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Article pages suddenly redirect to porn ads! Also, legit ads are excessive.

anonymous 2 years ago in Website • updated 1 year ago 5

I just created an account a few days ago. Today and yesterday while reading an article, it suddenly refreshed to a porn ad with a (fake) Windows Defender alert box on top of it. Today it was while reading the comments on this article: https://seekingalpha.com/article/4071920-t-nothing-worth-comes-easy


I clicked through to this article from one of your emails. I don't remember which article it was yesterday. I have paid virus protection, and all scans of my system are clean.


Also, your legit ads are too much and their design is very annoying. Additionally, why are you including ads in the emails for which I have signed up? My client, fortunately, won't load them unless I tell it to, but it is still extremely intrusive.


None of this makes me want to sign up for a premium account, and only makes me want to delete my new free account.

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Hello,


Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. We take the our users' experience and the integrity of our ads very seriously.


While we investigate this issue, if it occurs again, could you please send a screenshot to websupport@seekingalpha.com?


We apologize for the inconvenience,

Ziv

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Hello,


Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. We take the our users' experience and the integrity of our ads very seriously.


While we investigate this issue, if it occurs again, could you please send a screenshot to websupport@seekingalpha.com?


We apologize for the inconvenience,

Ziv

All SA pages are loading slowly b/c of slow loading ads.  Actually, the pages never completely load, and at the bottom of my browser window I can see the browser is waiting for an ad.  Just like radio and TV, if you load in too many ads your viewers will change channels.

The ads load fine. I use my mobile data and tether my laptop through that. The only slow ad is the eTrade floater in the right column and its only milliseconds delay. I'm on a slow computer so, SA, you don't have to worry about load times from external ad servers. Just giving a different perspective here.

I find that if I am trying to scroll through an article that at times overly aggressive advertising requests are interfering with my UI experience... And, as noted, at times the ads never seem to stop loading. Perhaps there is some cycle from ad server to ad server that does not give up after an appropriate period of time or something?

I've been using your site for a couple months now, and find some of the articles useful. Many of your legitimate ads are still just too excessive, and have even gotten worse in some cases. Some pages have short video ads that automatically load, and offer no way to stop them. Others use animated ads that are just plain annoying and use more resources than necessary. Many pages have ads that force-reload every couple of seconds, so that particular browser tab is stuck in a reloading loop.

The following page, for example, at least for me right now, features an Arby's ad in the upper right (I don't even eat beef, and would never eat at Arby's either), which constantly reloads itself from the ad server as it alternates back and forth with a different ad for some Oppo phone. in this particular instance, it also forces the page back up to the top of the article each time it reloads, which makes it impossible to read. Ads should not be allowed to reload or refresh beyond the first page load.

I've had situations where I may have ten articles lined up in tabs to read, and Firefox locks up from all the reloading and building of browser memory. I have a custom desktop with 64gb of ram, and a GTX 1080 video card; this should not happen.


Yes, I am the original poster of this thread.