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  • Talking ads, very irritating.

    I'm not sure if there is a right place to put this, but I'm really not a fan of the talking ads that are popping up on my sidebar today while using COTH. I have no problem with ads, after all I don't pay to use this service. I often click on the interesting ones because they are horse related and cool. But a talking ad for Mucinex? Yuck. Not to mention it scared the bejeebus out of me when it came on.
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    It scared me too! I was not amused.
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    • #3
      At last a positive side of having a super slow dial up connection!

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      • #4
        How are people supposed to sneak onto COTH at work without getting caught if the ads start talking??

        I don't have a desk job, thankfully, but the ads are annoying.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Amwrider View Post
          How are people supposed to sneak onto COTH at work without getting caught if the ads start talking??

          I don't have a desk job, thankfully, but the ads are annoying.
          Firefox + Noscript=No talking ads. I can select the ads I want to enable from the sources I trust (for instance, I can see the Outdoor hub, the Dover, the Smartpak-and I do patronize those advertisers that have the less obtrusive ads)
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          • #6
            Have you notified the moderators or COTH directly, via email or the "contact" link at the bottom of the page? They can deal with it promptly if they know about it.

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            • #7
              Sound off, literally. When I intend to listen to something, on YouTube say, I then turn the volume back on.
              And yes, prior to that I would jump when some disembodied voice started talking.

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              • #8
                COTH should definitely "just say no" to ads with audio.

                I do click on ads that interest me, but I wish they'd keep the ads relevant and SILENT.
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                • #9
                  Lol, I wouldn't know. My computer is always on mute, unless I specifically want sound for something.

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                  • #10
                    I moused over a chainsaw ad and yes, it scared the bejabbers out of me - but usually I have earbuds plugged in to the speakers and I can't hear anything unless I put the earbuds in.

                    I remember being really surprised about the chainsaw ad being on Coth at all.
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                    • #11
                      When did this start?

                      So far my PC at home has not experienced this "enhancement", will find out today if it happens at work (faster connection).
                      If so that will suck as I like to play CDs there & so need my volume on.
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                      • #12
                        It's not a bad idea to hear each other's take on what helps or hurts people's ability to use COTH. for me, I'm on a very bandwidth-restricted system. As in, we pay for every MB used, and not cheaply. If the ads start running a bunch of video and sound, the cost of checking COTH goes way up from me and that would restrict how many times I come on to see threads - and ads. I've been watching the vid-and-sound thing with some worry as to how much of that there will be.

                        Those of you checking COTH from cell phones in particular, do you have that problem?
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                        • #13
                          HiH:
                          I did COTH yesterday from my cell and did not hear a thing.

                          It was a tad slower than usual, but I was at a Starbucks with the legion of WiFi users eating up cyberspace.
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                          • #14
                            Spoke too soon : (

                            Just heard the Delsym fussy baby ad

                            Oh joy, this will affect my surfing at work
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                            • #15
                              Google Chrome + Adblock = no ads for me.
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                              • #16
                                So that's where that came from. I had a few windows open at the same time, and couldn't locate it fast enough to close by looking through the other pages. I never thought that it would have come from COTH. And I got the Mucinex ad, too... yuck.

                                Thanks, Kookicat for that tip. Just started using Google Chrome regularly this week, since IE finally took a turn for the worse and stopped working when I clicked on links. Pages actually load faster using Google Chrome as well, on my slow Hughesnet access.
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                                • #17
                                  It's highly irritating. I think VIRUS everytime I hear one.

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                                  • #18
                                    I had not noticed, because I keep mine muted.
                                    Mute button is your friend.
                                    Click it on only when you want to hear something.
                                    Problem solved.

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                                    • #19
                                      I keep the sound OFF at work for this very reason.
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                                      • #20
                                        Just put the mute on this morning. Because at 5:50 am, after staggering with that first cup o' joe to sit at the computer and opening multiple windows (weather, news, Coth) my coffee damned near went flying when Mucinex started blaring at me!

                                        Holy crap was that unexpected, LOL!
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