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Grand Rapids

Joined:Oct 2007
Message Posted: Jun 15, 2013 9:22:22 AM

Please eliminate the bannar ads with half naked ladies!
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Sophomore Author Illinois

Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Jun 21, 2013 6:29:39 AM

I run firefox as my browser and have the adblock plugin will say youtube is very confusing to use when not at home.
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 6:57:57 PM

Advertisements can be targeted by area, and can also be influenced by your search history. Here is a link to some more information on targeted advertising that you may find useful.

It can be difficult to pinpoint any given ad without knowing some very specific details on the ad (those of which we could collect on our own if the ad were present first hand).

Would you happen to have Mozilla Firefox installed on your computer?

If so, could you try something for me? Open up Firefox and view your local site, you may need to refresh it a few times before getting the ad again.

First of all, click on the ad and find out what the landing page URL. Copy the URL of the page the ad takes you to and paste it momentarily in a text file, email, or word processor for safe keeping.


1) When browsing the page with the ad - and the ad currently displaying - right click on some white space on the page, then select "Page Info", proceed to select the "Media" icon at the top of the new window that opens.

This will display a list of images or other media on the website.

2) Under the list heading "Type" - scroll until you come to a file type that says 'Embed' or 'Object' (should be italicized), generally the extension of the link will also include ".swf". You'll notice that regular images will preview in this area, flash ads will not (will show broken image icon most of the time).

3) Copy the file type embed link, you can test to see if this is the correct ad by pasting the link into your browser's address bar - doing this will solely open the ad in the browser.

When you've narrowed it down, send us the landing page URL and the direct link to the ad itself.

Thanks for your help.

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Champion Author Calgary

Joined:May 2012
Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 2:28:59 PM

The ads don't bother me. It's all a part of life. Ads are everywhere.
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Champion Author Los Angeles

Joined:Apr 2013
Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 2:05:18 AM

"Ads with half naked women?" Funny! I wish but have not seen any yet.
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Champion Author Los Angeles

Joined:Mar 2010
Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 1:53:00 AM

Ads with half naked women? There's finally a reason to shut off Adblock+ ;)
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Champion Author Virginia

Joined:Sep 2006
Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 10:34:56 AM

That's an all time classic.
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Champion Author Pittsburgh

Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 7:45:09 AM

I coulda brought myself to say it Byte_Doctor but I really didn't feel like it. You call it obtuse. I call it, well I don't call it anything except me being me!
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Champion Author Akron

Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 7:26:10 AM

Not only do the ads have a regional component, to a certain extent they are also based on your search history as well.

Of course, as sm alluded to but couldn't bring himself to actually say (preferring to remain obtuse as usual) you can eliminate all of the ads with the right browser and ad blocking plug-in. I prefer Firefox and AdBlock Plus (along with a few other privacy plugins like NoScript and DoNotTrackMe).
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Champion Author Pittsburgh

Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 6:45:01 AM

What ads? I don't see any ads. I haven't seen any ads for a long time. I just see a lot of white space.
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Champion Author Dallas

Joined:Nov 2005
Message Posted: Jun 17, 2013 12:22:53 AM

rx7 -

From the sounds of things, that is very likely a regional ad (most advertising networks will target the ads based on where you're connecting from - which they can usually determine down to the city - right now I'm getting a Jeep ad showing a dealer that's only 10 miles from where I live).

The mods are constantly fighting the "annoying ad" battle (they have agreements that the ad providers are not to do any pop-ups, pop-unders, audio/video auto-play or other expanding/contracting mechanisms). The ad providers are given a specific chunk of real-estate and are to stick to it. If they're not, GB can pressure them to fix it.

Get as much information and send it to them in the "contact us" link. They will address it.
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Champion Author Calgary

Joined:Sep 2008
Message Posted: Jun 16, 2013 2:13:48 PM

I'd love it if they got rid of the banner ad for Toyota Tundra, Red Tag days, a pop-out video ad that displays at the top of every GB page I've visited for the last couple weeks (might be a Canada or region- specific ad) - almost impossible to avoid activating it using the site-nav bar, or even while I type message responses, as if the mouse is bumped up at all it goes on the banner ad and starts the video. So annoying, I'm starting to disable FlashPlayer on all my computers, or using Flashblock or Adblock to prevent Flash Player ads auto-executing.
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Champion Author San Jose

Joined:Jul 2001
Message Posted: Jun 16, 2013 5:07:48 AM

My wild guess is that it's the ads for "imvu". But as already noted, it's useless to file a complaint based on a description of the image; that's somewhat like going into a library and asking them to locate "that book with the green cover".

It might help if you could specify the URL of the image and/or the URL of the link that it leads to; I believe right click can give you both of these when it's an image object, though I'm not sure what works when it's a Flash object.

You could also do a screen capture, crop it appropriately, and post the result to a public upload site -- I prefer myself -- so that we can make sure we're all in agreement about what ad it is. Can you explain what you find objectionable about the ad? Is the underdressed female related to the services being offered at the site?

Btw, the word is spelled "banner".
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Champion Author Los Angeles

Joined:Apr 2013
Message Posted: Jun 16, 2013 3:46:04 AM

Really! This I have to see. Lots of advertisements are just simple. :-(
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Champion Author Sacramento

Joined:May 2007
Message Posted: Jun 15, 2013 9:58:11 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new topic on an existing subject.

So, it's the percentage of coverage that bothers you? Just to be clear, you would prefer more or less?
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Champion Author Maryland

Joined:Aug 2004
Message Posted: Jun 15, 2013 2:50:51 PM

Gas Buddy itself doesn't select the specific ads or post them; it's associated advertisers do.

As I have no idea what ads your'e talking about (I don't have "half naked ladies" in banner ads and don't know if you're talking about bathing suits or other forms of dress) you might want to provide the moderators with a little more information regarding which advertising your'e seeing, perhaps what the company is that the display is for, and/or how you're seeing the ads (i.e., on the full website, on the mobile app, etc.) so they can better understand the issue.
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