40:05 PM
i shop at alloy.com too!   :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 25, 2008 02:43:32 PM
I think I'm going to have to do some shopping.  You know, as market research and all, I feel obligated... ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 25, 2008 03:27:29 PM
re: Eliea's suggestion, what about that company that a lot of people use for the base-clothes to dye or decorate onto... you know, the one that's made without sweat shops or something...

one GOOD thing of adverts, if they were the right ones, would be the help for those terminally forgetful like me...

ETA: found/remembered it:  http://www.americanapparel.net/


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sean_namemedia on July 25, 2008 03:32:05 PM
Does craftster only get money from the adds if people buy from them or just click on them? I thought it used to be clicks but just wanted to check. I'm willing to turn them back on and click away. :)

It depends on the advertiser's specific goals, but generally speaking we get paid initially for the views of the ad ("impressions"). Even if the ad does not convert to direct sales, there is still a branding and awareness component that is part of the value for the advertising customer.

That said, an advertising renewal (i.e. craft-related advertisers keep coming back) is more likely if the ad is clicked. Such a renewal and ongoing relationship is much more likely when people buy the advertiser's products or services and there is a direct correlation between the advertising and those sales -- either the advertiser can see that online sales came as a result of someone visiting from Craftster.org, or an offline buy is complemented by the buyer telling the business owner or employees that they saw the business' ad on Craftster.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: PimpernelSmith on July 25, 2008 03:54:27 PM
Is it helpful if we suggest advertisers we'd LIKE to see?  I think a lot of folks here would love American Science and Surplus, but probably don't know about it...I have other ideas too if it's useful.

Oooo! Yes!  And I loved seeing Thing Geek here (I do a huge amount of my holiday shopping on Think Geek).

Another quick reference would be ongoing threads like this one:

Favorite Fabric sites:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=160810.0

I know there is a listing of bead sites too.

Also:  Bento Box suppliers; Origami Suppliers; Yarn shops --  I've developed the sense that a lot of craftsters are interested in specifics like these -- in privately owned business, and in the unusual rather than the can-see-it-anywhere stuff.

I think if we had the feeling that the ads came from craftsters' recommendations we would all be that more likely to click on them.  Almost my entire file of bookmarks (which is HUGE) comes from references made by people here; I've visited all of them, and shopped with many.   ;)




Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: MissDisney on July 25, 2008 03:56:15 PM
like another said

im not looking at any ads now, cos they are annoyingly unrelated, so the ones i used to click on or be attracted to are off my radar. i dont want to have to refresh 20 times to get a craft ad that i may or may not like

i know this change is for the improvenment of craftster, but i cant help but to feel like the spirit is slowing drifting...i havent spent much time here lately, and that is really odd in the year i have been here...not even illness has kept me offline

again, i KNOW its necessary, i am just sharing my opinion on the situation...

as soon as i have enough money and products i want to buy ad space, but im afraid my little small craft store will get overlooked by people with the same problem i have,...missing the good ones because there are so many commercial ones...

you know rockmehardplace


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: AmphipodGirl on July 25, 2008 05:01:41 PM
Another great one would be dharmatrading.com -- everything you need for hand-dyeing, both the dyes and chemicals, and also blank items.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Artisan82 on July 25, 2008 05:22:56 PM
I REALLY like the idea of FOCs being able to choose which kind of advertising they want to see.  It makes sense for both the advertisers AND the consumer.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 25, 2008 05:51:54 PM
second most of the suggestions i have seen above for "companies we like" -- except the ones i now want to check out!

on the other hand

this type of offers are just deceitful and evil.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on July 25, 2008 06:02:21 PM
Just got this one...



I agree with a lot of the websites people are suggesting, so I just wanted to reiterate/add some.

Crafty:
OrientalTrading.com
ReproDepot.com (used to advertise but stopped?)
CreateForLess.com
ModaDea.com
LionBrand.com
KandCompany.com
MakingMemories.com
DuncanCrafts.com
FireMountainGems.com
Phaidon.com
DoverPublications.com
MarthaStewart.com
CreativityInc.com
Michaels.com
Joann.com
HobbyLobby.com
FoodNetwork.com
iClipArt.com

Craft Mags:
knit1mag.com
ReadyMade.com
CraftZine.com
VogueKnitting.com
Martha Stewart (Living, Weddings, Everyday Food, Good Things for Kids, Body+Soul)

Non-Crafty but appropriate for the audience:
AmericanApparel.net
Alloy.com
Delias.com
HotTopic.com
Torrid.com


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: alteredmommy on July 25, 2008 07:21:29 PM
I think it would be neat for FOC's to get a small feature spot at a reasonable ad price for their etsy/web stores.  Maybe in one area of the board where we would always be able to find it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: AmphipodGirl on July 25, 2008 08:08:42 PM
also paper-source.com (motto: "do something creative every day")
Cost Plus World Imports


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: bookstorebabe on July 25, 2008 08:24:46 PM
Okay, I have dial up, ancient computer, yadda yadda.But  the ads haven't added much to the loading time-except for one. The Neil Diamond,Live-with the scrolling list of cities? THREE minutes for the page to load! Sheesh! The second time it popped up? One minute.
Oy, vey!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on July 25, 2008 09:48:48 PM
haha i just got an ad for Lunesta.  i guess for all us late night insomniac craftsters.   :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 26, 2008 05:55:43 AM
haha i just got an ad for Lunesta.  i guess for all us late night insomniac craftsters.   :D

Ha! :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 26, 2008 07:05:58 AM
haha i just got an ad for Lunesta.  i guess for all us late night insomniac craftsters.   :D

but if you treat your insomnia, how can you make crafts in the night?!
(my husband is insomniac and many mornings i wake up to see beautiful designs in his flickr uploads!)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Bigmouth on July 26, 2008 07:10:35 AM
I saw the Lunesta ad in the middle of the afternoon.  Didn't make a whole lot of sense to me! 

And, speaking of making no sense...
Neil Diamond Live?!?

And now... "Otaku Booty... Meet smart, sexy local geeks, cheap."  The "geek" part I get, but the rest of it doesn't seem very Craftster.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 26, 2008 07:12:14 AM
And, speaking of making no sense...
Neil Diamond Live?!?

You don't listen to music while you craft? :D

I don't think off-topic ads are really supposed to make sense, though.  That is why they are considered off-topic, ya know?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: AsphaltQueen on July 26, 2008 09:07:24 AM
I'd like to request that when we click on the ads, they appear in a second window. I clicked on the Color Lovers one and it took me directly to the website. Annoyed me enough that I clicked right back to Craftster without even seeing what the website was about.   :P

I did just double-check by clicking on a random ad (I think it was for credit cards) and that popped up into a new window - maybe it was just the Color Lovers one.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 26, 2008 09:30:46 AM
I just clicked a work from home one and it opened in the same window as well.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: PimpernelSmith on July 26, 2008 09:54:43 AM


Ooo -- and how about:

http://www.folkwear.com

http://www.agelesspatterns.com

http://www.snapsource.com

http://www.zipperstop.com

http://www.alternative-windows.com/index.htm


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 26, 2008 09:55:34 AM
PS - I love colourlovers.com.  I always plan out my interior decorating palettes on there.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: La Maestra on July 26, 2008 10:17:16 AM
I'd like to request that when we click on the ads, they appear in a second window. I clicked on the Color Lovers one and it took me directly to the website. Annoyed me enough that I clicked right back to Craftster without even seeing what the website was about.   :P

I did just double-check by clicking on a random ad (I think it was for credit cards) and that popped up into a new window - maybe it was just the Color Lovers one.

Firefox preferences lets me set pages to either open in the same window, a new window or a new tab when I click on them.  Maybe you have that option with your browser?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 26, 2008 10:19:05 AM
I'd like to request that when we click on the ads, they appear in a second window. I clicked on the Color Lovers one and it took me directly to the website. Annoyed me enough that I clicked right back to Craftster without even seeing what the website was about.   :P

I did just double-check by clicking on a random ad (I think it was for credit cards) and that popped up into a new window - maybe it was just the Color Lovers one.

Firefox preferences lets me set pages to either open in the same window, a new window or a new tab when I click on them.  Maybe you have that option with your browser?

I think IE allows that as well.  The only things is, I wouldn't want to set ALL of my links to open in new windows.  I just like ads to open in new windows so I can remain on Craftster in my original window.

For now, I just right-click and select "Open in New Window," which is all right. :)

...I hope that makes sense. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on July 26, 2008 11:33:21 PM
More odd ones...





Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 27, 2008 06:22:42 AM
PS - I love colourlovers.com.  I always plan out my interior decorating palettes on there.

i think it's used a lot by designers, too, especially digital ones.  Me, i was thinking about making printable wallpapers for dollhouse.  maybe linoleum, too.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Eliea on July 27, 2008 07:55:29 AM
I think it would be neat for FOC's to get a small feature spot at a reasonable ad price for their etsy/web stores.  Maybe in one area of the board where we would always be able to find it.
I love this idea. Right now I couldn't afford much, though I was thinking about those rotating 1.00 adds we used to have. But I have nearly tried a few times when one of my other forums was having a sale on their add space.
They were doing a "birthday" sale and since it was the forums birthday, if you were a member you got your add space for like 5.00 for the whole month. It was a rotating add with other members so yours didn't show up every page but I thought it was a cool idea. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: samisadork on July 27, 2008 11:01:43 PM
I have to say, I completely agree with the others that say they are overlooking the good ads now! When I first saw this annoying ad:


I came searching for this thread. So many websites are bombarded with these scam-ish, soul devouring, insecurity feeding excuses for ads it puts people in 'Computer-protect' mode as soon as they see a flashy ad. Its understandable that craftsters are afraid to click on things now, because you can't be sure its not going to take you to one of those utterly annoying sites that when you try to close it, pops up in a new window and asks you if you were sure you wanted to close it!

Before these new ads popped up, Craftster was the ad safe haven, where you knew you could click on an ad and not get attacked with CLICK HERE TO RECIEVE YOUR NEW NINTENDO WII ABSOLUTELY FREE**
In fact, I used to spend time actually perusing the websites advertised on Craftster. Now, I just ignore all of them, even though I know some of them are very worthwhile!

Here is a suggestion: Figure up the average daily pageviews for FOCs, then how much ad revenue that would generate in one year. Make a FoC subscription level at that cost, and let those people turn off the ads! This should be pretty easy (if your a techy type) to do. This would add value to the FoC membership, and probably cause a decent influx of new subscriptions, and reduce the need for such intrusive ads.

I'm not trying to sound whiny or ungrateful about this wonderous community. I just feel like the one and only place on the intrawebs that I could click away and find cool new places has been taken away. Even with that said, I do really enjoy this community, and the work you all put into it!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: b16aGirl on July 28, 2008 10:25:05 AM
OK, I tried to take screen shots, but I am about as much of a technophile as my grandmother. Today I saw ads for www.chnlove.com which appeared to be an Asian dating site and www.sweetim.com which had annoying smiley faces.

 It does make me really sad to see all the big, un-crafty ads and my response has been to just avoid Craftster. There is a huge wealth of bookmarks I have gleaned from the boards here and rather than come here and be faced with slow loading pages and obnoxious ads, I open my bookmarks and just go to those pages for inspiration/support.

 Over the next few months I will keep my eye on Craftster and if it looks like there is progress being made towards getting crafty businesses buying the previously unsold ad space, I will happily join back in the fun and finally become and FOC. If it still all looks like Toyota, Microsoft, and dating sites, I'll just move on.

 Thank you to everyone who helps keep this community together and running through this change.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 28, 2008 10:27:13 AM
Thank you to everyone who helps keep this community together and running through this change.

Thanks for taking the time to express your thoughts on the ads and thanks for the thanks, too. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on July 28, 2008 10:45:01 AM
Got this one today:


I've also been getting an obscene amount of Hummer ads, which I feel is highly inappropriate for a website that is actively involved in environmentally-friendly efforts like 350.org (http://350.org), has an entire forum dedicated to recycled/reused projects and almost always has an eco-related swap going on. I think this is a an example of where we craftsters feel like NameMedia doesn't really "get us" (or care to) as an audience :-\


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on July 28, 2008 10:49:12 AM
BestFreeRewards.com <---just got this one too. Cheesy Flash ad where you use a crane to pick out stuffed animals, like those games in the entrances of supermarkets :P


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 28, 2008 10:50:44 AM
Got this one today:
http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/imgad?id=CLDc3e6d9-L-TBCsAhjvATIIo2Nwns_eAyY[/img]

I've also been getting an obscene amount of Hummer ads, which I feel is highly inappropriate for a website that is actively involved in environmentally-friendly efforts like 350.org (http://350.org), has an entire forum dedicated to recycled/reused projects and almost always has an eco-related swap going on. I think this is a an example of where we craftsters feel like NameMedia doesn't really "get us" (or care to) as an audience :-\

Wow!  That Greek ad is a little feisty, isn't it?  At least we make our own bikinis here... :-\

That's a good point about the Hummer ads and our heavy focus on the environment.  Though, I don't think it has anything to do with NameMedia not "getting us."  The ads come from an ad database.  I think they/we are doing a pretty good job of removing the not-so-nice ones from the mix as they are reported -- but, erm, I'm bias, right? :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: 1boy1girl1kitty2 on July 28, 2008 12:32:28 PM
i don't  mind the ads but i DO have a problem with the sugardaddy.com and other "adult" dating sites ads and really are there many 18 yr olds that craft and DIY really looking for a sugar daddy?

i also noticed the adds creeping down the page to being under individual posts. now on another website i'm on (might even be a name media site?) started this ad thing to. it started off slow and you almost didn't notice it but then one day it was like a switch went off and all of a sudden you noticed a TONNE of ads (aside from really annoying popups and talking ads that scare the bejesus out of you) they were after every post along the sides of the page, top, bottom of the page. it took forever to load the rest of the page because of all the ads. there were people who had been with the site since it started that left!

they then implemented a 'pay to get rid of the ads' membership deal. pay X amount each month or one time for the whole year and the ads were cut back to one at the top and one at the bottom. now i am already a paying FOC but maybe something like this could be implemented here? like the cheapest FOC membership get the basics of what it has now then the next tier get another perk and the 3rd tier get the whole kit-n-kaboodle, basic perks and tier2 perks and tier 3 perks of ads at the top and bottom of the page?

the ads on the side don't bother me so much as they've always been there but when they start creeping into the posts thats where i start to get annoyed! i love this site and will continue to support it but when the ads start to over run the posts i start to feel like my support is not being appreciated


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 28, 2008 12:35:48 PM
i also noticed the adds creeping down the page to being under individual posts.

the ads on the side don't bother me so much as they've always been there but when they start creeping into the posts thats where i start to get annoyed! i love this site and will continue to support it but when the ads start to over run the posts i start to feel like my support is not being appreciated

You've seen ads within threads (other than the Ads by Google under the first post of every page, which have been there for quite some time now)?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: 1boy1girl1kitty2 on July 28, 2008 12:59:38 PM
not on every page and not always under the first post. it seems rather random as to which threads and where on the page, but for now it's only one under a post somewhere on the page and not every  (like this page has none within any posts)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on July 28, 2008 01:04:33 PM
Just to clarify...

We technically didn't ad any new "ad slots" or ad positions or whatever ya want to call them. We're just now showing off-topic ads in the existing ad slots. That's the difference.

All of this feedback is very very helpful. We need to know what kind of impression this makes on the readers. So thank you for chiming in!

i also noticed the adds creeping down the page to being under individual posts.

the ads on the side don't bother me so much as they've always been there but when they start creeping into the posts thats where i start to get annoyed! i love this site and will continue to support it but when the ads start to over run the posts i start to feel like my support is not being appreciated

You've seen ads within threads (other than the Ads by Google under the first post of every page, which have been there for quite some time now)?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 28, 2008 01:06:10 PM
I didn't think we had added any new ad slots, which makes me really curious as to what 1boy1girl is seeing within her threads. :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: MirthFairy on July 28, 2008 01:20:24 PM
I didn't think we had added any new ad slots, which makes me really curious as to what 1boy1girl is seeing within her threads. :D

Maybe she's referring to the Google ad that shows up under the first message on every page?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 28, 2008 01:24:23 PM
I didn't think we had added any new ad slots, which makes me really curious as to what 1boy1girl is seeing within her threads. :D

Maybe she's referring to the Google ad that shows up under the first message on every page?

I mentioned those, but she said they were randomly within pages and not on every page.  I just wanted to make sure she didn't have some icky adware programming sneaking into her computer.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Retromiad on July 28, 2008 01:32:39 PM
i don't  mind the ads but i DO have a problem with the sugardaddy.com and other "adult" dating sites ads and really are there many 18 yr olds that craft and DIY really looking for a sugar daddy?

I wouldn't mind a sugar daddy....mmmm caramel.... oh, that's a different kind of sugar daddy.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: PurpleHeather on July 28, 2008 01:55:12 PM
Hiya, thanks for taking the time to explain it - I was surprised to see an ad for emoticons on beloved Craftster, but if they're second to crafty ads and allowing the site to grow then I'll cope!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on July 28, 2008 02:13:55 PM
i just got an ad for Golden Girls ringtones, which is funny because i already have the Golden Girls theme as my ringtone.   :D 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on July 28, 2008 02:50:53 PM
How funny! My friend has the GG theme as his ringtone too! :D And, I suppose it goes to show... one person's "gawdawful" ad experience can something totally different for another person. ;)

Just as an example... I'm the one who specifically suggested to the ad people here that we allow ads for rock concerts because the demographics here are 75% ages 18-34 and it just seems to me that overall, we're big fans of music. But in this thread someone was not so psyched about the Neil Diamond ads. Poor Neil! :D Who doesn't love a little Sweet Caroline?!

Overall though, we're working hard here to make sure we take everyone's feedback to heart and use it as best we can. It takes a little while to get this process down pat.







Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 28, 2008 04:47:30 PM
My vote is... I'd rather see concert ads (we're HUGE music fans in our house) than dating and/or dieting sites.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Retromiad on July 28, 2008 04:54:36 PM
As long as I don't see porn ads, I'm fine.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: bookstorebabe on July 28, 2008 07:04:51 PM
Hey, it wasn't Neil Diamond I minded-porqupine pie, anyone? It was the fact that it took the page 3 minutes to load the first time it popped up, and one minute the next time. No other ad seemed to do that.
Rock on, craftsters!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: craftydame on July 28, 2008 09:57:18 PM
leah's so right, everyone has different ideas  of what ads are better -  i'd MUCH rather seen porn ads than see diet ads, honestly!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: HSG on July 29, 2008 04:13:58 AM
My vote is... I'd rather see concert ads (we're HUGE music fans in our house) than dating and/or dieting sites.
Getting close to the third trimester you always want to hear about skinny wenches women, getting thinner. Right?  ;)

The ads are all part of the growing process for Craftster. Things will need to be tweaked till the best mix is found that satisfies the members, and makes revenue for the site. Till then I can skim the ads till I see ones that interest or apply to me. I think. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 29, 2008 04:15:28 AM
My vote is... I'd rather see concert ads (we're HUGE music fans in our house) than dating and/or dieting sites.
Getting close to the third trimester you always want to hear about skinny wenches women, getting thinner. Right?  ;)

Seriously! :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on July 29, 2008 07:19:58 AM
Pages ago I asked a question about whether Craftster somehow recognized where we lived because most of the ads I'm seeing were relating to things close to me and no one answered so I've been keeping an eye on these ads to figure it out myself.  I just read through 10 pages here and I don't think I've seen one of the ads most people mentioned because I'm being bombarded by Westjet ads - I kid you not, 2 minutes ago I went to one page on here and the ad in the top right hand corner was Westjet, the ad above the posts was Westjet and the ad on the left hand side of the page was Westjet.  Almost without fail, there is a Westjet ad on every page I load and I'm sick of them!!

It's obvious to me now that Craftster ads must go by our ISP address - I've seen so many Alberta related ads on here plus the Westjet ones (which has headquarters 1 1/2 hours from my house) that there is no question in my mind about it.  I'd love to see some other ads but I guess I'm stuck with these ones for now.

I even tried logging out and looking around the site as a guest but that didn't make any difference so it's got to be the ISP address!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: 1boy1girl1kitty2 on July 29, 2008 07:32:17 AM
it could just be the computer i'm on. one my computer some peoples signatures are larger and on my mom's computer some are tiny and long so maybe thats the case. but the dating sites are the ones that bug me.

homerof2 - i think the ads must target your area. i get alot of westjet, home depot (with the little maple leaf emblem),  and great west lager (which is made in SK and AB) and great west's  has trivia pertaining to canada and more specifically moose jaw
 
but then again i get the ad for the university of liverpool


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on July 29, 2008 07:40:09 AM
Quote from: 1boy1girl1kitty2
homerof2 - i think the ads must target your area. i get alot of westjet, home depot (with the little maple leaf emblem),  and great west lager (which is made in SK and AB) and great west's  has trivia pertaining to canada and more specifically moose jaw
 
but then again i get the ad for the university of liverpool

Yeah, I get the odd other one as well but most of the ads in the upper right hand corner and the ones just above the posts are related to my area.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on July 29, 2008 08:16:47 AM
Homerof2, I was wondering about that recently as well, and I found this on the www.craftster.org/advertise (https://www.craftster.org/advertise) page:

"Banner ads which are geo-targeted to readers located in regions of your choosing."

That explains why I've gotten a million ads about George Michael playing in Atlanta lol


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kathleenalice on July 29, 2008 08:20:46 AM
Homerof2 - I get local ones too! I live in Manchester, UK and I'm getting ads for the Masters programme at Liverpool university - which I'm just fine with!

I just had to pop in to say that I totally understand why this has had to happen, but it is kinda sad. I would totally support something like the LiveJournal paid user program so we could buy out of the ads.

I've never wanted to switch off the ads before because I figured that they weren't bothering me and the more views they got the better for Craftster. But now it's got to the point where I can't even read Craftster on my home PC because the page is huge and takes forever to load and I'm pretty sure some of the dodgier ads are sending spyware my way - for a few days in a row I only used the PC to check Craftster (doing my other online shizzle on the laptop and at work) and my daily scans were still picking up bugs :(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on July 29, 2008 08:27:52 AM
Just as an example... I'm the one who specifically suggested to the ad people here that we allow ads for rock concerts because the demographics here are 75% ages 18-34 and it just seems to me that overall, we're big fans of music. But in this thread someone was not so psyched about the Neil Diamond ads. Poor Neil! :D Who doesn't love a little Sweet Caroline?!

It seems like Live Nation is getting some advertising in (at least in my region), but maybe you could try some indie labels, like Sub Pop (http://www.subpop.com) or Touch and Go (http://www.touchandgorecords.com).


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: creamycharb on July 29, 2008 09:03:10 AM
man alive!
i am confused about what is going on.
i replied back on page 11 regarding the slow loading that i am experiencing since the new server or the new ads showed up.
i have tried hard to solve things but i am still having a lot of trouble. 
the problem appeared to be related to "doubleclick"  that is trying to load.  i ran my spyware and "doubleclick" showed up-  but cleaning that up didn't quicken my page load. 
then, i tried turning off java script.  and THAT fixed it. (except java script is related to more than just ads. and it was fruitless to try to use the site without it.) 
its making me crazy!!  ??? ??? it never had a problem before-  i dont know whether its the ads, or the way the new server is running java script that my computer can't deal with. 
i actually have very little idea what i am talking about here-  but i did want to see if anyone is having a similar problem loading craftster pages-  or  if any of you admins have a clue what might have changed with the java script on the new server so that i can help my computer deal.
ALSO-
a weird thing is-  i am not getting ANY of the new ads that you all are talking about, on my computer.   so maybe my comuter is getting bogged down trying to block some stuff.  god knows. On my mothers computer (where i am now), the pages load fine and i have off topic ads like "macey's"- 
anyway- 
blah blah blah- 
please holler with ANY ideas.
i am jonesin for my craftster. :( :(
-thanks
Creamycharb


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 29, 2008 09:07:09 AM
man alive!
i am confused about what is going on.
i replied back on page 11 regarding the slow loading that i am experiencing since the new server or the new ads showed up.
i have tried hard to solve things but i am still having a lot of trouble. 
the problem appeared to be related to "doubleclick"  that is trying to load.  i ran my spyware and "doubleclick" showed up-  but cleaning that up didn't quicken my page load. 
then, i tried turning off java script.  and THAT fixed it. (except java script is related to more than just ads. and it was fruitless to try to use the site without it.) 
its making me crazy!!  ??? ??? it never had a problem before-  i dont know whether its the ads, or the way the new server is running java script that my computer can't deal with. 
i actually have very little idea what i am talking about here-  but i did want to see if anyone is having a similar problem loading craftster pages-  or  if any of you admins have a clue what might have changed with the java script on the new server so that i can help my computer deal.
ALSO-
a weird thing is-  i am not getting ANY of the new ads that you all are talking about, on my computer.   so maybe my comuter is getting bogged down trying to block some stuff.  god knows. On my mothers computer (where i am now), the pages load fine and i have off topic ads like "macey's"- 
anyway- 
blah blah blah- 
please holler with ANY ideas.
i am jonesin for my craftster. :( :(
-thanks
Creamycharb

The new ads are running, but the new server setup is NOT running yet (no speed improvements have been made on our end yet! :)).

You should be seeing new ads, but you may have an ad blocker or you may not be able to load flash ads on your home computer.  Many of the ads contain flash.  Do you have any idea what speed your computer at home is?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Eliea on July 29, 2008 09:49:32 AM
man alive!
i am confused about what is going on.
i replied back on page 11 regarding the slow loading that i am experiencing since the new server or the new ads showed up.
i have tried hard to solve things but i am still having a lot of trouble. 
the problem appeared to be related to "doubleclick"  that is trying to load.  i ran my spyware and "doubleclick" showed up-  but cleaning that up didn't quicken my page load. 
then, i tried turning off java script.  and THAT fixed it. (except java script is related to more than just ads. and it was fruitless to try to use the site without it.) 
its making me crazy!!  ??? ??? it never had a problem before-  i dont know whether its the ads, or the way the new server is running java script that my computer can't deal with. 
i actually have very little idea what i am talking about here-  but i did want to see if anyone is having a similar problem loading craftster pages-  or  if any of you admins have a clue what might have changed with the java script on the new server so that i can help my computer deal.
ALSO-
a weird thing is-  i am not getting ANY of the new ads that you all are talking about, on my computer.   so maybe my comuter is getting bogged down trying to block some stuff.  god knows. On my mothers computer (where i am now), the pages load fine and i have off topic ads like "macey's"- 
anyway- 
blah blah blah- 
please holler with ANY ideas.
i am jonesin for my craftster. :( :(
-thanks
Creamycharb

The new ads are running, but the new server setup is NOT running yet (no speed improvements have been made on our end yet! :)).

You should be seeing new ads, but you may have an ad blocker or you may not be able to load flash ads on your home computer.  Many of the ads contain flash.  Do you have any idea what speed your computer at home is?
I'm having a simillar problem at my home computer. I have flash installed and running and no problems with Java as I regularly update it for another forum I moderate on.
Craftster takes a long time to load pages but it's even worse when I'm actually trying to look at a thread and read replies. I'm sure it's the adds and images there.
Though For me it may also be my computer. I mentioned something else about it to my hubby and he said i needed to turn something off and it could slow down my normal load time if it's on. (something with my sound settings) I regularly listen to music and do stuff on the internet at the same time....
I need to check that and when I get home I'll pay mroe attention to what is making it load slowly and try to tweek my add blocker settings.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kittykill on July 29, 2008 03:08:52 PM
My vote is... I'd rather see concert ads (we're HUGE music fans in our house) than dating and/or dieting sites.

I agree-or animal ads, just cause I like seeing the cross eyed cat :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: creamycharb on July 29, 2008 09:45:57 PM
thanks sweets and eliea for the replies.
my husband says hes not sure what our speed is on the computer-  but its sufficient.
he thinks that it has to be the java script that these new ads are running that is the problem.
hes going to look at the code and pinpoint exactly what lines of code are creating the trouble.
ugggg. :(
i don't know if, even armed with that knowledge, there is anything you-all can do to help me on your end.
maybe the new server will help with the loading time a little bit.
but likely i am screwed.
(this also happened with a health site i used to love called "sparkpeople".  they updated their ads and i could never enjoy using it again, as the loading time sucked.)
now what are people talking about with some people being able to turn off ads?
is there ANY way i can get in on that action?
i NEEDS this site!.
and i will sell my soul to the craftster devil, to get it again without having to come to my mothers. :)
thanks for the help.
Creamycharb



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Eliea on July 30, 2008 07:08:28 AM
Some people have add blockers built into their browser. The only problem I've found is it doesn't block flash based adds. My home computer has one built into my mozilla, and I've noticed it's still a bit slow. I wasn't on craftster long enough to get the one that slows my computer down to try to load.
I'm not sure how exactly it works all I know is I can block specific frames and adds as well as images. But weather it stops the add from loading or not I don't know.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: MEshelltakeone on July 31, 2008 01:21:53 PM
soooo not cool




Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on July 31, 2008 01:24:21 PM
I had exactly the same thing happen to me minutes ago but with different ads!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on July 31, 2008 01:24:40 PM
I think that's a hiccup.  Leah was testing something.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: AlwaysInspired on July 31, 2008 01:31:26 PM
If I have to see Miley Cyrus wiggling around on my screen 1 more time I'm going to go crazy. Moving adds sometimes bother my eyes. At one point I had her add on my screen in 2 different spots.  ::)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on July 31, 2008 01:44:43 PM
Is this craziness with the ads in the wrong places happening consistently for you guys or has it stopped?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on July 31, 2008 01:54:26 PM
I haven't had that problem on my end :)

But...ugh:











Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kittykill on July 31, 2008 02:05:12 PM
No problems here but for some strange reason I now want to eat at Applebees, buy both kinds of MAC, listen to some Usher and find my long lost love....

all kidding aside-I know it can be frustrating to have ads that we don't necessary approve of but we do still want Craftster.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 31, 2008 02:11:32 PM
Is this craziness with the ads in the wrong places happening consistently for you guys or has it stopped?

It happened for me once earlier in the midst of testing, but it's all better now.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on July 31, 2008 02:33:41 PM
No problems here but for some strange reason I now want to eat at Applebees, buy both kinds of MAC, listen to some Usher and find my long lost love....

all kidding aside-I know it can be frustrating to have ads that we don't necessary approve of but we do still want Craftster.

Tackiness aside, I disapprove of these ads because, just like work-at-home ads, they're all deceitful in that you have to participate in programs that require purchases (usually a ridiculous amount and with third parties) before they send you the offer. They make money because people realize about halfway through that it's a ripoff, so they've spent all this money trying to get an Applebee's/Target/MAC card just to quit without finishing. Then the said company never has to send out the giftcard. I got burned by one of these offers when they first came out several years ago, I must admit ::)


BTW I just wanted to say thanks for letting us all weigh in on this issue :) I know you're probably all tired of me sticking my ugly head in, but I'm just voicing my concerns, so I appreciate the opportunity.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kittykill on July 31, 2008 02:46:44 PM
I can't speak for Leah or the other staff/mods here but I'm glad you are voicing your opinion (and everyone else). I think that's super important.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on July 31, 2008 05:37:43 PM
I haven't had another ad in the middle since the one earlier today so it must have been a glitch while you tested things but it sure was weird!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on August 01, 2008 02:29:57 PM
so these aren't just complaints about ads we don't like, i saw this website http://www.gorgeousfabrics.com/shop/ from an ad on Project RunGay and i thought it might be somplace that could be advertised here too.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 02, 2008 09:46:09 PM
In case anyone misses the important news (at the top of every page right now):

Quote
Important news: Craftster will soon be moving to a faster multi-server setup! While we move all of the data, the website will be in "read-only" mode which means you will not be able to post or send PMs but you will be able to read to your hearts content. The site will go into "read-only" mode on Sunday August 3rd at 5:00 pm EST and the move will take up to 24 hours. (Hopefully less than that!) Thanks for bearing with us while we make this upgrade.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on August 02, 2008 09:58:09 PM
Thanks Sweets for the heads up.   Now I see the notice.  I was looking at the very top of the page...?!? Now to figure out when 5pm EST will be.  You are so great!!! Thanks


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: dawt on August 02, 2008 11:35:38 PM
I never would have noticed if you hadn't have pointed it out, thank you! I think it would have been more noticeable if it were at the VERY top of the page in the yellow section. At any rate, *I* know it now and will help spread the news.

Good luck with the changeover, I hope it goes as smooth as bud-ah!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: DaisyTattoo on August 03, 2008 09:41:37 AM
This ad plays a movie lil movie thingy at the beginning, which wouldnt be so bad if the ad hasn't shown up about 8 times in a row.



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on August 04, 2008 05:31:46 PM
Now this is strange - on July 29th, I complained about all the WestJet ads I was getting and, totally seriously, I haven't had one since that day!!  In fact, I haven't had any ads that are specific to my area lately.  Did somebody do something to my account or is it totally coincidence?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on August 05, 2008 07:43:01 AM
Now this is strange - on July 29th, I complained about all the WestJet ads I was getting and, totally seriously, I haven't had one since that day!!  In fact, I haven't had any ads that are specific to my area lately.  Did somebody do something to my account or is it totally coincidence?


Those ads are called "geo-targeted" ads. It has nothing to do with Craftster. The ad network that serves up the ad, determines where you are located and can deliver specially targeted ads to you. The region where a person is located is something that easily detected. (But of course your exact address can't be detected.)

So in this case I think that the ad campaign just ran it's course.



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: amybarnett on August 05, 2008 06:52:16 PM
I just read all the previous posts about this and I just have to say:

Most of the time I can ignore the ads-just like most of the time I ignore avitars. Don't get me wrong!! There are some cool ads and there are some wicked cool avitars but there are also some that stink. Avitars that flash or have distracting photos don't take me away from the real action and neither do the ads, really.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Riki on August 06, 2008 09:04:26 PM
Now this is strange - on July 29th, I complained about all the WestJet ads I was getting and, totally seriously, I
Those ads are called "geo-targeted" ads. It has nothing to do with Craftster. The ad network that serves up the ad, determines where you are located and can deliver specially targeted ads to you. The region where a person is located is something that easily detected. (But of course your exact address can't be detected.)

So in this case I think that the ad campaign just ran it's course.


When will the Thai girlfriend/boyfriend sex campaign end? I suppose I'm the only one getting it? I hate the way they sell Thai girls like this, largely as sex slaves, so prevalent here and to see it on Craftster is extremely disturbing.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kittykill on August 06, 2008 09:18:23 PM
I haven't seen anything like that-Is it a dating service ad or something like that?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on August 07, 2008 01:09:07 PM
I feel like if I post in this thread I'm a whiney jerk, but I thought I'd tell you guys this: I know I'm not going crazy about the pop ups because this is what I've figured out, I ran an adware program and got nothing. If I turn the pop up blocker on my browser off (firefox on a PC) the pop ups happen. Now I'm sure that has nothing to do with your site, but I obviously clicked the button by accident that says "Allow pop ups from www.craftster.org" and now they happen. I fixed it on my browser and it seems to have stopped. That's not why I'm posting though. Today several times I would click something like a page thread number and it would open up http://www.simplemachines.org/ in a new tab. Is this the company you guys use? It happened when clicking on random buttons. I just thought I'd tell you guys in case.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 07, 2008 01:11:16 PM
I don't think you are experiencing an ad.  There must be something else wrong either on our end or yours.  Simple Machines is the code our forum uses, but they don't provide ads or anything of the like here.  Maybe Leah will have some insight.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 07, 2008 01:11:51 PM
PS -- You're totally not a whiney jerk! :D  We need to know about these errors.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on August 07, 2008 01:21:26 PM
Woah. This sounds very odd. We don't run any pop-ups. What are these pop-ups? Are they ads? What are the ads for? Could you take a screen shot? That would be really really helpful.

I feel like if I post in this thread I'm a whiney jerk, but I thought I'd tell you guys this: I know I'm not going crazy about the pop ups because this is what I've figured out, I ran an adware program and got nothing. If I turn the pop up blocker on my browser off (firefox on a PC) the pop ups happen. Now I'm sure that has nothing to do with your site, but I obviously clicked the button by accident that says "Allow pop ups from www.craftster.org" and now they happen. I fixed it on my browser and it seems to have stopped. That's not why I'm posting though. Today several times I would click something like a page thread number and it would open up http://www.simplemachines.org/ in a new tab. Is this the company you guys use? It happened when clicking on random buttons. I just thought I'd tell you guys in case.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on August 07, 2008 04:11:46 PM


I just thought I'd let you know I've been getting these pop up ads. I also have no problem with the ads, I realize when I get online I'm going to get bombarded with them, so I'm good at ignoring them. I do however, get severely annoyed by pop ups. Just thought I'd mention it, if it irritated me, I'm sure it did someone else.

Sorry to quote an image, but this is what I'd wrote about before and got told there were no pop ups running. They're typically different ads and I don't have any screen shots because I tried to blow it off since I'd been told it was probably my computer. But I noticed that when I turn my pop up blocker off they start to pop up again on this site. Like I said, it probably is something I just can't catch but mentioning couldn't hurt. The other problem just happens when I click links and buttons. It just goes straight to their website.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 07, 2008 04:14:14 PM
Very strange.  I've never seen any of those.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: clovergrace on August 07, 2008 04:54:39 PM
Craftster won't even load for me until all the ads are loaded and showing, something that I don't think should be happening at all, at least for FOCs. I don't care about the ads, what irks me is nothing else will load until they have.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 07, 2008 05:40:16 PM
Craftster won't even load for me until all the ads are loaded and showing, something that I don't think should be happening at all, at least for FOCs. I don't care about the ads, what irks me is nothing else will load until they have.

Everything loads at the same time for me usually.  We're still working out the buggies.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: dawt on August 07, 2008 05:48:11 PM
Craftster won't even load for me until all the ads are loaded and showing, something that I don't think should be happening at all, at least for FOCs. I don't care about the ads, what irks me is nothing else will load until they have.

That's strange because we're on the same server and I'm not having any problems with pages loading. BUT, you do have an older 'puter so that may aggravate things. Let's see, we're both using Windows XP, cable and Firefox (or are you running IE?). Just trying to help trouble-shoot.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 07, 2008 05:49:27 PM
Maybe that's when she is getting info from Server1 instead of Server2 or vice versa.

clovergrace, does it happen every single time or does it seem kind of random?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: T-Unit on August 07, 2008 06:09:28 PM
Quote
Craftster won't even load for me until all the ads are loaded and showing, something that I don't think should be happening at all, at least for FOCs. I don't care about the ads, what irks me is nothing else will load until they have.

I'm getting the exact same thing as clovergrace, only, I only notice it when my pc is going slow, or there are alot of craftsters on the site.

The layout will load, then the ads and until the ads are loaded I won't see any content at all. I run adsl2+, use firefox (same thing happens with IE) I use the latest versions of everything and have windows XP. It also happens at the pc's at work, I think they are running XP also, just alot slower.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: val_for_design on August 07, 2008 06:17:14 PM
I'm not really here to have a whine...

But I thought it was hilarious the other day when I got an ad in the left-hand column for a "Gay Bear" dating service! I'm not sure what I was looking at, maybe there were some amurugumi bears or something! Somehow I think the target audience was largely missed with that one...

Overall I haven't had any problems with intrusive advertising. I'm in Australia, and on my work computer running Firefox, and I've never even had the "Firefox blocked a pop-up" message appear.

Finally, good luck with the process, Leah & team! There will always be gremlins in the system, but mostly they can be quashed (just don't feed the little buggers after midnight...)  :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: dawt on August 07, 2008 06:19:46 PM
Maybe that's when she is getting info from Server1 instead of Server2 or vice versa.

clovergrace, does it happen every single time or does it seem kind of random?

Sorry, we use cable and not on a server (that's what I get for trying to sound 'in-the-know' and not asking hubby about it first), so there is no number one or two. What I meant by 'server' is that we all (4 of us w/our own computers) use the same connection to the Internet and rarely does one affect the other (only when someone is downloading an extremely large file, which is rare).  We're thinkin' it's simply the use of an older computer, everything can seem slow when something's old (even me!).


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 07, 2008 06:22:13 PM
Finally, good luck with the process, Leah & team! There will always be gremlins in the system, but mostly they can be quashed (just don't feed the little buggers after midnight...)  :D

Thanks for hanging in here with us!  It's definitely a process with the new ads and new server, but we'll get there!

But I thought it was hilarious the other day when I got an ad in the left-hand column for a "Gay Bear" dating service! I'm not sure what I was looking at, maybe there were some amurugumi bears or something! Somehow I think the target audience was largely missed with that one...

What... the ami bears weren't happy bears?? :D

Maybe that's when she is getting info from Server1 instead of Server2 or vice versa.

clovergrace, does it happen every single time or does it seem kind of random?

Sorry, we use cable and not on a server (that's what I get for trying to sound 'in-the-know' and not asking hubby about it first), so there is no number one or two. What I meant by 'server' is that we all (4 of us w/our own computers) use the same connection to the Internet and rarely does one affect the other (only when someone is downloading an extremely large file, which is rare).  We're thinkin' it's simply the use of an older computer, everything can seem slow when something's old (even me!).

Ahhh, I gotcha.

And I meant the 2 servers on our end (Craftster's end), so we were both totally whacky. :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Riki on August 07, 2008 10:07:26 PM
I haven't seen anything like that-Is it a dating service ad or something like that?
Yes. exactly. like. that. Find your Thai girl or something like that. But since these are tagged to IP addresses, I probably only get it because I'm IN Thailand. I think the address is even thaigirl dot com or something like that. Disgusting.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on August 08, 2008 06:09:42 AM
We need a screenshot and a URL that the banner goes to in order to block it.

I haven't seen anything like that-Is it a dating service ad or something like that?
Yes. exactly. like. that. Find your Thai girl or something like that. But since these are tagged to IP addresses, I probably only get it because I'm IN Thailand. I think the address is even thaigirl dot com or something like that. Disgusting.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: clovergrace on August 08, 2008 07:55:25 AM
Maybe that's when she is getting info from Server1 instead of Server2 or vice versa.

clovergrace, does it happen every single time or does it seem kind of random?

It happens when I go to craftster or when i open a new window and go to craftster. I had this happen at another website and it was done on purpose because others complained, but if it's just me, my computer may need a doctor appointment...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: AmphipodGirl on August 10, 2008 10:59:50 AM
This Google ad appeared on the swap forum page, and seemed slightly inappropriate: "Wife Swap Ringtones
Wife Swap Ringtones Get them Complimentary Now!
FilmRings.com"


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: T-Unit on August 10, 2008 06:43:03 PM
This Google ad appeared on the swap forum page, and seemed slightly inappropriate: "Wife Swap Ringtones
Wife Swap Ringtones Get them Complimentary Now!
FilmRings.com"

hehe. I find that one kinda funny!

Any wife based swaps coming up soon?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on August 10, 2008 06:55:22 PM
what i want to know is what kind of ringtones would you have from Wife Swap?  like, the theme song?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 10, 2008 06:56:44 PM
AmphipodGirl, were those the Google text ads?  They often bring up craziness depending on the keywords on the page.  For example, we get Google text ads for bodybags on the Purses forum sometimes. :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 10, 2008 06:58:35 PM
Oh, and Wife Swap is a TV show on ABC:  http://abc.go.com/primetime/wifeswap/index?pn=index  I don't think it's anything naughty, like some of you guys might be thinking! :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Riki on August 10, 2008 10:40:13 PM
We need a screenshot and a URL that the banner goes to in order to block it.

I haven't seen anything like that-Is it a dating service ad or something like that?
Yes. exactly. like. that. Find your Thai girl or something like that. But since these are tagged to IP addresses, I probably only get it because I'm IN Thailand. I think the address is even thaigirl dot com or something like that. Disgusting.
Sorry, no screen shot - i tried, but couldn't figure out how to do it (and the same one isn't showing right now). However, today, on the Ads by Google on the left it is the top one, says "Chat with foreign men now .... (that part's the link), then "foreign Men Seek Thai Ladies For Love And Marriage. Join 100% Free! and the URL is www dot thailovelinks dot com ... I've come to the conclusion it is the title of that page - Friends of craftster - that triggers that type of ad. This one, by the way, is a different URL than the other and at least it doesn't have a picture.

... just looked at the top right? The same ad - only in Thai - and it says lots of young men - numbered in the thousands - in the US, Canada and Europe are looking to talk with a young Thai girl like me (hah, if they only knew - I'm an OLD American!!!)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: PimpernelSmith on August 11, 2008 07:39:22 AM


Wow.  :-\ This really makes me appreciate living in a small university town. All the geographically targeted ads I'm getting are for loans, high school searches, cell phones and training courses. Until now I had never realized that geography could make such a different internet experience....

Thanks again for all you do Leah, Sweets & Jungrll


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: creamycharb on August 15, 2008 09:40:16 PM
hey guys!!!!
i figured out my glitch!!!!
i don't know if anyone else was having the same SLOW-BOAT-PAGE-LOAD that i was experiencing.
like a minute every time i loaded a page.
well...
i had finally resorted to just opening a game of solitaire or something in another window so that i could toggle back and forth while loading each page.  ugggg.
but tonight my firefox just randomly offered me some plug-ins or add-ons or some such thing-
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/722
and after installing that, and then telling it to allow scripts from craftster.org-
the pages load likety split.
and i am a happy craftster.
HOOO-ray!!
and i am going to become a "friend of craftster" like i promised- if i should ever get quick usage back again.
never want to take y-all for granted.
anyway-  im back.
and i hope this helps someone else.

xoxox
creamycharb


Title: Weight loss ad
Post by: MandyLikesPie on August 18, 2008 04:58:22 AM
I did a quick search and couldn't find anything on this topic, but please let me know if it's been discussed before.  ;)

I just saw an ad in the top right corner of the screen that made me really sad. It was for Hoodia, a weight loss drug. It said "Feeling fat?" next to a cartoon of a "fat" woman, and then shifted images to say "Drop 15 pounds by August 25" and showed a cartoon of a happy woman with big boobs and teeny waist.

I love Craftster to pieces, but I'm really disappointed that an ad like that is being shown on this site. I've always seen this as a positive community with everyone accepting each other as we are, and to me the ad is trashy and alienating. I don't come to Craftster to be told that I need to lose weight or feel bad about my body, and I don't think anyone else does either. The ad just seems to go against what Craftster is about and what we all love about it.

I guess I'm just wondering why the ad is being shown, like whether someone selected it or it is an automated ad, and what the process is for selecting non-crafty ads. I'm also concerned that more body image product ads (weight loss, tooth whiteners, wrinkle reducers, etc) are going to start showing up on the site.

Like I said, I love Craftster immensely and I know the ad is one tiny part of the site, but it disturbed me and I'd like to see whether to expect these kinds of ads in the future. Thanks for reading!  :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 18, 2008 05:04:04 AM
Hey, Mandy!  I merged your post with the thread all about the new ads.  Hope this helps!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: MandyLikesPie on August 18, 2008 06:10:33 AM
Aha! I had a feeling that I was missing something when I posted that.  :) To be honest, I haven't noticed the non-crafty advertising on the site before now, so I didn't think to check the news section. (ETA: I just realized why I never see ads! I'm always on Craftster at work and my work has an adblocker thingy.)

I retract my questions about how and why ads are picked, since I got those questions answered by reading the the thread. I do leave the comments about the weight loss ad, though. I'd like to not see ads for trashy image-enhancement products on Craftster, and I think that other members feel the same. I didn't get a screen shot of the bugger, but I'll try next time it pops up.

Thanks, sweets.  :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on August 18, 2008 08:44:47 AM
what i want to know is what kind of ringtones would you have from Wife Swap?  like, the theme song?

Maybe it's some awful soundbite of...



...the God Warrior ::) :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kittykill on August 18, 2008 08:52:38 AM
OMG! Nightmares!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: aliceownsj00 on August 18, 2008 12:55:18 PM
what i want to know is what kind of ringtones would you have from Wife Swap?  like, the theme song?

Maybe it's some awful soundbite of...

http://www.fansofrealitytv.com/forums/imagehosting/306747841f53ceaf7.jpg

...the God Warrior ::) :D

lol omg that made me laugh so hard!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: rira on August 19, 2008 08:16:07 PM
i guess I shouldn't complain horribly about it, but there was  BRIGHT YELLOW add for concert tickets well, 2 running simultaneously with BRIGHTER LIME GREEN text.

my eyes hurt :(


and then i saw the crazy lady..and i really laughed


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kathleenalice on August 27, 2008 06:12:05 AM
I just got an odd one (usacg.org - http://im.afy11.net/images/03/57/3572218.gif) asking if I want a US green card...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Muria on August 27, 2008 08:27:56 PM
Here's a local ad (scrapbox.org) that's been stretched into banner size. I suspect it was supposed to be an ad around the size of the ones on the side bar:

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=168759)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 28, 2008 04:25:21 AM
That's one of our super special banners.  It's supposed to test your vision and interpretation -- sort of like an inkblot. :D

Thanks for capturing that one for us, Muria.  That definitely shouldn't be there! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Muria on August 28, 2008 04:51:02 AM
That's one of our super special banners.  It's supposed to test your vision and interpretation -- sort of like an inkblot. :D

Thanks for capturing that one for us, Muria.  That definitely shouldn't be there! :)

:D   Oddly enough, having been to the Scrap Box, I could actually tell what it was supposed to be, but if I'd never heard of it, I probably would have had to click the link to find out...  which was maybe the point?  ;)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Oyhana on August 28, 2008 09:29:50 AM
   https://www.craftster.org/forum/imagecache/cacheimg.php?purpose=scroller&thumbsize=90&Thumb=http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/7803/img0476cl0.jpg   *.imageshack.us/*   

My Kaspersky Anti-virus lists the above ad as being a site that steals credit card and personal info.  Now, Kaspersky is known to over-react but I would hate for anyone to buy something from this site and have their credit stolen.

I'm not sure which ad it is for though as FireFox prevents them from displaying on my screen.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 28, 2008 09:31:32 AM
That's weird!  That link went to a pair of crafted earrings.  Could you doublecheck it for me, please?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 28, 2008 10:01:02 AM
Thanks for the PM!  We'll look into that immediately! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Avian Flight on September 09, 2008 03:52:40 PM
Hi all, I tried to read all this but I got to page 11 and gave up. Sorry.

I noticed Leah said on page 11 that craftster is not supposed to have popups but I just experienced one. It wasn't an ad. though, it said "Take a craftster survey now" etc. and had an Explorer symbol at the upper left corner. It looked so legit like a craftster thing but as a pop-up! Maybe I clicked something by accident and opened a new tiny screen? I'm not sure because I never get popups (I use firefox). Just letting you guys know. I might have just made a silly mistake though. It just scared me because it came out of nowhere.

Oh yeah, it disappeared before I clicked on it. o_O So weird.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: something_wierd on September 09, 2008 03:57:12 PM
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=268022.0

It is legit. 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: PimpernelSmith on September 26, 2008 09:16:54 PM


This may be weird, but I'm curious to know: Is anyone else put-off by the banner ad that opens up with "Do you have ovarian cancer?"

I don't object to letting people know that there are studies they can participate in! Their other ad which just asks 'do you have an illness are are you over 18' doesn't phase me at all. But -- and this is probably because I've a friend going through chemo right now -- coming to my warm and safe craftster.org to find positive inspirations and being asked 'do I have cancer' was really a turn off.

Has my friend's situation made my way hyper-sensitive? Or do other people have this reaction?

Just curious -------



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Muria on September 27, 2008 08:04:30 AM
 You may be sensitive to the subject right now. When I miss my period, there always seems to be more EPT and Planned Parenthood ads being aired. 

I haven't noticed that particular ad, so I can't say whether it's more "in your face" than the average ad.  I can imagine it would be disturbing. 

 Wouldn't it be cool if there were a way to block the ads that bother us most?  I'm not saying we should be able to block all ads, but being able to right click on an ad, and click a "don't show this ad" and have it out of your rotation would be really awesome.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovefrozenstars on October 09, 2008 12:55:49 PM


This may be weird, but I'm curious to know: Is anyone else put-off by the banner ad that opens up with "Do you have ovarian cancer?"

I don't object to letting people know that there are studies they can participate in! Their other ad which just asks 'do you have an illness are are you over 18' doesn't phase me at all. But -- and this is probably because I've a friend going through chemo right now -- coming to my warm and safe craftster.org to find positive inspirations and being asked 'do I have cancer' was really a turn off.

Has my friend's situation made my way hyper-sensitive? Or do other people have this reaction?

Just curious -------



I saw this ad and thought the same thing.
Not that the ad itself was particularly obtrusive, just the statement really caught me off guard.
I remember it because it did leave such a strong "excuse me? what did you just ask me?" impression on me.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: TheSapphireMoon on October 09, 2008 03:50:40 PM
Got this today when I went to check my photo gallery for annoying ads...as that is where I see them on my home PC more than anywhere else on the site...and got this lovely ad in the corner instead that made me happy :)



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 09, 2008 03:59:08 PM
 :)  You should totally contact me and push out some other annoying ads! :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: TheSapphireMoon on October 09, 2008 04:20:08 PM
I SO totally DID contact with the link to that small biz advertising :)  Check an inbox, or whatever...I don't know where Contact Us requests for Craftster go...but I sent a request for more info :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 09, 2008 04:25:36 PM
Sweet! I'll be in touch. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on October 18, 2008 09:56:47 AM
between 2 pages i just got 3 talking and moving ads.  one was for wal*mart, one was for a nintendo wii, and i don't even know what the other one was for, but it shook and made a weird chirping noise. 
i took some screenshots, not sure how well they'll show up though:



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovefrozenstars on October 19, 2008 08:11:34 PM
omg Omg OMG!!

http://www.peterpalms.com/tails/

really? this is where we're at now? come on now, this is horrible.

 :o
There was an ad for that site here on Craftster?!
That is REALLY upsetting.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on October 20, 2008 05:20:00 AM
Well, we can't prechoose all of the ads, but we can have them blocked once someone reports them.

I've never seen an ad for this site in particular, but we can pass it along to have it blocked.  No problem. :)  Thanks!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Bigmouth on October 20, 2008 06:20:38 PM
I thought this ad was pretty crummy.  It's trying to look like a message inbox.

The speech bubble pops on and off.
I think this is problematic, because newer members might think it's a PM inbox.  (Or other members might think there's a redesign... or someone might confuse it for a PM inbox if they're watching TV while surfing... or something.)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: h_pets360 on October 20, 2008 07:15:07 PM
I saw that one too, Bigmouth.  I see them on other sites and when I saw that here, I was like "really?  On craftster?!?  my poor little heart is sad!"


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 21, 2008 06:02:28 AM
Oh, I saw that one too and tried to save the coding to have it removed but the boy closed the window and I couldn't get it back.  :-\  Sorry about that one! I'll see if I can do anything without it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: antarcticraft on October 21, 2008 06:26:35 AM
I'm so glad to hear that we can get inappropriate or offensive ads removed (offensive as in not Crafster-worthy, not necessarily rude or crass ads :P). I do understand that it's un-crafty to be critical of Crafster, especially when we should all be banding together in support of the choices that are helping to make Craftster a better place.

However, if the look and feel of Craftster starts veering to much into MySpace or some similar site, it's really going to change how newcomers respond. I know that whenever I see those little dancing or chirping ads, I instantly think, "cheap, bad website." Back when I first stumbled upon Craftster, I might not have stayed if I'd seen some of the ad content I can see today. I was very impressed by the independent, content-appropriate, and attractive ads that were on the site - they felt unobtrusive, and I've actually clicked on many of them! They also don't crash my browser. :)

Anyway, I just wanted to leave my feedback in a supportive, constructive way - I know we need to be positive and realistic about Craftster, but I don't want to see the site lose what makes it so special. :)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 21, 2008 07:09:34 AM
Thanks for your feedback antarcticraft!  :)
Definitely, definitely say something if you see a dance-y chirpy ad. ::shudder::



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on October 21, 2008 09:49:10 AM
between 2 pages i just got 3 talking and moving ads.  one was for wal*mart, one was for a nintendo wii, and i don't even know what the other one was for, but it shook and made a weird chirping noise. 
i took some screenshots, not sure how well they'll show up though:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/Sasha_darlin/ads1.jpg[/img]
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/Sasha_darlin/ads2.jpg[/img]

Puppy_girl, you may very well have some malware taking over your ads. We don't show any talking ads and we don't show any pop-up ads. You should check your 'puter. :(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on October 21, 2008 06:45:51 PM
none of them were pop-ups.
i ran a scan and deleted everything that showed up, but i've still gotten the talking wal*mart ad here and at some other websites.  though not today...so maybe my dad managed to get rid of it.


Title: Nothing surprising
Post by: teflonchest on October 21, 2008 07:22:14 PM
with the advancements of internet marketing, its no surprise craftster.org is making this understandable step. with the web traffic of this site and message board not monetizing them would be dumb, and showing non interstitial ads are just part of this process.


Title: Re: Nothing surprising
Post by: antarcticraft on October 21, 2008 07:57:31 PM
with the advancements of internet marketing, its no surprise craftster.org is making this understandable step. with the web traffic of this site and message board not monetizing them would be dumb, and showing non interstitial ads are just part of this process.

Of course - my point is that the types of ads can actually change the feel of the site and its user-friendliness. Case in point: I stopped using MySpace years ago for that very reason. MySpace no longer gets revenue from ads I don't see. It's definitely possible to cross a line.


Title: Re: i can tell that you're new here
Post by: sweets4ever on October 22, 2008 04:38:12 AM
Thanks for your feedback, you three!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Bigmouth on October 22, 2008 12:53:50 PM
This site has popped up in another tab, twice, on two different days.  I'm pretty sure I was on different computers each time (work and home).  I'm pretty sure it came up when I was on Craftster.  I'm not completely sure, because there's the possibility it could have come up when I went to my webmail instead.  Has anyone else seen it?
https://secure2.convio.net/scv/site/Donation2?df_id=2240&2240.donation=form1&et_cid=4&et_lid=17273&et_sub=cra01&gclid=CPjg0t_Nu5YCFQquGgodEmI6Lw&JServSessionIdr001=rps30gu807.app5a
(SOS Children's Villages - USA.  Not 100% sure if it's a legit page, since it asks for credit card info right there on the page that popped up.)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on October 22, 2008 01:03:30 PM
It does appear to be a legit charity:

http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/pages/default.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOS_Children%27s_Villages_UK

But coincidentally I just sent an email to our Google rep this morning to ask about it because I thought it was strange that it was coming up so often. If it's a fake or a scam, I will totally take it down.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Bigmouth on October 22, 2008 02:37:35 PM
It does appear to be a legit charity:

http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/pages/default.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOS_Children%27s_Villages_UK

But coincidentally I just sent an email to our Google rep this morning to ask about it because I thought it was strange that it was coming up so often. If it's a fake or a scam, I will totally take it down.

I figured it was a legit charity, but what I wonder is whether the page itself is legit (is it really from them, or is it from someone else using their name to get credit card numbers?).  I guess the Google rep should be able to track that information down, eh?  Thanks so much for checking on it!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 22, 2008 03:41:13 PM
FYI, Convio is legit.  They handle donations for non-profits (I dealt with them in my last job).  So a link to them is legit.  Why it's coming up as a new tab, I don't know...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Melladh on October 23, 2008 12:33:05 AM
I've had to completely block both projectwonderful.com and rubiconproject.com now to get craftster to load at all. It just loads the header of the site (corkboard area) and then stands there, chewing, saying "loading projectwonderful" or "loading rubiconproject". I accept that craftster needs ads to survive, but it won't help any if the ads are preventing access to craftster!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: antarcticraft on October 23, 2008 07:06:39 AM
The Ritzpix.com ads with the floating leaves (usually more than one ad box is taken up with them) has been crashing my browser at times.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on October 23, 2008 07:12:12 AM
The Ritzpix.com ads with the floating leaves (usually more than one ad box is taken up with them) has been crashing my browser at times.

Freezing it or totally shutting it down?  What browser and version are you using?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: antarcticraft on October 23, 2008 07:16:18 AM
Freezing - both on my boyfriend's Dell (Firefox, latest edition, on Vista) and my (black) Macbook (Firefox, latest edition, OS X Tiger). Basically, the ad loads and then slows up everything else loading. I think some of the Flash ads make Firefox unstable - often, even if I close my tabs, I still have to reboot Firefox, because it starts to act wonky about loading images.

Thanks for taking our feedback!!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: antarcticraft on October 23, 2008 08:24:02 AM
Okay, this doesn't crash my browser, but it makes me squrim - Lifetime Original Movie ads? Ick! I find those things so offensive!  :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kittykill on October 23, 2008 10:05:24 AM
Okay, this doesn't crash my browser, but it makes me squrim - Lifetime Original Movie ads? Ick! I find those things so offensive!  :D

LOL! Too funny.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on October 23, 2008 11:18:39 AM
unless it's a big ole picture of dismembered animal bits that is!

Yeah, that's just...not cool.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Bigmouth on October 23, 2008 12:55:16 PM
I've had to completely block both projectwonderful.com and rubiconproject.com now to get craftster to load at all. It just loads the header of the site (corkboard area) and then stands there, chewing, saying "loading projectwonderful" or "loading rubiconproject". I accept that craftster needs ads to survive, but it won't help any if the ads are preventing access to craftster!

That's too bad--especially since a projectwonderful ad is from Art School Dropout (a long-time Craftster advertiser who's selling her own crafts).  I know that because I just saw the banner ad and clicked on it because I have an Art School Dropout necklace that I love, and I wondered if there was anything new I couldn't live without.  I happened to click on the ad just after I read your message, and I briefly saw "loading projectwonderful.com" as it went to the site.  I hope they're reading this thread!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on October 23, 2008 12:59:39 PM
I just clicked their ad today, too!  I had to see what they were all about.  Their banner looks spiffy.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 23, 2008 01:02:36 PM
We just switched some things around so that advertisers who use PW (who are mostly crafters) can now get the bigger ad spaces through there (instead of another service) so hopefully that leads to more crafty ads in those places.  I just approved that Art School Dropout ad this morning! :)  (btw, I don't approve all ads that show up! Just from certain places. Some ads we don't have such direct control over, hence the icky factor.  Thought I better explain that! :D)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on October 23, 2008 01:31:50 PM
Art School Dropout is one of my favorite jewelry designers ever! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Melladh on October 24, 2008 12:36:30 AM
That's too bad--especially since a projectwonderful ad is from Art School Dropout (a long-time Craftster advertiser who's selling her own crafts).  I know that because I just saw the banner ad and clicked on it because I have an Art School Dropout necklace that I love, and I wondered if there was anything new I couldn't live without.  I happened to click on the ad just after I read your message, and I briefly saw "loading projectwonderful.com" as it went to the site.  I hope they're reading this thread!

Yeah, I usually don't mind the more relevant ads - craftster is the only site where i'll sometimes even browse the ads themselves (I spent one and a half hour looking at fruit carving instructions on 5min.com, after a link from here :D ) But if the load lockups can't be controlled, ads should be set as the last thing on the site to load... If the site (theirs, not craftster) is too weak to present their ads, maybe they should host it somewhere else, and/or maybe craftster shouldn't accept ads that are ridiculously large :(
Since I'm on a gbit-line here, the problem with load times is usually not on my end... Could be country related ofcourse - some servers suffer poor cross atlantic connections (though I've never had continent-specific problems with neither craftster, nor ravelry, nor deviantART...)
But, well, the problem remains.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: craftydame on October 24, 2008 02:21:53 AM
That's too bad--especially since a projectwonderful ad is from Art School Dropout (a long-time Craftster advertiser who's selling her own crafts).  I know that because I just saw the banner ad and clicked on it because I have an Art School Dropout necklace that I love, and I wondered if there was anything new I couldn't live without.  I happened to click on the ad just after I read your message, and I briefly saw "loading projectwonderful.com" as it went to the site.  I hope they're reading this thread!

oh! i noticed that craftster was loading slower when it had the art school dropout ad! you did the research that i didn't think to do until after i'd moved on to another page!

jean or casey, could you reiterate again what it is we should be looking for to report slow or problem ads? i know you want a screenprint (i'm sure i saved your instructions on how to do that), but what else? i try to watch the address on the bottom left, but it always flashes too fast!



on a note somewhat like that, is there anywhere that craftsters can go and see the current ads all at once? did there used to be a page like that, or did i imagine it ::)? so often i'll see a cool looking ad out of the corner of my eye, just as i'm moving between pages, and then i'll miss it because my brain didn't compute "cool ad - STOP" fast enough! it would be really cool, but maybe way too much work, to be able to see all the ads at once.

i personally watch the ads all the time, because i make a conscious effort to buy from companies that advertise on craftster. if i need something, i'll try to check out companies that i remember from ads, and when i make my purchase, i always add a little message to the seller, something like "thanks for advertising on craftster.org and supporting our community!", etc. if there was a general page of ads, then if i needed something, i could easily find the companies that i want to support!   




Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 24, 2008 06:44:49 AM
I'll have to defer for a moment about what exactly we want, since I can't quite remember off the top of my head.

We did used to have a page with current advertisers, however, in switching to a new way of doing ads it would be impossible to keep that kind of thing up to date, so it was taken down.  If you're really interested in knowing about a crafty ad that you've seen you can always PM me or we could start a "what was that ad" thread (someone has actually asked once before).  I can look through current advertisers and let you know.  :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: cinnamon teal on October 24, 2008 11:47:35 AM
Woah.... I just came across a video/talking ad. Are those ok here?  The one I saw (twice, actually) was for http://www.mrsmeyers.com/  If you roll over the ad, she starts chatting away.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on October 24, 2008 12:36:26 PM
I really like the idea of maintaining a listing of all current sponsors.  I wonder if there could be a script that auto-updates on a page.  Hmm...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 24, 2008 01:43:40 PM
A script might be able to do it but manually it would be impossible.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 24, 2008 01:53:04 PM
between 2 pages i just got 3 talking and moving ads.  one was for wal*mart, one was for a nintendo wii, and i don't even know what the other one was for, but it shook and made a weird chirping noise. 
i took some screenshots, not sure how well they'll show up though:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/Sasha_darlin/ads1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/Sasha_darlin/ads2.jpg

I found the talking walmart gift card ad!!! And I threw it in the trash! :D  ;D

I have an idea of how it slipped by and I'll keep on top of that particular thing a little bit better.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on October 24, 2008 01:55:27 PM
I think the idea is just our sponsors who are paying us and not the ad network ads, right? I like this idea. We used to be able to do it with a script but now we are running out sponsor ads through two different pieces of software so it's a little harder. I bet we can do something along these lines though. I'll look into it! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on October 24, 2008 01:56:09 PM
I've asked our ad network guy to look into the talking ads and other weird network ads coming through today. So sorry about this. :(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: antarcticraft on October 24, 2008 02:57:41 PM
Thanks for looking into this! In the last couple of days I've noticed craftster running much more slowly (on three different machines), and inevitably my browser says "Waiting for blah.blah.google.images.blah" or some such, indicating it's the ads that are slowing us up.

Seriously, how cool is it that we can talk to you guys about this up front like this? I have the answer: SO cool. I, for one, really appreciate it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on October 24, 2008 05:16:35 PM
Seriously, how cool is it that we can talk to you guys about this up front like this? I have the answer: SO cool. I, for one, really appreciate it.

We totally NEED you guys to talk to us!  More than likely, you're out there pounding the boards on a daily basis more than we can.  You're digging up bugs and all sorts of stuff!  We might not always be able to find a solution instantly, but we definitely appreciate all of the help and understanding you guys provide to us.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: antarcticraft on October 24, 2008 05:51:09 PM
I'm just working up my Craftster cred so I can be a Mod someday. :P


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: craftydame on October 27, 2008 01:43:57 PM
thanks casey! i was pretty sure i wasn't imagining that!


i'm sure it would be totally impossible now, and i appreciate that. plus, when the ads are different for different members, that makes it even harder! i do like the idea of having a list of just the sponsors, not the ad networks, if that's at all possible. cause really, i couldn't care less about finding the ad for the calgary police force again! it's the small crafy businesses that we care about.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: HippieKender on October 28, 2008 07:51:13 AM
I found an icky ad... I actually said "eww" when I saw it.

mousing over gives me www.gmodules.com

to view full size, right-click and view image (using firefox)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: FruityLoops on November 02, 2008 12:59:56 PM
Really not finding this "asian girls for love & marriage" ad for www.chnlove.com very tasteful:

(https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=189630)

Not sure if it's a blockable one though since it's a Googlead?  URL is
http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=Bz9Ci8wYOSfnWNIP40gb-l4HyAtbcmUCwmoKYA8CNtwGA8QQQARgBINOj-gE4AFDTxu_x______8BYLvGxIPQCqAB87uy_wOyARF3d3cuY3JhZnRzdGVyLm9yZ7oBCjE2MHg2MDBfYXPIAQLaAUZodHRwOi8vd3d3LmNyYWZ0c3Rlci5vcmcvcGljdHVyZXMvc2hvd2dhbGxlcnkucGhwP2NhdD01MDAmcHB1c2VyPTk4OTAyqAMByAMF6AOTAugDvwPoA8EC9QMAADABiAQBkAQBmAQA&num=1&adurl=http://www.chnlove.com/go.php%3Fgooglepotential&client=ca-pub-9999222003724713&nm=12

Maybe I'm being a little too sensitive though?  Could just be a standard dating site I suppose, mind I don't like dating sites either  :-\




Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on November 02, 2008 02:06:28 PM
We'll definitely try to get rid of that one. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lilyvanilli on November 03, 2008 08:52:46 AM
Hello! I know this is the last day before the elections and all so this ad will probably go away soon but I'd like to complain about the "Yes on 8" ads that are being shown on Craftster today. How extremely offensive! I can not believe that a craft site that does not allow any political discussion at all would run this ad. I do not want to support an anti-gay/anti-equal rights agenda and if giving money to/using this site is in some way contributing to that then I'm going to seriously consider leaving this site.

Here is what I saw when I came on this morning:




Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: MandyLikesPie on November 03, 2008 09:24:23 AM
Yikes, Lilyvanilli! That's one scary ad.  :o


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lilyvanilli on November 03, 2008 09:30:23 AM
I don't really think it's scary, I just think it does not belong here. I would say the same about a "No on 8" ad too. I wouldn't be as offended, but I would still say it doesn't belong. We aren't even allowed to discuss things like that on this site, so why advertise for it? Also, to make matters worse, it's not just the one spot at the top, all morning I've seen these "Yes on 8" ads at the top right, the top center, running along the left side, and there's also those little "Ads by Google" along the bottom left side, and the bottom center of the page. I mean jesus, Craftster is really pushing this on us.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on November 03, 2008 09:33:03 AM
Well, we do know that some of the ads are going to be off-topic in relation to crafts until we can sell all of the locations to craft-related companies.

Do I like the idea of showing "vote on issue" ads?  Not personally.  Hopefully we can get those specific ones removed. :)  Thanks for reporting!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lilyvanilli on November 03, 2008 09:44:11 AM
You're welcome! I have no problem with off topic ads, but this seems way different to me because it's political. It also seems like if you're going to be showing ads for one side then you should show ads for the other as well.

Does anyone from Craftster have to approve ads before they are shown on the site?

If I pay my FOC fees that are due am I going to be supporting someone who chose to put that ad up?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 03, 2008 10:00:42 AM
Lilyvanilli - Can you tell me what URL was listed on that banner ad? I'll get it blocked right away!

You're welcome! I have no problem with off topic ads, but this seems way different to me because it's political. It also seems like if you're going to be showing ads for one side then you should show ads for the other as well.

Does anyone from Craftster have to approve ads before they are shown on the site?

If I pay my FOC fees that are due am I going to be supporting someone who chose to put that ad up?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lilyvanilli on November 03, 2008 10:02:39 AM
It says ProtectMarriage.com and thank you SO much!! :-*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 03, 2008 10:07:09 AM
Thank YOU!!! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lilyvanilli on November 03, 2008 10:15:49 AM
You're welcome!  :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: mandanak on November 03, 2008 10:19:24 AM
Thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU!

I also was going to complain about the yes on 8 ad and foolishly did not; sheepishly glad that someone else did.
I personally am **staunchly** for no on 8, BUT I agree that a no on 8 ad would also be mightily out of place here and that **neither** belongs on the site.

Also question: are the craftster ads universally displayed--do they load with the front page and appear the same for all craftster users, OR are they selectively loaded by your browser and dependent on your IP address/location?

Because if it's the first one, prop 8 is only in CALIFORNIA! And then how creepy is that, that the yes on 8 campaign (which is funded with at least 40% of out of state money in the first place) would take out a worldwide ad in that way, to influence a vote in California?

Yeesh, I'll be glad when the election is over!

Thanks Leah, for blocking the political ad! :) You're the best.
In general.
But also in this instance.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on November 03, 2008 10:20:45 AM
You're welcome! I have no problem with off topic ads, but this seems way different to me because it's political. It also seems like if you're going to be showing ads for one side then you should show ads for the other as well.

Does anyone from Craftster have to approve ads before they are shown on the site?

If I pay my FOC fees that are due am I going to be supporting someone who chose to put that ad up?

We (usually Casey!) only approve the individual crafty ads (not the one like you reported).  Those ads come from an ad network.  We can't be proactive and block them before they appear, but once a not-so-appropriate one is shown and someone reports it to us, we can definitely get it removed.

I hope that makes sense! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 03, 2008 10:32:22 AM
I blocked that prop 8 url. It was coming through the Google AdSense ad network. I hope the blocking works. Sometimes the banner ad is sneaky and the URL listed on the banner ad is not the same URL that the banner links to. But hopefully we nabbed this one!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lilyvanilli on November 03, 2008 10:42:28 AM
We (usually Casey!) only approve the individual crafty ads (not the one like you reported).  Those ads come from an ad network.  We can't be proactive and block them before they appear, but once a not-so-appropriate one is shown and someone reports it to us, we can definitely get it removed.

I hope that makes sense! :)

It does! Thank you so much for answering my questions! And another big thank you for blocking those ads!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sf craftster on November 03, 2008 10:53:08 AM
yes, thank you leah for getting the ads off the site. personally, i think it's okay for me to have a very visceral reaction to that ad because, while it might be "just politics" to some people, these are my civil rights that we're dealing with!

not to criticize, but leah, there is one question that lilyvanilli asked that you didn't answer, specifically:
If I pay my FOC fees that are due am I going to be supporting someone who chose to put that ad up?

and i want to know because i am a FOC and i'm upset.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: cute_anarchy on November 03, 2008 10:56:11 AM
Yeah, I just saw that ad too, but didn't think to get a screenshot.  Hopefully it really is blocked now!  In general I think the no politics on Craftster policy is for the best, and in specific I really dislike the 'Yes on 8' campaign.  I am in CA, but I am also curious if this is being shown only to CA craftsters or to everyone?

ETA: Actually the ad just popped up again, so it is not yet blocked - PLEASE get this off of here, it is really offensive to me!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 03, 2008 11:14:02 AM
not to criticize, but leah, there is one question that lilyvanilli asked that you didn't answer, specifically:
If I pay my FOC fees that are due am I going to be supporting someone who chose to put that ad up?
and i want to know because i am a FOC and i'm upset.

I'm not sure I understand the question but hopefully this will answer the question. No one here at Craftster/NameMedia chose to have that ad shown and if it was up to us no political ads would show and in fact no ads with that specific heinous message would show. :(

All over the internet people use Google AdSense to show ads on their websites. These websites (including us) have no control over what comes up. Usually the ads are "contextual" which means they key off of the content of the page. So like a page about beads would show ads from companies who pertain to beading.

Sometimes the ads just come up in a non-contextual way. In this case, I believe this advertiser probably paid Google to have their ads show up for any users located in CA.

If we see an ad coming up through AdSense that we don't like or get complaints about, we can specify that it be blocked. Unfortunately we can't pre-approve/pre-reject the ads.

I'm not sure why the block I put in place didn't work so just to be safe I changed our Google AdSense settings to "text ads only" figuring that this is an image ad so this should really put a stop to this ad (I hope!).

So I hope this helps! I know it sucks big time to see ads like that come up. Believe me, it hurts me more than you can ever know.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sf craftster on November 03, 2008 11:18:37 AM
thank you leah. i apologize for my over-the-top reaction. and thank you so much for your quick and reasoned response. i know this is in no way a personal attack and i am glad to know you understand how upsetting this is.

to me, it just further illustrates the dirty tricks that this campaign has used to try to win. i'm sure they probably change the source of those ads all the time to get them onto unsuspecting websites. the money they have behind this is ridiculous.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 03, 2008 11:28:49 AM
Looks we are not alone today in our disdain for those ads!!!
http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/03/google-may-hate-prop-8-but-that-doesnt-mean-they-wont-serve-ads-supporting-it/


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sf craftster on November 03, 2008 11:42:06 AM
thanks for the link leah. technology's a bit$h sometimes, huh?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lilyvanilli on November 03, 2008 11:44:52 AM
I'm not sure why the block I put in place didn't work so just to be safe I changed our Google AdSense settings to "text ads only" figuring that this is an image ad so this should really put a stop to this ad (I hope!).

Now I see this at the top right:



And actually when I went to Picture Hosting the picture ad popped up in that spot. I see this on the left side:



And there's the smaller text-only "Ads by Google" area on the bottom left and bottom center when I scroll all the way down.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 03, 2008 11:51:59 AM
Crap. They have text ad versions too!  >:(  >:(  >:(

Can you actually click on the ad (bleah!!!) next time and tell me exactly what URL it goes to? I put in ProtectMarriage.com as the URL to block but evidently that's not working.

I'm not in CA so I don't see these ads myself.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: acidtrix on November 03, 2008 12:00:31 PM
Thanks Leah for trying to fix this. what a pain... my personal opinions aside, this ad could definitely be misinterpreted as being supported by craftster just on the basis of it appearing on the website, and I know it would be hurtful to a lot of members if they didn't realize that it was beyond your control. I'm really happy that you have taken the time to answer this complaint and try to fix it. you're awesome :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lilyvanilli on November 03, 2008 12:13:16 PM
Crap. They have text ad versions too!  >:(  >:(  >:(

Can you actually click on the ad (bleah!!!) next time and tell me exactly what URL it goes to? I put in ProtectMarriage.com as the URL to block but evidently that's not working.

I'm not in CA so I don't see these ads myself.


http://www.protectmarriage.com/schools/

http://www.protectmarriage.com/ballot/

I haven't seen any others yet but I'll keep clicking to find out.



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 03, 2008 12:23:44 PM
Thanks lily! I just blocked those two. Hope this works.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: calluna on November 03, 2008 12:28:00 PM
Crap. They have text ad versions too!  >:(  >:(  >:(

Can you actually click on the ad (bleah!!!) next time and tell me exactly what URL it goes to? I put in ProtectMarriage.com as the URL to block but evidently that's not working.

I'm not in CA so I don't see these ads myself.


Yuck, what an awful thing to be greeted by today. And it is on every page I go to -- usually the Google ads randomize so even refreshing a page will bring up a different ad, but noooo, these folks must have bought up all the spaces for the day.  >:(

clicking on the actual title gives this url:
http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=BU7T-EFgPSa7OOpq4qQONhbmfBJHDhoAB3cPe2gjAjbcBABABGAEg06P6ATgAUJeBt938_____wFgyeb6hsij9BmgAYO17O4DsgERd3d3LmNyYWZ0c3Rlci5vcme6AQoxMjB4NjAwX2FzyAEB2gE5aHR0cDovL3d3dy5jcmFmdHN0ZXIub3JnL2ZvcnVtL2luZGV4LnBocD90b3BpYz0yNTc2MDIuMzMwmAL6AcACAcgCy8G3CagDAcgDB-gDnALoA_wB9QMAAQAAiAQBkAQBmAQA&num=1&adurl=http://www.protectmarriage.com/schools/&client=ca-pub-9999222003724713&nm=11&nh=1&jca=9623

I am also troubled that "crafters" are assumed to be a good market for "anti-gay marriage" in the automated Googleverse. That isn't something Craftster has any role in, of course. I am curious whether these ads are showing up for Californians on other major craft sites but I'm in a hurry today so I can't check right now.
I will try to complain to Google later on today, if there's a means to do so. I think this might call for a civil rights craft-along, if nothing else! (Well, VOTE, if nothing else, and then craft! Even better: craft while you're waiting in line to vote.)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 03, 2008 12:30:03 PM
I don't think they've targeted Craftster specifically. We can actually tell if that's the case or not and it doesn't appear to be the case.

It's happening all over the place. And it sucks.

http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/11/03/google-may-hate-prop-8-but-that-doesnt-mean-they-wont-serve-ads-supporting-it


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lilyvanilli on November 03, 2008 12:30:15 PM
Crap! I hit reply to say that it had worked (I refreshed the page a lot and didn't see them anywhere) but when the reply page popped up so did the ads. All 4 that I see right now are for the "ballot" page.

Scratch that - just saw another one for the "schools" page!

I also just saw on this page (http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x4361964) that they have one with this address:

http://www.protectmarriage.com/four/

One more edit cause I forgot to add that I have not seen that particular address come up when I've clicked on the ads on Craftster.



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: cute_anarchy on November 03, 2008 12:38:04 PM
Thanks, Leah, so much for trying to fix this - I guess it is a very emotional topic for so many people.  Obviously, both for and against.  I am just sorry everyone is getting bombarded with this. 

Peace and LOVE.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lizzle on November 03, 2008 12:50:12 PM
It's still up there.  Thanks for trying so hard to fix it, but the ones that have already been listed still have not been blocked.  I found these just in the past few minutes:




The ones I've clicked on so far have taken me to:
www.protectmarriage.com/ballot/
www.protectmarriage.com/schools/

Is there a way that you could block ads from this website and all of its subsidiary pages (i.e. anything that originates from www.protectmarriage.com/whatever/)

This whole thing really upsets me because it seems to have taken over the entire website.  Literally every craftster page I've seen today has had one or more of these Yes on Prop 8 ads.



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lilyvanilli on November 03, 2008 01:02:46 PM
I just noticed that when I click on them the first address that flashes in the address bar is not protectmarriage.com, it's something longer like the one calluna posted. It flashes so fast that I can't catch it before it changes. Maybe that's why blocking protectmarriage.com/______ isn't working.

Got it! Here it is:

http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=BFgmSDmcPScjqOKqkqAPt7OzbA5HDhoABqcLe2gjAjbcBABABGAEg06P6ATgAUJeBt938_____wFgyfb4hsijoBmgAYO17O4DsgERd3d3LmNyYWZ0c3Rlci5vcme6AQoxNjB4NjAwX2FzyAEB2gE9aHR0cDovL3d3dy5jcmFmdHN0ZXIub3JnL2ZvcnVtL2luZGV4LnBocD9hY3Rpb249dW5yZWFkcmVwbGllc5gC-gHAAgHIAsvBtwmoAwHIAwfoA5wC6AOmA-gDmgH1AwADAACIBAGQBAGYBAA&num=1&adurl=http://www.protectmarriage.com/schools/&client=ca-pub-9999222003724713&nm=2

And here's the other one:

http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=Bre54qGcPScvSCarKqgOo9NSJBJHDhoABxcbe2gjAjbcBABABGAEg06P6ATgAUMuR9uACYMn2-IbIo6AZoAGDtezuA7IBEXd3dy5jcmFmdHN0ZXIub3JnugEKMzAweDI1MF9hc8gBAdoBPWh0dHA6Ly93d3cuY3JhZnRzdGVyLm9yZy9mb3J1bS9pbmRleC5waHA_YWN0aW9uPXNob3dib29rbWFya3OYAvoBwAIByALLwbcJqAMByAMH6AOcAugDqwLoAxL1AwQDAACIBAGQBAGYBAA&num=1&adurl=http://www.protectmarriage.com/ballot/&client=ca-pub-9999222003724713&nm=2


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sf craftster on November 03, 2008 02:36:45 PM
you guys are awesome! craftster civil rights army to the rescue!!!

i wish i could help, but i haven't seen any! and i'm in california, so it's a little strange.

anywho thanks so much, all of you, for helping out!

mary.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: cute_anarchy on November 03, 2008 02:48:49 PM
I think you got the ones on the top, though I still see the sidebar ones.  Again, thank you, thank you for working on this! 

Here's the listed link:  http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=Bxff7-X8PSdTOJaXGrAPnm9TwBZHDhoABxcbe2gjAjbcBABABGAEg06P6ATgAUMuR9uACYMmm0YbIo5AZoAGDtezuA7IBEXd3dy5jcmFmdHN0ZXIub3JnugEKMTYweDYwMF9hc8gBAdoBd2h0dHA6Ly93d3cuY3JhZnRzdGVyLm9yZy9mb3J1bS9pbmRleC5waHA_YWN0aW9uPXBvc3Q7bXNnPTMxMzE5NTg7dG9waWM9MjU3NjAyLjM0MDtzZXNjPTBmZjUxYTVkNDNmMjgyYWY4NTg5MzM2ZmRiNmI1MmE2mAL6AcACAcgCy8G3CagDAcgDB-gD4QToA8ED6AOwA_UDAAEAAJgEAA&num=1&adurl=http://www.protectmarriage.com/ballot/&client=ca-pub-9999222003724713&nm=3 (http://pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=Bxff7-X8PSdTOJaXGrAPnm9TwBZHDhoABxcbe2gjAjbcBABABGAEg06P6ATgAUMuR9uACYMmm0YbIo5AZoAGDtezuA7IBEXd3dy5jcmFmdHN0ZXIub3JnugEKMTYweDYwMF9hc8gBAdoBd2h0dHA6Ly93d3cuY3JhZnRzdGVyLm9yZy9mb3J1bS9pbmRleC5waHA_YWN0aW9uPXBvc3Q7bXNnPTMxMzE5NTg7dG9waWM9MjU3NjAyLjM0MDtzZXNjPTBmZjUxYTVkNDNmMjgyYWY4NTg5MzM2ZmRiNmI1MmE2mAL6AcACAcgCy8G3CagDAcgDB-gD4QToA8ED6AOwA_UDAAEAAJgEAA&num=1&adurl=http://www.protectmarriage.com/ballot/&client=ca-pub-9999222003724713&nm=3)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: merricat17 on November 03, 2008 02:52:05 PM
i hate to suggest this, as it may take craftster revenue from ads away, but I run NoScript, (for firefox) as I was tired of seeing McCain/Palin ads all over the damn place, and I haven't seen a single one of these hateful, misleading ads pop up.  it turns off the "recent/hottest" images, but that's not a big deal.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: calluna on November 03, 2008 05:33:25 PM
Awesome, thanks for that, merricat17. I will have to put it to use before the next election! Now the ads look like they're back to normal, so either they only bought up "business hours" or Leah won the war against them!  ;D Yay Craftster-power!

I enjoy menstrual cramps more than I enjoy political campaigns, even when the campaigns are for things I like/support.

Cheers to Admin for trying to get rid of the Prop 8 ads, and cheers to everyone else for keeping focused on the matter at hand rather than having this from becoming a mudslinging free-for-all thread, as any mention of something political tends to become on the web.  ::) And thanks to all the Mods for keeping tabs on that, too.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on November 03, 2008 06:20:54 PM
I don't think I could live w/o recent & hottest projects.  I NEED them. :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: animegirlie on November 03, 2008 06:30:56 PM
thank you for blocking the ads - I've actually seen them on practically every craft site I've visited today. thank you for keeping craftster craft focused!

and the long URLs - those are tracking appends so that the evil yes on prop 8 people can tell where the ads were clicked on.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 03, 2008 07:37:42 PM
It turned out that I had to contact our rep at Google to get them to block them because the regular ad blocking mechanism wasn't working. I hope Google got hundreds of thousands of emails like mine today so that they know how much of a problem ads like these are.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: calluna on November 03, 2008 09:04:36 PM
Thank you Leah!

I looked into Google's policies on ads, and political ads ARE allowed as long as they aren't attacking anyone. There is a policy against "anti-" any protected group, such as race, gender, nationality, and, for Google, sexual orientation. Because the Prop 8 ads are worded in terms of "PRO-traditional marriage" rather than "ANTI-gay marriage," they aren't directly in violation. But the way I see it, an issue/campaign as divisive/controversial as this one doesn't belong in these ads, (especially on a non-political site! It's like a women-specific site with an ad for penis enlargement!), regardless of which side the ads support.

Here's info on where/how to complain if you've found a Google AdSense ad that you consider offensive:
https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=88153&topic=8427


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: animegirlie on November 03, 2008 11:02:11 PM
thank you!!! I really appreciate the effort, Leah!! and thanks to calluna for the ad sense link!


Title: I dislike an ad that's running a lot lately
Post by: SpottedFrog on November 04, 2008 12:19:22 PM
The "score center" banner ad. It's misleadingly designed to look like part of Craftster, I HATE that kind of thing.

Tell them to go away please.


Title: Re: I dislike an ad that's running a lot lately
Post by: jungrrl on November 04, 2008 01:38:00 PM
Could you grab a screen shot and/or tell us what url it's directing to?  Usually if you mouse over it, the url will show in the bottom left part of your browser window.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: dawt on November 04, 2008 03:19:51 PM
yes, thank you leah for getting the ads off the site. personally, i think it's okay for me to have a very visceral reaction to that ad because, while it might be "just politics" to some people, these are my civil rights that we're dealing with!

not to criticize, but leah, there is one question that lilyvanilli asked that you didn't answer, specifically:
If I pay my FOC fees that are due am I going to be supporting someone who chose to put that ad up?

and i want to know because i am a FOC and i'm upset.

Just an observation and not speaking as a supporter of either party:

When the Obama image made of beans won the craft contest there wasn't the outpouring of outrage seeing something political that there seems to be with this ad. Maybe the Obama image offended McCain supporters? It was featured on the Home page for quite some time. Politics is politics whether it be in craft or ad form.

When it comes to browsing Craftster, tolerance must be practiced regarding some of the things we see posted here, for example, curse words made into art, sexual images (some quite explicit), religious icons, and yes, even political ideology. Threatening to pull financial support doesn't solve anything, but sharing helpful suggestions in threads such as this, do.



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: HippieKender on November 04, 2008 03:31:14 PM
The "score center" banner ad. It's misleadingly designed to look like part of Craftster, I HATE that kind of thing.

Tell them to go away please.

I had posted that one a few pages back.

I found an icky ad... I actually said "eww" when I saw it.
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f340/HippieKender/bad-ad_crafster.jpg (link to image so I don't quote it)
mousing over gives me www.gmodules.com

to view full size, right-click and view image (using firefox)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on November 04, 2008 03:40:20 PM
Politics is politics whether it be in craft or ad form.

I agree and disagree.  Yes, the subject of some crafts might be political, but you can still discuss the technique (embroidery, beans, etc.) without even touching base on the political nature of the piece.  With the ads, it's purely political and nothing else.  I guess you could discuss the color theme used in a banner :D but it's unlikely.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: titancia on November 04, 2008 03:49:04 PM

 Politics is politics whether it be in craft or ad form.

When it comes to browsing Craftster, tolerance must be practiced regarding some of the things we see posted here, for example, curse words made into art, sexual images (some quite explicit), religious icons, and yes, even political ideology.


I have to agree with you, dawt--politics is politics. I don't come to Craftster for politics, I come for crafts. I know who I support politically, and I know what other people's views are. I'm informed. However, I use Craftster as a relaxing place--I don't visit Craftster to get more stress of political debates, whether I agree with the view being presented or not. (That's not to say I don't enjoy political crafts that are posted, they can be very creative and sprout other ideas, however, they don't always cause debates).

We're lucky that Craftster allows us to push the boundaries for several far-leaning points of view--many of which dawt listed--and the Craftster community is able to live, for the most part, in harmony. Craftster tolerates a LOT of topics, whether most members agree or not, and I think if something is going to cause an unnecessary rift in the CRAFT community--in this case POLITICS--maybe a solution would be to get rid of it all together.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on November 04, 2008 03:51:30 PM
The "score center" banner ad. It's misleadingly designed to look like part of Craftster, I HATE that kind of thing.

Tell them to go away please.

I had posted that one a few pages back.

I found an icky ad... I actually said "eww" when I saw it.
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f340/HippieKender/bad-ad_crafster.jpg (link to image so I don't quote it)
mousing over gives me www.gmodules.com

to view full size, right-click and view image (using firefox)


Gotcha.  I'm working on that one. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lilyvanilli on November 04, 2008 04:15:04 PM
Just an observation and not speaking as a supporter of either party:

When the Obama image made of beans won the craft contest there wasn't the outpouring of outrage seeing something political that there seems to be with this ad. Maybe the Obama image offended McCain supporters? It was featured on the Home page for quite some time. Politics is politics whether it be in craft or ad form.

When it comes to browsing Craftster, tolerance must be practiced regarding some of the things we see posted here, for example, curse words made into art, sexual images (some quite explicit), religious icons, and yes, even political ideology. Threatening to pull financial support doesn't solve anything, but sharing helpful suggestions in threads such as this, do.

I understand your point, but I just have to say that my FOC money is due within a few days so it was absolutely important for me to find out if the people running this site were the ones that decided to plaster those ads all over the place. It wasn't just one or 2 ads, it was almost every single ad spot filled with Yes on 8 ads. I refuse to give money to people that support that agenda so my question was valid, not just an empty threat.

Also, I completely agree with what sweets said in response to your statement. The ads were 100% political and there's a difference between coming here and seeing people's crafts and coming here and being bombarded with hateful advertising.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on November 04, 2008 04:19:38 PM
We understand, Lilyvanilli.  I think it was a very good question you posed.

No problem about reporting them!  Like we said, we can't pre-approve the ad network ones, but we can surely pull them once they are spotted as icky. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: calluna on November 04, 2008 07:28:12 PM
Political crafts are a very different story from the political ads: they come from members of the Craftster community and aren't "paid programming." As long as they aren't derogatory, or just meant to get a reaction out of people, tasteful and/or bizarre political crafting is a wonderful means of expression, regardless of the candidate or issue, and I wholeheartedly support the posting of such projects. If a project is posted that sounds like something too political for our taste or not in accordance with our beliefs, we are under no obligation to open the thread and look at it. We have the choice of giving constructive feedback on the project, reporting the thread to the Moderators, or just leaving it alone--This is not the site for political diatribes and arguments, though a political diorama would be so cool!  :)
Ads, on the other hand, are from an outside source, with no craft content, and they have the sole agenda of trying to get the viewer to vote a certain way. They're in our faces as soon as we show up on the site, and they're outside the immediate control of Admin, so they are intrusive regardless of whether we agree with the ads' message or not.
Now, off to get crafty while monitoring the election coverage!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on November 04, 2008 07:52:06 PM
...though a political diorama would be so cool!  :)

Oh my gosh!  A diorama from each of the debates as a complete series would be SO cool!  I can see them standing behind their little podiums with their happy little matching outfits on and everything. :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on November 04, 2008 09:32:53 PM
Dawt, thank you so much for putting into words what I was unable to. I whole heartily agree with all you've written and observed.
It suddenly hit me last night as I was surfing Craftster that there were so many "political" symbols here whether it be in the form of beans, buttercream, costumes or other forms.  Not to detract from anyones form of art or craft or their right to expression for that matter but I had noticed that there were so many "items" for a certain political party and maybe I saw 2 from another.  The wonderful "bean" project seemed to me to be also a mini election.  As for these 35 pages of comments on ads I have to hand it to Leah and the mods I salute your tolerance and understanding in the way you address these issues. Ever since getting adverts for body bags, I try to just ignore.
And to answer someone (excuse me for forgetting your name)  The ads here do seem to be regional although on this reply page I am still getting the advert: vote (etc).  I get some offensive "to me" ads but I just ignore them.  I don't like them in my face either but I think the key word here is simply "tolerance".  Let them spend their money on ads, I won't support them by clicking.  I'm not here for the ads, I'll support Craftster with my dues instead.
I sincerely hope that I have not offended anyone that is not my intention just my opinion which is only an opinion and totally harmless.  Having said that, I will return to hearing the president elects "I have a dream" winners speech then on to crafting.



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on November 04, 2008 09:43:09 PM
Thank you all for sharing your views and opinions on the topic!  It really helps us to understand everyone in the community.  We appreciate all of your support!! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lizzle on November 04, 2008 11:58:46 PM
I understand the idea that politics are politics no matter what form they come in, but I think that the line is drawn where money is involved.  Craftster obviously gets money that it uses to run from the ads that it features on the site.  We all know that and accept that the ads are there.  However, if political ads like the Yes on Prop 8 ads are shown on the site, then people who don't know that the ads are random and the admins can't screen them in advance could easily get the impression that Craftster is getting money from the Yes on Prop 8 people.  If it looks as though the site is sponsored by a political organization, then I can see that being a real problem to some members.

On the other hand, Craftster does not make any more money by allowing crafters themselves to post crafts that express their own political beliefs.  Likewise, the crafters are not supposed to post things here for the purpose of earning money or drawing traffic to personal websites, so having their political images on here is not in the same league as having political ads that make Craftster money.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 06, 2008 05:57:21 PM
For all of us who were horrified by the prop 8 ads, we were not alone! Check these reactions out:

https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=5576995&postID=8069138212199008176&isPopup=true


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sf craftster on November 07, 2008 10:02:41 AM
wow. thanks for sharing that leah.

it's hard for me to be unbiased and apolitical about this, so i'm not going to get into anything else, but if i were a blogger or had my own website, i would be just as upset as these bloggers.

i'm curious to know if there were any other political contests that craftster saw advertisements for. if it's just yes on 8, that seems seriously fishy and backhanded to me.

thank you leah for being amazing!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on November 11, 2008 06:43:24 PM
Is it just me or did anyone else notice that there are no ads on Craftster now??  I have large blank spaces in the top right hand corner, above the messages and also on the left hand side.  It's been like this for me for 2 days.

Did the ads actually go away or is there just nothing targeted at my area right now?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on November 11, 2008 06:51:09 PM
i don't have any either.  i thought it was just me.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on November 11, 2008 06:54:15 PM
Well we did switch over our advertising to a new network Monday... but you should be seeing ads. (and more crafty ones, to boot!)  Maybe Leah will have some insight in the morning.  :-\


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 11, 2008 07:03:46 PM
Homerof2 and Puppy_girl -- Can you tell me exactly what browser and version number of browser you use? Often you can find this my clicking the Brower's Help menu and clicking the About options.

I'm sorry to have to ask you this again if you've already told us in the past for other reasons! :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on November 11, 2008 07:19:14 PM
i use both AOL 9.1 and Internet Explorer 7 and the ads aren't showing up on either one. 
they show up when i go on Firefox (3.0.3) though.  wierd.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 11, 2008 08:04:11 PM
i use both AOL 9.1 and Internet Explorer 7 and the ads aren't showing up on either one. 
they show up when i go on Firefox (3.0.3) though.  wierd.

Ok. This is very helpful. I just gave it a quick try using IE 7 and it worked fine but there must be something special causing this problem.

If you click Help -> About in the IE 7 browser, does it give you a more description version number. Like 7 and then a period and then a bunch of numbers after that?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on November 12, 2008 12:45:44 AM
I'm Win XP, IE 7 Version 7.0.5730.13 and I can still see all of the ads.

Do you have some sort of IP blocker installed?  I just read this thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=278183.0 and it brought it to mind.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on November 12, 2008 06:28:38 AM
I have IE 7.0.5730.11 and I still can't see any ads.

I do have pop-up blocker on but have always had this on and never had a problem on Craftster before.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on November 12, 2008 02:28:04 PM
the ads are showing up today on both of the browers i use. 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 12, 2008 02:50:41 PM
Thanks for letting us know that you're seeing at least some of the ads now! Can you see the 5 small square ads in the lower part left column? Those might still not be showing up for you.

(We've been digging into this and it was a little more complicated than we thought. It's partially fixed now. The problem has to do with people who have the IE internet security settings set to "High." We should have it 100% sorted out soon.)



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on November 12, 2008 05:32:37 PM
Quote from: the craftster admin
Can you see the 5 small square ads in the lower part left column? Those might still not be showing up for you.

I can see them! and everything else.  Wasn't working for me when I was home for lunch or on my work computer but tonight it's all back to normal.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on November 12, 2008 06:50:10 PM
i don't see the small ones on the left column.   :-\


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: L-train on November 15, 2008 05:46:23 AM
For the last week or so I've noticed that craftster has been loading really slowly for me, much like it did before it switched to the new server setup. It gets stuck on "Waiting for c.adroll.com." Luckily it doesn't happen every time, but there was one day when it took a full 5 minutes to load (my broadband is 54Mbps..). Is anyone else having this problem, and is there anything that can be done about it? If it makes a difference I'm using Firefox 3.0.4 (this also happened before the update though, so that would've been 3.0.3) and Windows XP. Thanks craftster goddesses  ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jemmy on November 15, 2008 08:14:12 AM
L-train, this was happening to me, too. I have a fast connection and the pages were taking forever to load. I use Firefox and just blocked the offending sites (there were more than one) with Adblock Plus. My pages load quickly now and I'm thrilled.

I understand the need for ads but when they cause the pages to load so slowly that people stay away from the site it defeats the reason for the ads.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on November 15, 2008 09:33:48 AM
Hey guys! We'll definitely look into it!  Adroll ads are all crafty so we don't want you to miss those!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on November 16, 2008 02:04:36 PM
Can you see the 5 small square ads in the lower part left column?

These are no longer showing up for me.  They haven't for the last 3 days, it's just a blank box with a yellow border.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on November 16, 2008 11:16:38 PM
I no longer get the advertisements in the framed thing to the lefthand side of the page.  I'm not complaining cause when it went so did the ad asking me why my stomach is fat.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: dawt on November 17, 2008 12:11:53 AM
Hahaha! Sounds like a pretty good trade to me!  ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on November 17, 2008 12:29:18 AM
lol  Just don't tell anybody. lol.  It's a secret. ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on November 17, 2008 05:12:26 AM
I have an ad on the top left column, but not on the bottom left column right now (just a pretty, framed yellow box), but yesterday I think it was asking me about my stomach.

PS.  Not cool to ask a 3-week postpartum Craftster about her stomach. >:(

:D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on November 17, 2008 07:07:31 AM
Yeah.  I don't know when they stopped working for me. :(

Admin, please fix this!! :D *runs*

Win XP and IE 7.0.5730.13





Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on November 17, 2008 07:17:39 AM
Admin, please fix this!! :D *runs*

I know where you live.... :P


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 17, 2008 07:18:58 AM
Hey guys! AdRoll is working on the problem. It used to only affect IE users with security set to "High" and now it's affecting all IE users. So sorry!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on November 17, 2008 07:19:30 AM
Haha... :D

Hey guys! AdRoll is working on the problem. It used to only affect IE users with security set to "High" and now it's affecting all IE users. So sorry!

Sweeeet!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on November 17, 2008 08:44:33 AM
You guys are so funny. ;D
The  picture Sweets took is what I'm still getting, or not getting and I'm glad she can give the info cause I still think you guys are rocket engineers.  The only thing I barely recognise is: I use Vista.  Hope that's right.  I figured that if I need to change settings on my computer I can forget about it and of course am clueless so decided to just live without the ads.  Ahem.  (I can do other things though.lol)
BTW Sweets, that advertisement is for me not you.  You must have been checking out my screen when you saw it.  The darned thing has been chasing after me all over the net in the most unexpected places.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: fantasticmio on November 17, 2008 12:31:55 PM
I've noticed this issue all day today.  I'm at work, and my workstation buddy has added the adblock plug-in for firefox (at least, I assume it was him), so I seem to only see the ads in that yellow box.  I assume these are the "c.adroll.com" ads?

Anyhow, every time I surf to a new craftster page, I have to wait for the c.adroll.com ads to load.  My connection at work is iffy at times, but today it seemed to just be the ads slowing things down.

I'm using Firefox  3.lbl (I believe it's a beta version?) and the O/S is Ubuntu 7.something (The second-most up-to-date one, if our tech guys are to be believed)

Hope this helps!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: fantasticmio on December 03, 2008 05:49:18 PM
I'm still having problems with slow loading due to the c.adroll.com thing... any news on this front?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 04, 2008 11:21:12 AM
I'm still having problems with slow loading due to the c.adroll.com thing... any news on this front?

Hi fantasticmio! Can you tell me... Do you usually use Craftster on a wireless network or plugged right in to the internet? And also which browser do you use? I'll have some suggestions for ya once I know this.



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: fantasticmio on December 04, 2008 12:03:29 PM
At work I'm plugged in, at home I'm wireless.  Both are using Firefox3, though here at work it's some Beta version... not sure why we're using that, really.

ETA: come to think of it... it seemed a LOT slower last night at home with the wireless.  Is that really the problem?  Ick!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 04, 2008 01:14:42 PM
OK. I'm gonna PM you with an idea of what you can try.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: L-train on December 04, 2008 01:40:19 PM
I'm also still having the c.adroll.com problem. I'm on a wireless network, and using FF 3.0.4. Can the potential solution be made public please, or is fantasticmio the guinea pig?  :D Thanks.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: HippieKender on December 06, 2008 09:36:18 AM
I'm also still having the c.adroll.com problem. I'm on a wireless network, and using FF 3.0.4. Can the potential solution be made public please, or is fantasticmio the guinea pig?  :D Thanks.

I've also been noticing some hang ups with c.adroll.com  They seem to interfere more today than they had previously.  Before it was only for a second or two, but today I keep checking to make sure I haven't locked up.
I'm on a wireless network, running vista, and using Firefox 3.0.4


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: dawt on December 06, 2008 12:02:12 PM
Here's a new error message I've gotten a couple of times that says "DNS failure"...



There doesn't seem to be any pattern to it like the other one that comes up around 11:00 p.m. or so. (see below)



I use Mozilla's Firefox browser if that helps any.





Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SugarySweet on December 06, 2008 12:50:07 PM
I've had the second service unavailable that dawt posted a few times in the last 2 or 3 days also. Most of the time late at night, but once yesterday morning.

I thought it was just the internet, we've has a lot of storms. But maybe not if others are getting it too.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SunflowerSmiles on December 06, 2008 01:15:39 PM
I had this same thing this morning!  I had to shut down my server and reconnect...worked then ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: elvissatx on December 08, 2008 09:29:02 AM
I don't know if this is the appropriate place to ask this or not.  If it isn't, I'm sure someone will shift it around, right?

Lately, I seem to be barraged with large banner ads hawking some weight loss product that will allow me to lose 25 lbs of ugly belly fat in 3 weeks.

Is this the kind of ad that we can talk about blocking?  I generally think of the Craftster community as being supportive and accepting of all of our bodies, so it's a bit disconcerting to me to see an ad here that so blatantly encourages us to hate what we look like.  It's also got to be a quack product.  Believe me, if there was an actual way to lose 25 lbs in 3 weeks, I'd know about it.

I know this is a particular hot button issue for me, so if I'm out of line, please let me know and I'll just grit my teeth when I see it and move on.

Thanks.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: something_wierd on December 08, 2008 09:32:07 AM
Yeah, those can be blocked.  I think that they need the address that it goes to, though.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: elvissatx on December 08, 2008 09:49:38 AM
There's the short cut for one of the ads. 

http://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=BU5foLl09SeiAE4r6nQbJ48GlAqnLxJwB87DS6ArAjbcB4MUIEAEYASDTo_oBOABQmtqM1_z_____AWDJ1uWM5KTwE6AB7cSl-wOyARF3d3cuY3JhZnRzdGVyLm9yZ7oBCTcyOHg5MF9hc8gBA9oBGWh0dHA6Ly93d3cuY3JhZnRzdGVyLm9yZy_gAQOAAgHIAp-J4AmoAwHIAwXoA5wC6AMS9QMEAAAEmAQA&num=1&adurl=http://monicasdietblog.com/%3FID%3DaUSO-cG18-g-dimg3r3%26kw%3Dchristmas%2520crafts&client=ca-pub-9999222003724713&nm=15


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 08, 2008 09:54:03 AM
I just blocked that one earlier today. Let's hope the block takes effect soon! Those ads are super-annoying. And they sneakily have all kinds of variations of them like:

monicasdietblog.com
jennysdietblog.com
etc
etc

 >:(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: elvissatx on December 08, 2008 10:04:33 AM
And that one even said Jenny's Diet Blog in the ad, but linked out to Monica's. 

You're my hero, Leah.

Thank you!!!



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Melladh on December 08, 2008 02:26:53 PM
wouldn't it be possible to block *dietblog.com then? If they're all variations of that name


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 08, 2008 07:57:13 PM
wouldn't it be possible to block *dietblog.com then? If they're all variations of that name

These are Google AdSense ads and sadly you have to specify a specific URL.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: crazy_bc_jen on December 09, 2008 07:48:08 PM
I have very flashy, annoying "You have 1 message waiting for you" ads coming up on every single page.  They are misleading (they don't tell you what they are advertising / could supposedly be from this site) and incredibly annoying.

http://ad.yieldmanager.com/click,fiNIAJ1KBQA76BMArAYGAAIAAAAAAP8AAAADFAIACgMp.wUAauYGACj-CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACg7P0kAAAAA,,http%3A%2F%2Fmm.chitika.net%2Fminimall%3Fw%3D160%26h%3D600%26client%3Dfitz6257%26noctxt%3D1%26url%3Dhttp%253a%2F%2Fwww.craftster.org%2F%26defaultcat%3D200001%26cl_border%3D%2523000000%26cl_title%3D%2523336699%26cb%3D447,

http://ad.yieldmanager.com/click,fiNIAJ1KBQA86BMArAYGAAIAAAAAAP8AAAADFAIAAgMp.wUAauYGACj-CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHY7P0kAAAAA,,http%3A%2F%2Fmm.chitika.net%2Fminimall%3Fw%3D300%26h%3D250%26client%3Dfitz6257%26noctxt%3D1%26url%3Dhttp%253a%2F%2Fwww.craftster.org%2Fforum%2Findex.php%253ftopic%253d257602.400%26defaultcat%3D200001%26cl_border%3D%2523000000%26cl_title%3D%2523336699%26ref,


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: alteredmommy on December 09, 2008 07:58:18 PM
I've had that one throughout the day too.  I could see how it would be very misleading to new people on the site and for those of us that spend almost every waking minute on here, its just annoying :P


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: ragdoll193 on December 13, 2008 07:27:02 PM
I just got an ad for dish network and one of the "lose 15 pounds by christmas" ads on the same page. I have a screenshot, and by refreshing i may be able to get url's


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: MirthFairy on January 26, 2009 10:09:17 AM
I got another yucky ad  :-X. It's for Mate 1 Intimate Dating.  ???

http://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/iclk?sa=l&ai=Bq5p1v_p9SfzVB5nWjQTT8oTjC4vQ7WjLyrz6CcCNtwHQyhYQARgBINOj-gE4AFCArJvEBmDJhoeLvKSgGrIBEXd3dy5jcmFmdHN0ZXIub3JnugEKMTYweDYwMF9hc8gBAtoBXWh0dHA6Ly93d3cuY3JhZnRzdGVyLm9yZy9mb3J1bS9pbmRleC5waHA_YWN0aW9uPXBtO3NhPXNlbmQ7Zj1pbmJveDtwbXNnPTEyNDM0NzE7cXVvdGU7dT0xNTYzNuABAqkCCvIzf0zZkD6oAwHIAwX1AwABAASYBAA&num=1&adurl=http://php1.adspimp.com/srp.php%3FUS_Mate1_Da1%26dp%3D03000174018_16a_kids%2520crafts&client=ca-pub-9999222003724713&nm=8

Mate1.com/AmericanSingles


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on January 26, 2009 01:51:49 PM
That ad should be blocked now. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: h_pets360 on January 30, 2009 06:09:50 PM
I don't suppose that a WalMart ad could be gotten rid of?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: animegirlie on January 30, 2009 07:22:33 PM
from my experience, big box retailer ads are more lucrative for any site. Plus I haven't seen any....


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on February 03, 2009 07:42:09 AM
I have a strange quirk happening this morning and not sure how to get around it.  There is an ad for the Rich Dad program and it keeps appearing above messages but the problem is that when I click on the My Craftster link, the pop down window goes BEHIND the ad and I can't get to anything but my profile.  I couldn't get to my bookmarks until I had clicked on my profile link enough times that the Rich Dad ad went away and another appeared, then the pop down menu would go in front of it and I could get to bookmarks.  It's causing quite the hassle because I can't keep going back to my bookmarks without having first to go to my profile over and over to get rid of this one ad.  Any ideas why the Rich Dad would be doing this?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: something_wierd on February 04, 2009 01:52:46 PM
You know, i was having this problem as well.  I thought that it was Flash ads that were doing it, but I didn't look to far into it.  I thought that maybe it had something to do with the fact that my laptop has a 9 inch screen. :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on February 04, 2009 02:23:08 PM
Leah blocked that particular ad, so you shouldn't see that one again.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on February 04, 2009 06:21:41 PM
Really?  I had a Rich Dad ad this afternoon and it did the same thing as before.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on February 04, 2009 07:31:00 PM
Did you check your computer for spyware?  I wonder if that's what's going on?  ???  I'll ask Leah again tomorrow, though.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Homerof2 on February 05, 2009 06:53:36 AM
Just did a full scan and nothing showed up.  Maybe I got the ad before she blocked it.  I'll keep my eyes open and if it appears again I'll speak up.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on February 28, 2009 02:33:53 PM
I have a strange quirk happening this morning and not sure how to get around it.  There is an ad for the Rich Dad program and it keeps appearing above messages but the problem is that when I click on the My Craftster link, the pop down window goes BEHIND the ad and I can't get to anything but my profile.  I couldn't get to my bookmarks until I had clicked on my profile link enough times that the Rich Dad ad went away and another appeared, then the pop down menu would go in front of it and I could get to bookmarks.  It's causing quite the hassle because I can't keep going back to my bookmarks without having first to go to my profile over and over to get rid of this one ad.  Any ideas why the Rich Dad would be doing this?

i had a thing happening like this but i think it was an ad for a (horror?) movie.  i forgot to pay attention to what ad it was.  sorry.  i think it might have been the same one i saw in a different format that was sepia colors and had a face with writing on the face/body.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: teddybearbones on March 05, 2009 09:35:17 AM
I'm getting a lot  of really bad phishing spam ads. "THIS IS NOT A JOKE you are the Nth visitor, click here to claim your prize."


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on March 05, 2009 09:57:02 AM
Hrmm... I haven't seen those.  Can you do a scan of your system to make sure it's not an adware/malware program?  Spybot (http://www.safer-networking.org/index2.html) and Ad-aware (http://www.lavasoft.com/) are free programs that I personally like.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: teddybearbones on March 05, 2009 10:26:44 AM
I didn't think spyware worked on macs. I don't think we have any anti-spyware at school, I'll bug our tech guy.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: elmpixie on March 05, 2009 10:28:40 AM
i'm getting the same ad on my mac and it TALKS it's so obnoxious! I'm sure it's not a spyware problem, my school has very strenuous rules about protecting your computer and I've never had a problem with it before. 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on March 05, 2009 11:00:52 AM
Eep! Do you all know what the site is?  We do have an email in about this because talking ads = yuck!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on March 05, 2009 11:54:08 AM
Hey everyone!

The talking ads SHOULD be gone but if you see any more let us know!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: teddybearbones on March 05, 2009 12:11:24 PM
It looks like all of the phishing ads that were showing up are gone now. Hurray :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on March 05, 2009 12:31:28 PM
yay! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: fantasticmio on March 11, 2009 06:32:13 PM
I just saw this eBay ad in the bottom right ad:


It's in one of the tall, narrow ad spaces but runs right off the right side of the box.

Just FYI ^_^

ETA: apparently I don't know my right from left.  *sigh*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on March 12, 2009 07:12:34 AM
Wait, is that bad?  All those auctions should be of craft related items.

eta: or do you mean the formatting was messed up?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on March 12, 2009 08:57:28 AM
yeah... the formatting is messed up. Thanks fantasticmio for reporting this. I dunno why that randomly happens.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on March 12, 2009 02:41:03 PM
oh i wonder if that's in all browsers the same?  haven't noticed it in ff but not sure if i was being very attentive, either ... trying to avoid ebay lately for financial reasons, LOL


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: fantasticmio on March 12, 2009 02:43:24 PM
Just checked this thread again and lo and behold, there was an eBay ad on it! lol  It looked just fine, though, so either the problem has been fixed, or it's intermittent. (fun times!)


Title: Toyota Ad
Post by: Dreambelle on March 31, 2009 09:07:08 AM
I didn't think to take a screen shot even though I had to refresh my page 4 times in order to get the ad off of it. There is a Toyota ad, mostly blue that says "scroll over to ______ more". I don't remember if it says see/hear or whatever. It showed up below the ruler and made it impossible to use any of the links. Under "my craftster" I could only see "My Profile" and the rest was blocked by this ad. I had to refresh just to be able to get to this section.


Title: Re: Toyota Ad
Post by: jungrrl on April 01, 2009 10:21:49 PM
Hey Dreambelle,

If I see it tomorrow I'll take care of it, but if you happen to see it and you're able to get more info, let me know.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on April 03, 2009 09:19:37 PM
Okay I just got that awful talking Boost Mobile commercial with the couple riding their bikes and the chick's armpit hair is a flappin' in the dude's face. I hate that commercial but I hate it even more when it taints my beloved Craftster.

Also, I keep getting these beach ads that pop out and take up half of the screen. I have screen shots somewhere if you guys need them.

A while ago I was also having pop ups that ask me to take a survey. I'm still getting those and only on Craftster, it is definitely not happening anywhere else.

:) Thanks guys!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on April 04, 2009 09:00:41 AM
Okay I just got that awful talking Boost Mobile commercial with the couple riding their bikes and the chick's armpit hair is a flappin' in the dude's face. I hate that commercial but I hate it even more when it taints my beloved Craftster.

Also, I keep getting these beach ads that pop out and take up half of the screen. I have screen shots somewhere if you guys need them.

A while ago I was also having pop ups that ask me to take a survey. I'm still getting those and only on Craftster, it is definitely not happening anywhere else.

:) Thanks guys!

Thanks for reporting this! I'll get this looked into by our ad peeps right away!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on April 04, 2009 09:12:02 AM
No problem! I had the survey ad pop up again today.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on April 04, 2009 02:07:55 PM
Did it pop up and then disappear when you went to another page? Or did you close it before then?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on April 04, 2009 02:10:45 PM
I think I closed it. It's not the same thing these other members are describing. It's one single pop up. You and I (ETA: I meant Leah) actually discussed it a while back and decided it must be my computer, but I've ran tons of spy ware since then and this is the only place it happens. I actually think I have a picture of it somewhere. I'll find it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on April 04, 2009 05:30:19 PM
If you can, definitely post it.  Sweets and I have had one strange pop up but only once each I think and we both weren't completely on top of it enough to catch it unfortunately.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on April 04, 2009 05:37:16 PM
I don't know if this helps, but this is the address of the pop up. I can't get it to look the way it did earlier, but this is what it gave me: http://amch.questionmarket.com/adscgen/invite.php?survey_num=573981&site=5&code=30805067&pic=gif&creativename=opinion2-350x300-1l-eng-nul&secs_up=60&type=1 (http://amch.questionmarket.com/adscgen/invite.php?survey_num=573981&site=5&code=30805067&pic=gif&creativename=opinion2-350x300-1l-eng-nul&secs_up=60&type=1)

Edit: It should work, it's showing the image in my browser.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on April 04, 2009 07:58:58 PM
Yea that looks familiar.  I'll pass it on to Leah and see if she or anyone else can track it down!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on April 04, 2009 08:20:00 PM
Yep.  Looks like what I had, too.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on April 04, 2009 09:01:33 PM
This is definitely the same one I had before many, many times. It was happening alot when I originally told you guys about it. (I had a different screen name then.) We decided that it was probably my computer. It happens every once in a while now but it's only on Craftster.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on April 04, 2009 09:02:44 PM
The first time it happened to me was just a few weeks ago.  It was totally random, popped up and I must have clicked off of it because it disappeared.  Weirdness.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on April 04, 2009 09:10:31 PM
Thanks for looking into it.  :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on April 05, 2009 03:09:39 PM
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/UeD_drkxAj8DFL1G1R3Tew?feat=directlink

Got that one a few minutes ago. It was pink! They're not fooling me!  :D

It disappears on it's own. I don't have to click X to get rid of it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on April 05, 2009 06:14:22 PM
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/ZKbIZplj9jDQP72mt0ZtFg?feat=directlink

I got this one an hour or so later. It was way bigger. I'm trying to figure out the right cookie to delete.

I believe it's the cookie for Question Market.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on April 11, 2009 05:37:05 AM
i was looking at recent with pictures and

i saw this ad swimming across
http://amch.questionmarket.com/static/brokenimage-300x250-1l-eng-nul.gif

its "copy image link" is listed as:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=recentWithPics;start=40#




Title: chili's ad
Post by: Avian Flight on April 13, 2009 10:12:19 AM
I found a chili's advertisment that seemed like a popup. It expands and flashes in two loctions, blocking craftster's own links and stuff. And I can't click the close button on the ad to shrink it (I'm using firefox). Since it's not crafty related, thought the mods might want to know about it. Please delete this post once it's fixed. Thank you!!  :)

Screenshots:




Title: Re: chili's ad
Post by: dark.star.88 on April 13, 2009 10:28:06 AM
If you don't like ad's and are using Firefox then get AD BLOCKER PLUS it is amazing.. it doesn't take away the ads that are meant to be there on Craftster.. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865

I know this doesn't solve the problem for Craftster themselves but it does solve your problem with those annoying ads and pop ups...


Title: Re: chili's ad
Post by: jungrrl on April 13, 2009 12:18:31 PM
I found a chili's advertisment that seemed like a popup.

Gross!  I'll pass the info along!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: dark.star.88 on April 13, 2009 01:37:46 PM
Sounds very good.. I'm glad you guys are spawning out (if that's the word for it) I love telling people about you guys and the bigger of a community Craftster has the better.. more ideas, better ideas, and more FUN! :)



BTW Apparently I didn't read the rest of the post just saw the screen shot of the chili's ad...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: stillatthetop on April 13, 2009 04:04:52 PM
I have never seen an ad on this site. My pop-up blocker (Ad-ware...free download!) stops them. That or my AVG (also free). They both work behind the scenes at the same time. For spam, and all that other stuff, too. You might consider installing something similar. They work on all my sites.


Title: Best Buy ad has taken over Craftster!
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on April 25, 2009 04:25:02 AM
Okay, not really but I thought that might get a little attention... but this does have to do with the Best Buy ad.
I know they are a big company and that they are not craft related and I still would not click on it since I'm not buying from Best Buy.com...
BUT
their long ad is interrupting the drop down  box ability.  It overrides it so that you can not click on anything on the drop down box for the community links...

Yea, I am aware that I am fully capable of clicking on community and taking it from there - which is how I got to here - but I thought I would pass along Best Buy's ad community drop down box take over - just in case it needed to be reported somewhere...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on April 25, 2009 01:59:38 PM
Well, my issue is that I don't want to install another pop up blocker. I already have more than one that do the job. I rarely get pop ups other than this question market survey ad that only pops up on Craftster. I don't have space on my computer to add any more programs. I just thought it might help if the admins knew it was happening, especially now that I know it's happened to mods as well.

Now I'm getting a different one. It's black with gold/white writing and an illustration of a snazzy lady. They're worse than the other ones were and it happened after I entered the link into my address bar to the original pop up. So, if anyone else is having the problem, don't enter the original pop up link address into your address bar. It just exasperates the problem.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Melladh on April 26, 2009 11:12:10 AM
If you have a good popup blocker, you might be able to add the originating address to the blocker. I do that with my Adblock Plus - for example blocking a.photobucket.com has saved me a ton of troubles. Adding the subdomain address tends to be more effective than the exact address, depending on your needs - some are quite blatantly obvious and are named things like ads.somewebsite.com, others will have somewebsite.com/static/ads or similar and then you need to add that path to not block the entire site! ::) (Adblock Plus does not help with popups I think, but with ads that were severely slowing down my bandwidth)
And it's always easier to use address blocking to block the "popups" that are sort of inside of the original browser frame, than real popups that open their own window - but a normal popup blocker should help with that)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: foreversandals on April 29, 2009 04:11:04 AM
I keep seeing completely unrelated-to-crafts ads. Like ones about getting an online degree, playing online video games, and more. Its been like that every time I log on.

I should start taking screenshots for you guys, but I just wanted to give a heads up.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: foreversandals on April 29, 2009 04:14:05 AM
Just as I went to a new screen... I saw this one:



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: melissanorth on April 29, 2009 04:24:25 AM
I'm getting them as well:




Does anyone know of an ad blocker for Safari?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Melladh on April 29, 2009 05:33:33 AM
Me too, they're blinking and annoying and drove me away from the site completely last night.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: fantasticmio on April 29, 2009 05:48:30 AM
Craftster is showing non-craft ads now.  They have for a while.  As I understand it, it's because there simply aren't enough craft-related ads available to keep the site running.

You can report the annoying and flashing ones, though, and they usually get rid of them pretty quickly.  Try to get a screen shot and the address the ad is pointing to (usually hovering over the ad with your mouse will show you the address).



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on April 29, 2009 06:23:15 AM
I'll get on the online degree ones. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: dark.star.88 on April 29, 2009 06:30:29 AM
Thats because you're smart and Craftster recommends you continue your education. lols


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: fantasticmio on April 29, 2009 06:50:07 AM
mr.fantastic suggested today that the new ads ARE craft-related, we're just not being creative enough. ^_-


Title: some ad comments
Post by: Avian Flight on May 01, 2009 04:20:51 PM
Is it okay for ads from non-craft related things to be showing? I'm seeing more and more non-craft related ads nowadays and don't know if I should report them.

What is the proper method for reporting bad ads?

I found one that expands everytime your cursor passes over it. Pretty annoying it seems (to me at least).


Also there's one that keeps switching between 3 images like Mr. X Stitch or Craftster Digizine? This is craft related but it seems to block access to the menu bar (yellow tape measure) right above it. It sits on top of the drop down tabs and doesn't allow me to click on them.

Thanks! Mods can move this post if it's wrong.


Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: dooney on May 01, 2009 04:29:06 PM
yeah, that florida one got in the way just now for me.


Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: ninjanator on May 01, 2009 04:32:38 PM
Also there's one that keeps switching between 3 images like Mr. X Stitch or Craftster Digizine? This is craft related but it seems to block access to the menu bar (yellow tape measure) right above it. It sits on top of the drop down tabs and doesn't allow me to click on them.

same here - it blocks the access, and i'll have to go to another page or refresh to see if i can get rid of it in order to click on the community drop-down list


Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: CartoonJunkie on May 01, 2009 04:34:25 PM
That Florida one has been driving me crazy too. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one so we can possibly stop them.


Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: jungrrl on May 01, 2009 04:41:58 PM
Hey guys, I already reported the FL so hopefully that gets fixed soon (if it isn't already).  The url it's linking to is probably what will be the most useful if you see an icky one in the future.

The Digizine is an awesome new thing that we're just implementing today so there may be some bugs still.  I'll let Leah know about that issue so that she can fix the coding. :)


Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: Kerallyn on May 01, 2009 05:52:19 PM
I haven't really noticed obnoxious ads, but I have had trouble with the digizine thing...  I did a screen capture so you guys can see what it's doing...





Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: jungrrl on May 01, 2009 05:55:16 PM
Sorry guys! Leah's off enjoying her Friday evening but I'm sure she'll be checking in tomorrow.


Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: HippieKender on May 01, 2009 06:01:21 PM
I came to report the FL one and was pleased to see it had been reported already!
It goes to http://www.winatriptoflorida.com/ if you need the URL

I have the same problem as Kerallyn, but it's with all ads in that space.  They all float above the community menu.

Edit: It's not *all* ads.  The FL one did it for me, and another that has embroidery of cherries... I didn't catch the name.  If it comes up again I will pay more attention.


Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on May 01, 2009 06:04:03 PM
and here I thought it was just me.  the same thing is happening on myspace, and that's why I thought it was me (especially since I wasn't having trouble with the ad Karallyn captured.  it was the X Stitch one).  I'm just glad to know I'm not the only one.  no huge deal.  there are ways around it.  :)

just realized they're the same ad.   ;D


Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: stewd_arts on May 01, 2009 06:08:38 PM
I agree that a lot of the ads are beginning to get a little off topic. I especially hate seeing the ads for cars and Walmart. The visit Florida one is terrible. Its a great place to live (I do!), but ads like that don't make me want to visit...


Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on May 01, 2009 06:22:53 PM
right now (well, on the other page) I had online college under the tape measure.  slightly off topic there.  only slightly.  but still...


Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: jungrrl on May 01, 2009 06:25:28 PM
Those have been reported, too.


Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on May 01, 2009 06:37:20 PM
oh I'm sure.  I was just saying how it's not completely off topic, but still different from what we had been seeing.  there's always the opportunity to get an online degree in jewelry making.  I did.  so it's exactly off topic.   ;)


Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: rednightsky86 on May 01, 2009 06:48:45 PM
I also had trouble with a car ad that would pop up when I tried to use the menu


Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: Avian Flight on May 02, 2009 05:45:31 AM
oh! post the url! makes sense.. =) thanks.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on May 02, 2009 12:17:19 PM
I've been getting an ad all day that is driving me crazy :) It runs along the top under the ruler and is for "Visit Florida". It's one of those hover-over ads and whenever I try to go to the "My Craftster" dropdown menu, the ad pops out in front of it. So I have to click around till I find a page that doesn't have that on there. Bummer :-\


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on May 02, 2009 01:35:48 PM
Yep, we definitely have non-craft-related ads running (that's what the first post of this thread is all about).  We're doing our best to get them replaced with craft-related ads over time, though! :)

Right now we're testing an ad campaign called Craftster Digizine, which is fabulous and crafty.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on May 02, 2009 01:47:34 PM
i had that Florida ad a lot last night.  it was incredibly annoying.


Title: Re: some ad comments
Post by: splenda on May 02, 2009 04:15:55 PM
I came to this board to report the Florida ad too - glad i'm not the only one who finds it extremely annoying. It makes it impossible for me to choose a community.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: betty bat on May 02, 2009 05:38:34 PM
Ditto on the Florida ad.  It was a particular problem when I was trying to access the "Home Community ..." ruler.  The ad was on top of the pull down menu!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: PimpernelSmith on May 02, 2009 07:13:15 PM
Ditto on the Florida ad.  It was a particular problem when I was trying to access the "Home Community ..." ruler.  The ad was on top of the pull down menu!

Ditto that -- it expanded itself just as I clicked on a thread, and blam-o off it went to a new screen...


Title: Ad's getting in the way?
Post by: Nesse on May 03, 2009 07:26:02 PM
Whenever I hover over "My Craftster" or "Community", the ad that is underneath is always over top of the links so I can't get to a bunch of them. Does anybody else have this problem? Is there a way to fix it?

 ???


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: ItsMySky on May 04, 2009 07:04:55 AM
The "Visit Florida" ad is driving me crazy! It completely blocks the links to all the forums under the "community" tab. It took multiple tries and I had to move my mouse very deliberately and strategically just to get to this board to complain about it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: mcbenno on May 04, 2009 07:06:46 PM
I actually came to say that the "owlbot" banner ad is a broken link. It sends you to a craftster page that doesn't exist rather than owlbot.etsy.com which I'm guessing is where it's supposed to go. I wound up finding the page, but the link should probably be fixed anyway.

...AND THEN!... you all reminded me about the annoyingness that is the Florida ad. The issue isn't that it's not crafty, it's that it is layered over the dropdown menus rather than beneath.

I can still get to my bookmarks by clicking "replies to your posts", but I shouldn't *have* to do that, ya know? ;)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: mcbenno on May 04, 2009 07:07:39 PM
The "Visit Florida" ad is driving me crazy! It completely blocks the links to all the forums under the "community" tab. It took multiple tries and I had to move my mouse very deliberately and strategically just to get to this board to complain about it.

hahaha it's a conspiracy! ;D


Title: Re: Google ads moved to new annoying location
Post by: carirae on May 04, 2009 08:50:27 PM
This isn't a google ad...but I've noticed lately that right under the tape measure bar with "Home, Community, etc" on it, there is an ad to visit Florida. This particular ad opens up to 2-3 times its normal size without any prompting. This causes me to often click on the ad and accidentally go to their site. Ever since this particular ad has been showing up, my browser also frequently crashes. Is anyone else having this problem? I actually like many of the ads on the site and have purchased things through sites. It just seems to be this one particular and intrusive ad. :(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on May 05, 2009 07:59:24 AM
Ok, the owlbot link is fixed. :)

The Florida ad, I swear we're working on, it's just a little trickier to deal with than first thought.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: carirae on May 05, 2009 05:08:12 PM
Ok, the owlbot link is fixed. :)

The Florida ad, I swear we're working on, it's just a little trickier to deal with than first thought.

thanks for your efforts and the speedy reply!!!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Cabin Fever on May 08, 2009 10:12:15 PM
Now that my Florida ad isn't taking up space, I had a new one tonight on a BBQ place!  Did the same thing opened up and took up most of the page!  It's only happened once so far, but next time I'll try and get a copy of the dang thing!   

I should have looked for this thread sooner, instead of just B$)#*ing about it at home!


Title: Problems with drop-down ads!
Post by: Jenna_Gayle on May 12, 2009 07:35:19 AM
I know we need the supports of advertisers to keep lovely Craftster going, but the drop-downs are interfering with the use of Craftster!  The banners running just below the bar with Home, Community, Articles, ect are the one's giving me trouble.  I was trying to access my bookmarks, but everytime I ran over "My Craftster" the user drop-down dropped underneath the ad banner preventing me from being able to click the bookmarks tab.  :'(  I went to my profile, home, back to profile.... about 5 different pages and that same ad came up.  Maybe there's another way to get to bookmarks other than this?

Like I said, I know we need the ads and I am in no way complaining about them being here.  I just thought maybe it can be fixed so that the Craftster drop-downs run over the top of the ads?

Thanks!!  ;D


Title: Re: Problems with drop-down ads!
Post by: jungrrl on May 12, 2009 07:39:16 AM
Which ad is giving you problems?  If we can fix it we will!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on May 12, 2009 01:27:53 PM
Ok, I just got the tennis ad again and I was able to use the drop downs while it was there. If it's still an issue for anyone else, though, let me know! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Nesse on May 12, 2009 02:52:59 PM
The "craftbits" ad is the one giving me troubles.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on May 12, 2009 03:11:34 PM
The "craftbits" ad is the one giving me troubles.

Nesse -- What browser do you use? And are you on Mac or Windows?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: The Platypus Project on May 12, 2009 03:49:01 PM
The tennis one just hit me again when I just signed on.  It blocked the drop down menus, this was about two minutes ago.
Thanks for trying to get this worked out!
I'm on a PC running Mozilla under the latest update.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Nesse on May 13, 2009 06:06:47 PM
I use a version of Linux (Sabayon) and Mozilla :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on May 17, 2009 01:49:04 AM
I just had a pinkish Dell laptop ad that is a drop down ad come up. It wouldn't let me do anything on the entire page unless I messed with it. It kept force scrolling back to the top of the page. It also wouldn't let me click on anything else. :) Just thought you guys might want to know.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: foreversandals on May 20, 2009 07:11:21 AM
More ads.
Somehow EasyMac isn't very crafty...



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: fantasticmio on May 20, 2009 07:19:38 AM
Take a look at the first post in this thread.  There *are* non-crafty ads on Craftster.  The ones they are willing to get rid of are the annoying ones, like the kind that flash, take over the screen, are really offensive, or trick users into clicking on them... that sort of thing.

Besides, surely you can think of something crafty to do with macaroni?  ;)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on May 20, 2009 07:25:39 AM
Does that one expand or flash?

Edit:  fantasticmio beat me to it! :)

These are actually pretty :D  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=216671.0


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: KiwiDragons on May 27, 2009 04:07:11 PM
I just had an ad that took up the entire page after I went to post something.

I've never had one of these before. And I really haven't been keeping up with this thread, so I apologize if this was mentioned before.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on May 27, 2009 04:25:14 PM
Argh!  Jungrrl just got that today and submitted it for fix right away.  Sorry you got it as well.  It might take a day or so to get it fixed.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on May 27, 2009 04:27:47 PM
Yea that's definitely not cool and I told the people who needed to be told immediately!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on May 27, 2009 06:44:19 PM
I just had an ad that took up the entire page after I went to post something.
I've never had one of these before. And I really haven't been keeping up with this thread, so I apologize if this was mentioned before.

I just got this one too for the first time.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on May 27, 2009 06:48:45 PM
i've seen this tennis one lots.
and the cheeseymac also.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on May 27, 2009 07:59:24 PM
You've gotten the full-page tennis one?  I've only ever seen it expand to a larger banner, but never a full-page. :(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: superstitch on May 27, 2009 10:25:31 PM
i just got that full page tennis one and i thought, i bet someone has complained about it... and they have! Jungrrl to the rescue!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on May 27, 2009 10:53:21 PM
i just got the tennis one too.  i tried clicking the lil x to close it and it didn't do anthing.  i couldn't even go back or reload the page.  i had to open a new tab to get back to craftster.   :-\


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: HSG on May 28, 2009 04:26:33 AM
Commercials on Craftster. Have to say this is very disappointing to see happening.

2 out of the 3 threads I just clicked on had this commercial.

Because of all the ads, and slow loading my Craftster time has dropped. If I now have to deal with commercials and drop down banner ads, sadly it will drop even more.

Just my 2cents.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on May 28, 2009 04:33:25 AM
Commercials on Craftster. Have to say this is very disappointing to see happening.

2 out of the 3 threads I just clicked on had this commercial.

Because of all the ads, and slow loading my Craftster time has dropped. If I now have to deal with commercials and drop down banner ads, sadly it will drop even more.

Just my 2cents.

We're trying to get it removed.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: HSG on May 28, 2009 08:39:43 AM
Thank you for the reply sweets. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on May 28, 2009 09:17:24 AM
No problem, HSG! :)

Could you guys let me know if you see it again?  I've just received notice that it should be removed as of now! :) :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on May 28, 2009 09:45:35 AM
You've gotten the full-page tennis one?  I've only ever seen it expand to a larger banner, but never a full-page. :(

it's like some of those sites where you click on a link and it takes you to a mostly blank page with just an add and another link that says something like "skip ad" so you click on it and it takes you to where you want to go.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on May 28, 2009 10:19:59 AM
Yeah. :(  I got the, erm, pleasure of seeing it later.

So sorry about that, guys.  It should be gone now.  Sneaky buggers.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: KiwiDragons on May 28, 2009 11:35:09 AM
I haven't seen it since I posted about it. Whatever you guys did seems to have worked. Yay! (: Thanks.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on May 28, 2009 11:47:22 AM
Awesome!  Thanks for letting us know! :-*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: HSG on May 31, 2009 05:52:32 AM
It has not reared its ugly head anymore for me either. Thank you sweets! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on May 31, 2009 07:56:04 AM
Great!  Thanks for letting us know! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on June 04, 2009 04:33:01 PM
ok.  I've seriously have had it with the teeth ads.  they gross me out almost as much as feet.


Title: Re: Toyota Ad
Post by: guineverefree on June 05, 2009 07:33:42 AM
I'm now having the same issue but it's with a Lowe's ad. I've had it a couple of other times before with a different ad I think, but never remembered to get a screen shot. Note the circled area!

Pic:



Title: Re: Toyota Ad
Post by: natashafatale on June 07, 2009 09:52:33 AM
I've gotten ads for Netflix, Supercuts, and 3 different ads for Randall's since I logged on just now. Are we only supposed to report ads that get in the way of site links, or anything that isn't craft related? What's with this new system of non-indie advertising?


Title: Re: Toyota Ad
Post by: fantasticmio on June 08, 2009 09:58:58 AM
About the non-crafty ads: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257602.0

In a nutshell: report the annoying or offensive ones.  The others are here to stay until there are enough craft-related ads to support the running of the site by themselves.



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovesclutter on June 15, 2009 10:39:57 AM
The toyota add is staying over top of the community fly outs.


Title: Repower America Ad
Post by: Slingmomma on June 28, 2009 03:26:37 PM
I have had this ad on craftster all day and its making me bonkers! Even the slightest movement near it and it expands to have of the little tape measure at the top of the page! Its going to make me crazy!!!



Did I mention that I am not even American lol Thats the part thats really getting to me :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Slingmomma on June 30, 2009 06:26:36 AM
Looks like this ad is finally gone! Thank you to whoever got rid of the darn thing! ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: PimpernelSmith on July 01, 2009 10:44:25 AM

New annoying one: it covers the drop down menus and prevents navigation....which annoys the scrud out of me... ;)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 10, 2009 07:12:14 AM
i think this one's probably a scam.

http://degrees.classesusa.com/schools/25055-page1.cusa


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: KiwiDragons on July 11, 2009 09:22:59 PM
I have the same problem as PimpernelSmith.



As much as I love StubHub (and I do-and I am going to the game it's advertising) I don't want the ad to cover up my drop down links. I had to keep refreshing the page until an ad that didn't cover them up appeared.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on July 21, 2009 12:41:59 AM
i've noticed this ad showing up from time to time:

i'm not even 100% sure what it's for...i didn't realize divorce was an entity that could pay for advertising.  anyway, it just seems a bit shady to me, since you have no idea where you're going to end up if you click on it.  the website i got when i rolled over it wasn't much help.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Radmom on July 21, 2009 03:41:25 AM
I don't think Divorce should be an advertisement ever. We had a commercial on radio that hit every peeve in my body during the xmas season this past year. I can give you the jest. Is your wife a nagging ^$^^& well, don't suffer through the holidays get a divorce...she will be happy too.  ::) :-X That was not it literally, but that surely was the full unadulterated meaning. Pretty sad when even my kids knew it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on July 21, 2009 08:37:27 AM
i have seen a lot of divorce-related crafts, though.  
but, yes, it's a horrible ad.  
my parents divorced the summer dh and i married, and even though my feeling at the time was "finally!" ... now i sort of regret wishing that on them.
and i seriously doubt the ad is for something as useful as getting a person through a divorce or even avoiding divorce.


ETA: while i'm here, can we get rid of the car ads?  buying new cars is NOT crafty, and it's not even a remote possibility for a lot (most?) of us on this site.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 21, 2009 10:22:21 AM
We can't get rid of all of the ads that are non-crafty, but we can get rid of particularly annoying and/or offensive ads.  The divorce one looks icky!  I haven't seen it yet, but I'll keep an eye for it today.


Title: Yet another add hampering the use of the roll over tool bar
Post by: Jenna_Gayle on July 24, 2009 01:18:48 PM
This time it's the Lexus add.  When you roll over the the drop down menus in the tape measure tool bar they hide behind the add to where to can't click them. 


Title: Re: Yet another add hampering the use of the roll over tool bar
Post by: jungrrl on July 24, 2009 01:20:24 PM
I'll keep an eye out for it. :)


Title: Problem with the new HBO ads
Post by: psyche on July 26, 2009 08:36:38 PM
I've seen a couple of the new HBO ads on here along the top bar, adn there's a problem with them! Because they open up everytime you mouse over them, it means you can't open up anything but "My Profile" in the "My Craftster" section (because everything else is over the ad!). Not sure if it's the same with the "Community" tab as well, didn't check it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on August 15, 2009 07:14:45 AM
I've got 2 different ads, same problem:



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovesclutter on August 15, 2009 10:16:34 AM
Try scrolling down a little, and then the craftster forum list will  show. I know it shouldn't happen. This happens to me a lot with the ads at the top right.

What happens is I think Flash ads have to be the top focus (as in the active layer, window, etc) in programming. It's been awhile since I've done any, so don't quote me on this.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on August 15, 2009 10:36:57 AM
I just refresh the page.  it reloads a new ad.

it still shouldn't happen, but that's how I get by it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on August 15, 2009 11:52:48 AM
If I get them I'll report 'em!  :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: bunnyface on August 21, 2009 08:33:19 AM
I don't know if this qualifies to really complain about, but the "Obama asks moms to return to school" (this one):

drives me CRAZY!  The lady is actually a flash (I think) doing super fast sit ups, and while I'm all for moms going back to school, I don't know what one has to do with the other.  I also have a feeling it's not completely on the up and up, since they can't even find a flash video to match what they are trying to advertise.  I hope this is ok to report, I see it everywhere and hate it, I would rather not see it on Craftster too (because I love Craftster!)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on August 21, 2009 01:57:19 PM


still annoyingly at work.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on August 23, 2009 10:09:12 AM
and still


Title: Ad is in the way!
Post by: sushiluvzombie on August 24, 2009 08:14:41 AM
Okay seriously, this new Christian Care Center ad is seriously in the way! Not only is it crazy annoying cause every time you dare run your mouse across it, it expands, but it's blocking the community and the my craftster menus a the top. I can't get to my bookmarks! And it's on every page! I dunno if we've just gotta deal with it, cause I'm sure it's a paid ad, but it's really turning into a pain for me, anybody else?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on August 24, 2009 10:31:54 AM
Um yes, that's why I came to this thread actually. My stepmom and uncle have both been diagnosed with cancer in the last year. My stepmom, most recently. The last thing I want blasted in my face is gigantic, obnoxious cancer center ads. I'm not trying to be a jerk, but it's actually becoming painful everytime I come on to my favorite website in the world!

They do actually mess up though. The drop down menu is behind the ad.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Tero on August 24, 2009 11:11:18 AM
Sorry to add to the compliant department here buuuutttt. :) Sprint is starting to bum me out. Everytime their ad comes up either one of them it freezes Craftster. I mean really stops the whole thing from loading.
I know that I love Craftster more than any or all products that advertise on here and I am going to start boycoting the ones that mess with the "recent with pictures loading" :)
You know I would be willing to pay more to Craftster for less advertsing?? :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on August 24, 2009 11:13:13 AM
We're on the case guys. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovesclutter on August 24, 2009 11:50:04 AM
I have never seen the last two ads mentioned. Are they targeted to the member's zip code or something?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on August 24, 2009 11:57:02 AM
I'm not sure but it's very possible.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Tero on August 24, 2009 12:01:34 PM
They are blasting me about every third page and I SWEAR by all that is crafty and holy I will never use a Sprint product now. ;) NO FUN.
I am sticking with you guys no matter what though. I am in Louisiana so if it is my zip code there are very few of us Craftster folks in these parts so that might be why I am a voice crying in the wilderness here. I AM in the wilderness. hee hee


Title: annoying banner add- christiancarecenters.org
Post by: Pinky Yarn on August 24, 2009 05:42:04 PM
Is this just me? I wanted to make sure before I contacted....whoever I would contact in the case of a very annoying add. The add is for www.ChristianCareCenters.org It's a banner add that has a drop down expansion if you accidently get your mouse over the add. It is also "on top" of everything else. This is the annoying part because craftster's drop down menus (community, my craftster) are covered up by the add. If there is something I can change on my browser or anything like that please let me know! Fyi I'm using IE. Thanks!


Title: Super Annoying Expandable Ads
Post by: donniesgirl on August 25, 2009 08:22:23 AM
I have nothing against hospitals or hospices but the expandable ads on Craftster from Christian Care Centers of DFW are super annoying.  They seem to be very easily triggered to expand and they do not automatically retract after scrolling off of them, meaning I am always having to "close" them to normal size.  In addition, the banner ad itself overrides the Craftster menus!  If you hover over Community, it blocks like a third of the links.  Same for the My Craftster menus - I can't get to the photo hosting!  And it seems like they're on the screen almost all the time, so it's not real easy to click to where you're going if you need one of those menus.  Actually, I would post a pic because I took a couple screen shots, but I can't even get to my photo hosting!   >:(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 25, 2009 08:36:22 AM
If they cover the Craftster menu, we'll definitely get them removed.  It takes a few days for this to happen because we have to relay the information through the system.  Thank you for reporting them. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on August 25, 2009 08:58:59 AM
I noticed someone asked about these ads (cancer care center ads) and zip codes. I do live in DFW, TX and the ads do say "Garland, Mesquite, Ft. Worth" etc. So I do think they may be slightly targeted down South. Also, there are two different ads. There is another one that is bright blue.

Thanks for looking into it sweets! It's literally on every single time I open up Craftster. None of the other ads are that aggressive. & Like everyone else said, I certainly have no problems with cancer care centers. This one is just, I dunno, a little too in my face for comfort. Maybe it's because I'm just feeling sensitive about the subject right now.  :-[


Title: Pesky Ads
Post by: dip_n_dot on August 25, 2009 03:23:40 PM
Everytime I get onto Craftster the same ad is on the page and I can't do anything without it expanding and covering everything up.....



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovesclutter on August 25, 2009 03:47:57 PM
here is one on the updated topics, that should fit top right but doesn't causing scrolling horizontally.




ETA I am sure they are targeted to either our log on ip address or zip, as when I went back, I got a First Tennessee Bank ad. That is OK, as long as they fit.


Title: Re: Super Annoying Expandable Ads
Post by: goldfishpollywog on August 25, 2009 04:17:27 PM
I have nothing against hospitals or hospices but the expandable ads on Craftster from Christian Care Centers of DFW are super annoying.  They seem to be very easily triggered to expand and they do not automatically retract after scrolling off of them, meaning I am always having to "close" them to normal size.  In addition, the banner ad itself overrides the Craftster menus!  If you hover over Community, it blocks like a third of the links.  Same for the My Craftster menus - I can't get to the photo hosting!  And it seems like they're on the screen almost all the time, so it's not real easy to click to where you're going if you need one of those menus.  Actually, I would post a pic because I took a couple screen shots, but I can't even get to my photo hosting!   >:(

I'm having trouble with the same ad.  I just want to look for swaps and end up having to go in through the back door.  However, if we wanted to find out who was in our area for mail-free swapping, we would just need to check this thread!  Seems anyone living in DFW area is being pestered by them. 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: pinkleo on August 25, 2009 05:04:11 PM
I have nothing against hospitals or hospices but the expandable ads on Craftster from Christian Care Centers of DFW are super annoying.  They seem to be very easily triggered to expand and they do not automatically retract after scrolling off of them, meaning I am always having to "close" them to normal size.  In addition, the banner ad itself overrides the Craftster menus!  If you hover over Community, it blocks like a third of the links.  Same for the My Craftster menus - I can't get to the photo hosting!  And it seems like they're on the screen almost all the time, so it's not real easy to click to where you're going if you need one of those menus.  Actually, I would post a pic because I took a couple screen shots, but I can't even get to my photo hosting!   >:(

I am here about the same ad issue (I'm not surprised that the subject has already been broached).  Not only is the expanding very sensitive (and being a rather large ad right in the top middle, I am always activating it, lots of times right after I close it! >:(), it is on top of craftster site items such as it is covering up the navigation drop-down tabs (a feature I adore).  Please help!  :'(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on August 26, 2009 09:39:18 AM
here is one on the updated topics, that should fit top right but doesn't causing scrolling horizontally.


https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/167585_travel.jpg

I got a different ad with the same problem.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Tero on August 26, 2009 11:08:35 AM
Well the Sprint issue seems to have been fixed for me...so thank you very much for that. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: betty bat on August 26, 2009 12:51:53 PM
Howdy,
It looks like the Dr.Andrew Weil Weil Baby ads are covering up the Craftster menu (aka the measuring tape).


Title: Re: Toyota Ad
Post by: SAHMama on August 26, 2009 05:57:20 PM
I have that problem sometimes too. Today I can't get to ANYTHING 'cause of the WeilBaby ad. I keep refreshing & it's always there!


Title: Re: Toyota Ad
Post by: jungrrl on August 26, 2009 06:25:55 PM
I've reported it. :) Our ad guy was on vacation today, but hopefully he can get to it tomorrow.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: goldfishpollywog on August 26, 2009 06:43:01 PM
Thanks, my the ads are working much better today and the exercising lady only excercises when the cursor is on her ad.  Happy times!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on August 27, 2009 06:38:47 PM


and it sings.  please make it stop.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on August 27, 2009 06:46:55 PM
Eww! Reporting now.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on August 27, 2009 07:22:13 PM
I was doing something in another window when I heard some very bad singing and I was trying to figure out where it was coming from.  I guess I rolled over it real quick before I went to the next window because there it was in the Craftster window taking up half the page.  and the black bar at the top isn't always visible, so I couldn't close it right away either.  ick.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on August 27, 2009 08:57:15 PM
The cancer center ads are gone now! Thanks so much! There is a US cellular ad that's replaced them that is a drop down. So far it's interfered with the community drop down menu a couple of times. It doesn't seem to be every time though.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Tero on August 28, 2009 05:36:51 AM
Would it be possible to make the ads interactive only if you were to actually click on them? I would think this would work better for the advertisers as well as then maybe you could track how effective their advertising is on the site.
That would also solve most of the complaints I am thinking.
 Just a suggestion.  ;)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on August 28, 2009 08:10:35 AM
Would it be possible to make the ads interactive only if you were to actually click on them? I would think this would work better for the advertisers as well as then maybe you could track how effective their advertising is on the site.
That would also solve most of the complaints I am thinking.
 Just a suggestion.  ;)

Well, the ads come to us predetermined. So basically the coding just gets stuck in a place and it does what it's made to do.  We don't have the capability to pre-approve all of the ad network ads so sometimes things like this happen and one we think is icky slips through.  :-\


Title: Drop Down Menu going behind Ad
Post by: SarahBlais on August 28, 2009 09:44:12 AM
I'm having an issue with this new HouseParty.com ad that is below the tape measure menu.  The drop down menu for My Craftster keeps going behind the ad instead of in front of it, so I can't click on anything in the menu.  This isn't an issue with the other ads, just this HouseParty.com one.

Anyone else having the same issue?


Title: Advertisement Banner! drop down menus - can't see em!
Post by: krafty119 on August 28, 2009 10:25:08 AM
Hi - is anyone else not able to pull down drop down menus (Profile, PM, Bookmarks) etc. b/c of the banner?? I keep having this problem. I can't access any of the drop downs cause of the banner on top - it's frustrating!



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on August 29, 2009 04:21:27 PM
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67/Bast13/oops2-1.jpg

and it sings.  please make it stop.

please...I'm begging you.  :'(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on August 29, 2009 05:08:43 PM
I *promise* you it was reported and it's the type of thing that gets worked on right away so it must have weaseled back through. I'll let the ad guy know that it's back and he'll go after it again but he works Monday through Friday so I can't get anything done until then. I'm sorry.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on August 29, 2009 05:30:40 PM
:'( :'(

I don't like all weasels.  some, but not all.  stupid weaselly ad.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on August 30, 2009 08:41:01 PM
here is one on the updated topics, that should fit top right but doesn't causing scrolling horizontally.




I just got one of these for Hyatt.  just letting you know.

what is with all these funky ads all of a sudden.  it's getting crazy!  stupid weaselly ads...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on September 02, 2009 10:43:27 AM
and now Rachael Ray, and one of those blue ads.  the current one says "Jessica Knits - Yarn".

it's like somehow the ads that go under the measuring tape are getting mixed up with the ones that are supposed to be in the upper right corner.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovesclutter on September 02, 2009 01:10:23 PM

it's like somehow the ads that go under the measuring tape are getting mixed up with the ones that are supposed to be in the upper right corner.

That sounds about right. At least hitting f5 to refresh seems to work.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: pinkleo on September 02, 2009 06:47:36 PM
I am having issues with the Sprint ads (both right hand corner & below the bar ones) .  The page will not load under the tape measure bar. :'(  I have to keep refreshing the page until the ad is something else, which is sort of annoying when I'm trying to post or PM. 

I'm using IE 8 & Vista.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on September 02, 2009 07:01:45 PM
I am having issues with the Sprint ads (both right hand corner & below the bar ones) .  The page will not load under the tape measure bar. :'(  I have to keep refreshing the page until the ad is something else, which is sort of annoying when I'm trying to post or PM. 

I'm using IE 8 & Vista.

i'm having the same problem.  i have XP though, not Vista.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: goldfishpollywog on September 02, 2009 10:31:03 PM
I am having issues with the Sprint ads (both right hand corner & below the bar ones) .  The page will not load under the tape measure bar. :'(  I have to keep refreshing the page until the ad is something else, which is sort of annoying when I'm trying to post or PM. 

I'm using IE 8 & Vista.

i'm having the same problem.  i have XP though, not Vista.

Ditto, just to post this, I had to hit refresh over 10 times :-[


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: wtpdesigns on September 03, 2009 03:05:56 AM
ugh, me tooooooooooo that damn sprint ad is death to my craft surfing it happens on both the right side box, in which case NOTHING else after it loads, even the second ad and IF the under tape measure ad shows and it's sprint, nothing on the page after it loads... i counted this time, it took me 37 refreshes (not including the clicks that actually were successful and worked) to get to this page from the home page... i hope it doesn't take 37 more to post  >:(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on September 03, 2009 05:14:48 AM
Hey, guys!  We're getting the Sprint one removed this morning.  So sorry about that!  It's a major doozy.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on September 03, 2009 05:34:18 AM
Just thought you might want to know that the ad for the "Picture Framing Book" is also blocking the Craftster toolbar. :)

Just a friendly heads up. Not a gripey one. ;) I'm abundantly happy with the cancer center ads being gone, as they were bombarding me and depressing me and making Craftster impossible to use for 3 days (even though I still did!). lol


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on September 03, 2009 05:36:28 AM
Just thought you might want to know that the ad for the "Picture Framing Book" is also blocking the Craftster toolbar. :)

Just a friendly heads up. Not a gripey one. ;) I'm abundantly happy with the cancer center ads being gone, as they were bombarding me and depressing me and making Craftster impossible to use for 3 days (even though I still did!). lol

Thank ya!  We'll get that one reported, too. :-*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on September 03, 2009 06:02:07 AM
We're definitely on its trail now!  It only seems to happen with IE, so if you have access to Chrome, Firefox, etc. for just a few moments this morning, it might be easier browsing for you.

Thanks again for reporting it!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Tero on September 03, 2009 06:06:40 AM
Good Morning, :)

I want to thank you for what ever you did to make the Sprint ads behave for a few days. :) I went almost a week without the ads locking up Craftster..........BUUUUUTTT :)
It is doing it again. I would think that if it was my computer that it would do it more than just with the Sprint ads. But if I hit refresh over and over again until a new ad comes on then everything is fine.
If there is something I can do on my end I would love to learn what it is. Thanks for all you do.
Much peace,
Tero


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on September 03, 2009 06:08:34 AM
It's not you, Tero.  They're hitting a few sites with the same issue right now.  We're working diligently to get them fixed or removed right now.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on September 03, 2009 06:20:19 AM
The Sprint issue should be resolved now.  Please let us know if you continue to experience any issues with it.  Thanks again! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Tero on September 03, 2009 06:24:14 AM
Thanks you are the greatest !! I have a Craftster problem. I really do have to be on here quite a bit every day or I am just not happy and in touch. My husband now calls is Crackster. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: goldfishpollywog on September 03, 2009 01:29:26 PM
Thank you for fixing the ads!  Now I can Puruse Peacefully ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: pinkleo on September 03, 2009 01:51:40 PM
:-* THANK YOU for fixing the Sprint ad issue! :-*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on September 03, 2009 01:58:32 PM
You're welcome!  There was a whole team of people on it. :D  They are back up now, but the issue with them should be resolved.

Happy crafting!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovesclutter on September 03, 2009 02:39:45 PM
Great, I'll keep Sprint in mind for a mobile phone if/when I get a job. LOL But, only if they behave.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on September 03, 2009 03:23:26 PM
Great, I'll keep Sprint in mind for a mobile phone if/when I get a job. LOL But, only if they behave.

:D!

The phone in the ad is actually pretty nifty.  It's an eco-friendly phone.  The package is fully recyclable and 40% of the case of the phone itself is made from...corn. :D  The entire phone is made from 80% recyclable materials in total.

I don't have one, but ad totally lured me the other day! :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovesclutter on September 03, 2009 04:27:56 PM
Corn??? You have to be kidding. My favorite vegetable. This keeps getting better and better. I don't get the ad, so I wonder if it is available where I live.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on September 09, 2009 10:09:34 AM
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67/Bast13/oops2-1.jpg[/img]

and it sings.  please make it stop.

iiiiiit's baaaaaaaaaack!

I quoted my original post, but it is the exact same ad.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on September 09, 2009 04:16:53 PM
I've got 2 different ads, same problem:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67/Bast13/oops.jpg[/img]

this one's back too.


Title: Ads in the way
Post by: QueenNinjaMonkey on September 10, 2009 05:41:13 PM
The ads are getting in the way of the drop down menu, it's opening behind the ad and I can't get to stuff. Is anyone else having this problem? I have to click on all kinds of random pages until I find one where the ad doesn't get in the way just to get to my bookmarks and other topics. It is very frustrating!  >:(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: HippieKender on September 11, 2009 06:28:43 PM
I just got this pop-up ad, it scrolls from the left side of the screen & stops in the middle.


The top right ad was also for Moen, I am guessing they are connected.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovesclutter on September 11, 2009 06:41:12 PM
Hi HippieKender, I started getting this today, but haven't in the past hour. Annoying.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: bestillshop on September 11, 2009 11:53:54 PM
Hi! Someone may have already mentioned this but don't have time to ready teh whole thread. I've taken out ads through www.projectwonderful.com before and it would be great to see Craftster on there as a Publisher. Love Project Wonderful as it helps smaller businesses get out there.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: HippieKender on September 12, 2009 07:12:00 AM
I just got this pop-up ad, it scrolls from the left side of the screen & stops in the middle.
http://i50.photobucket.com/albums/f340/HippieKender/popupad.jpg[/img]

The top right ad was also for Moen, I am guessing they are connected.

Got another one of these today, but this time it was for Ashley Furniture which was an ad on the side bar.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on September 12, 2009 10:12:38 AM
i got one of those survey slide overs yesterday.  i don't remember who it was for though.   :-\


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovesclutter on September 12, 2009 05:13:51 PM
I am getting so frustrated with waiting for the ads to load, especially the server

"waiting on adtuition.com" to load

I don't care for the surveys, just had to bypass on, but this adtuition site is really slowing/killing page loading time.

</rant over>


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on September 13, 2009 06:33:22 PM
sweets, just so you know, I only did that to show you what ads were popping up again.  I wasn't about to do a re-catpture, re-upload when I had already posted the problem ads.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on September 13, 2009 07:14:40 PM
No biggie at all.  I just change them to links.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on September 18, 2009 06:30:28 PM
Whoa. I just got the biggest ad I've ever had freeze up my screen on here. This one is crazy huge!  :o



Plus, it doesn't go away when you roll off of it and it covers up every toolbar. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovesclutter on September 18, 2009 06:42:08 PM
Yes, there is one that has sound too that is very hard to take away. I'll screenshot if I get it again.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on September 21, 2009 06:21:40 PM
I've got 2 different ads, same problem:
http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67/Bast13/oops.jpg[/img]

this one's back too.

I could cry at this point.  is Craftster infected by a Disney virus of some sort?  :P  it just doesn't seem to want to go away.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on September 22, 2009 02:30:35 PM
now it's a Coca-Cola ad covering the drop down menu.

and admarketplace.com


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on September 24, 2009 08:24:06 AM
Reported.

Sorry guys.  :-\


Title: hotels.com ad
Post by: schnerby on September 24, 2009 09:57:30 AM
Argh this ad is driving me nuts.

When I go back to the homepage it automatically plays with a woman speaking. I don't really want a non-crafting ad on Craftster talking to me about hotels.  >:(



Title: Re: hotels.com ad
Post by: jungrrl on September 24, 2009 09:59:08 AM
gah! I'll report that right away.  Talking = bad!  I'm also going to merge this with our usual ad thread. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: schnerby on September 24, 2009 10:05:28 AM
Thanks! This was doing my head in.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on September 24, 2009 12:49:42 PM
Hey everybody! I'd like to say that we here at C-ster AND the higher ups are paying attention to the amount of icky ads lately and we're working on ways to address that.  :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovesclutter on September 24, 2009 03:23:50 PM
I am hating the side ads coming down the middle, and it is doing this on both machines. As for the surveys, I am answering them, I will never buy your product. and then closing them.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on September 24, 2009 03:32:14 PM
I am hating the side ads coming down the middle, and it is doing this on both machines. As for the surveys, I am answering them, I will never buy your product. and then closing them.

We're working on the side ads down the middle.  Sorry about those!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: goldfishpollywog on September 24, 2009 06:55:20 PM
I've been getting one of those click here, you won....Spam ads.  It talks and is quite loud.  There is also a FastForward ??? ad that keeps appearing at the bottom of the home page....odd, but it is chatty also, scared me the first time as I didn't realize my speakers were on!  :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: RebelTrendsetter on September 25, 2009 11:39:31 AM
Just got a long john silver ad that overlays when you hover your curser over it.
http://s196.photobucket.com/albums/aa308/DesignVigilante/?action=view&current=Picture1.png

P.S. It makes it difficult to navigate the website as the site links are right on top of the ad, so the add keeps expanding. Will have to refresh.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ashling on September 26, 2009 03:35:47 AM
I see someone beat me to it about the talking ads.  Nothing makes me close a window faster than when it starts talking to me.  I wonder if advertisers realize this?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Bigmouth on September 26, 2009 07:13:39 AM
This is a weird one.  There's an audio ad for military recruitment that keeps playing on the main page, and there's no graphic that goes with it.  A mother and son are having a conversation about his decision to join the military.  The ads showing on the page have nothing at all to do with the audio content.  How can I make it stop if I don't even know where it's coming from?

So, I moved a little faster this time.  The Army ad is in an advertising video box at the very bottom of the start page.  It goes by pretty quickly, and is followed by an Elle Girl "Make Your Own Purse For Prom" thing.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on September 26, 2009 10:00:31 AM
Those talking ones on the home page should be all taken care of now.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: goldfishpollywog on September 26, 2009 10:44:19 AM
Thank you Leah! 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ashling on September 26, 2009 12:57:26 PM
Thank you!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: onegroovyday on September 28, 2009 07:20:03 PM
I have a Tuffy Auto and Tire ad that slides halfway down my screen and almost all the way across it. when get anyway near it... its been there for a few days and makes it really hard to get to ANYTHING........ is there anyway to get rid of it?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: pinkleo on September 29, 2009 03:17:09 PM
Alright, just when I was happy with Sprint.....Today I have noticed that when there is a Sprint ad in the top righthand corner, nothing loads below the tape measure, drop-down menu bar. :(


Title: This ad is making me crazy!
Post by: sixblueirises on September 29, 2009 05:05:58 PM
There is a Tuffy Tire and Auto Service ad right underneath the menu that looks like measuring tape that is driving me crazy. For some reason, when I attempt to use the menu, it appears behind the ad instead of in front of it. This makes it impossible for me to get to my bookmarks whenever the ad appears.

Which was okay, until the ad started appearing on every single page every time I load Craftster.

I use Firefox, so I am not sure if this is part of the problem. If there is another way to get to my bookmarks other than using that menu, I would sure appreciate hearing about it.

Thanks so much for your help!


Title: Re: This ad is making me crazy!
Post by: onegroovyday on September 29, 2009 06:44:01 PM
There is a Tuffy Tire and Auto Service ad right underneath the menu that looks like measuring tape that is driving me crazy. For some reason, when I attempt to use the menu, it appears behind the ad instead of in front of it. This makes it impossible for me to get to my bookmarks whenever the ad appears.

Which was okay, until the ad started appearing on every single page every time I load Craftster.

I use Firefox, so I am not sure if this is part of the problem. If there is another way to get to my bookmarks other than using that menu, I would sure appreciate hearing about it.

Thanks so much for your help!


THATS THE SAME PROBLEM IM HAVING................


Title: Mail order Bride add
Post by: Jenna_Gayle on September 30, 2009 06:44:42 AM
This add is horribly messing with my ability to use the tape measure tool bar!  It's on every page I get to, blocks the drop down meues on the tape measure, and covers up the tops of the threads if my cursor gets any where near it!!!  Need the ads, but don't need it affecting your ability to use the site!! 


Title: Ads under the menu bar blocking the dropdowns - help!
Post by: luckdragon on October 02, 2009 07:51:15 AM
Is anyone else having this issue?  The Ad that appears under the menu bar (Home, Community, Articles, etc) is blocking the dropdown menus.  So, if I click on Community or My Craftster, the dropdown menu goes behind the ad and I can't select anything!  I have been working around this by clicking through to another page that I can actually get to (such as member search or recent posts) and generally the ad causing the problem goes away (apparently not all ads have this issue...just the ones that expand when you roll over them).  But today, I can't make it go away!  It makes the site pretty much unnavigatible!  Is there a way to fix this?  Today's annoying ad is from Austin Lyric Opera, which I'm guessing is a targeted ad for my area...


Title: Re: Ads under the menu bar blocking the dropdowns - help!
Post by: chrispykreme on October 02, 2009 01:19:13 PM
I am having the same issue. That darn Austin Lyric Opera banner is making me crazy, because it is on every page that I go to on Craftster and I can't get around it to go to the boards I am interested in.


Title: Re: Ads under the menu bar blocking the dropdowns - help!
Post by: tearE on October 02, 2009 11:29:43 PM
I was having that problem earlier, but it seems to have gone away. Ooooh I was so pissed!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: RebelTrendsetter on October 03, 2009 11:12:06 AM
Just got a Lincoln ad that expands upwards every time you try to navigate the site. Took a screen shot here:
http://s196.photobucket.com/albums/aa308/DesignVigilante/?action=view&current=Picture2.png


Title: Re: Ads under the menu bar blocking the dropdowns - help!
Post by: bluegrey on October 03, 2009 11:28:58 AM
I'm getting the same problem, but it's one for a St. Augustine Beach vacation.  For a while now, it's the only add I've seen in that section.  It's really irritating. 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: goldfishpollywog on October 03, 2009 08:56:16 PM
NSFW ad
Not really a fan of these ads....especially since my young son surfs Craftster with me...
Can something be done?  I got 3 in a row from the same company and my anti-virus sent me an alert after the first one came up.

 
to change your image viewing settings please click here


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on October 03, 2009 09:39:48 PM
goldfishpollywog, that is not a Craftster network ad.  I think you might have some sort of spyware or virus on your PC at this time.  Do you have any sort of scanning software you can run to remove it?  You mentioned that your anti-virus came up.  Did it offer you an option to scan your system?  I'm a fan of Adaware myself.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: RebelTrendsetter on October 04, 2009 01:17:35 AM
Yikes, Goldfish! Try AVG or Avast, they're both free. But only install one at a time. I also highly suggest using mozilla's firefox browser, which is also free, instead of internet explorer. Firefox has a lot of built in protection against these things.


Title: Re: Ads under the menu bar blocking the dropdowns - help!
Post by: jennyleigh on October 04, 2009 11:22:46 AM
I'm having the problem, also.  Very annoying.


Title: Re: Ads under the menu bar blocking the dropdowns - help!
Post by: kevsbabe29 on October 04, 2009 02:56:30 PM
I just posted this yesterday in what do you want changed or added craftster....I have been getting it alot yesterday and today....I can't do hardly anything with out reloading


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 04, 2009 08:53:11 PM
admarketplace.com covers the drop down menus.  in fact, I've been on 5 different pages in the last 2 minutes and both the upper right ad and the banner ad below the ruler have been admarketplace.com.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: superstitch on October 04, 2009 08:55:10 PM
i have an austin-centric, Austin Lyric Opera ad that's been making me crazy for a few days :) Blocks the tool bars and all that jazz, thank you Sweets and Jungrrl for all your hard work!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on October 04, 2009 10:19:05 PM
Sorry about those, guys! :(  We'll get them reported and I'm sure they'll get kicked off Monday by our fabulous ad guy.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 05, 2009 08:10:10 AM
Alright, I'm reporting:
Ad Marketplace
Austin Lyric Opera
A Lincoln Ad
Mail Order Bride
St. Augustine
Tuffy Auto & Tire
and
a Sprint ad issue


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: littlefawnpug on October 05, 2009 08:58:10 AM
For the past few days I have been having issues with 2  particular ads blocking my menus.  I have pressed refreshed 2 or 3 times and they still are there. 

The one has has a blue sky with random things scrolling on it but, in the bottom right hand corner it always says: admarketplace.com

The second ad is walt disney world ad.

I sent a message to one mod on here but the ads still pop up.  So I thought perhaps Id post here incase the one mod is busy.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 05, 2009 09:23:18 AM
Alright, I'm reporting:
Ad Marketplace

The Disney ad has given us problems before. It's been reported but somehow keeps squeaking past.  I'll try reporting again.  :-\


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: littlefawnpug on October 06, 2009 05:03:29 AM
Yeah, i noticed it disappeared for awhile but, now that darn disney is back.  This morning I had a little and a big BP gas ad give'm me trouble too now.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: A2K on October 06, 2009 05:30:41 PM
I'm reporting Disney as well.  I have a screen shot if you need it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 07, 2009 11:57:33 AM
every great once-in-a-while, FireFox will alert me to say that a pop-up has been blocked on here.  not this time:


larger version: http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67/Bast13/oopspop-up.jpg


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: luckdragon on October 08, 2009 05:21:42 AM
Any idea when these ads might be corrected?  That Austin Lyric Opera one is making me crazy!!

BTW, thanks for your help on this!!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on October 08, 2009 06:37:27 AM
i just had a survey ad go floating across my screen.  i didn't get a screenshot though, sorry.   :-\
i'm on the school computers so i don't know what kind of ad blockers and stuff they have...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 08, 2009 02:03:29 PM
these are all things that have been reported but I'll check on the status again.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 08, 2009 02:36:30 PM
the survey hasn't been taken care of.  it just popped up again.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 08, 2009 03:15:58 PM
I know. That's one of the things I'm checking on.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 08, 2009 04:04:13 PM
what gets me is that it's never happened before.  this is something new (as far as I'm aware).  the ads that cover up the drop down menu we've all seen a million times before, but a survey?  where do they come from?  I don't know this stuff because I've never had anything to do with running a website, but the way you keep saying that Disney one ,for instance, keeps slipping in...how?  at least we know we can could on the mods to handle this stuff.  :)


Title: Frustrating banner ads
Post by: SpecialKRJ on October 08, 2009 04:55:42 PM
I love most of the ads on Craftster; I get to poke around and look at so many pretty things that it gives my pocketbook heartburn. I just wanted to say that much to make it known that my problem is not with the banner ads in general -- not at all!

But every now and then, there's a banner ad that's really frustrating. They're the kind that you have to be careful not to mouse over or rollover because then they expand and take over half the screen. When it's an ad in the top right corner that does that, I don't mind so much. I just close it and remind myself not to mouse over it again. But the problem is when there's a rollover ad as the top banner ad. It makes it next to impossible to maneuver to the forums, because unlike most banner ads, these banners stay on top of the drop-down list of forum categories. A good sized chunk of those topics are blocked entirely. For the ones that aren't hidden under the banner, I have to maneuver carefully across the top of the list until my mouse is past the banner, then go down so that I'm underneath the banner but still on the forum list, and then click the section that I want. If my mouse goes too far in one direction, the forum list disappears (usually not a problem because I have more room) and if it goes too far the other direction, the banner ad pops open and covers half the screen, I have to close that, and the list has disappeared anyway. It's a lot like playing Operation!, but without the fun. :(



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: onegroovyday on October 08, 2009 07:14:52 PM
I have a St. Augustine Beach banner .. rollover ad... that is driving me crazy


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 09, 2009 06:25:50 AM
what gets me is that it's never happened before.  this is something new (as far as I'm aware).  the ads that cover up the drop down menu we've all seen a million times before, but a survey?  where do they come from?  I don't know this stuff because I've never had anything to do with running a website, but the way you keep saying that Disney one ,for instance, keeps slipping in...how?  at least we know we can could on the mods to handle this stuff.  :)

It actually has happened to me before unfortunately.  It happens all over the net (http://www.google.com/search?q=safecount.net+popup&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a) so it must be related to some sort of ad but I don't know that our ad guy has figured out what yet (and I can't pinpoint any specific banner ad that it links to).  I actually don't handle any of this stuff personally, I'm just a liason to NameMedia's ad guy who does a fabulous job handling complaints like this from all of the premium sites. :)  So I can't tell you how it slips in but I assume they keep making slight changes to the coding.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: luckdragon on October 09, 2009 08:08:40 AM
If they could move the banner ad above the tape measure menu bar, it would be much less annoying.  At least we could still get to our menu dropdowns...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on October 09, 2009 09:12:04 AM
I'm gonna search high and low to see if I can find some menu code that is sure to open up on top of the Flash ad rather than behind.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 09, 2009 09:56:30 AM
what gets me is that it's never happened before.  this is something new (as far as I'm aware).  the ads that cover up the drop down menu we've all seen a million times before, but a survey?  where do they come from?  I don't know this stuff because I've never had anything to do with running a website, but the way you keep saying that Disney one ,for instance, keeps slipping in...how?  at least we know we can could on the mods to handle this stuff.  :)

It actually has happened to me before unfortunately.  It happens all over the net (http://www.google.com/search?q=safecount.net+popup&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a)

no no.  I mean it's never happened to me HERE before.  I get this crap plus more on bunches of other sites.  I just meant here.



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: greybird on October 09, 2009 10:38:24 AM
I have a St. Augustine Beach banner .. rollover ad... that is driving me crazy

Same here on the St. Augustine Beach ad. It keeps covering my drop down menu and I am having a very hard time getting around Craftster.  :(  It's seems like it is the ONLY ad I am seeing too so I can't even refresh and hope for a different one. 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lique on October 09, 2009 12:35:34 PM
It never happened to me until just now and it was a Seton Hosptial blocking the drop down menu.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: onegroovyday on October 11, 2009 06:24:16 PM
I have a St. Augustine Beach banner .. rollover ad... that is driving me crazy

Same here on the St. Augustine Beach ad. It keeps covering my drop down menu and I am having a very hard time getting around Craftster.  :(  It's seems like it is the ONLY ad I am seeing too so I can't even refresh and hope for a different one. 

its the only one I have seen in a couple weeks...............and its driving me NUTS


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: littlefawnpug on October 13, 2009 06:33:55 AM
Just logged onto craftster and both the 'bp fuel' one and a moving circle saying 'your opinion matters' are popping up on me today.  First off, I don't think I will buy bp gas now and if I gave the other one my opinion they wouldnt like what I had to say about their pop up.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: onegroovyday on October 13, 2009 10:23:49 AM
any news about these rollover ads........Im waiting for the day I can use the tool bar like i used toooo ???


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 13, 2009 12:57:48 PM
I'm checking on it now.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kayrun on October 13, 2009 04:44:49 PM
Just adding my 2 to the St. Augustine whine   :)
I've never had an ad be so aggressive and unchanging!
Had to go to the site map to be able to get anywhere on the site~
*sigh*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Slingmomma on October 13, 2009 05:16:58 PM
This ad is driving me crazy flashing at me all day and on every single page no matter how many times I refresh or change boards, its even there when I am in my photo gallery!! Does anyone else have this one, her body suddenly changes to a thin person! Not the greatest of ads! Its been here for a day or two now!!



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 13, 2009 05:24:05 PM
adding to my "mile-long-white-space" whine...AGAIN.  :'(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Acadian Driftwood on October 13, 2009 09:39:07 PM
The flat stomach ad has been really bugging me as well.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 13, 2009 10:12:31 PM
The flat stomach ad has been really bugging me as well.

me too actually.  and surprisingly enough, I hadn't seen them until Slingmomma mentioned them.  strange... :P


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: irish_chicky on October 14, 2009 04:11:41 AM
I also get the flat stomach add that never changes no matter how many time I refresh the page!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: EKO on October 14, 2009 06:45:09 AM
Yes this stomach ad has been driving me insane!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 14, 2009 07:46:44 AM
I'm reporting it now.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: slymaria on October 14, 2009 09:01:29 AM
Ugh, I agree! I was just glaring at it before I scrolled down to see it in your comment... this one (and others just like it) is on a whole bunch of websites, actually, and I'm sick of seeing it. I was extra sad to see it on craftster, how does fake diet tips help me craft? :(


Title: Inappropriate ads.
Post by: eyeluvlilG on October 14, 2009 12:17:46 PM
Hey all!

I'm a really big fan of craftster, I think that it's a great place for people to share ideas and show off their talents. But one thing is bothering me right now. There's this big ad in the upper right corner of my screen about weight loss! It's one of those nasty scam ads showing pictures of a flabby belly and then a freakishly skinny one, saying "Lose 25 pounds of belly fat in 3 weeks." I'm sorry that sort of change shown in the pictures is maybe possible in like 6 months with a lot of work. I really hate seeing those ads on other websites, and I've always appreciated how unobtrusive the ads on craftster are. I understand that ads are probably one of the biggest things that keeps websites like this running, but it seems  to make more sense when there are ads from other crafty websites. Anyways, that's all I have to say, just thought I'd share it.



Title: Re: Inappropriate ads.
Post by: jungrrl on October 14, 2009 02:45:02 PM
We've reported the two we've seen and they should be getting fixed now. :)

I'm going to merge this with our regular ad thread.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Slingmomma on October 14, 2009 03:53:00 PM
It's finally gone!!!! thank you so much jungrrl!!!!!!!!!!! ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 14, 2009 04:00:45 PM
yay!  :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: A2K on October 14, 2009 04:22:02 PM
Screen shot of pop-up survey.  Taken at 7:20 on October 14.  Using Firefox. 



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: onegroovyday on October 14, 2009 05:39:25 PM
THE SAINT AUGUSTINE BEACH AD IS STILL THERE......UUUGGGGHHHHH!!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kayrun on October 14, 2009 06:17:05 PM
THE SAINT AUGUSTINE BEACH AD IS STILL THERE......UUUGGGGHHHHH!!

Yes, double UGGGGGHHHHHHH!
I'm on Firefox....are you?
Just curious.....


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: onegroovyday on October 15, 2009 06:49:23 PM
yeeeeaaaaaa!!  good bye to St. Auguestine.................I finally got to use my bookmarks...its been over two weeks


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: greybird on October 16, 2009 05:59:04 AM
yeeeeaaaaaa!!  good bye to St. Auguestine.................I finally got to use my bookmarks...its been over two weeks

Hooray!  Thanks for getting rid of that St Augustine ad.  I used FF but I also used Google Chrome and it was doing the same thing.


Oh, I have a question!  I just noticed the sitemap link at the top of the page.  Would it be possible to add the personal links (my bookmarks etc) under "My Craftster" to the Sitemap?  Just in case we get another aggressive ad like that St Augustine one that covered up the menu and we could not get to go away since it was our only ad we could see?  Or if that isn't possible maybe just a new blue button on the right hand menu for "My Craftster" that loads a sitemap type page that just lists the links for 'my craftster' so we can get to those links if our menu bar is covered up?

  


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 16, 2009 06:53:23 AM
Well actually I *think* we'll be trying some coding that should keep ads from blocking those drop downs but I'm not 100% (coding jargon is a little above me still.  :-\).  That's a good alternate though. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: greybird on October 16, 2009 03:49:04 PM
That would be wonderful!  Thanks for the update.  :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: A2K on October 17, 2009 05:20:05 AM
Annoying ad from dremel tool:



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: A2K on October 19, 2009 08:44:46 AM
The demel tool ad pops up EVERY time I open craftster.  It is really annoying. 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: nataluna on October 19, 2009 02:26:23 PM
well the "reckless driving" ad doesn't let me get into my craftster to post the screenshot i took of it into the photo hosting.  and i really wanted to complain about another one, the "autism speaks".

there are a lot of things wrong with Autism Speaks (and other organizations that focus on "treatment" or prevention of autism, rather than services for and acceptance of autistics in society).  Some explanations can be found here:
http://www.autism-hub.co.uk/autism-speaks-dont-speak-for-me/index.php
http://www.autistics.org/library/


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: A2K on October 20, 2009 08:52:47 AM
I LOVE THE NEW DROP DOWN MENU!!! YES, I AM SHOUTING!  YIPPEEEEEEEEEE!  GREAT IDEA!  And thanks!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 20, 2009 09:10:49 AM
Hey ladies!

Here's what A2K is talking about: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=325043.0

The drop down menus now push the ads down, so hopefully this will relieve that problem!   :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 20, 2009 12:26:56 PM
me likey!  ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kayrun on October 20, 2009 04:09:37 PM
I LOVE THE NEW DROP DOWN MENU!!! YES, I AM SHOUTING!  YIPPEEEEEEEEEE!  GREAT IDEA!  And thanks!

I completely agree!
What a nice surprise - - and a great sol'n to the problem!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 20, 2009 06:59:43 PM
guess what's back...



yup.  a new version of the survey.  this time it slides from the left side of the screen and stops in the middle.  just when things were looking up, this thing sneaks back in.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 20, 2009 08:40:38 PM
I got that one today, too. We're already on it!  It's a sneakier one than normal though so it may not be a quick fix.  :-\


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 20, 2009 09:04:02 PM
sneakier than normal??  bah-humbug.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 21, 2009 12:14:55 PM


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lo{ve} on October 21, 2009 12:30:21 PM
that one has been attacking me too! i couldn't navigate with the community tab.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 21, 2009 10:19:03 PM
I think that Dremel ad that was causing problems before is still at it.  besides extending like the EdenPURE ad, I could not get the home page to load for anything.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: RebelTrendsetter on October 23, 2009 12:01:39 PM
I was also attacked by the Bob Villa Eden Pure ad. Besides blocking the navigation, its also a video with audio which is not work/school friendly.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on October 24, 2009 01:32:35 PM
I've been complaining about that survey ad for a long time and I kept getting told it was my computer. It's clearly not. It's never stopped happening, in fact they just keep getting sneakier. That's not why I'm here though.

The "Raised Floor Living" rollover ads are back and they're in the middle of the page. This is by far the most horrible ad I have had to deal with yet. It takes over your entire screen, extends the width of the window to where you are FORCED to scroll over and read it all to close it. Uncool. Please someone take care of it!? I'm begging in my sweet voice. *bats eyes* Pweeeeaassseeeee? (That usually works when my 2 year old screams it. lol)

I live in an apartment and I'm not the least concerned about Raised Floor Living. If you guys need yet another picture of it I have one. I'd rather not have to go to photobucket and do all that if it's unnecessary.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 24, 2009 10:05:38 PM
EdenPURE, Dremel, and that survey is back.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on October 26, 2009 04:47:50 AM
I was also attacked by the Bob Villa Eden Pure ad. Besides blocking the navigation, its also a video with audio which is not work/school friendly.

EdenPure doesn't block navigation for me.  The navigation menu expands bumps it down the screen.  If it happens to you again, could you please try to get a screenshot for us?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on October 26, 2009 11:51:53 AM
I know the video starts but I've never heard audio?  Either way it's being reported.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 26, 2009 02:15:37 PM
I've heard the audio once, but it's usually just the video that starts without sound.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: RebelTrendsetter on October 26, 2009 04:25:57 PM
I was also attacked by the Bob Villa Eden Pure ad. Besides blocking the navigation, its also a video with audio which is not work/school friendly.

EdenPure doesn't block navigation for me.  The navigation menu expands bumps it down the screen.  If it happens to you again, could you please try to get a screenshot for us?

Sorry, that was before the change in the navigational system. I still have seen that ad, however and it's still taking up the entire screen every time I accidentally hover over it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on October 26, 2009 04:37:36 PM
Ahh, okies!  Thanks for the additional details.  It's still a battle, but at least we're halfway there. :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on October 28, 2009 12:54:53 PM
EdenPURE and that survey have been attacking me all day.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Acadian Driftwood on November 02, 2009 03:55:07 PM
There's an ad that's telling me about Question 1 (I'm in Maine) and is sponsored by "Stand for Marriage Maine." I'm hoping you can have it pulled because I find it distressing. I have a screenshot if you so require. Thanks!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on November 02, 2009 06:19:50 PM
Eww! yes we'll try our very best to get that pulled ASAP! I just sent it in so hopefully our ad guy can take care of it in the morning.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on November 02, 2009 06:33:25 PM
Hey thelastkodama or anyone else in Maine! I know this may seem icky but can any of you click the ad and give us the URL to where it goes?  None of us in the company live in Maine so we can't see it and this will really help us track it down! We definitely want it to go but the URL will help get it gone more quickly. Thank you so much!  :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on November 03, 2009 05:20:45 AM
I bet this ad is coming from Google AdSense ads. Last year in the week leading up to election day the whole internet was plagued by ads like this and it was terrible! If we can't get rid of it because we don't know the URL, I imagine it won't run past today anyway since today is election day.

Sorry about this ickiness though!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Acadian Driftwood on November 14, 2009 10:48:07 PM
Sorry I didn't see these replies earlier - but I haven't seen the ad since election day.
The URL is http://www.standformarriagemaine.com/landing5/index.html?s=mainetoday&t=bannercdtrack_creative=e0f7b425-9d3c-4ea4-9e46-b6f19723fde5&cdtrack_source=6766ecf9-5d7e-4988-ba24-e120e6fe0873

Thanks for the attention! It's much appreciated. :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on November 16, 2009 11:07:23 AM
the survey is back!!!!!!


Title: ad issue
Post by: twylag on November 18, 2009 04:50:50 AM
today I am having an issue with some of the ads under the "home community articles..." line.  Most of them are fine and look like normal advertising craftster, craftzine, etc with the arrows on each side.  but every once in a while I go to move my mouse to the click one of the nav buttons (home, etc) and there's an ad overlays 3/4 of the screen and I can't do anything.   Is anyone else having this issue?  Its not all the time, just some of the time.


Title: Re: ad issue
Post by: sweets4ever on November 18, 2009 05:02:51 AM
Argh, the rollover ads can be such a pain.  They are user interactive, so they only expand if you rollover them.  Is there a close button or an X in the corner of the one that is expanding for you?

I always try to go to the left or right of the ads just in case it's an expanding one.

So sorry about those!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on November 21, 2009 10:30:46 PM
i just got this survey ad come floating around:


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on November 22, 2009 08:08:43 AM
I'm getting a very aggravating advertisement from a bank in Texas.  One, not very crafty...I can't afford to get a load for my crafting and Two, as far as I remember, I've never even been in Texas so what's the deal? 
I don't know how to take a picture of it so I'm just suffering the darned thing.  It's been here for about a week now and extremely distracting.  I have to refresh and hope it goes away...Texas really.  The only thing I want from Texas right now is a great big Texas size steak!!!


Title: Re: ad issue
Post by: Retro_Rose on November 22, 2009 09:32:31 PM
I was JUST going to post a complaint about this ad style. It gets on my nerves so much that I end up just moving on to a different site. Even after pressing the x, if you go back to the navigation area and it comes out again.

I would love it SO MUCH if Leah never used this intrusive type of ad. It's in such a spot that you can't help but roll over it.


Title: Re: ad issue
Post by: aphie on November 23, 2009 04:25:40 PM
Exactly what Rose said. I have closed that damn ad SO MANY times today, already, moving the mouse left or right doesn't seem to help much!  :'(


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: irish_chicky on November 23, 2009 06:16:06 PM
I've gotten this one about 20 times today, so annoying, everytime my mouse goes over this banner the pop up comes up



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on November 23, 2009 08:55:38 PM
That's the one I've been getting and it's aggravating as heck.  I'm getting it now on all pages, even when I refresh to get rid of it.


Title: Re: ad issue
Post by: SesSpringett on November 24, 2009 12:55:08 AM
I hate these adverts... it takes the advertising from being relatively unobtrusive to in your face and annoying. I don't mind slidy ones but when it takes up the whole screen?! arghhh


Title: Re: ad issue
Post by: LilyDay on November 24, 2009 02:51:04 AM
This!

It's so frustrating!!! I browse the net on a netbook... It has a  10 inch screen. Websites don't get smaller on here they stay the same and that ad practically takes up my whole screen!

http://www.sacu.com/3009MyGenChecking.asp

If there anyway to not h ave these sorts of ads? It makes looking at anything uberfrustrating.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Craftster2 on November 24, 2009 02:51:17 AM
I've gotten this one about 20 times today, so annoying, everytime my mouse goes over this banner the pop up comes up

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y91/irish_chicky/Untitled.jpg

Been bugging me too.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on November 24, 2009 04:01:08 AM
Please make it go away.  It's on every single page I open except the reply page and the front page. It's hard not to even accidentally roll over the thing.  Thank you.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: FruityLoops on November 24, 2009 04:40:56 AM
I fifth getting rid of that advert.... been getting it constantly for at least a few days now on pretty much every page and it's doing my freakin head in!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Knickertwist on November 24, 2009 11:41:21 AM
Count me in too. That ad is driving me all sorts of mental!!!! It's popped up a gazzillion times for me.


Title: Re: ad issue
Post by: Ruby Copperhead on November 24, 2009 12:07:16 PM
yes, it's very annoying because it is at a position that can't be avoided, and they cover things I need to see and use. Can't these kinds of ads at least fold themselves back after some seconds? What is their point anyway, scaring away customers by making them hate the sight of the ad?
Really, ads shouldn't block functional parts of a site.


Title: Annoying Roll Over Ad's
Post by: Belladune on November 24, 2009 05:30:02 PM
I'm not sure which board to put this on.... So here it goes.

Is anyone else getting the " My Generation Checking" roll over add?  The one that if you inadvertantly roll over (which happens to me often, because of the placement, being it is the banner add) it fills up 1/2 your screen, covering the first bit of every post?  It seems to be coming up every 4of5 or so pages, so it's getting quite annoying.  If I roll over it, I can't get to the board I was on without waiting or clicking the close option.   Anyway, is there something to be done for at least the frequency of the add? 


*if this needs to be moved, could a mod please move it?  I couldn't find the board that these kinda things normaly goes up on... I've never payed much attention... :)*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on November 24, 2009 05:38:04 PM
Just to let you all know I reported this ad today but our ad guy is out of the office.  He does check his messages but it may not get resolved right away.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Yarn or Fabric on November 24, 2009 06:34:18 PM
I am sooo glad that someone spoke up about that ad for the My Generation Checking.  Even when you click to close it it doesn't go away.  Give your ad dude a big hug from me once that thing is given the axe.


Title: Re: ad issue
Post by: haroldlovesmaude on November 24, 2009 11:26:58 PM
What is their point anyway, scaring away customers by making them hate the sight of the ad?

I agree. I am less likely to buy/use their service if they have an annoying/obtrusive ad. When you have an ad that automatically rolls down to cover half the screen in a very conspicuous place where it is very difficult not to roll over it, then your company becomes known as "That place with that really obnoxious ad" instead of "That great place with x product."

The one I've seen repeatedly is "My Generation Checking." I thought the ads were supposed to be craft related?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on November 25, 2009 05:07:01 AM
awesome thank you Jungrrl!!  It's been driving me nuts :)  Sounds like I may not b e the only one!  Also give the ad dude a hug from me too :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: irish_chicky on November 25, 2009 06:37:10 AM
yay thanks!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: ellemir on November 25, 2009 09:07:06 AM
That Ad is driving me insane too.

With manual dexterity issues, avoiding it with my mouse is near impossible. And when I close it, I fail to move away fast enough and it opens again.

So I'm really glad to know people are working on it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on November 25, 2009 10:33:49 AM
Thank you Thank you Thank you.  It seems that that aggrivating ad is gone.  Thank you so much!!!


Title: Re: ad issue
Post by: Aikibookworm on November 25, 2009 07:12:39 PM
OK, seriously, enough with the roll over ads.  Some of them literally get in the way of my using craftster.  The bank one that is a top, center banner is the WORST.  I have literally logged off and gone to do other things away from craftster due to irritation over CONSTANTLY having that stupid bank ad get in the way.  *grits teeth*

I know you need advertising to keep craftster afloat.  But, y'all're seriously sabotaging yourselves with the roll over ads.  Esp. that bank one.  SACU, I think it is.  Well, sack them. 

*fumes, grumbles, and growls* 

Enough.  Really.


Title: Re: ad issue
Post by: Retro_Rose on November 25, 2009 09:29:31 PM
OK, seriously, enough with the roll over ads.  Some of them literally get in the way of my using craftster.  The bank one that is a top, center banner is the WORST.  I have literally logged off and gone to do other things away from craftster due to irritation over CONSTANTLY having that stupid bank ad get in the way.  *grits teeth*

I know you need advertising to keep craftster afloat.  But, y'all're seriously sabotaging yourselves with the roll over ads.  Esp. that bank one.  SACU, I think it is.  Well, sack them. 

*fumes, grumbles, and growls* 

Enough.  Really.


This. I went elsewhere online when I got fed up. Then someone told me about AdBlock Plus for Firefox.

So now I see zero ads. And I used to actually go to the craft related ones. I think if everyone gets the same attitude I had and kills all the ads it will seriously take their revenue for a dip. Nobody's gonna buy ad space if they get no hits from it. I feel bad for having to kill every ad on their site, but I'd had enough. I'll never go back either.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on November 26, 2009 04:47:49 PM
Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!  That ad is pure headache!  I actually left craftster to go do other things a few times because I go so sick of fooling with that ad over and over and over again.

Now, Benevia is starting to irritate me.

Bottom line:  rollover ads on the top center banner are a BAD idea.  Irritating, infuriating, heachacy, and just plain interfere with using the site.  Please, please, please don't have ANY rollover ads in that position.  They eat screen space and they are neighbouts impossible to avoid.  They esp. interfere in accessing the pulldown menus. 

*rant paused for the moment*

Seriously, those rollover ads are my first experience of having some hate on for  craftster.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on November 29, 2009 03:47:50 PM
This little ball of advertising drivel floating across my screen today:



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on November 29, 2009 03:57:43 PM
not really a problem, but there's a Philadelphia Cream Cheese ad that shows up on the right side of the screen that kinda squishes the rest of the page.  it's about the size of the ads that go in the upper right corner, but it's appearing in the "recent unread posts", "replies to your posts", etc. area.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Ma Rut on November 29, 2009 04:22:13 PM
The amount of animated Flash-based ads is killing Craftster :-[ No matter what kind of computer, web browser, internet speed combination I'm using, it seems to be pretty slow lately.

Also, I have a few crafty friends that I've been encouraging to join this site, but they all refuse for the same reason: The two ads at the top are so large and flashy, you have to scroll a good bit down before you see the bulk of a post. They said it made them confused and was too much to look at.

(Please don't think I'm complaining! I absolutely hate posting on this thread because I know you guys work really hard. Just wanted to let you know of some things I've noticed.)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on November 30, 2009 01:46:31 PM
:-\  that "My generation checking" ad is back.... And still at the same 4 of 5 pages...
I honestly don't mind the ads, some of them I actually click on.  And I know it's how Craftster gets some income to keep the site going.  That one is terrible though.  It screws up the  functionality of the site :-\


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on November 30, 2009 01:50:31 PM
:-\  that "My generation checking" ad is back.... And still at the same 4 of 5 pages...
I honestly don't mind the ads, some of them I actually click on.  And I know it's how Craftster gets some income to keep the site going.  That one is terrible though.  It screws up the  functionality of the site :-\

I was just coming in to mention that same one.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: snazzyjazzy on November 30, 2009 05:13:22 PM
I'm fine with craft related ads, I click on a lot of them actually, but I agree, the flash based ads are really annoying, especially when they pop up and cover some of the screen, grrrrr.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on November 30, 2009 05:18:12 PM
That checking ad is OUT OF HAND!!!  It's come up on, and I am dead seriously, about 80% of the craftster pages tonight.  At one point, it came up on like 6 pages in a row.

STOP IT, PLEASE!!!

If I didn't have swaps in progess, I would take a hiatus from craftster.  That's how out of hand it has gotten.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: irish_chicky on November 30, 2009 05:45:06 PM
:-\  that "My generation checking" ad is back.... And still at the same 4 of 5 pages...
I honestly don't mind the ads, some of them I actually click on.  And I know it's how Craftster gets some income to keep the site going.  That one is terrible though.  It screws up the  functionality of the site :-\

I was just coming in to mention that same one.

ditto, was coming to say the same thing. It's really getting on my nerves


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: irish_chicky on November 30, 2009 05:51:26 PM
getting another one at the same time... If I wasnt waiting for msgs from swap partners I'd be out of here for a while, this is just rediculous



The checking one, that is back I get on EVERY page, no matter how much I refresh same with the new home depot one


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on November 30, 2009 06:11:08 PM
Correct!  Refreshing does NOT remove that blasted checking ad!



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Kitten Wrangler on November 30, 2009 06:15:27 PM
Whatever happened to geolocation ads - you know, being served up ads that were relevant to our interests and location?

I sure as shit ain't anywhere near North America, yet I get that horrid rollover banking one for Texas ALL THE TIME. It's gotta go.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: rachel.in.rainbows on November 30, 2009 08:29:05 PM
:-\  that "My generation checking" ad is back.... And still at the same 4 of 5 pages...
I honestly don't mind the ads, some of them I actually click on.  And I know it's how Craftster gets some income to keep the site going.  That one is terrible though.  It screws up the  functionality of the site :-\

Ditto!  I've never had a problem before.  I love craftster, and recognize that ads keep it going...  I sometimes click on them, and it doesn't bother me that there are non-craft related ads.  If there is ANY way, however, that the My Generation Checking can be ixnayed, that would make life sooo much better.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: rachel.in.rainbows on November 30, 2009 08:31:34 PM
Just to let you all know I reported this ad today but our ad guy is out of the office.  He does check his messages but it may not get resolved right away.

oops!  Totally didn't read back far enough!  Thank you thank you thank you jungrrl!!  And thank you to the ad guy! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on November 30, 2009 08:33:36 PM
At this point, I'm hoping that bank becomes one of the bank failures/closures of the recession.  I'm so irritated by their advertising that, not only would I never be their customer, I now actually wish them ill.  Mean, I know, but I'm speaking from the land of blood pressure migraine right now and in no mood to edit sentiment.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on November 30, 2009 09:41:33 PM
ditto ditto ditto.  I've been getting some not very crafty ads as well but they haven't been bothering me like the Texas one.  Kinda like the Lowe's cause it's not intrusive.


Title: Re: ad issue
Post by: LilyDay on December 01, 2009 04:06:19 AM
Ok,

So I understand that Craftster is a LARGE site, with A LOT of members, and uses A LOT of bandwidth, but seriously... An, "oh yeah those ads are a pain" and that's it????

I thought that they were gone, because I didn't get the STUPID mygen ads or whatever they are, but now... They are back.....  >:( :(

There has to be a way to satisfy your customers (Forum members) and also satisfy the needs of the business that is Craftster, without loosing too many $$$$'s...

I've considered becoming a FOC, but why should I if I'm going to get annoying ads rolling over functional parts of the site? On my net book I have to scroll the entire page up to be able to close it and then SUPER carefully try not to go anywhere near the ad or risk being stuck in this cycle forever.

I'm thinking of using, and recommending other people get the ad blockers on Firefox (as I know many people here use it) to block the dumb ads so that I don't have them rolling out or over what I want to be clicking on or reading... I don't want Craftster to lose money, but I think it's either that or don't visit often..........

Any chance of getting a response other than "they're a pain"??????????????????????


Title: Re: ad issue
Post by: sweets4ever on December 01, 2009 04:22:14 AM
That's not it. :)

You can find most of the up-to-date responses for each ad report here:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257602.0  jungrrl reports the icky ones as they are reported to us via that thread, emails, Help Desk tickets, etc.  Our ad guy then reviews the individual ad, contacts the ad network and removes it if/when possible.

I believe the removal process was probably delayed a bit with the holiday/long weekend, though.  The main offices were closed Thursday through Sunday.


Title: Re: ad issue
Post by: LilyDay on December 01, 2009 05:08:09 AM
Sorry!  :-[

Bad bad bad day and this  ad is driving me insane... Thank you SO SO much for the response and information, I really really appreciate it.. I wasn't aware there was a main thread for ad related issues..

Apologies again! :)


Title: Re: ad issue
Post by: sweets4ever on December 01, 2009 05:22:10 AM
No need to apologize at all...at all!  I know they are a pain. :-[

We usually merge ad-related threads into that main one, but I think I missed this one along the way. :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: soorawn on December 01, 2009 05:36:58 AM
I just want to kill the person who designed that horrible "my generation" thing.  I won't bother to call it ad.  It's only a pain in the neck.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on December 01, 2009 07:28:38 AM
Just to let you all know I reported this ad today but our ad guy is out of the office.  He does check his messages but it may not get resolved right away.

oops!  Totally didn't read back far enough!  Thank you thank you thank you jungrrl!!  And thank you to the ad guy! :)


Oh yes, it was dealt with once.. for about 2 days, and it popped up again.   So there was a break from it for while.... but it's still there, messing with the functionality of the site...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on December 01, 2009 08:02:35 AM
Merging similar threads, so we can easily track! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on December 01, 2009 08:58:20 AM
Merging similar threads, so we can easily track! :)

confused me for a second.... I get it now...

LOL.... ::)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on December 01, 2009 01:17:39 PM
Hi, guys!  The SACU/My Generation Checking/New Texas Branch ad has been removed from the network.  Hope this helps!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on December 01, 2009 01:20:59 PM
Hi, guys!  The SACU/My Generation Checking/New Texas Branch ad has been removed from the network.  Hope this helps!

I figured it had been since it hadn't shown up in the last 5 pages I visited in the last minute.  yay!!  thank you!!!!!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lo{ve} on December 01, 2009 01:49:04 PM
i think this little fridge ad is supposed to be down the side of the page instead!




Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 01, 2009 01:54:02 PM
Thank you! It's all fixed now.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 01, 2009 02:10:55 PM
When I logged on this afternoon after the electricity being out for most of the day (why?!?!?  no storms?  the high wind isn't here, yet?!?!?) and that monstrosity wasn't at the top of every page anymore, I was soooooooo happy!  RELIEF!!!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on December 01, 2009 02:42:41 PM
Hi, guys!  The SACU/My Generation Checking/New Texas Branch ad has been removed from the network.  Hope this helps!


squee!!!! yay!!! Thanks so much!!!  Hug the "Ad guy" for me ;)  So glad to see that one gone :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 01, 2009 02:51:05 PM
LOLOL  Tell the ad guy that we were about to come for him with pitchforks and torches.  ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on December 01, 2009 02:52:21 PM
I will not disclose the ad guy's location for hugs OR torchings. :D

I'm glad it's gone. :) :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on December 01, 2009 03:25:27 PM
ok.  this one still hasn't been fixed so I grabbed a screen cap:



the ad for Philadelphia Cream Cheese does not belong there.  it's one that belongs in the upper right corner.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 01, 2009 03:33:42 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

5:31pmCST  (yup, just a minute ago), that SACU crap was right back where it's been doing that nasty crap it's been doing!!!

It was like the ghost of nightmare ads past back to haunt me!!!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on December 01, 2009 03:56:57 PM
We'll check it out.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 01, 2009 06:44:39 PM
and, again, at 8:42pmCST

ETA: and 8:52pmCST

*bangs head on desk*

ETA:  and 9:08pmCST  

ETA:  and 9:11pmCST

Suffice to say, it's baaaaaaaaaaccckkk!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on December 01, 2009 08:31:24 PM
dude, why are you getting it but I'm not?  It seems to be gone again..... here anyway...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on December 01, 2009 09:08:58 PM
Good morning everybody.  Just logged on and no "painful" bank ads.  Thank you so much.  I hope it continues this way.  In its place I'm getting a adtek (misspelled on purpose) on all pages but it is non intrusive so I don't mind.  Not a craft ad I think but not a pain in the ...
Thank you again for your hard work.  Thank you so much for keeping this site so nice in more ways than one.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: luckdragon on December 01, 2009 09:25:24 PM
I'm still getting the painful bank ad.  11:25pm central


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 01, 2009 10:44:09 PM
12:43amCST 12/2/09   
It's back to being on almost every page again.

I wish I didn't have swaps in progress so I could just leave craftster for a while.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: LilyDay on December 02, 2009 12:55:57 AM
I haven't had the mygen sacu ads again yet....

I just wanted to take a couple of quick seconds to say a MASSIVE thanks to leah, sweets and especially the ad guy for all the hard work in running this place and keeping us happy! (even if we do get a bit crabby)

I'm off  to click some ads now! *click click click*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on December 02, 2009 03:15:55 AM
dude, why are you getting it but I'm not?  It seems to be gone again..... here anyway...

I didn't see it at all the remainder of the day yesterday, either.  I sent an email to check on it, though.



I haven't had the mygen sacu ads again yet....

I just wanted to take a couple of quick seconds to say a MASSIVE thanks to leah, sweets and especially the ad guy for all the hard work in running this place and keeping us happy! (even if we do get a bit crabby)

I'm off  to click some ads now! *click click click*

Thanks, Lily!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on December 02, 2009 03:16:45 AM
12:43amCST 12/2/09   
It's back to being on almost every page again.

I wish I didn't have swaps in progress so I could just leave craftster for a while.

We're trying to get it resolved ASAP.  I hope you'll stay.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kittykill on December 02, 2009 07:41:42 AM
Thanks Craftster admin crew! You guys are always on top of it! I know you guys are working hard to make everyone happy and crazy ad free.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on December 02, 2009 09:02:47 AM


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 02, 2009 10:52:05 AM
Of course, I'm staying.  It's just that it's annoying on a normal day but literally painful after a while when I've been dancing with a migraine for 3 days, now. 

Also, well, this is going to sound completely batcaca insane, but craftster has always been such a HUGE positive for me that it, for lack of a better phrase, hurts my feelings that something so tacky and annoying and INTRUSIVE is mussing up craftster.  Does that make any sense?



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on December 02, 2009 11:44:22 AM
Also, well, this is going to sound completely batcaca insane, but craftster has always been such a HUGE positive for me that it, for lack of a better phrase, hurts my feelings that something so tacky and annoying and INTRUSIVE is mussing up craftster.  Does that make any sense?

yes.  it really does.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: soorawn on December 02, 2009 11:47:36 AM
It does, it does.  This place is sort of a haven for me, and that thing was getting on my nerves too. A big thank you to the people who works to keep Craftster as great as it is.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 02, 2009 03:40:56 PM
5pmCST hour, Wed. 12/2, that bank ad is back to being on almost every page.  At least 4/5.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lo{ve} on December 02, 2009 04:27:24 PM
hmmm that bank ad is gone for me, which is lovely because it wasn't exactly my favorite!

thank you crafster ladies and ad man  :D i know you work so hard to keep us satisfied!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 02, 2009 04:40:02 PM
I'm not sure how the computery stuff works that the ad is gone for some but not for others, but it is still oppressively present for me.  12/2/09 evening - screen capture  about 5 minutes ago:





Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: xphronvistle on December 02, 2009 05:17:15 PM
this ad blows down on me everytime making it IMPOSSIBLE to see whatever post was underneath the ad. Sadly enough I seem to get this same ad on every page. PLEASE get rid of this ad craftster!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on December 02, 2009 05:22:10 PM
We're working on it!  Thanks, guys!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on December 02, 2009 05:30:33 PM
I just don't understand why some are still seeing the ad while others aren't.  I haven't seen it since the other day *knock on wood*.  now the one I'm seeing the most of is Martha Stewart.  but hey, at least it's craft related AND it's not an ad that blocks the screen.  :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on December 02, 2009 05:35:54 PM
I just don't understand why some are still seeing the ad while others aren't.  I haven't seen it since the other day *knock on wood*.  now the one I'm seeing the most of is Martha Stewart.  but hey, at least it's craft related AND it's not an ad that blocks the screen.  :D

Same here!  Myself and Leah aren't seeing it anymore, but it's still out there haunting some people.  Maybe it got into one of the regional networks or something equally evil.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 02, 2009 06:21:42 PM
We know you are working on it.  And, we appreciate it!  At this point, I'm just flinging data at y'all in an attempt to hopefully help solve the puzzle.

"Regional" may be the key.  I'm in Arkansas -- just one state over from TX.  Mind you, I'm as far away from TX as I can be and still be in AR, the complete opposite corner of the state!  Still, you may be onto something with "regional". 

Are any of our Eurocontingent or Aussies still getting the ad?

BTW, when y'all DO figure out WTF the deal is with this ad, please let us know!  I'm curious the solution to this mystery.

That bank had better realize that they are about to get stormed by an angry horde of women armed with knitting needles, straight pens, and exacto knives! :P


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on December 02, 2009 06:25:23 PM
That bank had better realize that they are about to get stormed by an angry horde of women armed with knitting needles, straight pens, and exacto knives! :P

right on sister!  lol


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: panda on December 02, 2009 06:39:03 PM
I'm not sure how the computery stuff works that the ad is gone for some but not for others, but it is still oppressively present for me.  12/2/09 evening - screen capture  about 5 minutes ago:

https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/114475_02Dec09_argh.JPG[/img]



Is there any way to get this ad to stop dropping down when you roll over it.....Like everyone else please get rid of it.  Makes it aggravating.

Sweets4sever thank you for your help.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: luckdragon on December 02, 2009 08:27:03 PM
I'm still getting that banking ad too...I'm in Texas, so perhaps it is a regional thing.  I had to look up Schertz, TX, which is where this "new branch" advertisement is for...apparently it is not far from me, but I have never heard of it and I'm certainly not going there to bank!!  :P


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 02, 2009 08:33:49 PM
Heh.  You should drive over and complain about their online advertising!  LOLOLOL


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: soorawn on December 03, 2009 06:31:05 AM
For the record, I am in the UK and I don't see it anymore.
I get an ad from Adtech, non-craft related.  But it's a normal one I can live with.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: krafty119 on December 03, 2009 12:59:44 PM
I'm in WA and I see it every time to!!! It's annoying! I've got to the point I try and move my mouse around to avoid it expanding. Even that doesn't work!! :( Yikes!!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jatoha on December 03, 2009 02:08:14 PM
I'm in Michigan and that ad in on every page it seems, I got it four times in a row just now.

I really try not complain about ads because I know how important they are, but this one is making me absolutely bonkers.

I usually don't use adblock unless an image is offensive, but this ad is making me want to make an exception.  It's just awful!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 03, 2009 07:00:16 PM
You have got to be kidding me.  Is this really the level to which craftster is cheapening itself?  Ruining itself?  Do you not see how UNUSABLE this makes the site for people?  Now, look what's happened when I tried to avoid the bank ad.



Enough.  Seriously.  The ads are RUINING craftster.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: riffsrevenge on December 03, 2009 09:58:54 PM
i can deal with ads but I agree pop out adds are too much, I will either click on the ad or not.. please do not stick it in my face.  I can deal with having to have funds to run this site, but its just plain annoying!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on December 04, 2009 05:30:29 AM
oh wow.. I'm so sorry you are all still having these awful terrible ads!!  I don't even work for craftster, but if there was something I could do I would do it!
Aiki.  deep breath!  I don't think Leah and the gang are purposefully putting these ads up to frustrate you and everyone still getting them!  I'm sure they hate the functionality of the site being so terribly compromised too! 
I hope for everyone who is frustrateds sake these get fixed asap.  down with pop ups.. up with happy craftster time!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kayrun on December 06, 2009 09:37:59 AM
I just don't understand why some are still seeing the ad while others aren't.  I haven't seen it since the other day *knock on wood*.  now the one I'm seeing the most of is Martha Stewart.  but hey, at least it's craft related AND it's not an ad that blocks the screen.  :D

Same here!  Myself and Leah aren't seeing it anymore, but it's still out there haunting some people.  Maybe it got into one of the regional networks or something equally evil.

Maybe it is a regional thing, as it is still here in all its annoying glory, and I'm in GA.....


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 06, 2009 09:45:39 AM
Still. On. Almost. Every. Page.


Oh look, there it is up top right now as I type this.

*bangs head on desk*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jatoha on December 06, 2009 04:34:13 PM
Still. On. Almost. Every. Page.


Oh look, there it is up top right now as I type this.

*bangs head on desk*

Yup, still here too!  It's just awful!!

Kill it!! Kill it with fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on December 06, 2009 05:20:44 PM
just as I came into this forum:



something's wrong with this picture...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 08, 2009 04:04:26 PM
OK, I don't want to say this too loudly because I don't want to jinx it.  I've waited 24 hours and am now cautiously optimistic.

I think the horrible bank ad is gone.

Wow, I hope it stays this way. 

I am curious what happened, what went so horribly wrong.  What was so heinous about that ad that it became such a problem? 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jatoha on December 09, 2009 05:42:17 AM
OK, I don't want to say this too loudly because I don't want to jinx it.  I've waited 24 hours and am now cautiously optimistic.

I think the horrible bank ad is gone.

Wow, I hope it stays this way. 

I am curious what happened, what went so horribly wrong.  What was so heinous about that ad that it became such a problem? 


*knocking on wood* same here! *knocking on wood again*   :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 09, 2009 08:18:45 AM
I've been told that the bank ad has officially been hunted down and squashed! :) So sorry about all the annoyance that ad caused. And I hope it's really gone now! :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on December 09, 2009 08:26:25 AM
Thank you so much Leah!!!  You have no idea how appreciative I am.  Thank you all.  I appreciate all the hard work.  You are so wonderful to look out for us so well!!!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 09, 2009 09:38:57 AM
Aww. Thanks! I only wish we didn't have to show ads for banks at all! (No offense to people who work at banks. :D)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 09, 2009 10:02:05 AM
Yeah!  Let's hope it stays true!

So, what was the deal with that ad?!!??  What happened that went so wrong?!?!?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 09, 2009 10:17:59 AM
Well, first off I think whoever designed the ad should have done it in a less obtrusive and annoying way.

And then the second part of the problem is this...

We try our darndest to sell all our ad space directly to craft-related advertisers (like the wonderful ads you see for Dremel, Klutz, Martha Stewart, Urban Threads, etc) and the rest of the ad space goes to various "ad networks" which fill the space with all kinds of other ads. We use something like 5 different ad networks and sometimes it's very hard to get them to take down an ad that we report as problematic. So the bottleneck with this kind of things is often getting the "ad network" to respond to us.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on December 09, 2009 10:19:55 AM
We try our darndest to sell all our ad space directly to craft-related advertisers (like the wonderful ads you see for Dremel)

and they tend to have annoying ads too.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 09, 2009 11:35:40 AM
The Dremel ads? Well, I know "expandables" are not everyone's favorites ;) but I personally don't think those particular ones are so bad. Not only are Dremels awesome tools but that campaign brings us needed revenue. So we have to be willing to put up with a little bit of this kind of thing.

But believe me when I say I wish we had the perfect ads to serve up 100% of the time! :D (And we're working on it! :))


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 09, 2009 11:37:57 AM
P.S. I also want to say thank you to everyone who has taken the time to express their feelings and concerns about the ads! It's very important to us to hear about this and we know it takes time to share your thoughts and we truly appreciate it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on December 09, 2009 11:51:14 AM
yeah, I just mean the ones that expand.  if they didn't do that, they wouldn't be so annoying.

most of my ad problems are done forever.  a friend talked me into getting AdBlock so I see very few ads now.  I pretty much see only Martha Stewart ads, PayPal, eBay, etc.

I know that they are essential, but the people that design them need to think about how annoying expandable ones can be.  move your mouse within a millimeter of them and they cover up half the page?  why?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 09, 2009 12:04:52 PM
Yeah, I totally agree with you on how the people who design ads should re-think whether they really need to be expandables or not. When we work one on one with an advertiser we definitely convey to them that expandables are not the way to go. But sometimes we are a couple of steps removed from the actual company and it's impossible for us to get them to change the ad.

Oh the joys of relying on advertising! :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jatoha on December 09, 2009 06:05:43 PM
I totally understand how much trouble it is to get a problematic ad taken down.

Thank you for your efforts. 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on December 09, 2009 06:50:27 PM
Thanks, guys!  We really appreciate your support.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lo{ve} on December 09, 2009 11:17:54 PM
silly ads taking over the center of the page! they just go straight up and down on the whole page and there is no craftster goodness visible.



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on December 10, 2009 08:37:43 AM
Every once in a while there are little hiccups and an ad will load in the wrong place.  A quick refresh should fix it.  Let us know if it's happening a lot or if it seems to be one particular ad!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on December 10, 2009 12:53:52 PM
I'm just going through, trying to get rid of some of these other ads that for some reason don't have the "block" button on them.  so, I have to do it by hand, which means I need to click the link.  so far, none of them have been bad.  then I clicked on this AT&T ad:


here is the address; DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK!!!!!!!!!!!

http://servedby.advertising.com/click/site=0000753223/mnum=0000671334/cstr=48321002=_4b215e58,4804853066,753174^596798^-20^0!753223^671334^1^-94,1_/xsxdata=$XSXDATA/bnum=48321002/optn=64?trg=http://oasn03.247realmedia.com/RealMedia/ads/click_lx.ads/Ad.com/ATTConnect/ATTConnect200902/CC/728x90/[timestamp]/1234/x70/USNetwork/ATTConnect_200902_Ad.com_CC_728/Ad.com_CC_728.html/1?http://clk.atdmt.com/go/134590585/direct;wi.728;hi.90;ai.138856027;ct.1/01


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 10, 2009 01:08:04 PM
What happens when you click on it?!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on December 10, 2009 01:11:46 PM
I have Norton 360 (actually, the regular Norton has it too), and when a site is ok, it'll show a little green check mark on my browser.  that's good.  when I clicked on that one, it turned into a red X and told me that there were a few computer threats.  that's bad.  I just copied the link and closed out of it.  I stopped it from loading first, but it's a bad link.  evil, viral, nasty!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 10, 2009 01:20:31 PM
Hmm. Norton might be raising a false alarm. When I go to that site I see that it's a legitimate site  (att.com). I use Avast anti-virus and it didn't give me any warnings. But I'll dig around some more and see if I can find anything suspicious!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on December 10, 2009 01:21:29 PM
I think I am so used to the ads now that it is more time and effort to report them than to just ignore them...but, if I see something really objectionable, I will report it...is there stuff that we are reporting that is no longer necessary or that just bog you guys down?

I don't want to create any unneccesary work for you guys!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on December 10, 2009 01:26:01 PM
Hmm. Norton might be raising a false alarm. When I go to that site I see that it's a legitimate site  (att.com). I use Avast anti-virus and it didn't give me any warnings. But I'll dig around some more and see if I can find anything suspicious!

still, I don't trust that link.  especially since it didn't do that on any of the others I had to click on.

there is an ad for a cell phone that's somewhat annoying.  I don't have a screen cap because I've blocked it.  but it's one of the long, right-hand side ads.  it's an expandable!  they're taking over the whole site!  >:(  I don't remember who it's for or what it really looks like, but I do remember that it's mostly black and has a picture of a cell phone on it.  you roll over it once and it expands to the left.  roll over it again and it expands again to the left.  it's a double expander!  that's a new one...


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 10, 2009 07:54:05 PM
1.  I am enjoying craftster sooooooo much more now that the evil bank ad is gone.  Happy happy.

2.  Whoever designed that ad needs to meet the business end of knitting needles.  And, maybe a glue gun, too.

3.  I like Dremel.  I have one on my wist.  But, I don't like expandables at all.  The really annoying expandables are enough to make me shy away from a product/company and go with a comparable competitor.

4.  Adding to the it-sticks-in-the-middle oopses.  I've been noticing this probably, hmmmm, lemme think, I'd say on average twice a week, maybe 3.  So, not like it's a huge problem or anything, but I saw that others have mentioned it and just wanted to add to the head count in case this becomes something that needs attention.



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 11, 2009 07:54:38 AM
Oh man! That weirdo ad in the middle is awful! I'll see if we can track it down. Thanks!

(And thanks for your other feedback too!)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on December 11, 2009 08:59:58 AM
I am wondering if it is my computer or what, but I don't really see that many ads...only the ones on the side bar and every once in a while, a featured one like the dremel...(which I bought! ha ha)...

Are these tied into the way we have our personal settings?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: soorawn on December 11, 2009 09:05:31 AM
Nope.  It has to do with the settings of your adblock or similar programme or with some application of your current security system.  I use adblock at home and see only the ads on the right side, one at the bottom and occasionally something at the top.  But when I sneak a peek at work I find all of them there.  The rolling bank one made it specially annoying to come here because it made me waste so much time and it was nearly impossible to get to see what I wanted in just a couple of minutes (not talking speed here, it just covered half the screen).


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on December 15, 2009 08:46:22 AM
oh no. not another roll over...

"Kushyfoot"
 
so far, its 12 of 12 pages....


We need to hunt down who ever designs these adds and start interupting their day ever so inconveniently, over and over and over, see how they like it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 15, 2009 08:47:20 AM
oh no. not another roll over...

"Kushyfoot"
 
so far, its 12 of 12 pages....


We need to hunt down who ever designs these adds and start interupting their day ever so inconveniently, over and over and over, see how they like it.

Ha! Good idea Belladune! :D

I just reported this one as soon as I saw it so hopefully we can get rid of it soon.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on December 15, 2009 08:48:26 AM
awesome. thanks Leah!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on December 15, 2009 08:51:38 AM
Thanks Leah!  I just came in here to say something about it.  I'm getting this pushie foot on every page.  Thanks for looking in on it so fast.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on December 15, 2009 08:54:37 AM
Wow!!! Now that was fast. ::)  THank you so much!!!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 15, 2009 09:05:11 AM
I'm praying it's gone! :D Supposedly something has been done about it but I'll be keeping an eye out just to be sure.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on December 15, 2009 09:10:28 AM
Completely gone on my side.  Thank you so much.  This one was worse than the bank one because of the colors. 


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 15, 2009 10:16:09 AM
Evil Ad Coders Beware:  Craftster Army.  Knitting needles and glue guns. 

I'm just sayin'....


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on December 15, 2009 10:32:32 AM
haven't gotten again... so far so good  ;D!!!!! yay!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 16, 2009 06:08:35 AM
On EVERY SINGLE PAGE this morning!   KILL IT!!!  KILL IT DEAD!!!!!!!!!





Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Lo{ve} on December 16, 2009 08:07:06 AM
yeah that one is attacking me, too.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: krafty119 on December 16, 2009 12:48:04 PM
I also can't get away with it! it's the ones that drop down like that --- that drive me nuts! I can't stand them! to the point of even if I liked the product - I'd consider boycotting it for annoying me!!!!!

Enough with drop downs already!!!!!!!!!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: stellato_escuro on December 16, 2009 02:13:23 PM
I also can't get away with it! it's the ones that drop down like that --- that drive me nuts! I can't stand them! to the point of even if I liked the product - I'd consider boycotting it for annoying me!!!!!

Enough with drop downs already!!!!!!!!!

I second that!  >:( Nothing worse then drop-downs. And I double second the boycott thing. Even with a fatty coupon.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 16, 2009 04:11:17 PM
It's 10 hours later, and it's still on EVERY PAGE.

OK, seriously, Leah, PLEASE just tell the ad networks or whoever NO ROLLOVERS/DROPDOWNS.  Just make policy to make it stop.  Please.

Craftster is a good, good thing, and those heinous ads are desecrating it.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on December 16, 2009 05:04:23 PM
I haven't gotten it at all.  :-\

I just want to remind you that although the ads can be frustrating, they do pay salaries and keep Craftster going. I know it can be frustrating to see them at times but PLEASE be patient with this stuff.  We try REALLY, REALLY hard to get good quality advertising, but when we can't manage to fill those slots (which, right now we can't) some unsavory ads will pop up. We do our best to take down the really bad ones but that does take time. Taking them down is never instant and we'll never be able to completely block them all. That is the nature of ad networks. We try our damnedest to find a middle ground and make everyone happy while being able to bring home some money to pay for the roofs over our heads. Please be kind and keep that in mind when you report things. Thanks.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: batgirl on December 16, 2009 05:12:00 PM
I just want to second that. This is a business, and just like wherever you work, we need to be able to make money in order to support the salaries and overhead that make it work. Unfortunately, ads are the way that sites like this are able to do that. I'm sure you agree it beats you having to pay to use Craftster. Everyone here works VERY hard (you have no idea) to keep it as crafty as possible, and to keep the ads tolerable. Trust me, this recession is not easy for people relying on ad revenue for their income. That very much includes Craftster.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovesclutter on December 16, 2009 05:44:17 PM
8rnbenevia opens one more fuching time and I quit. Clicking on close opens the window, and pardon my french but this is pissing me off so bad on top of an already pi$$y day and I don't need this. MAKE IT GO AWAY.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kittykill on December 16, 2009 05:57:17 PM
8rnbenevia opens one more fuching time and I quit. Clicking on close opens the window, and pardon my french but this is pissing me off so bad on top of an already pi$$y day and I don't need this. MAKE IT GO AWAY.


I know it's really frustrating and I'm sorry you had a pissy day but we really are trying and yelling at us really isn't gonna make it go any faster.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 16, 2009 06:12:18 PM
Looks like we're all having a heck of a day today! :D We're working figuring out where that ad is coming from and how to turn it off. It's complicated sometimes to track an ad down and report it to the right people but I promise we're working on it. :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 16, 2009 09:56:12 PM
Not bitching, just FYI:  11:53pm CST 12/16, the Benevia had still comes up on almost every page (like 13/14 or so).

It's like the ghost of checking account ads past! :P  It's reaaaallllyyy insanely easy to make it drop down, way to hard to click close without launching the window (I honestly wonder if the actual click to close area is smaller than the area indicated for clicking), and even when I do click to close it, it seems very slow to close (am I the only one noticing this?  I don't think it's just my old computer -- the evil bank ad closed quicker than this. *shrugs*)

I understand craftster really needs advertising income.  I totally get that.  But, do you HAVE to accept rollovers?


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Nesse on December 16, 2009 10:19:10 PM
the ad rolls back up if you click off the ad. but it does take at least 5 seconds (which could seem like forever when you're dealing with silly ads :D) but if you don't want to deal with the site popping up, just don't click it.

Leah, thanks for trying to fix this, you're awesome!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 16, 2009 10:24:44 PM
As that &*^$(@! ad appears again and again at the top of my screen, I am reminded of a delightful tshirt I once saw which read,

"Remember:  Pillage THEN burn."



Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on December 16, 2009 11:17:48 PM
I understand craftster really needs advertising income.  I totally get that.  But, do you HAVE to accept rollovers?

Right now the answer is yes. 

I know that if any of us get that ad we'll get the coding which will help speed up the process but even if I got it right this second the ad guy doesn't work at 1am. This particular ad will be one we try to stop but again, even during working hours it isn't always instantaneous.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on December 16, 2009 11:22:45 PM
I grabbed the code this evening and it's been submitted for removal.  Like jungrrl said, it's not going anywhere tonight, though.  We're the only crazies that work this late at night. :D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 17, 2009 06:12:55 AM
*waves*  Hello, Fellow Crazy.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: lovesclutter on December 17, 2009 07:45:04 AM
sorry wasn't yelling, just venting, because I use a very sensitive touchpad and it was not a good match for that ad. Thanks for finding the code. AFWIW I very seldom have days like that so will have to get over it and move on.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: pinkleo on December 17, 2009 03:53:41 PM
I thought I would say....

First, I super appreciate all the hard work everyone puts into craftster, especially those "behind the scene" peeps.  :-*

Second, I don't mind the ads a bit!  As long as they are not objectionable subject matter, cause craftster to lock up or not appear (oh the memory of those ads...the horror), or cover up craftster boards in a way I can't get rid of it (i.e. there is no button to push to close).  I don't mind if ads that aren't craft-related; I can only imagine how hard it would be to find just crafty ads (and to find crafty companies lucrative enough to generate a good amount of money).  And I don't really mind the rollovers either, though some of the sensitive ones are trying at times, but ones like Dremel are just fine!  I think the way ads are handled on craftster is quite kind and attentive.  And I for one super appreciate it!  :-*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on December 17, 2009 04:02:52 PM
 :-* :-*  ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 17, 2009 04:03:48 PM
We're giving ad dude a nervous breakdown for Christmas.  We'll put a pretty bow on top. ;)

(Shhhhh!  Don't want to jinx it, but I haven't been attacked by benevia tonight.)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: leah on December 17, 2009 04:04:48 PM
Thank you pinkleo. You just made our day! ;D

We definitely are trying to improve the ad situation every day but it's also really good to hear this perspective.

(And, yup, benevia has been dealt with. Maybe our ad dude needs a big group Craftster hug for Christmas! Whattya say? :D)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: pinkleo on December 17, 2009 05:14:52 PM
(( HUG! ))

I never can resist a group hug. ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 17, 2009 06:38:04 PM
YES!!!  *hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs, hugs ad dude*  I am a total hugslut!  



(BTW, the way you typed "benevia has been dealt with", I read it ominous and mobsterlike as though they were now swimming with the fishes.  :D )


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: kayrun on December 27, 2009 01:21:06 PM
I'm trying to do my part by clicking on any NON-annoying ads!
LOL
It's like I'm trying to train the ads with positive reinforcement :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 27, 2009 01:28:35 PM
I enjoy the nonannoying, nonrollover crafty ads.  I've stumbled across some really cool stuff that way.  I just hate rollovers and irrelevants like bank ads, yogurt ads, or, well, Disney's up top right now.  But, I like the crafty goodness.  I make a point of clicking to show support when someone is advertising their etsy.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on December 31, 2009 10:42:42 AM
*sigh*  Very problematic for normal site usage.  Interfering with message posting.





Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: SewMamaLady on January 04, 2010 12:02:02 PM
Have you guys seen the anti-government health care ad? I'm not going to discuss my views on health care, but I do think it's a bit much and could be angering to some people. Just thought I'd give a heads up. I'd go as far as saying that it's as bad as those Prop 8 ads that showed up before. I have a screen shot if it's needed. ;) Keep on keepin' on Craftster peeps!  ;D


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on January 04, 2010 12:36:22 PM
bah, yea we don't want any political ads.  I'll see what we can do.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on January 04, 2010 01:06:46 PM
Ok, I know this might be kinda icky but if you click on the ad and copy the url that you're directed to we should be able to block it.  Thanks!


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on March 09, 2010 02:23:53 PM


Really?  On a crafting forum?   ::)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: boo_zombie on March 09, 2010 11:12:10 PM
lol cars are a man craft? :P


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on March 10, 2010 04:14:06 AM
Hey!  I do projects on my car and motorcycle all the time, actually.  Man crafts... pshaw! :D

But, really, this thread is all about the fact that some of our ads are not craft-related.  We try to remove the really icky ones with pop-ups, diets, etc., though.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: soorawn on March 10, 2010 04:36:20 AM
...Nike sport shoes...
I don't think they count as craft, even if they are customizable.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on March 10, 2010 08:12:36 AM
No matter how awesome the laces you thread into them! :)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on March 14, 2010 10:44:48 AM
This thread is getting so funny.  I don't know about you guys but I've been getting advertising about cruises and building boats.  Well, they are "craft".  Just thought that was funny.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: soorawn on March 14, 2010 10:51:34 AM
That's because crafting on the love boat must be awsome *_*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on March 14, 2010 11:01:48 AM
It is hard to pick from the 10,000 jokes that just popped into my mind after reading that awesome response.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Puppy_girl on March 14, 2010 11:24:06 AM
every now and then i got a lil thingy on my screen saying that the browser has blocked Active X from being used in an unapproved way (or something like that...) and i think it must be one of the ads that's trying to use it because whenever that happens on of the ads (once the square on in the corner, once the banner ad on top) doesn't show up.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Jinjeet Phoenix on March 14, 2010 11:48:32 AM
OMG, you two just made my day and I just woke up DH by laughing so hard.  Heck, I just looked up and saw the cruise ad again.  Now I'm all over the floor laughin'.
It is hard to pick from the 10,000 jokes that just popped into my mind after reading that awesome response.
That's because crafting on the love boat must be awsome *_*


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Aikibookworm on March 18, 2010 10:52:22 AM
That thing is happening again where one of the long, skinny ads opens in the middle of the page, and then the rest of the page never comes in.


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: autielady on March 22, 2010 04:16:39 PM
I'm new to Craftster but just wanted to add my input that all of the ads I've seen I have no objection to. Most have been craft related, and the ones that aren't are not really objectionable. (toothpaste...traverse car...)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on April 23, 2010 09:55:39 AM
I wish I knew how to convert from .tiff to jpeg.... Theres an ad for imvu that features an animated couple in what looks like a sexual position (they are cut off just above the males  pant line, but the female apears to have her skirt hiked up.) and a third female in the foreground. Not something I would want my children being exposed to, and as we know, there are a few younger craftsters out there...  heck I'm 28 and I don't want to see that. (nor do I want my boys (2 and 5) who occasionally come up to the computer and click on ads while I'm grabing a coffee or the baby or whatever, to see that either)


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on April 23, 2010 10:02:18 AM
I wish I knew how to convert from .tiff to jpeg.... Theres an ad for imvu that features an animated couple in what looks like a sexual position (they are cut off just above the males  pant line, but the female apears to have her skirt hiked up.) and a third female in the foreground. Not something I would want my children being exposed to, and as we know, there are a few younger craftsters out there...  heck I'm 28 and I don't want to see that. (nor do I want my boys (2 and 5) who occasionally come up to the computer and click on ads while I'm grabing a coffee or the baby or whatever, to see that either)

Do you have the .tiff file?  If so, email it to me:  [email protected]


Title: Re: 7/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on April 23, 2010 12:37:37 PM
I wish I knew how to convert from .tiff to jpeg.... Theres an ad for imvu that features an animated couple in what looks like a sexual position (they are cut off just above the males  pant line, but the female apears to have her skirt hiked up.) and a third female in the foreground. Not something I would want my children being exposed to, and as we know, there are a few younger craftsters out there...  heck I'm 28 and I don't want to see that. (nor do I want my boys (2 and 5) who occasionally come up to the computer and click on ads while I'm grabing a coffee or the baby or whatever, to see that either)

Do you have the .tiff file?  If so, email it to me:  [email protected]

yes I have the .tiff file. I will email it to you right away!


Title: Pop Up Ad
Post by: KiwiDragons on May 15, 2010 11:41:55 AM
I thought there was a board to complain about ads, but I can't seem to find it right now - I thought I had it bookmarked, but I must be mistaken. I was browsing random boards when I went to look at the Glee Swap thread and I got a pop up ad. It didn't cause me any trouble, but I just thought I would mention it because I know how much pop ups are hated.



Title: Re: Pop Up Ad
Post by: jungrrl on May 17, 2010 09:08:19 AM
Yea, I've been hunting after that one for a few days now.  The thing about it, is it's attached to a big company's banner ad. It doesn't show up every time you see that ad, just randomly.. AND the worst part about this one is that it seems to only pop up after you navigate AWAY from whatever the ad is, so it's been impossible for me to determine WHICH ad is causing it! ugh.  I'm going to try a different approach next time and see if it will work.

Also, I'm gonna merge this with the ad thread. :)


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: PimpernelSmith on May 20, 2010 09:23:51 AM

I'm pretty adept at ignoring all the ads we have now, since fewer and fewer have anything to do with crafting, but this one was so tacky looking that it caught my eye...and upon reading looks outright bogus --?





Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on May 20, 2010 09:53:54 AM
Gross! I'll see what I can do.


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Beeclef on May 20, 2010 10:04:43 AM
Do a google search that will explain lowest bid auctions. I've heard it's possible to get a good deal, but it's extremely rare that you'll actually win. It costs you money whether you win or lose though, so definitely do your research.


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on June 13, 2010 09:20:17 PM
OMG get rid of it!  OMG PLEASE GET RID OF IT!!!   >:( >:( >:(

I'm being bombarded with this type of ad all of a sudden: WARNING!  NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART OR ANIMAL LOVERS!!! (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67/Bast13/eww.jpg)

I love animals too, and I hate even thinking that they can be so poorly mistreated, but I don't need to see it.  no one wants to see it, and it's not right to overwhelm people with pictures of animal torture and abuse just to get money to help stop it.  :'( :'( :'(


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on June 14, 2010 06:25:51 AM
We've reported the ad (it's from our ad network, so it's not something we personally hand-selected).  I am east coast, but the majority of our team is west coast, so it may still be a few hours before it can be removed.


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on June 14, 2010 07:21:17 AM
I didn't click but I have them in every single page, so I know what you are talking about.  I'm with you.  Those poor animals, but using the imagery to get us to donate is not cool.  Anyway I'm happy you guys are working on it Sweets! thanks for the quickness of the response!


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Slingmomma on June 14, 2010 11:49:06 AM
OMG get rid of it!  OMG PLEASE GET RID OF IT!!!   >:( >:( >:(

I'm being bombarded with this type of ad all of a sudden: WARNING!  NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART OR ANIMAL LOVERS!!! (http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y67/Bast13/eww.jpg)

I love animals too, and I hate even thinking that they can be so poorly mistreated, but I don't need to see it.  no one wants to see it, and it's not right to overwhelm people with pictures of animal torture and abuse just to get money to help stop it.  :'( :'( :'(

If you are talking about the WSPA ad I got it too, except I'm in Canada!


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Mistress Jennie on June 14, 2010 12:01:29 PM
I've been getting them all morning too.  Normally I just ignore an ad I don't like, because I know you guys aren't picking this stuff, but whoa....  I just can't take this one today.  I don't need to see wounded and abused animals here on craftster.  I came to the thread to post pictures of what's been coming up for me, but since you guys already know about it, I won't make more people suffer through the images. 
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WORKING ON THIS SWEETS4EVER!  And please know that all your hard work, on every little problem, is appreciated by all of us. 


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Krafty_Karasu on June 14, 2010 01:06:38 PM
*shudders*

yeah.  way to guilt us into donating, WSPA.  I've seen the same ads on other sites and I usually just leave the site.

thanks for taking care of this for us.  :)


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: jungrrl on June 14, 2010 01:11:04 PM
Just FYI all, we were told it will take up to 24 hours for the ads to clear out. So the work is done but the network just needs to catch up. :)


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on June 14, 2010 02:48:21 PM
*cheer!*   you guys rock socks! ;D


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: alorralora on June 21, 2010 12:12:37 PM
I guess I don't mind the ads really.  I like the craft ones to the right of the screen, I've even gone to a few sites.  I don't particularly want to see non-craft ones, but as long as there ARE craft ones, it's ok I guess.  I have a pop-up blocker, which takes care of the annoying ones, but I hope that you never get those ads where if your cursor happens to go over the ad, it explodes into a larger picture/video and you can't see what you've been trying to read.  those are sooooo annoying.


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on July 01, 2010 06:09:47 AM
Hi, guys!  We started a new thread for ad reports.  This will make it easier for us to easily track them versus comments regarding non-crafty ads in general.

Please report questionable ads in a reply to this thread:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270606.0 (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270606.0)

Report questionable and potentially offensive ads and ads that scroll/talk/start playing without user interaction.  In your reply, please do your best to describe the ad and include a link to where the ad leads.

As of 07/08, we do have some non-crafty ads circulating, which you can read about in the first post of this thread (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257602.msg2879548#msg2879548).  Please only report the offensive ads to us, though. :)

Thanks!


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: GatorWrangler on July 01, 2010 11:10:45 AM
I also had to enable an ad blocker due to the animal abuse ads. They are all over the page and so not the way to get donations.  I love the crafting ads, so this is unfortunate.


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Pearliepie on July 19, 2010 08:29:41 AM
I don't know if there's a place to report ads we love, so I'm just gonna say it here: The snickers ads are cracking me up! My favorite is the older gentleman "punching zombies" and posing with his candy bar.


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: Belladune on July 19, 2010 10:24:44 AM
I wish I was getting that ad!  sounds hillarious!


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: soorawn on August 20, 2010 12:39:53 PM
Ok, I have to ask this lest I know without being enlightened.  I see not all ads are craft related but it doesn't bother me much unless they are really annoying for some reason.  But there is something I don't (want to) quite understand.  Now there are these "ads by google", and I've just notice that now they come with a little pic on the left.  What calls my attention is that, in fact, it's the same one or two pics all the time, while the ad changes every time I click to move to another page in Craftster.  What really, really intrigues me is why should I see a pic of a lady crafting with beads illustrating an ad for pet food.
Here, have a look:


This is what I call misleading advertising.  For lack of a better description.  I just wanted to point it out.


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 20, 2010 12:57:12 PM
Hi, soorawn!  I apologize if it is at all perceived as misleading advertising.  Google is supposed to serve relevant, craft-related ads in that position.  However, sometimes random ads slip through, and we do our best to monitor and block them when we see them!

We recently redesigned the Google text ads in order to make that space a bit more visually appealing since it was just text with a plain margin in the past.  As you've noticed, we have a pool of four or five crafty images that rotate through with those text ads now.  It simply was just our way of adding some color and appeal to an otherwise bland chunk of space on the site.

We do love color... and glitter. ;D


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: soorawn on August 20, 2010 01:20:47 PM
Aaaaah!  I was wondering about the images!  So they're your addition for making those ads more handsome... (truly, they remind me of the classified ads from the paper).  Good idea!  Thanks for clarifying!  And of course, no need to apologise for the unrelated ads.  They're difficult to keep at bay.


Title: Re: 07/16/08 - New ads being shown on Craftster
Post by: sweets4ever on August 20, 2010 01:23:32 PM
Well, it's our attempt at least!  There's not much we can do to spice up text ads, but we tried. :D

Thanks for the feedback on them!  We really appreciate it.