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Now, I hate to bag what appears to be really great community website (I only became a member a couple of days ago.), but i must state this one complaint. I understand if my speaking out angers some, and i also understand that i could get a better browser, but i still need to say this.

What is with all these pop-ups? I sit hear and read this page, the only program running, one Internet Explorer window reading the fine writing of fellow members. I choose to open an article in a new window, read it, mouse over my start bar to switch back, and it hits me, an overflowing cascade of new IE windows.

On closer inspection i note that there are 7 advertisement windows wich have loaded in the background. Now this bothers me, not because wishes to cover costs with a little advertisement, or to promote their newsletter, but ONE pop-up per window will do. I would be happy for one window, be it Ad, news, or competition notice, but for 7 pop-ups to open in the hour or so that i have been browsing such a wonderful community site, it seems to taint the experience.

Please forgive me if i have angered anyone, but i beleive it had to be said.

To the guys that run this page: Bravo, what a wonderful site, the internet is a better place becuase of the hard work you guys put in. I hope you keep up the good work. But please, can you look into reducing the number of pop-ups, when there are that many i don't stop and read them, i close them, if there was just one you would have a better chance of me reading it.

No hard feelings.

Cheers, Azore.

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The following comments are for "*pop* *pop* *pop* Arrggh.. the RAGE!"
by Azore

Hmm . . .
Are you sure it isn't your internet browser? Personally, I've never had a problem with pop-ups on this site.

( Posted by: Lily [Member] On: November 20, 2003 )

I also hate pop up ads. But I think you need to be reassured that doesn't carry any. It does have a couple of pop-up pages of it's own, one for it's dictionary feature, and another for the Majestic newsletter, but these aren't ads, and they won't appear all the time as you described.

(It does have some advertising, and I fully support Chris in the ads he's chosen - Google ads, etc - because they're generally pretty unobtrusive, and also are also quite good at being reasonably relevant to the page they're on).

So if the ads aren't coming from, they must be coming from somewhere else.

The most obvious possibility is a previous site you visited is popping them up in such a way as to make it look like they're on It's possible, but it doesn't sound like what you're seeing.

More likely, from the description you gave, is that you could be infected with a virus or similar. There is at least one very nasty security hole in MS Internet Explorer that I know of, which can be exploited to cause ads to appear on pages where they're not supposed to be, and I know several people who have had similar things happen. If this is the case, you'll want to run a virus check, and get an update to Internet Explorer.

(the other alternative would be to switch to a different browser - try Opera or Mozilla; they both have built-in popup-killers... though that would also kill the dictionary feature, and other useful pages)

( Posted by: Spudley [Member] On: November 20, 2003 )

Thanks Spudley,

Like i said in my blog, i don't stop and read them. I appologise if they are infact just features, or internal ads for Majestic(which i also listed as possiblities).

I also agree on the google ads, they are in obtrusive, and quite relevent.

I didn't mean this so much as a complaint, but as more of just a writing exercise.

With regard to changing browsers - Done and done, i hate IE and it was only out of sheer lazyness that i hadn't changed earlier.

Cheers, and thanks for you help, Azore.

( Posted by: azore [Member] On: November 20, 2003 )

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