jjoyce wrote:Hey TASunder: You're accusing this company of running "virus-riddled" ads.
No, I'm not. Reading comprehension would help. I accuse you of modeling
your ads after the type of ads that have caused major security issues and which led to products like ad block plus in the first place. The "as distracting as possible" ads which appear to be the basis of some of your ad content.
As for "animated" ads, are you referring to the rotating frames in, say, the High Noon ad where they call attention to Gomeroke and private party catering?
Yeah, I can see how you'd be offended by that. A trusted local business trying hard to reach its market in trying economic times. It's really invasive. If more thought like you did, we wouldn't have to worry about local companies advertising on local websites like this one at all. Would you be happy then?
I'm offended by the concept of inserting animations to distract me based on a long and storied history of invasive animated ads. I don't know why this is a hard concept to follow. Much in the same way that someone who was beaten as a child might be offended by a parent waving their fist at a child. The fact that you are willing to employ animations that intentionally distract means you are ok with ads that distract, which means you don't respect your users' experience on the site to at least some degree.
It's not all or nothing. You could easily have less invasive ads. This is your problem... you would rather continue spewing shit about how they are just local ads than acknowledge that many users are annoyed by animations. At least two in this thread alone. Tons on slashdot and ars. The fact is, many people don't like, and some (like me), loathe certain advertising tactics, including the use of animations intentionally designed to distract. I don't care that your particular ads may be for companies I like or that you may have good intentions. I only care that you are willing to leverage the technology that has led to serious user mistrust and products like adblockplus in the first place.