So tired of moving advertisements on my screen!

shoshannah

Is there a way to stop all the movement on my screen?  I am so sick and tired of videos running while I'm trying to read an online publication, and all kinds of things popping up and blocking the text while I'm reading. Sometimes I feel like I have to X out of four things before I can start reading.  I am almost at the point where I want to stop reading publications digitally.

How to I stop ALL movement on my screen??  Thank you.


waxwings2

shoshannah said:

Is there a way to stop all the movement on my screen?  I am so sick and tired of videos running while I'm trying to read an online publication, and all kinds of things popping up and blocking the text while I'm reading. Sometimes I feel like I have to X out of four things before I can start reading.  I am almost at the point where I want to stop reading publications digitally.

How to I stop ALL movement on my screen??  Thank you.

 I don't know, but sure wish I did !  On small screens, like my phone, it's particularly aggravating !  


Klinker

Its a real hazard for migraine sufferers as many of these moving ads can be headache triggers.


dave

If you're using Safari browser (available for Apple and PC):

https://support.apple.com/en-hk/guide/safari/ibrw29c6ecf8/mac


Jackson_Fusion

Advertising has completely overwhelmed editorial it seems. With the overall implosion of media it’s not surprising, but it makes for some utterly awful design and functionality decisions.

When the big “fade in block your view” ads pop up I close the entire window and don’t go back.

And I’m with Shoshana- nothing worse than just wanting to read an article only to have the whole page slow down so some maniac can scream at me about another, totally unrelated subject in the lower corner.


STANV

I am glad to find that I am not alone.


mrincredible

We are in the age of "free content". People want their media without paying out any cash, so this is what's happening. As people get better at ignoring simple text ads, the ads are going to get more intrusive. Otherwise at some point the advertisers are going to decide there's no point in footing the bill for our "free" media.

Shoshannah can I ask if the online publications you're reading are paid subscriptions?


waxwings2

mrincredible said:

We are in the age of "free content". People want their media without paying out any cash, so this is what's happening. As people get better at ignoring simple text ads, the ads are going to get more intrusive. Otherwise at some point the advertisers are going to decide there's no point in footing the bill for our "free" media.

Shoshannah can I ask if the online publications you're reading are paid subscriptions?

 In my case,  yes, they are, and I can tell you, I will not be renewing my subscriptions precisely for this reason. 


rch2330

With Firefox you can do the following:

Install an add-on called UBlock Origin:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/

In addition, in the Firefox settings you turn off autoplay:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/block-autoplay

A bit more technical, you can also use:       about:config

in the Foxfire URL and it will show you all the internal settings. Searching for Autoplay will show you the various settings:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/1238033

Regards,


RCH


Tom_Reingold

I use a browser add-on called Ublock and another called Privacy Badger. Together, they don't eliminate everything, but they improve life for me.


shoshannah

dave said:

If you're using Safari browser (available for Apple and PC):

https://support.apple.com/en-hk/guide/safari/ibrw29c6ecf8/mac

 I use Chrome.  Any suggestions?


shoshannah

mrincredible said:

We are in the age of "free content". People want their media without paying out any cash, so this is what's happening. As people get better at ignoring simple text ads, the ads are going to get more intrusive. Otherwise at some point the advertisers are going to decide there's no point in footing the bill for our "free" media.

Shoshannah can I ask if the online publications you're reading are paid subscriptions?

 It's worse on the free media.  But it happens on the NYT and WaPo, which are my subscription sites.  It's not as bad on those two, but worse on WaPo than NYT.  Moving images that I can see out of the corner of my eye.  And usually on WaPo a few things I have to x out of before I can actually read the content.


shoshannah

waxwings2 said:

 In my case,  yes, they are, and I can tell you, I will not be renewing my subscriptions precisely for this reason. 

 You should let them know exactly why you are not renewing.


shoshannah

Tom_Reingold said:

I use a browser add-on called Ublock and another called Privacy Badger. Together, they don't eliminate everything, but they improve life for me.

 Can this be used with Chrome?  How do I do it?


Tom_Reingold

@shoshannah, I use Chrome pretty much exclusively. Look for various extensions available for Chrome.

ublock

privacy badger


mrincredible

shoshannah said:

 It's worse on the free media.  But it happens on the NYT and WaPo, which are my subscription sites.  It's not as bad on those two, but worse on WaPo than NYT.  Moving images that I can see out of the corner of my eye.  And usually on WaPo a few things I have to x out of before I can actually read the content.

I suppose the paid sites are going to get the ad revenue where they can as well.  It would be nice if they offered a completely ad-free premium service. I have no clue how much they make in ad revenue from a single subscriber. But it can't be SO much that some people wouldn't opt to pay extra to have just the content.

I guess it's also a strategy that allows for revenue growth if they hold their subscription costs steady. It's probably easier to negotiate higher ad rates, or squeeze in another banner somewhere, than to increase subscription rates.


dave

shoshannah said:

 Can this be used with Chrome?  How do I do it?

 If you use Chrome, you're using a browser from a company that is dependent on ad views.  


HatsOff

dave said:

 If you use Chrome, you're using a browser from a company that is dependent on ad views.  

 That is why I switched to Firefox. I read an article in WaPo about how much tracking Chrome was sending back to the mother ship compared to Firefox and switched the same day.

FWIW I do not see any ads at all on my WaPo paid subscription on Firefox. I just checked and on Safari on my iPad, I see ads. I am logged in on WaPo in on both browsers.


shoshannah

HatsOff said:

dave said:

 If you use Chrome, you're using a browser from a company that is dependent on ad views.  

 That is why I switched to Firefox. I read an article in WaPo about how much tracking Chrome was sending back to the mother ship compared to Firefox and switched the same day.

FWIW I do not see any ads at all on my WaPo paid subscription on Firefox. I just checked and on Safari on my iPad, I see ads. I am logged in on WaPo in on both browsers.

 Interesting.  I may have to switch.

mrincredible said:

shoshannah said:

 It's worse on the free media.  But it happens on the NYT and WaPo, which are my subscription sites.  It's not as bad on those two, but worse on WaPo than NYT.  Moving images that I can see out of the corner of my eye.  And usually on WaPo a few things I have to x out of before I can actually read the content.

I suppose the paid sites are going to get the ad revenue where they can as well.  It would be nice if they offered a completely ad-free premium service. I have no clue how much they make in ad revenue from a single subscriber. But it can't be SO much that some people wouldn't opt to pay extra to have just the content.

I guess it's also a strategy that allows for revenue growth if they hold their subscription costs steady. It's probably easier to negotiate higher ad rates, or squeeze in another banner somewhere, than to increase subscription rates.

 I don't care about ads.  There are ads in print publications too. What I cannot tolerate is ads that move. And ads that block the content.  And pop-ups that appear when I am trying to close the page (WAIT!  Don't leave without signing up for our newsletter!!) . Drives me crazy to have to x out of four things before I can read.


yahooyahoo

Moving ads are annoying.  It's also annoying when after a page loads and you then are about to click on a specific link, the page shifts so you just happen to click on an ad instead of the link.


shoshannah

yahooyahoo said:

Moving ads are annoying.  It's also annoying when after a page loads and you then are about to click on a specific link, the page shifts so you just happen to click on an ad instead of the link.

 Feature, not a bug.  The site gets paid for every ad click.  

Maybe Liz Warren can start a Reader Advertisement Protection Bureau to protect us from big bad advertising institutions.


mrincredible

yahooyahoo said:

Moving ads are annoying.  It's also annoying when after a page loads and you then are about to click on a specific link, the page shifts so you just happen to click on an ad instead of the link.

 I swear it doesn't matter how.long you wait for the page to finish loading. The second my thumb is descending toward the screen an ad pops up underneath it.




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