The advertising on the site has finally gotten to ridiculous proportions

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Been a member for well over a decade, and have watched greed take its toll on this site over the years. However, now it is reaching ridiculous proportions. It isn't bad enough that every page is within a movie or TV show advertisement, but now a video starts playing on every page, that I have to disengage to get rid of, and even then, I never get completely rid of it.

Amazon/IMDb Have you no "shame"?
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Vincent Fournols

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As far as I am concerned, I do not face this issue (and I think I would react the same way).
Browsing IMDb mostly on Firefox (latest version) under Windows 10, from France.
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You need 'Ghostery' add blocker https://www.ghostery.com/
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Stephen Dickensheets

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WHo is the idiot who inserts the ads into the program at the wrong place? My 4 year old knows where to do this better then you adults (?)
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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It's as bad as CBS Streaming was 10 years ago!
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Jock LeStank

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It's also extremely selfish. I use personal hotspot with my iphone into my laptop.
I find myself not going to the site unless I need to research something extremely important to me, because a visit there costs me more data from my10 gig a month limit, than a visit to a news site with pages of reading available, and it's "my Choice" whether or nor not I view the video they offer me.

Here, it is shoved down my throat as I scramble to find the collapse button, which now seems to be on a predetermined timer, so I am forced to lose data no matter how much effort there is from me to stop it.

I guess Col has lost control of his site. Really too bad..
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Jeorj Euler

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It would come as no surprise that a four-year-old human being is smarter than an automated script not even equipped with basic machine learning algorithms.
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Hi all,

We use a cookie-based system to strictly limit the number of ads that are displayed to users during the same session. Make sure that your browser is configured to accept cookies, which are used to detect whether you've already been shown a particular ad. If you get the same ad whenever you open a new page or click on a link, enabling cookies and restarting your browser should take care of the problem.

For more information on our ads, please see:

https://help.imdb.com/article/imdb/general-information/can-you-get-rid-of-the-ads-on-your-site/GDXHL...


Cheers,

Steve
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Steve, that's very nice, and I'm sure Col appreciates your loyalty. We know all about cookies, and computers. After 13 years on this site every day, (editing, contributing. reading), you kind of get a sense of what is going on. The advertising is out of control Steve. Before this last wave of devastation to the site, (selling every inch of space and running forced videos at the top of pages, as well as just above the cast of the movie you are "trying to read about") the ads were all on the right side of the page.

We could live with that (kind of), but now it is a disgrace, and a blatant display of greed. The site should exist on IMDbPro as it was originally designed to. However, little by little the ads have taken over the site. It is now "an advertising venue". It's golden years are behind it. If it gets any worse (I don't see how it can), the viewing numbers will drop, and once the fall begins, there's no stopping it. I love the site. Perhaps dropping the price of PRO to 1/3 of what it is, could inspire thousands more to join, including myself. That will help eliminate this gap that's opened where the site is selling its soul to the highest bidder. Good luck.
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Jeorj Euler

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Maybe it is time for me to post another bookmarklet.
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Jock LeStank

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You're right Jeorj Euler, and it would be funny if it wasn't so sad. Yes, a blitz in tasteless advertising is upon us. I can't deal with it. I think I will halt my contributions completely for a while, and log off for a month or two, and see if the site comes back to its senses. If not, I'll be spending very little time there, and will only use the site to look up facts of interest to me about a particular project. Be well my friend.
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Jeorj...Deja Vu all over again my friend.
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Jeorj Euler

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I use a custom color scheme that overrides that of every website.
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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Some body needs to make software that when that curtain falls....an old stage hook from vaudeville days comes out from the side and pulls the curtain to stage right or left. Automatically!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled New IMDB website layout.

The new layout of IMDB is truly horrible.  You have stuffed advertising into every usable corner of your site - it's not about movies anymore, it's about ad revenue.  Good bye, IMDB.  Done with you.
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Please see https://help.imdb.com/article/imdb/general-information/can-you-get-rid-of-the-ads-on-your-site/GDXHL...

It sounds like you have a defective ad blocker or are blocking cookies from IMDb which actual limit the amount of advertising which you see, as explained in the link above. 

If this is not the case, please upload screenshots showing examples and we can investigate. As noted above:
We obviously do not wish to annoy or alienate our users.
Our research has shown that compared to most other popular sites, the ad load on IMDb is lower, particularly when you take into account that the majority of our advertising is for other movies and shows, which should be of more general interest to our customers, and therefore feel less like true ads and more like relevant recommendations for things to watch.

IMDbPro offers an ad free experience and we now offer both iOS and Android IMDbPro apps, please see https://help.imdb.com/article/imdbpro/your-account/how-can-i-join-imdbpro/GDBR9HJWYWLEQK7K 
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I think that is a bit harsh. This site has been fantastic to me for over a decade. I think we just need to let those in charge realize what they're doing, and the long term threat of extinction, or a great drop in popularity is at stake. I have faith that Col will see the light if enough of us bitch loud enough. Yes, it is true, that if the site doesn't clean up the greed eventually, many of its long term contributors will wander off, and if things don't improve, I may also look for another hangout. I hope it doesn't come to that. I really hope it doesn't come to that. However, I am on an indefinite vacation from contributing until the insanity ends.
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The thing is, people who have complaints do not have quite have the same complaints about the same things. The problems with the site, the apps and the bulk interface are various enough that prioritizing solutions would almost be completely arbitrary.
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Jock LeStank

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Yes. However, this page is strictly focusing on the overwhelming advertising. All sites have issues, and if those in power have their ears open, all problems can be dealt with and worked out to make most users happy. This problem with the advertising takes the fun out of going to a movie page and looking up whatever info I'm looking for. I scream at the screen when I'm about to click on a tab, and the monster from above ("The Swoop") causes me to have to find the collapse tab, or X out, which has been cleverly changing, as if to irritate us more.

The site, other than the advertising is far from perfect I agree. But, I won't even care about all the other issues as long as this overwhelming, intrusive, ridiculous, absurd, and greed induced advertising is under control. It's not just the swoop. The movie pages are now surrounded by promotions of shows that I did not go there to investigate. If all the ads were put back on the right side of the page, and the pages were enlarged back to their former glory, and projected as the center of the subject matter I came to see, then I would care again about the other problems you mentioned. For now, I'm on IMDb vacation.
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Thanks for the rhyme, they were just in time, and I'm sure you are enjoying your wine.
The ads were sickening, but through all our bickering, everything turned out just fine.
:-)
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Spoke too soon. Well, there are two shows I will NEVER watch in this lifetime: "Maniac", and "The Good Doctor". BRING THEM ON IMDb! I'll just keep adding them to my list.

You know who the big loser is here?? "The Advertiser". Your viewers are going to get so cross-eyed at these forced ads, they'll take it out on the shows.

'Roses are Red, Daisy's are plain, you'd have the number one site if you had half a brain'. lol. Oh well... we tried.
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Today, I bumped into this thread and realized that my last comment which was a little poem meant to be funny, is as tasteless and classless as the advertising has evolved to on IMDb.
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Now the site is forcing videos of actual commercials not related to the entertainment industry. I was just forced to watch a Liberty Mutual commercial. I am speechless, stunned....mortified.