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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 else.

They even pop up with uBlock, (can I mention that here? I don't want to get Retna's bored deleted again) so I still see them. (Websurfing without uBlock is like going to a whorehouse without condoms. Not a great idea in the first place, but man you're going to get screwed--and I don't mean you get to have sex!)

  • 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... more
    • I hate those sites. Subscribe to our newsletter!- Puckdropper, Fri Apr 22 2022 6:00am
      • 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 uBlock... 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 one... 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 money... 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. Maybe... 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 thousands... more
                  • search engines that use logged in accounts to help mold searches for you. They could then take the total data of all the user's input to give a general trend to everyone. It would need some sort of down vote spamming/brigading correction/prevention which I'm sure would be possible given that Reddit does... more
                    • I like it, I might actually sign in to a search engine - Puckdropper, Sun Jun 05 2022 3:26am
                      if I knew that the hideous results could be downvoted into extinction. I can't find any information because of all the sites that have SEO'd themselves into the top position.
                      • engine would work. Like how DuckDuckGo uses Bing and others user Google. Same idea, but just implement the upvote/downvote/block system on the results. Doing it that way might actually be simple enough to throw together a proof of concept depending on home easy it is to "borrow" the actual search results... more
                        • It would take quite a bit of tuning - Puckdropper, Mon Jun 20 2022 1:08am
                          as there's a lot of sites vying for that top spot. I've seen entire pages of search results that are rip offs of each other. Might still be worth it, though. Especially for things where you need to go more in depth on.
                          • Those fake sites are the worst. - Erik_, Thu Jun 23 2022 12:56am
                            They clog up the first page with snippets of text they randomly copied off other sites just to get the top spot.
                            • Just came across one today - Puckdropper, Sun Jun 26 2022 12:04am
                              that was exactly that. You'd think a search engine would derank the sites that were too similar...
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