• ParkinT (cs)

    Hey!! I am from Omaha! May the Scientology greater gods and demons of 'ology' bestow the worst luck and misfortune on you, your family, their families, my family, the Simpsons...

  • Joel (unregistered)

    Just bring back the Irish girl and all will be well.

  • pitchingchris (cs)

    THANK YOU ALEX !!!!

    I don't mind the one on the top and the side, I usually ignore them anyway. But I saw an instant change when there aren't ads underneath an article. It seemed to flow better visually.

    I am sure many people will thank you for putting forth the effort to filter the ads a little bit towards what people in this forum might actually be interested in.

  • cavemanf16 (cs)

    I, for one, am OK with Alex's take on the whole advertising thing. I block when ads are stupid and annoying (which they usually are), but if Alex plans to filter them to who he knows + Google's algorithms for text-only ads, then I think I will unblock the ads now. The real WTF is why Google went to 3rd-party ads. It was a spammers dream come true, and it's come true on nearly every blog I read - the Google image ads now truly do suck.

  • jeff the axe murderer (unregistered)
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  • Andy (unregistered) in reply to Joel

    I agree, don't filter out the Irsh girl.

  • XmAn (unregistered)

    Wrong! I really do hate ALL advertising.

  • Gieron (cs)

    Just for you Alex, I have disabled adblock on this site. Too bad noscript still seams to block out most ads.

  • Dave (unregistered)

    In other news: Adblock Plus works in Firefox 3.

  • sir_flexalot (cs)

    so wait, 100x magnification < 100x magnification? nice!

  • Steve (unregistered) in reply to sir_flexalot

    I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be a 100x magnification of the 100x magnification.

  • boomzilla (cs)

    And now on this page, google is showing ads about...ads!

  • jtl (unregistered) in reply to jeff the axe murderer
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  • Bill B Boll (unregistered)

    How about a deal - Mandatory Fun day is obliterated for ever and I'll turn off Adblock for you?

  • Vechni (unregistered)

    What ads... I've never seen any here.

  • yaff (cs)

    I unblocked TDWTF for Irish Girl. Just keep that in mind when you're selecting new pr0n, err, "ads" for the site!

  • Daniel (unregistered)

    It was 100x mag than 100x on the previous one, so technically it was a 10000x mag at all.

    Anyway, I agree with the new ad policy. :)

  • Mikkel (unregistered)

    I don't mind you putting up ad, but please don't put any gifs up and host them on your own system!

    I use adblock, not because I want to rob publishers of their money, but because I'm sick and tired of waiting for some obscure adserver.de to serve up the image so firefox can render the page.

    Also lately quite a lot of ad-rotation systems have been serving up viruses, so please Alex, keep the banners hosted on your own system (if they where I wouldn't be blocking the stuff on the left - currently a blank space) and I'll happily ignore them, rather than blocking them. (From Denmark so most ads served are bloody useless)

  • And I (unregistered)

    Ads? What ads?

    www.admuncher.com

  • Gnonthgol (unregistered) in reply to Bill B Boll
    Bill B Boll:
    How about a deal - Mandatory Fun day is obliterated for ever and I'll turn off Adblock for you?

    I Adblocked Mandatory Fun Day. I don't care what you do.

  • And I (unregistered)

    Ads? What ads?

    www.admuncher.com

  • Me (unregistered) in reply to jtl
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  • Rob (unregistered) in reply to jtl
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  • Mii (unregistered)

    Just because I like a man with a plan, I disabled adblock for this website right before clicking on the add comment link..

    The result was me waiting on the ads to load before I could even start typing :S

    I have nothing against ads, but I am against them slowing loading times and decreasing my cough productivity cough

  • Me (unregistered) in reply to jtl
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  • Chris (unregistered) in reply to Me

    Why would appropriate adverts for developers be the right thing to have on the daily wtf? Random shite is more fitting.

  • Smash King (cs)

    There's nothing wrong with the Xmas ad. It was clearly directed to all of us readers in the south hemisphere.

    Oh wait, Christmas is in december here too...

  • Licky Lindsay (cs)

    Is it just me, or does "John R." from "Startlogic" look like the picture was taken circa 1980?

  • Steve (unregistered)

    thedailywtf.com is now officially on my whitelist for adblock.

    I'm not sure what control you have over this, but the "animated" ads are the ones I hate most. If AdBlock had a way to block only those ads, that would be how I would use the tool. text ads, and non-animated image ads are fine with me.

  • EnterUserNameHere (unregistered)

    I believe Paris Hilton visits The Daily "F", not The Daily "WTF".

  • Alan (unregistered)

    Personally I think ad-blocking software is only slightly less-evil than communism - but then I write digital advertising software for a living.

  • real_aardvark (cs) in reply to Mii
    Mii:
    Just because I like a man with a plan, I disabled adblock for this website right before clicking on the add comment link..

    The result was me waiting on the ads to load before I could even start typing :S

    I have nothing against ads, but I am against them slowing loading times and decreasing my cough productivity cough

    It gets worse. The other day I was served up with a large graphic telling me "Your request has timed out. www.googlesyndicate.crap."

    Since this occurred in the middle of either an Error'd or the CSoD about Error 414, I was deeply confused for an unacceptable amount of time...

    A qualified welcome, therefore, to Eye-Ball Gouging 2.0.

  • Aaron Bentley (unregistered)

    Here's the deal. I don't block all ads, just ones that interfere with my ability to use a site. That usually means intellitext-style hideous double-underscore links, ads with sound, and ads with distracting amounts of animation.

  • Anon (unregistered)

    Disabling Ad-block. No way! If the marketing weasels think they can just force their shit down my throat then they are wrong. Just do it the Google ads way or die! Oh, you don't like market forces at work? Well that's just too bad.

  • gb (unregistered)

    I too hate waiting for adserver.com to finish loading before I see the page. Adblock has significantly improved the internet.

    A non firefox coworker accused it of being a crappy browser cause "there are all these weird empty boxes on the screen". He still won't use it. Enjoy your ads suckers :)

  • Anonymous (unregistered)

    Bring back Irish Girl!

  • DZ-Jay (cs)

    TheDailyWTF.com has ads? I never noticed.

    But seriously, I like your plan and respect your decision to support the site with ads, so I'm going to add this site to my AdBlock whitelist.

    Ha, ha, ha! No. I was just kidding; I don't have an AdBlock whitelist.

    -dZ.
    
  • Sanity (unregistered)

    I still see "Sponsored by", but I think there might have been banners at some point. Adblock took them away.

    For what it's worth, I don't use filtersets. I have very simple criteria for deciding what to block: Anything animated, particularly anything flash, because animations are distracting and flash ads to page load time, CPU usage, and browser instability.

    I don't mind static images, and I don't mind text ads. I don't mind the concept of advertising, and I will often follow the links. But my allergy to animated ads (say that ten times fast) comes from sites which manage to cram the actual content into 30% of the page width, and big, flashing (literally!) ads into the other 70% -- at that point, it actually becomes difficult to read the page without first disabling the ads.

    I work for a company with an ad-supported business model -- I've worked for two, actually -- so I understand the need. But in the first company, when we sat down to have meetings, we'd try to think where we can get away with putting more ads -- if we can put interstitials on the mobile site, say, or if there's room for video ads in the flow of the article.

    The company I work for now has meetings where we ask "Will this be too annoying?" and actually pass up on potential revenue because "It'd piss me off."

  • Trevor (unregistered)

    For the first time, I bothered to figure out how to add an AdBlockPlus rule. Rule added.

  • gb (unregistered)
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  • A Nonny Mouse (unregistered)

    I second (third? fourth?) the notion to bring back Irish Girl.

    Are we a sad lot, or what... :-P

  • SysKoll (unregistered)

    No Flash or animated ad please. Nothing makes me reach for my AdBlock button faster than a Flash ad that's trying to grab attention.

  • Drum D. (cs)

    I can live with a few ads. As long as they're not popups, fly-ins or other sh … stuff that keeps you from fluently reading the content.

  • J. Irvine (unregistered)

    OK, piling on: I'll unblock ads for the site if you can promise that there will be no animated ads.

  • Mig-O (unregistered)

    Congratulations,

    you are the first man ever that motivated me to turn ads on.

    Regards, me

  • Big Dave (unregistered)

    I may be weird but I actually like relevant TEXT adds that don't shout or take over all of my screens. If you did strictly google ads I would set addblockers to allow adds for your site through.

  • dkf (cs) in reply to gb
    gb:
    It sounds like the company you personally approved may be the source of many WTF's
    Come now! This site needs to promote them so that it doesn't have to fall back on MFD reruns...
  • Clem (unregistered)

    Hint: add thinkgeek ads ! \o/

  • Guilty (unregistered)

    Ok, you made me feel guilty and now i've disabled adblock for tdwtf.

  • Rar (unregistered)

    Those yellow & red ads make me angry

    The others are fine

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