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bytebug

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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 9:57:12 PM

We have ads for Chinese hookers and a woman wearing a bikini being given a ticket. Aren't women supposed to be concerned with the price of gasoline and frequent this site?
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2014 10:52:46 AM

My computer is having some "issues" right now, and the other day I had to go to the library to use a computer. I marveled at the internet speed there. Until I got to the Gas Buddy website, where it slowed down to a snails pace. I presumed it was due to the loading of all the ads.

At home I use ADP; the library does not. I was also taken aback by all the blinking, flashing and general distraction of all the ads. I could give a person a headache. Not to mention that it is hardly possible to find a safe place to put one's cursor down and click to activate a page.

I do not buy things based upon the ads, esp. internet ads. I don't even recall what they were, although one disgusting picture of a toilet over-flowing does stay in my consciousness. I have no idea what it was advertising.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 7:07:50 AM

">> Not required.

So if the only computers I have available to me are either production machines, testing machines, or my iPad, how do you suggest blocking ads?"

For someone who presents themselves as technically competent, I should think the answer would be obvious. It is entirely possible to block ads with the tools available in any modern OS. I did so for many years before AdBlock Plus became available and then switched to it because it is more convenient to let someone else gets to do the maintenance.

">> Nor is it required to suppress the ads you do not wish to see.

You don't consider AdBlockPlus third-party software?"

Of course it is. However that's not what I'm referring to - but your resistance to using AdBlock Plus is, frankly, incomprehensible and somewhat amusing.

[Edited by: Byte_Doctor at 11/13/2014 7:08:39 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 6:23:26 AM

"You don't consider AdBlockPlus third-party software?"

Do you consider Microsoft Office 3rd party software?

Do you consider Adobe Reader 3rd party software?
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2014 12:55:12 AM

>> Not required.

So if the only computers I have available to me are either production machines, testing machines, or my iPad, how do you suggest blocking ads?

>> Nor is it required to suppress the ads you do not wish to see.

You don't consider AdBlockPlus third-party software?
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2014 9:30:17 PM

"Am I going to ad extraneous software to production or testing machines? No."

Not required.

"Am I going to ad extraneous software to customer machines? No."

Not required.

"Does AdBlock have an iOS solution? No."

Not required.

"Should utilization of the GasBuddy website require special third-party software in order to use? No."

Welcome to the world of free, ad-supported websites on the internet. Please also note that third-party software is not required to *use* the GasaBuddy website. Nor is it required to suppress the ads you do not wish to see.

"Should the GasBuddy organization care about the image they put forward to the public via the advertising they use? Yes! "

No argument here. In fact, that is the *only* part of your argument that holds water.



[Edited by: Byte_Doctor at 11/12/2014 9:30:57 PM EST]
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2014 7:06:11 PM

Am I going to ad extraneous software to production or testing machines? No.

Am I going to ad extraneous software to customer machines? No.

Does AdBlock have an iOS solution? No.

Should utilization of the GasBuddy website require special third-party software in order to use? No.

Should the GasBuddy organization care about the image they put forward to the public via the advertising they use? Yes!
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2014 8:02:28 AM

">> I see nothing. You could, too.

Wish that were true… "

For someone who presents themselves as technically competent, I would think this would be trivial. I have not seen any ads since the first day I decided I didn't want to be bothered by them anymore. That was many years ago, well before AdBlock Plus and similar services became available. Though certainly my approach has changed over time, the basic methods I used back then still apply.

But, it would seem some would rather see the salacious ads and then complain about them rather than solve the problem.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2014 7:04:28 AM

">> I see nothing. You could, too.

Wish that were true… "

Ahh but it is!
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Nov 12, 2014 2:59:56 AM

>> I see nothing. You could, too.

Wish that were true…
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 2:02:46 PM

bytebug, apparently you choose to see such ads or you'd have done something about it by now. It is too easy to do and there are multiple ways to accomplish it.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 9:16:36 AM

"I see the Chinese hooker ads are back."

I see nothing. You could, too.
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Nov 11, 2014 4:31:03 AM

I see the Chinese hooker ads are back.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Nov 5, 2014 7:05:56 AM

Here is a version for Firefox.

There are also versions of AdBlockPlus for Chrome, I.E., Safari and Opera.
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RRBC
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Message Posted: Nov 4, 2014 8:48:04 PM

I didn't know about Ad Block. Those ads are really anoying
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mnjrfan
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2014 10:16:51 AM

I run Ad Block Edge on my machines and it knocks them all down. I was running Ad Block Plus but occasionally an ad would get through.

Now if it was that Bad idea t-shirt ad, heck, I really didn't mind... ;)
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SUVFan
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2014 4:14:12 PM

I rarely get ads due to Ad block plus. When I do, I pretty much ignore them.

The cigarette ads, as Rich pointed out, appear to me to be gender target neutral. I guess that in today's world, ditto the ads for Russian brides and other products that historically were considered to be gender oriented. In fact, it seems that the whole discussion of gender is becoming, sadly, nearly taboo.

Somewhere in the thread someone asked where it says the site is family friendly? The OP responded that the original owners had said that in an interview. I knew that I had read something about that somewhere and found it in item 9 of the general forum guidelines, which reads, "GasBuddy is a family website. Please, no swearing, or vulgar language of any kind." So there's the bright line! Vulgarity and profanity are forbidden.

Near nudity? Considering that the Victoria's Secret catalog reveals much more than the Playboys we used to sneak into the back room of the barbershop to view and that site access (and what must be meant by family) is restricted exclusively to those 16 and older, while it may not be to everybuddy's taste, it seems like fair game.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 2:44:02 PM

Inappropriate ad of the day in the lower vertical banner:

Better than Facebook
(Image of buxom blonde with knotted shirt and Daisy May cutoffs)
This site contains explicit images of someone you know
View Photos (link)
RussianBrides.com (image link)

I guess this is "family friendly" if looking for Russian mail order brides constitutes making a family.

RG

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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 2:19:53 PM

Looks like you got your wish bytebug. The ad occasionally appearing across the entire bottom of the browser window is for beauty aids.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 7:01:26 AM

Sounds like a contrasting difference in character and principles that can't be resolved with a browser add-on. But we all know this don't we?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 5:04:34 AM

Then as I have said before, there is a method that will eliminate the ads. Use it and stop complaining.
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Oct 10, 2014 2:07:59 AM

>> Then we would have to pay for this site.

Absolutely incorrect. None of the other websites I don't pay for have needed to lower themselves to pimping Chinese women. Or cigarettes.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 6:49:11 PM

I participate in a number of FREE sites that have HIGHER standards for the types of ads that they let through. They also respond to members when they feel an ad really crosses the line and let them know that they have blocked the ad from the rotation.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 4:26:01 PM

"The site should raise their standards so that I don't have to lower mine."

Then we would have to pay for this site. Ads pay for it now. If you consider this lowering your standards, why do you sick around?
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 3:30:17 PM

>> Get past your paranoia bytebug and install AdBlock Plus.

No paranoia. And I can't install blocking software on many of the systems I use. And I shouldn't have to.

The site should raise their standards so that I don't have to lower mine.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 6:56:06 AM

Get past your paranoia bytebug and install AdBlock Plus. Then the hookers go away.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 9, 2014 6:31:17 AM

"The hookers ads are still here."

You didn't really expect them to be removed, did you?
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Oct 8, 2014 10:26:17 PM

The hookers ads are still here.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 8:06:01 AM

I've got a full house of tobacco ads (all banners) on my home page this morning. I suppose this could apply to female smokers.

"You've come a long way baby..."
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 3:03:45 AM

I guess the "Is He Cheating On You" ad is targeted at women…
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 24, 2014 5:11:35 AM

"Rarely an option. And I don't trust ABP — yet another third-party company getting a sniff of my web data."

Paranoia has set in.
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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 11:33:17 PM

>>>> Use ADP [sic; ABP] and stop whining! <<<<

>> Rarely an option. And I don't trust ABP — yet another third-party company getting a sniff of my web data. <<

Then use the NoScript add-on to FF. Certainly a more severe solution to the problem, but it can be configured to not 'phone home' for anything.
...

>> hookers, gas, oil, auto parts, cars for sale, etc. <<

I'm rethinking my use of NoScript :-O

If only there was a browser plug-in or add-on with selectable categories...
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 4:01:17 PM

>> Use ADP and stop whining!

Rarely an option. And I don't trust ABP — yet another third-party company getting a sniff of my web data.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 6:33:10 AM

bytebug,

Use ADP and stop whining!
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goldieolds
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2014 5:18:25 AM

I believe further down I read about Google having something to do with generating the ads. If how ads are generated on gmail has anything to do with it, it definitely has something to do with content. Clearing out the spam mailbox generates ads for Hormel's Spam. LOL, but seriously, it happens.

I use ADP, so thankfully am spared the freak show.

I think it is safe to assume that the new owners bought this site for the revenue potential from ads.

[Edited by: goldieolds at 9/23/2014 5:20:06 AM EST]
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Sep 21, 2014 10:50:08 PM

Still seeing the Asian hooker site. So glad the moderators have been so responsive in dealing with this.
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Not4Nuthn
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 1:28:47 PM

I thought those ads for ripped guys hawking protein products were for the women. . .
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2014 9:10:57 AM

The current insurance ad looks more like a promotion of implants!
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 8:56:25 AM

CK: Did you see on the news where airlines are trying to get approval for a straddle seat? You ride it with your knees bent slightly, more standing then sitting, yea ha.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 8:48:10 AM

Charmin, Bounty and Tide for the cleaning ladies here today.
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MaggieMae07
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2014 7:26:50 AM

I must lead a boring life. The only ads I am seeing today are one for 50 cents off Shell gas with Pennzoil purchase and one for American Express.
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3cats1car
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 6:13:49 PM

I have noticed that all the ads run on this site are male driven. hookers, gas, oil, auto parts, cars for sale, etc. I really like this site for the info on gas, and the points stuff is fun too. BUT, seriously, drop the ads dealing with the "sex" element, and just stick to anything vehicle related. Doesn't have to be "chick" stuff, for us to be interested. No one worth their salt, wants to deal with "offensive" stuff.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 15, 2014 3:50:53 PM

Today a trifecta teaser.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 6:00:54 PM

Still there when I go over to IE w/out ABP.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 11, 2014 9:44:42 AM

So today I'm not seeing the bikinied babe getting a ticket again. Last time I said this she reappeared, so knock on wood.

The upper left square ad on my home page has been rotated with gas and vehicle ads all morning.

RG
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topcat57
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Message Posted: Sep 10, 2014 12:32:45 AM

Oh, good grief. I finally saw that "vibrating hoochie coochie" insurance ad yesterday when I used a different browser (one w/o AdBlock). "Family friendly" site my Aunt Fannie. I, too, remember when they cracked down on "questionable" member names. I also remember when they locked that thread which has likely sunk into oblivion. I never knew if it was because they couldn't keep up with it or just decided it didn't matter. The "vibrating hoochie coochie" ad is just further evidence they've sold their souls to the almighty dollar.

That woman looked like something out of a concentration camp! Do men really find that look attractive?
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 10:10:17 PM

Still not here...thankfully.

P.S. No sooner than I said that it's back?

[Edited by: RichWLIN at 9/9/2014 10:12:43 PM EST]
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 10:04:31 PM

Yep-- saw the same thing - still there for me (well - only when I use the other browser w/out the ABP).
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 10:00:30 PM

RichWLIN'S:
Because you wrote that, I checked. The cop and the bikini dressed girl are there as of a minute ago, top left of the home page. Just reference information.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 1:33:52 PM

Wonder if someone was listening? No vibrating hoochie coochie insurance ads today?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 5:11:22 AM

Thanks GGG. One would think this would also be found either here or here.
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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Sep 9, 2014 1:49:17 AM


>> Where does it state this is a family friendly site? <<

In the sticky topic "General Forum Guidelines" that I think is linked at the top of every forum.

"9. GasBuddy is a family website. Please, no swearing, or vulgar language of any kind."
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