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Discussion in 'Site Questions, Suggestions & Feedback' started by wight, Sep 22, 2021.

  1. wight

    wight Well-Known Member

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    Well, after 5 years, I finally can't take the ads anymore. 75-100 ads per page. Too much for me.
     
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  2. Loren

    Loren Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Ad Block Plus solved this issue for me, prior to getting vip membership. Somebody gifted the membership to me. Would be happy to pay it forward and gift it to you, if you'd like, if you haven't departed as of yet.
     
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  3. Yeshuasdaughter

    Yeshuasdaughter You know, that one lady we met that one time. V.I.P Member

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    Pay $10 one time, and you get a lifetime VIP membership. With it, you get no ads, and you can edit or delete nearly any post you've made at any time. You can also use the VIP forum.
     
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  4. Suzette

    Suzette Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Someone gifted VIP to me as well, and I also paid it forward for someone else. :)
     
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  5. Misery

    Misery Photo-Negative V.I.P Member

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    Seriously, Adblock. If you dont want to pay for VIP or just cant... Just... get... Adblock.

    Honestly even if you do go for VIP, get Adblock ANYWAY. Dont argue, just freaking do it.

    It's REALLY easy. And it essentially fixes the entire freaking internet.

    I'll put it this way: I dont see ads. PERIOD. Anywhere on the Net. ANYWHERE. Even on Youtube, which is basically like a freaking HIVE of ads these days (seriously, I consider Youtube to be outright unusable without a proper adblocker).

    It's a bloody stupid problem that fortunately has an incredibly simple solution.

    What really gets me though is that a lot of ad creators genuinely dont seem to be able to understand why people hate ads. I've seen some examples of that, and it just baffles me.
     
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  6. Misery

    Misery Photo-Negative V.I.P Member

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    Try this:

    Adblock Plus | The world's #1 free ad blocker

    Note however that the default way to use this is to specifically use the Chrome browser... if you dont already have that, get it. I've used about a bazillion different browsers in my time, and that's the only one that I currently consider to be actually decent.

    Though if you absolutely must use a different one, there are links on that page to get it for a different browser. Needless to say though, there's a reason why Chrome is the primary one shown there.


    Note also that this is NOT the only internet security program/app/extension. I actually use a rather large suite of them. There are various things that arent just for ad blocking but also to defeat other things like trackers (used often by the really huge corporations to harvest data about you, which is then used to funnel more ads at you... yes, that's as slimy and shady as it sounds) and other things.

    However, Adblock there is the one to start with... for others, it's best to do a bit of research on your own. Security extensions are nice and all but education is another part of the defense.
     
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  7. Binary_Bark

    Binary_Bark Member

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    This is where VPN, add blockers and other security on your phone and PC/Laptop/Tablet are important, eg. Restricting all apps from using the microphone, location services, etc.

    That being said paying $10 once off for a clean view seems like a bargain considering what a wonderful forum this is with great people.
    Not going to get VIP right this instant but it's something I'm willing to do in the future.

    Many forget that all websites and forums need money to operate and if the service is free, remember you are the product.
     
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  8. Misery

    Misery Photo-Negative V.I.P Member

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    Yep, that's what these sorts of apps/extensions/things/whatever are designed to stop.

    As @Binary_Bark says, in far too many cases... YOU are the product. Sold (literally) to very shady companies that then do the nasty ad stuff. Indeed, when something is free... be suspicious. Be very suspicious. This absolutely includes such universally used things as Google.

    Also, while I know that many people REALLY dont like to hear this suggestion, I gotta say it because I'd be doing you a disservice if I didnt: Dump Facebook. Entirely. And Twitter, if you use it. Social media sites are some of the shadiest places on the Net, and often are VERY focused on this sort of thing. There's a reason why they dont charge you for use, and they have zero respect for you or your privacy... to them you're just a cow to be milked.

    Even with ad blockers and whatnot... it's still a good idea to just stay away from sites like that, no matter how many other people may use them. They're toxic in more ways than one... it aint just about the ads or the data harvesting.

    I always feel like nobody ever listens to me about that bit but dagnabit I'm going to keep repeating it when the subject comes up.


    Oh, and for the love of all things kitten-shaped make sure you have some sort of antivirus installed on your machine. Using the Net without one is pretty much inviting trouble.
     
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  9. Progster

    Progster Gone sideways to the sun V.I.P Member

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    I'm actually pleasantly surprised that posts suggesting the use of an adblocker aren't censored or deleted on this site. On other forums I visit, the suggestion of using an adblocker will cause that post to mysteriously disappear.

    The only way the net is useable for me, is by using an adblocker. One would think that everyone would use one, but surprisingly, the vast majority don't. That's something I just don't get.
     
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  10. James45

    James45 James

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    Can't remember the last time I saw an online advert since I got adblocker...genius
     
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    jleeb05 Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I have adblocker on my browser and I honestly didn't realize that there were ads on this forum. I was also gifted a VIP membership and paid it forward. If adblocker is not possible and you're unable to purchase a membership, I'm sure someone will donate a VIP membership if it means that you stay.
     
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  12. Ken

    Ken Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I feel a bit embarrassingly confused by this thread. I never see any ads and I do not have adblocker and I am not a VIP member. I did set my firefox browser to block ads. Seems totally sufficient. Am I missing something?
     
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  13. watersprite

    watersprite inadvertent vagabond V.I.P Member

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    As to this thread; it is an odd corner of the forums & I’m a bit confused too. Did the OP leave? Is someone going to gift them with a VIP membership? ‘No point in gifting someone who’s gone.
     
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  14. Ken

    Ken Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    OK. I just figured out how to and paid for VIP. I have been here for about two years and this forum has been a tremendous benefit to my life. So, it is absolutely worth supporting.
    Still confused about the ads thing though...
     
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  15. Suzette

    Suzette Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Maybe the o.p. picked up a toolbar that peppers his browser with spam? I used to get those from time to time with Windows.
     
  16. SusanLR

    SusanLR Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I was here for several years not as VIP member and I didn't get ads either.
    Someone then gifted a membership to me.
    I also use FireFox browser and blocker. It worked for me also.