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Old November 19 2009, 10:23 AM   #1
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Flash ads suck

What's the deal? Are they counting on people clicking on them by accident? I hate that shit. What's wrong with good old fashioned banners? Nothing's more annoying than being in the middle of typing something and having some football player run across the screen, parking himself right in front of what you're doing. I've never understood why advertisers think the best way to sell their products is to piss people off.
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Old November 19 2009, 10:27 AM   #2
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Re: Flash ads suck

I've never understood it either. I think it actually accomplishes the opposite of what they're going for. When I see ads that do that to me, it makes me never want to buy anything from them again.
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Old November 19 2009, 10:30 AM   #3
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Re: Flash ads suck

I agree Nerdius. Such advertisements only ensure that I avoid their product they are hawking. And having to click the close box every time I go to a different page is tedious, and only flames my hatred of their product. Not to mention lessening my enjoyment of the site, prompting me to spend my time elsewhere.

Good thing we don't have that here, eh?
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Old November 19 2009, 10:36 AM   #4
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Re: Flash ads suck

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I agree Nerdius. Such advertisements only ensure that I avoid their product they are hawking. And having to click the close box every time I go to a different page is tedious, and only flames my hatred of their product. Not to mention lessening my enjoyment of the site, prompting me to spend my time elsewhere.

Good thing we don't have that here, eh?
Er, yeah, that would suck.
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Old November 19 2009, 12:27 PM   #5
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Re: Flash ads suck

Like this XBox Live one that keeps popping up?!!
I Fucking hate that thing.
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Old November 19 2009, 12:59 PM   #6
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Re: Flash ads suck

I was on a site a while back and flash-ad the occupied the text portion of the screen popped up. So I clicked the "close X" on it. It came right back. Kept doing that over and over, no matter what I did I could not get it to go away it kept coming back and occupying the space over the portion I was reading!
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Old November 19 2009, 01:05 PM   #7
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Re: Flash ads suck

WTF are advertisers thinking? there was this one Incredible hulk movie ad (the Ang Lee Hulk, not the good one) that was 1 minute, 30 seconcs of your screen vibrating and cracking with loud booms going off then the hulk "smashing through your screen" and only THEN did you get a click to close, which promptly turned your browser to the official hulk movie site
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Old November 19 2009, 01:12 PM   #8
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Re: Flash ads suck

Lemme tell ya, this Boondock Saints ad is awesome.
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Old November 19 2009, 01:21 PM   #9
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Re: Flash ads suck

These days you'd be crazy to have flash turned on by default, it's a gaping security hole. I have it enabled for YouTube and BBC, and nothing else.
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Old November 19 2009, 02:10 PM   #10
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Re: Flash ads suck

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These days you'd be crazy to have flash turned on by default, it's a gaping security hole. I have it enabled for YouTube and BBC, and nothing else.

Flash and javascript are the worst things to happen to the internet. My advice is to avoid them as much as practically possible. They're both hundreds of times slower to execute compared to equivalent interactive components and logic of standalone software. They're buggy and unstable. They consume too many resources. Also they're likely to be the reason your browser crashes when it crashes. But then, I don't much like the web in general.

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Old November 19 2009, 02:14 PM   #11
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Re: Flash ads suck

Internet ads in general suck. I'm not a fan of advertisements, but the Internet seems to attract the worst of the worst, especially on sites that play those nonskippable ads before videos. They not only play the same ads before each and every video, the ads are the most annoying ones you can find.

If I ever see or hear "who broke the copier copier copier" again I'm gonna puke!
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Old November 19 2009, 02:20 PM   #12
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Re: Flash ads suck

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These days you'd be crazy to have flash turned on by default, it's a gaping security hole. I have it enabled for YouTube and BBC, and nothing else.
Same here.

Firefox and a few choice addons make life so much easier. And quicker, too.

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Old November 19 2009, 02:51 PM   #13
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They're buggy and unstable. They consume too many resources. Also they're likely to be the reason your browser crashes when it crashes.
Flash is the ONLY reason my browser ever crashes. Once in every 20 YouTube videos, operapluginwrapper throws up a general protection fault because of libflashplayer.so and I have to restart Opera (with Opera 9 it would freeze up and I'd have to kill -9 it, but with Opera 10 it pops up a handy "would you like to restart Opera?" window). In Firefox, the Flash objects just turn grey, or the browser freezes up completely. Maybe Adobe just don't care about Linux and do a half-assed job when it comes to porting stuff to it
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Old November 19 2009, 03:21 PM   #14
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Re: Flash ads suck

I hate the ads for those smileys that go "Helloooooooo," or "HEY!" over and over. Who pays for smileys? Is somebody clicking on those ads?
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Old November 19 2009, 03:26 PM   #15
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I keep getting one on here for this "Armored" movie. It pops up every time I navigate to another page, which is stupid, because most sites recognize that you've already seen the ad. At least you can turn it off without going to the site. But yeah, that REALLY makes me want to go see that movie.
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