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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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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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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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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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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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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Jeorj Euler

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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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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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That is so funny. Hope you enjoy your day trying to stare down Jock. You have not a hope.
At least he hasn't been booted off Getsatifaction 4 times.
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I have not either. But you have. You keep sockpuppeting so much that I have forgotten what your first "I am Oz" screen name was! Don't need to do a 'Men who Stare at Jock's' sequel. He is not worth it. Neither are you.
You may talk to yourself from this point on. Have better things to do.
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Sorry to disappoint, I may have deleted my own account but never been removed like you have 4 times. You can write a report about this now.
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Been reading this, and I'm really disappointed. It doesn't take a Dick Tracy to see this thread started out with good intentions, but seems to have gone down the path to Grandma's house. It should be terminated for the following reasons:
The members with all the history of making posts here are out of control, and truly have no restraint here, or anywhere else on the boards I've seen their posts.
The Ed fellow simply has no way of hiding his neurotic personality by bad mouthing the Jock guy who never said a bad thing about anyone. Even in Ed's first warning, he doesn't even end the sentence with 'Please'. Very unprofessional, and emotionally motivated.

The Jeorj fellow just answers questions as if he is just trying to show how smart he is with absolutely no basis in fact associated with his answers. He should 'get a life'.

The Troll seems to be having the most fun, however he too has an agenda: He doesn't like the Ed guy.

I think the originator of the thread is the most interesting, and always throws a bit of humor in with his comments. Even so, I think this thread is history, and no further worthwhile info or relevance is to be gained by allowing it to continue.

I'll alert the Chief, Jimmy, and Lois to pass on this thread. Over and out: DICK


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What you call a conspiracy, I call human nature.