It's happened at last. PPRuNe has resorted to pop up windows. I know this is a fee service and an extremely good one at that but I for one have a hatred of popup windows and instantly close them whenever I see one. What is everyone else’s opinion on them and can we dissuade Danny from continuing down this route?
I also detest pop-up windows. The banner ads are subtle in their approach compared to the pop-ups that scream ‘look at me’and force you to close them or forever live with something continually flashing in the corner of your screen like some spoilt child.
I imagine that the pop-ups have been proven to attract more clicks per inch than other forms of internet advertising, otherwise why subject your clientele/users to something so invasive. I suppose you have to weigh up the annoyance factor on the one hand against the revenue created for the site on the other.
Are you sure it is from the PPRuNe web page that you are getting them? Are you using AOL or one of the 'nanny' ISP's to log on with? They sometimes force you to keep one of their windows open and who knows what they do in the background.
I use one advertising company for some banners but I definitely do not allow them to submit pop-ups. I detest pop-ups as much as the next person. I have never seen a pop-up ad whilst using PPRuNe and it would appear that only some of you are getting them which leads me to suspect that it is some other window you have open (although possibly reduced in size) that is causing you the grief.
-------------------- Capt PPRuNe aka Danny Fyne The Professional Pilots RUmour NEtwork
Sorry, the little bast&rd is from O2 mobile phones and its IS associated with PPRuNe as far as I can see, (I dont get it with other websites when I access them).
Flaps, I have downloaded that pop-up killer you mentioned and will see if it does the trick.
I installed this utility but now I get a totally stupid de-bug message from the whacky world of Microsoft. This is just as annoying. I DO NOT want to de-bug this error, I KNOW it is because a pop-up cannot display. I want the pop-up and if possible its originator to disappear up its own ar*ehole and not display on my computer screen ever again.
Any suggestions folks?
Last edited by Tartan Gannet; 23rd May 2002 at 08:14.
Danny, there is definitely a pop-up window on my PC!
The URL (from right-clicking on the ad and selecting Properties in Internet Explorer) appears to be the same as the URL of the window I'm currently typing this reply into - so there's something dodgy going on! It's an ad for O2, if that helps.
I don't normally mind pop-up windows - I just minimize them and ignore them. (Advertisers please note - your ad will stay on my screen if you put it on the main page, but not if it's a pop-up!) But this one is particularly annoying, because it keeps shifting the focus to itself. So, even if I move the popup off the screen where I can't see it, I can be half way through typing a reply to something, and suddenly I find I'm typing into a popup ad, which has ignored my last 2 paragraphs
Don't mind the banner ads too much as I can ignore them if I want to but the pop ups suck!
Obviously, the site needs an income but how would everyone feel if it became a subscription site? Personally, I would be happy to pay a nominal fee - say a fiver - as the information that I can get from the site is worth it.
Hmm, the O2 pop-up is going mad in the mil forum, it appears just about every mouse click, but when I came into JB it was not apparent. Anyway bin the damn thing, banner ads are ok but popups are just annoying.
Sennadog, Id happily pay £10 a year by Creditcard to get rid of all annoying adverts especially pop-ups like the one we are all hateing so much here.
But I have to ask the question I pose above. Let's face it, its a good way to get folks to pay. A similar system used to be associated with Shareware. It was free to download or on the cover disk of a Computer Magazine but had a built in "Nag Screen" which popped up at random in different parts of the screen. It usually had an whingeing message asking you to purchase the software. Doing so either gave you a number to key in or a download which deleted or disabled the "Nag Screen". Now this O2 pop-up has an annoying message "Im cutting my toe-nails" not the sort of thing one wants to read about.
So I wonder, is this Danny using a not so subtle marketing ploy to make this a subscription website?
I admire his business acumen if this is the case, but it lowers him in my esteem and respect.
Guys, as I posted above on this thread, it is under investigation and Capt PPRuNe clearly states:
I use one advertising company for some banners but I definitely do not allow them to submit pop-ups. I detest pop-ups as much as the next person. Investigation continues.
So how about we believe him when he says that it is not a money generating ploy & that it's under investigation? I once again advise you to download the Pop-up stopper On my PC it is very effective indeed!
It's 10:34 now, and I've clicked around PPRuNe a bit and the O2 popup window hasn't returned. (yet)
Flaps would it be possible to let us know what OS you are using. I have tried POPUP stopper before with sucsess on win98. But tried similar utilites such as Web Washer on winME and i've had the debug error that TG describes.
Last edited by somewhatconcerned; 23rd May 2002 at 09:39.