I feel like we got out of popup hell and we're going back in
Thu Apr 21, 2022 12:51am

Back in the day you'd get bombarded with popups and stuff but then browser security and such improved and that practice died out.

Now, I feel like sites are doing this again except that it's a popup within the same page so it's not technically a "popup". GDPR "Accept all cookies" is annoying enough but there are more and more pages that block out the page and ask you to sign in in order to view the site. I hate these. Thankfully, a bunch of them can be worked around simply by inspecting the "pop-in" and deleting it in the developer tool. Still really annoying though.

Just throwing out another example of websites getting in the way with JS.

    • Kinda nice to see a site function without JavaScript - Puckdropper, Tue Apr 19 2022 4:52am
      I get frustrated by websites that get in the way with JavaScript. I can't actually use Facebook in some forms, when hitting the backspace key it would move the cursor (!!) to the front of the text box. You can't type anything like that.
      • I feel like we got out of popup hell and we're going back in- Erik_, Thu Apr 21 2022 12:51am
        • I hate those sites. Subscribe to our newsletter! - Puckdropper, Fri Apr 22 2022 6:00am
          They also wait a bit to pop up just to maximize their annoyance. I wonder if user testing involves a camera and a timer. They look for the time when the reader looks most annoyed at the popup and set the timer to that. Usually I don't even read the dialog box, I just hit back and go somewhere els... more
          • I'm sure there's all sorts of metrics on it... - Erik_, Mon Apr 25 2022 1:18am
            to help make it as annoying as possible. I'm sure BI reporting and marketing are working in step to maximize the amount of user interactions and sign ups. If that equates to annoying the ever loving hell out of the users to the point that they get the most sign ups, they'll do it. Bleh. I wish uB... more
            • The web is pretty much unusable without uBlock. - Puckdropper, Wed May 04 2022 5:19am
              I get that things cost money and that ads give them money to pay for things, but throwing those things in my face and hopefully under my mouse click (would they be that evil? Slide an ad right under the mouse? Yep.) I wish that Google would derank sites that behaved so poorly. I'm usually gone... more
              • Completely agree. - Erik_, Mon May 09 2022 11:16am
                I get that pages get paid x amount for ad clicks they display, but how many people that accidentally (or the very few on purpose) click on an ad actually then proceed to spend any money on the sites they get sent to. What's worse, it's sometimes just a pyramid scheme of ad sites. Ex: start at on... more
                • There's a few ads that require someone to do something - Puckdropper, Sat May 14 2022 4:17am
                  like actually make a purchase before they pay out. They pay a lot per action because the action is so rare. Most are per-click, though. I'm just not sure I'd even trust a site I go to because of clicking on a banner ad. They just seem so sketchy. It's kinda interesting how there's all this mo... more
                  • Or is it one of those things where they just host SO many pages that even if each site only gets them a small amount of ad money, the number of sites makes up for it. Also, I wonder if you get paid for a click done by a web crawler? I get those on this site clicking buttons and links all the time. M... more
                    • That's a good question, and I wonder if that's how it works - Puckdropper, Tue May 24 2022 4:21am
                      Maybe the ads and clicks are so cheap they can't make any money with just one thing, so it takes a whole host of them to make things work. It's kinda like phone and e-mail scams, the message is so cheap they don't lose any money but if they just get one sucker it pays for annoying hundreds of thous... more
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