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jdhelm

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Message Posted: Dec 6, 2013 12:36:13 PM

to the GB mods and owners:

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get rid of those stupid "active ads" that have flying or changing items in their ads. they eat up a lot of ram and slow down every page. sell ads that are just one pic or 1 statement and not some dayum satelite flying around the earth.
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mwjones
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2014 10:14:34 PM

Any ad that is presented by Google AdWords will have a small Arrow Icon in the top corner of the ad. If you click on that icon (and not the ad itself), it will take you to a Google page where you can report it to them.

The second thing I would do is screen capture the portion of the screen with the annoying ads and upload it to a location were you can share it with the GasBuddy management (in Windows 7, theres a handy utility called "Snipping Tool" that you can capture just a portion of the screen).

Unfortunately these types of ads are driven by dollars. Some advertisers, when doing their ad buy will cast a wide net, including sites that may not be their primary focus, in attempt to get "impulse" customers. As I type this I have a reputable "household name" car insurance company ad on my screen. I have also had banks, oil companies, and others. I have no complaints on those kinds of ads, its the "flashy" no-name "rip-off" refinance, retirement and insurance ads that are annoying (and based on the number of websites I see them on, using that wide net campaign I mentioned earlier - not just GasBuddy sites).

I know some say "use Adblock Plus" to just hide them. Since my part time job is a web designer, and some of my operating costs are deferred by those ads on my websites, I don't.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2014 2:12:33 PM

The ads are placed here through an agreement with Google. The host (GasBuddy) can determine which ads are appropriate and which are not.

I suppose it is the responsibility of offended members to make this known to GB management by reporting it directly to a moderator, and if they then agree that an ad or ads are inappropriate they can choose to contact Google and ask them to remove them from the placement queue.
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EdWoods
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2014 8:43:24 AM

Ads....... Couple of Complaints..... Biggest one - Misleading statements in ads.... "use this rediculously easy trick to get car insurance for $20.00 month"..... This ad is the worst of many offenders. Information is a flat out Lie, these ads should be removed and banned..... Another is "Obama says refinance...." Again, Flat out Lie..... This kind of crap needs to be permenantly removed... Decent ads are fine, but GB seems to (Thru no fault of their own) attracted the sleaze of the ads industry....
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2014 9:22:40 AM

Retired-Coastie said: "Adblock Plus on my PC make cruising this website more enjoyable."

It's probably time to follow suit. So far, I haven't had a need (my download speed is 50M) and the ads load fast enough to be little bother. However, there is a "Browse 10000 Asian Women Profiles" ad in the horizontal banner this morning again and, no, its definitely not a function of the browsing activity on this computer as these Google ads are configured to perform.

I have never been bothered with ads of relevant material, i.e. automobiles or car insurance, but mail order Asian women is a stretch.

RG
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Retired-Coastie
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2014 12:24:39 PM

Adblock Plus on my PC make cruising this website more enjoyable.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2014 8:53:36 AM

Seems like installing Adblock Plus for Android may be more hassle than it's worth right now. I read that they are coming out with a new version in March that addresses some of the concerns and need to manually configure the app.

RG
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 11:38:44 PM

Rich - I am glad you mentioned what you found with Adblock not being in the Play Store. I had been thinking about checking it out but never did.

As far as using the full or mobile site on my phone (a fairly small low end Android phone) I do use it, but more for reading the forums and not responding. I may open the news when on travel, and might post in the JFF to get points if bored, but mostly just reading.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 11:22:16 PM

Like everyone else I only see the small banner ads within the GB app. I don't find these problematic at all; however, I am considering using the Adblock Plus for Android with the Chrome browser on my Droid.

I agree with Byte Doctor that it is cumbersome to use the browser for all functions of the GasBuddy full site from my phone. I prefer to use a PC for this. Yet, I use Chrome on my phone on other sites where there are intrusive ads interfering with the ability to navigate.

Thought I'd give Adblock Plus for Android a shot, but again it was a little disconcerting to find the app no longer available at the Google Play Store and the warning message caused me to pause and seek advice.

RG
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 10:34:54 PM

The ads on the Android mobile app are almost unnoticeable. On the web site I use AdBlock Plus.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 10:26:02 PM

"Byte Doc, Are you using Adblock Plus for Android?"
No, my day-to-day phone is an iPhone and I don't even try to read the forums using it (and for the record, anyone who says "just use the full site on your phone" to do anything of substance has clearly never done so or is far more tolerant of completely disastrous user experiences than I am.)
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 9:47:32 PM


Using my Android, for the mobile app, there was a very non-descript advertisement banner at the bottom of the screen, not "adult" nor intrusive on the screen.
Using the M.site (as TxJeans commented on) I have no advertisements.
And using the full website (I access from the full website on my Android via the link on the m.site home page) I don't have any advertisements that are intrusive, just the top of the page banner and right column advertisements which don't cover any of the site's actual content.

Using an i-Phone 4S I get the same as above.

Accessing the full website using an i-Pod I Touch (I believe it is) at the local coffee-shop using their wifi (again) have the standard top of the page banner and right column advertisements, which don't cover any of the site's actual content.

I have not seen any "adult advertisements" (not since seeing the "So-and-so wants to date...", and I believe "Christian singles" in probably a year or more, and they weren't intrusive, simply banner or spot type, not covering any site content.

I defer, like TxJeans, to RichWLIN to see what he has.
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TxJeans
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 7:55:40 PM

I run adblock on the PC, but don't believe I have anything to block on the Android. I just looked at the APP the m.site and the full site on my Android and while there were ads, they were not particularly intrusive in style or content. No adult ads.

I wonder why the difference...

Rich - what sort of ads are you seeing in what locations?
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 2:16:13 PM

Byte Doc, Are you using Adblock Plus for Android? If not, anyone else?

It has been removed from the Google Play Store, and I found it elsewhere online, but when I started the download a message came up, and I'm paraphrasing, "files of this type may damage the phone, are you sure you want to continue?"

Not sure about this now, and thought it best to ask others here before installing.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

RG
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Pizza53
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2014 10:32:30 AM

These new ads not only slow site down making posting an agonizing process, but make it so you can not read content since the ads overlay information. Sending a screen shot to site. Also the ads are tasteless. I logged into gas buddy to learn about gas price trends, not to sign up for Luv Buddy or look at other Adult Ads.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Dec 9, 2013 7:17:21 AM

Two Words: AdBlock Plus
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 8:42:09 PM

Or...eliminate the ads and charge a membership fee, in the same manner that people pay to join and take part on the Angie's List website.

That would solve the problem of "stupid" ads, and "eating up a lot of ram" and "slowing down every page.

Like it or not, "one pic" or "1 statement" advertisements aren't particularly effective whereas the "stupid" ads do get your attention, don't they?
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Dec 8, 2013 1:21:32 AM

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