Those annoying ads in Site Updates

Revised: 08/20/2019 7:14 p.m.

  • Aug. 12, 2019, 10:58 p.m.
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Hey everyone,

I’ve been getting a few messages here and there about some of the ads that are showing up being annoying or full screen takeovers of some kind.

I take this kind of thing super seriously, and that’s unacceptable. I’m doing some research into how I can disable them.

If you see any ad that’s super annoying and you have the ability, please capture a screenshot (or tell me a bit about what you’re seeing) and send me an email. It would also be helpful if you could share whether you were on a phone, tablet, or computer so I can narrow it down.

We’ll get to the bottom of this!

For now though, Mochi and I are going to bed. It has been a looong day.

Update 8/20: I think I’ve fixed all of the full-screen issues as well as the ads inserting themselves into entries over the past few days. For whatever reason, Google automatically turned on their new “auto ads” feature and cranked it to the MAXXXXX. I’ve scaled things back down to where they were, and am pretty sure we’re back to normal.

Thanks to all of you that reached out, do let me know if the crazy comes back.

moch

<3,
-J


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Ares August 12, 2019

Night Mochi kisses

J.E. August 12, 2019

Sweet dreams Mochi!

J🌞DI August 12, 2019

Muah!

GypsyWynd August 13, 2019

Smooches to Mochi.

Jigger August 13, 2019

Thanks for being so on it.

Two Hermits and a Cat August 13, 2019

I might have had that a few days ago but didn’t think to take a screenshot. I was on my phone and got one of those browser hijacking “dear iPhone user, you’ve won a free gift card” messages every time I tried to log on here. It lasted maybe a couple hours. Hasn’t happened since, though.

WeAreStarStuff August 13, 2019

I have seen those ads a few times on mobile. It’s a full screen ad that tells the iPhone user they won something. If I see one again, I will be sure to take a screenshot and email you. Thanks.

Newzlady August 13, 2019

I will subscribe eventually, but if subscribers got an ad-free experience I’d prolly pay today, even though I haven’t had any pop-ups. knocks on wood

josh Newzlady ⋅ August 13, 2019

Subscriptions are ad-free!

Newzlady josh ⋅ August 13, 2019

Oh! I didn’t see that in the info box. Cool. Thanks.

ConnieK August 13, 2019

Moochie will hunt them down.

Eurynomus August 13, 2019

ad-block plus is adfree and totally free

josh Eurynomus ⋅ August 13, 2019

Great point. Unfortunately that'll cut into any revenue generated by the ads being displayed, which is why I encourage users to turn it off on PB -- or subscribe, which also gets rid of ads.

Every little bit helps.

Eurynomus josh ⋅ August 13, 2019

Oh, you really dont want to know my opinion on that

josh Eurynomus ⋅ August 13, 2019

To each their own!

Imaginary Me August 13, 2019

I haven't run into any of those unruly ads on my Android devices (Chrome browser), just the standard banner on top and square on bottom of pages. I'll keep an eye out for those pesky buggers though.

ohyeah Imaginary Me ⋅ August 14, 2019

Same here. I have an Android and surf on Chrome. I see just typical small ads. And when I'm on my Chromebook the ads are normal. I've never been bothered by them.

DE_amberisthecolorofyourenergy 7 days ago

Or they could subscribe and bam.. no ads ;)

josh DE_amberisthecolorofyourenergy ⋅ 7 days ago

Ha, no comment

Small Town Girl 5 days ago

I havent seen it. Or noticed bigger ads anyway.

Witchy Woman 4 days ago

💖 will do! Keep up the great work!

Curiosity- can you put a link in the drop down to "contact support" that could give us the option to add an image? It may make it easier for the tech unsavy. 😉

yzyzyz 4 days ago

I'm worried about the full screen ads in Myaccount now. lol

Luna Leanne 🌈 3 days ago

What a sweet little face I love that shot.

Newzlady 22 hours ago

I’m joyously ad-free since subscribing!

ConnieK 19 hours ago

The subscription option is a very effective method to weed out unwanted ads. :)

White Rabbit 8 hours ago

I haven't noticed that yet!! If I do I will try to take a screenshot and post it for you! Then you can see which company and maybe track that down in your ad system? :) Have a great night!

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