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Old 01-19-20, 11:09 AM
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Get rid of political ads

they seem to be gone now

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Old 01-20-20, 09:52 AM
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Most political ads are auto-filled by a third-party and based on a combination of site demographics and individual users' browser data.
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Old 01-20-20, 11:03 AM
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Originally Posted by IBJoel View Post
Most political ads are auto-filled by a third-party and based on a combination of site demographics and individual users' browser data.
oooooh interesting! thanks. saw a persistent, disturbing one, while sitting at a McDonalds, not near my home, while browing this site, yesterday. but after I left the area, I didn't get it again. also didn't get it using my home computer
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Get rid of political ads
Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
they seem to be gone now
Originally Posted by IBJoel View Post
Most political ads are auto-filled by a third-party and based on a combination of site demographics and individual users' browser data.
FYA, @rumrunn6, your fellow Metro Bostonian cyclists posted similar, seemingly inconguous replies to this thread on
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Why was my login session just now preceded by an ad for me to vote that Adam Schiff should be removed from office????

THIS FORUM SHOULD HAVE NO POLITICAL CONTENT. IT SHOULD ACCEPT NO ADS WITH POLITICAL CONTENT.

Lately the ad content on BF has been increasing. I understand that BF is a money-making endeavor. However BF as content-presenter to its paying members should exercise control over what ads can and cannot be displayed. BF would not display lewd ads or ads with content known to be incorrect (as in truth-in-advertising requirements). BF should not display political ads either.
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+10 @jimmuller. Earlier this year I posted:
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Wasn’t possible to make this thread without being politically divisive?
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+25 to that, @Spoonrobot; my first reaction too. I was not planning to reply to another seemingly inane thread about winter cycling, but that gratuitous, nasty comment was really uncalled for.

@xxx...Frankly IMO, it’s “hate-filled rhetoric” disguised as irony.

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Old 01-22-20, 07:53 AM
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I never even notice the ads on this site. I could not describe one that has appeared today if you held a gun to my head.
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Old 01-22-20, 08:16 AM
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I use ad blocker from work & home computers but I guess my cell phone browser doesn't have that. regardless, does the forum operator have any control over what ads gets attached to this site? they certainly like to control us which is hypocritical

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Old 01-22-20, 02:21 PM
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My original post, rant if you prefer a more descriptive term, about this was in Weight Weenies by mistake. I thought I was starting a new thread but apparently the system tricked me.


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Most political ads are auto-filled by a third-party and based on a combination of site demographics and individual users' browser data.

I reject this argument. Surely you would, and would be justified, to block any ad which you deemed offensive, lewd, inciteful of violence or racism. If you are contracted to display whatever a third-party ad provider gives you with no restrictions then you have made a poor business choice even if is better financially than some other arrangement. I would expect better judgment by BF.


Of course, I am a paid subsriber, have been for some years. So I do not see ads once I have logged in. The ads I see while trying to log in can be an irritant for several reasons. One reason is content. Another is the volume and the timing.


Let me explain the timing issue. When the login screen comes up there are two places I can enter my usrname and password. One is pre-filled and in the center of the screen. Unfortuantely when the page comes up that field is pushed off the bottom, always has been. The other field is in the upper right. It used to be that I could click into it, let Firefox fill in my name and password, click the Login button, and I'd be on my way. Lately the ad sequence and tming, or perhaps some feature of the ever-upgrading-and-getting-worse Firefox, has been emptying that field as soon as I click it. I click it, my username is filled in, and within maybe 5 msec it disappears! So I click it again and the same thing happens. Or the field is never filled in at all. I can wait 5 or 10 seconds watching the ads come in or I can scroll down the page until the original filled-in field is visible. This is inconvenient with my touchpad at home. It also forces me to see the ads. Sometimes just as I try to click the filled-in field which I have just brought into view another ad comes in higher up and reformats the pag so that I end up clicking empty space, or worse, clicking some button like an ad or the despised Facebook button. To this user it seems like the ad/login sequence has been rearranged and were I a conspiracy theorist I'd say it was on purpose.
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Old 01-22-20, 02:38 PM
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We currently ban ads for nicotine (or at least cigarettes, I can't recall offhand), pornography, and firearms. And believe me, Jim, I know what kind of politics you're referring to and if were up to me, they'd be gone. It is unfortunately not. I do make sure every objection is heard, however.

In regards to timing, I totally understand. The same thing has happened to me numerous times. Believe it or not, the ads load faster now than a year ago. I'm not 100% on what you mean by the ad/login sequence being rearranged, though. Are you just re-iterating your point of the login box loading first and then the ads?
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I'm not 100% on what you mean by the ad/login sequence being rearranged, though. Are you just re-iterating your point of the login box loading first and then the ads?
I don't know if you'd call it re-iterating it or just iterating it the first time. (I didn't count, or rather I didn't iterate anything.) What I mean is this. The behavior of the login box on the upper right is different now from what it was maybe a year ago. I couldn't say exactly when the change happened, but it went from letting me click into the box right away to not letting me click into the box right away. The user experience changed. I think that the level of pre-login ads changed too but that's hard to judge because now I can't log in as quickly as I used to. It appears that the ads are causing the changed login box behavior, but it could be that the changed login box behavior is simply making me see more ads.
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