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  • Phoronix extremely irritating self advertisement, kontera and adds

    Hi,

    I'm a regular phoronix reader and mostly like what i read but i do have some things here that i find extremely frustrating and even irritating to read the news.

    First about the extreme self advertising that phoronix does for it's test suite. In some messages that gets said dozens of times.. be a little less happy with spamming out links to that phoronix test suite PLEASE!

    Second there is kontera. I can't imagine that bringing in any money at all for phoronix. As for me as a "user" it's extremely irritating to move my mouse, accidentyl hover over a kontera link, and see that damned hallish popup appear again.. just QUIT USING IT!

    Third there is the banners. Right now phoronix seems to have some "building muscle" deal.. i don't see how that is related at ALL with linux stuff other then linux getting stronger. Other then that it's highly distracting me from reading the news.

    Fourth there is the phoronix deep deep deep linking. Sometimes there is an article that talks for example about kernel mode setting with a link to the "source"... but that link is again a link to another phoronix article.. this sometimes goos back to 10 articles till i got the real source link.. Yet another annoying behavior of phoronix.

    To conclude. I can live with either one of those issues but all four are just in my way of reading your news. You really seem to be punishing people that don't pay for ad free browsing. I think i'm gonna use adblock from now on.. if sites like this one use just text adds there would have been no need for me to block those adds but if you add so much irritating stuff i'm forced to either not read phoronix at all or block the adds. i choose the latter one.

    Please do something about the above issues. Again, i don't mind seeing adds but you overdone it.

    Regards,
    Mark

  • #2
    Originally posted by markg85 View Post
    Fourth there is the phoronix deep deep deep linking. Sometimes there is an article that talks for example about kernel mode setting with a link to the "source"... but that link is again a link to another phoronix article.. this sometimes goos back to 10 articles till i got the real source link.. Yet another annoying behavior of phoronix.
    If you're using firefox/seamonkey, you can use the userContent.css to solve this dilemma:
    Code:
    @-moz-document url-prefix(http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php) {
    	div[class="KonaBody"] a[href^="http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php"],
    	div[class="KonaBody"] a[href^="http://www.phoronix-test-suite.com/"],
    	div[class="KonaBody"] a[href^="http://www.phoronix-media.com/"]
    	{
    		text-decoration: none !important;
    	}
    }
    you get the idea. Removes the underline from self-links in articles, making the news much easier to parse and the important external links easier to find.

    There's also the NoScript extension which will kill all the annoying moving ads and flash ads, but keep simple text-links (unless JS generated). That one actually should be mandatory when flash is installed, because flash is riddled with security holes and cannot even accelerate video output like phoronix reported

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rohcQaH View Post
      If you're using firefox/seamonkey, you can use the userContent.css to solve this dilemma:
      Code:
      @-moz-document url-prefix(http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php) {
      	div[class="KonaBody"] a[href^="http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php"],
      	div[class="KonaBody"] a[href^="http://www.phoronix-test-suite.com/"],
      	div[class="KonaBody"] a[href^="http://www.phoronix-media.com/"]
      	{
      		text-decoration: none !important;
      	}
      }
      you get the idea. Removes the underline from self-links in articles, making the news much easier to parse and the important external links easier to find.

      There's also the NoScript extension which will kill all the annoying moving ads and flash ads, but keep simple text-links (unless JS generated). That one actually should be mandatory when flash is installed, because flash is riddled with security holes and cannot even accelerate video output like phoronix reported
      I'm kinda switching all the time between firefox and chromium (not chrome!) but thanx for that trick.

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      • #4
        I've been using AdBlock Plus for quite a while now on Phoronix. There's acceptable advertising and then there's annoying advertising.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RealNC View Post
          I've been using AdBlock Plus for quite a while now on Phoronix. There's acceptable advertising and then there's annoying advertising.
          indeed and adblock removes both

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          • #6
            Originally posted by markg85 View Post
            indeed and adblock removes both
            Until Phoronix begins to block AdBlock...
            Michael Larabel
            http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Michael View Post
              Until Phoronix begins to block AdBlock...
              And then people using Adblock will block Phoronix.

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              • #8
                Ooh, Mutually Assured Destruction.

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                • #9
                  Pretty much. My objection to the banner adds is their tendency to get caught in a CPU eating loop... At least, I assume they are the only nasties in a Phoronix page which would cause that behaviour.

                  If Micheal wishes to block AdBlock users, don't let me tell him not to. It does strike me as a strange decision for a site aimed at the technically savvy though.

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                  • #10
                    I will point out that those irritating advertisements are what largely make it possible for Michael to maintain the site. Information may want to be free, but bandwidth isn't and Michael has to pay the bills somehow.

                    Obviously, the best solution for everybody is the premium subscription. Michael gets to eat and you get the site with no ads of any kind for a pretty reasonable price.

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