Is it just me or is this website becoming almost unusable?
I doubt that the advertising revenue is that notable.
However, I do occasionally disable and click a few. Makes more sense to me as most ads return more revenue for clicks, rather than traffic exposure.
But they are still getting out of hand. As mentioned, many browse on older gear which is simply not capable of handling all the crap that gets wedged into many sites these days.
Anyway, I occasionally buy an actual paper copy of STW. It has a special place in my heart as I may have been in the very first issue!
Edit. Might have been the second issue actually. Met Chipps and a photographer up on t’moors many years ago and posed for a pic holding the mag 🙂Posted 3 years agometalheartSubscriber
Yeah, when for whatever reason the iPad or (windows) phone is kicked out of logged in its actually pretty horrible. I *have* to log back in for sanitys sake.
Fine at work (webmaster blocks content across the board) and ad free P in the phone/iPad….
So go to your settings and switch em (and video content) off!Posted 3 years agobikebobMember
Mk1 iPad here, dreadful. Adds all over the place jumping about. Keep clicking on them by accident, so I suppose that will make someone some revenue, but I close them instantly. It has definitely got worse recently but as said, it’s a free forum and the adds pay the way.Posted 3 years ago
The recent thread on subs at 1.49 per month to drop the adds is def something ll look into. After all it is a great forum with good advice and great humor.creameggMember
Im not subscribed so cant get on my high horse or complain about the adverts, and i dont mind he adverts being there but there seems to be a glitch somewhere as some adverts seem to regularly float over half the screen making it very annoying and unusable and i doubt its been designed to be that wayPosted 3 years agocruzcampoMember
I didn’t know you could turn them off if “p”, will be doing this cheers!
On main PC no problem, but I do 80% of my STWbrowsing out and about with my android phone. I view a thread and a banner which floats about as I scroll up and down follows my thumb, I press the “x” and as its so small it opens up some Catalogue site called Reis grrrrrrrr. Its not easy to get rid of the ad without zooming in, and once youve done that on 10 threads in a row it becomes tiresome. Once I’ve clicked the Reis ad once I don’t want to get it in my face for the next 15 minutes over and over. Actually does no favours for the site which is pushed so heavily, ad should at least rotate to different companies.
Worst is trying to reply to a thread and flipping phone horizontal for full Qwerty keyboard, the advert sits right above the keyboard pretty much hiding what you type.
There are subtle adverts on forums I frequent, such as top banners, i’d say the STW trolling thumb following mobile site ads are the worst ive come across.
I’m all for adverts and making money for the site, hence every year i’ll sign up as a premium member, but the current guise of banners on the mobile version need a rethink.
ps. Do STW release the stats of mobile vs desktop browsers on here?Posted 3 years agolerkSubscriber
Hiding the ads for premier members is fine, but can the site not do a better job of remembering me? I use three different devices to view the site and rather than each known device logging in as required, you have to relogin on the first visit of each device…Posted 3 years ago
The teeny weeny itty little login button next to a massive great advert doesn’t help logging in on mobile devices either!DufferMember
I was never bothered by the adverts, until that floating banner for ‘reis’ arrived. That really made the website unuseable on my Android tablet.
I recently changed the settings on my tablet and activted ‘request desktop site’. The page looks the same but the floating advert has gone away. Might be worth a try.Posted 3 years agoscaredypantsSubscriber
when I’m on the shitter I use an old android tablet to access stw
takes about 3 minutes to open the forum index page to the point where I can log in and disable the ads. After that it’s close to instant loading
(… so 27 minutes of decent arguolympian content 😉 )Posted 3 years agoGary_MMember
The site is fine on a laptop but it really is verging on unusable on an iPhone. Pop up ads at the bottom, stupid sidebars, total pain in the arse. But it’s free so can’t complain I guess. I barely use the site if not on my laptop.
The issue us raised a couple of times a week but the mods generally don’t respond.Posted 3 years agoMarkSubscriber
The mods don’t respond because they have nothing to do with ads. They moderate the forum. They are not web designers or ad sales people. They are in fact, unpaid volunteers.
The ad decisions are down to me ultimately and they are vital to our existence unfortunately. The floating ads can be disabled by clicking the crosses on the ads – works fine for me here on iPhone, iPad. Ads are always under review and I’ll be looking at the effectiveness of the current layouts in the next few weeks. We’ve been a little pre-occupied with getting Grit.cx ready for launch recently which has meant jobs like ad reviewing have been pushed back. Grit.cx will give you an idea of where we are going to take STW and the way that site handles ads and the way it displays on mobile and tablet devices will hopefully give you all some optimism for the future 🙂 Grit.cx is not just a new publishing venture for us but it is also a testbed for what we will be doing with this site too.Posted 3 years ago
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