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    Phoronix: It's The End Of The Month, New Ad Testing

    For those of you not Phoronix Premium subscribers, between now and the first of May, when you visit a new article or news posting you may be greeted by a landing/welcome overlay screen with an advertisement courtesy of SAP. While this may not be the most ideal for browsing, this ad will only ever appear once per IP address and can be easily closed using the link that says "Close Window", or you can also visit the advertiser. It's that simple and will not infer with any other browsing experience...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODE5OA

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    I understand. Hope this system will work out for you and bring in the always needed cash.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SkyHiRider View Post
      I understand. Hope this system will work out for you and bring in the always needed cash.
      Yeah, for running this ad for two days, alone it should bring in at least 20% of what is normally made in a month off of all the ads. So that means more articles and hardware reviews can come
      Michael Larabel
      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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      • #4
        it's impossible to close with noscript.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by yoshi314 View Post
          it's impossible to close with noscript.
          Hmm, for now then to those that use noscript, refresh the page and it goes away.
          Michael Larabel
          http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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          • #6
            Problem is ... premium subscribers are also affected by this (until they log in).
            Please consider my suggestion @ http://www.phoronix.com/forums/showp...9&postcount=12

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            • #7
              I *currently* run Ad-Block on this site for one reason, and one only: the quasi-hyperlinked words in articles which then pop-up a small-ish (flash) ad. With my habit of highlighting text as I read they prove extremely annoying, and I have not found the applicable thing to block so that I can white-list you. Just a FYI; and good luck with fund-raising.

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              • #8
                It's invasive, but I understand it.
                At least it's not one of those javascript ads hijacking the browser scroll.

                Hope you make enough money for your business.
                Plus, I like SAP stuff
                Netrunner Linux - Rolling Release ; Nexus 5 ROM Chroma 5.1 ; NAS 6TB on FreeNAS

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bugmenot2 View Post
                  I *currently* run Ad-Block on this site for one reason, and one only: the quasi-hyperlinked words in articles which then pop-up a small-ish (flash) ad. With my habit of highlighting text as I read they prove extremely annoying, and I have not found the applicable thing to block so that I can white-list you. Just a FYI; and good luck with fund-raising.
                  If you're logged into the forums, don't the Kontera ads go away when browsing the main site?
                  Michael Larabel
                  http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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                  • #10
                    I saw the ad before the announcement. I'll just "me too" that it makes the page un-readable if JavaScript is not enabled (such as in Thunderbird as a RSS reader, which defaults to JavaScript turned off). I would have had the same issue browsing the site with Firefox, as I run NoScript as well, due to the amount of malware that gets injected via banner ads and hacked web sites these days.

                    Good to see that the ad will only be displayed once per IP address, but I didn't know that when the ad first displayed for me.

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                    • #11
                      Speaking of ads:

                      The only phoronix ads that I really find annoying are ANIMATED(!!) ones that come with the RSS feed. I'm considering piping feeds through a proxy to get rid of that annoyance specifically.

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                      • #12
                        I suggest you place the ads somewhere NOT on top of the text, oh and don't waste the chance to display a text ad, instead of the "click here to close" (which doesn't work with scripts disabled). Use that chance to show a text ad instead.

                        A little css tinkering takes care of the nuisance. Its not like anyone would make an adless phoronix addition in Stylish, would they?

                        Adblock and noscript is what made the web sane again, it is the result of trying to force animated ads on people.

                        Try and be gentle with your readers, and procure a solution that won't hurt you. Don't forget your target audience is smart enough to deal with this.

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                        • #13
                          Interesting. I saw a pop saying "Close window" twice and "This ad will display only once", but with no advertisement. Probably due to konqueror's add-blocking. No probs...

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                          • #14
                            I appreciate the need for funding

                            I appreciate the need for funding (which is why I have allowed ads in Adblock Plus for Phoronix) but I think it is critical that the ads are as unintrusive as possible. Flashing, noisy and garish adds are an annoyance rather than an advertisement and IMHO have no place on Phoronix. Who clicks those adds anyway?

                            If this _very_ intrusive add is only visible a few days a month, brings in the cash and saves us from loud ads, then I'm fine with this. Otherwise, the adblocker goes on again.

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                            • #15
                              Damnit, I'm a "Premium Subscriber" and I still see the ads. Can a lock my account to my ip or something? I hate to login everytime to make the ads disappear.

                              (so I don't think I'm going to subscribe for a second time)

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