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  • Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    any chance you can calm the ads down all that jumping round makes my browser run slow here when you try and look at 20 threads in tabs

    Premier Icon Drac
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    The answer you will get is no. Why so many tabs open?

    coffeeking
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    Get a better computer ๐Ÿ™‚ Or learn to use freely available software…

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    i’m using firefox on ubuntu 8.1 on a fairly fast laptop so it doesn’t get much more efficient, partly I’m in Oz on a crappy internet connection and doing quite a bit else but they do seem to be getting over the top

    Surfr
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    {Go look at the rules again please – mod}

    Premier Icon miketually
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    Shhh Surfr, thou shalt not mention that for fear of banishment!

    thomthumb
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    how long till this thread dissapers? haha

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    parked nicely next to Elvis and the shooter on the grassy knoll

    Surfr
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    Oh. Oops.

    *cough*

    Nothing to see here. Move along.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    You could edit your post Surfr.

    Premier Icon miketually
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    You could edit your post Surfr.

    Might be too late now. What’s the time limit?

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    for the record I said calm down a bit, I am happy for the ads to be there but they seem to be very big and bandwidth intensive, CRC jumping round on my screen is a bit annoying,a static ad would get my attention just as much. Glad i’m not browsing on my phone!!

    (i may just have paid a visit to the rules section)

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Might be too late now. What’s the time limit?

    15 mins but he was too late.

    RC jumping round on my screen is a bit annoying,a static ad would get my attention just as much. Glad i’m not browsing on my phone!!

    Their stats who otherwise.

    Premier Icon Mark
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    a static ad would get my attention just as much.

    ‘Everyone’ says this but unfortunately it’s simply not true.

    Rich
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    Yeah it gets attention, but for being annoying, so the last thing it makes you want to do is click it, as that will then show the advertiser that flashy annoying adverts work, and they will therefore use more.

    Or something. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Premier Icon Mark
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    The reason we know they get more attention is because they get more clicks. Why would people click it if it’s that annoying? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    as a last desperate attempt to kill it?

    TandemJeremy
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    But if all adds were stationary would the total number of clicks be less? I think its escalation – one add gets animated so attracts all the clicks – so they all have to. Then you get escalation ending up with what we have now.

    FunkyDunc
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    “a static ad would get my attention just as much.”

    I hope I don’t get banished for this one but…. I use the flashy ness as a mental add blocker. ie if its flashing or moving it aint worth looking at!

    Have to agree though I would use this website on my PDA…. apart from all the extra crap you have to download….

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    maybe be having a moving target they are trying to harvest extra clicks from elsewhere aim for search forum and get CRC

    Premier Icon Mark
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    But if all adds were stationary would the total number of clicks be less?

    In short.. Yes. Most certainly. Evidentially and backed up by lots of studies and research primarily done by google.

    Human vision is tuned to pick up small movements. It goes back to the ape in the grass who out of the corner of his eye notices the grass move in a funny way…. ah yes! It’s a lion! When the ad moves your attention is drawn to it on a subconscious level whether you like it or not.
    Static ads are less effective – fact!

    Rich
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    Dunno then, must just be me who thinks like that.

    Premier Icon Speshpaul
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    Is that a true fact or a Mark fact?

    simonfbarnes
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    Static ads are less effective – fact!

    the point being that they can only count clicks, not optical distraction ๐Ÿ™

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    it does appear to be all here some acedemicy paper on flash ads so it must all be true (in true style I did only skip read the abstract though). Any chance of 1 less flash video thingy per page though…………

    Surfr
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    Rules duely read.. Im my defence I signed up a day or 2 after the new forum went live and I don’t think the rules were there at the time.

    bigsi
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    So what Mark is saying is that CRC are a Lion in the grass that wants to eat us,,, I’m officially scared of STW now ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

    ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜†

    Premier Icon Ben_Haworth
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    Roar! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    Static ads don’t fare as well as ads with movement, ’tis true, there are endless studies to back that up. That shaking thing that the current CR ad uses to attract your attention feels dirty though. Anything moving in that way in your peripheral vision causes an involuntary reaction. Attracting people with information and interesting content is one thing, shocking them into looking at the ad is of questionable benefit though, as it must alienate some potential clickers. Just my thoughts. Ultimately it’s the advertisers call, if it works for them then they’ll be happy, and presumably so will those that click on the ad. As for this site, it needs clicks not just ad presence to stay afloat, so if an advertiser’s tactics work, then why would they want to stop them? I do wonder if there’s a limit though in the attention/annoyance battle. If there is a limit then this site it nowhere near it compared to others, none of the ads here effect or cover the content for a start. Anyone complaining about distracting ads here should look elsewhere for examples of REALLY distracting ads. You don’t HAVE to click on any of the adverts on this site to dismiss them and get at the content, and long may that continue.

    I’d better go read the rules to make sure I’m not upsetting anyone…

    For those stressing about load speed on their phones or pdas, this site seems to load plenty fast enough on handhelds. Give it a go… it works very well on the iPhone at least.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    i think the fat lady may be singing on this one. I will learn to open less forum posts at once and to go to all of the advertisers at least once a day

    Premier Icon aracer
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    Why doesn’t everybody click lots on the static ads and avoid clicking on the flash ads? If the stats change so might the ads (hope that’s an allowable comment, Mark!)

    Given the ads aren’t the problem they have been in terms of processor usage (thanks to Mark et al being proactive in getting CRC etc. to make them more sensible), out of curiosity I tried opening 20 threads in tabs. CPU usage is still <10% for Firefox, and whilst I’m on a more powerful computer than I used to have, it’s decidedly middle of the range rather than top end. I’d suggest it’s you that has the problem – though not quite sure why you need to open 20 threads in tabs in the first place.

    scruff
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    There should be some self imposed STW towers rules on taste and decency of ads, the site has gone beyond those IMO. The ‘new’ state of ads yanks my crank.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    I’d like to add that I think the “top & right” ad placement on the new site is far better for readers than the “top, left, right & elsewhere” of the old site. Also, once you’re into reading a long thread in the forum the ads are scrolled up off the top of the window anyway. The reader/advertiser balance seems good to me.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    i was running QEMU with windows in a box installing AVG and browsing the itunes store whilst downloading Glasvegas, on a linux laptop which was also trying to run stuff over a really slow connection (about 0.7mb) on the other side of the world where CRC don’t deliver and JEJames han’t been invented yet. I did what I normally do which is to scan the forum and open a load to read while i have a cup of tea at breakfast. All I got was firefox slowing down and the flashing ads appearing all over my screen as i tried to change tabs. It looked worse than some of those sights that you get to by accident on the internet.

    Just tried to look at 10 and it was still hurting it with other stuff turned off.

    Look at google and see the strides they have made in light weight web pages that really do work well over tight connections without compromising on content or quality.

    It just means now this site is off limits when i’m using a mobile as a modem.

    Premier Icon miketually
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    I’d like to add that I think the “top & right” ad placement on the new site is far better for readers than the “top, left, right & elsewhere” of the old site. Also, once you’re into reading a long thread in the forum the ads are scrolled up off the top of the window anyway.

    True, but how far down the page is the first post on a thread now?

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    You can scroll, stop whining Mike. = :7)

    As for opening all the interesting threads in different tabs, I do that as well, it’s not just you (other) Mike.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    not to mention the epileptic cat that is currently bouncing off the walls

    davidrussell
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    do CRC see us all as apes then?

    ChrisS
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    Works great on my iPhone…… possibly something to do with iPhones not having support for Flash ๐Ÿ˜‰

    kevonakona
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    To be fair you asked if the ads could be calmed down not for the removal of said ads. To be honest the wobbily CRC one is truely annoying IMHO

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