Pet Peeve of the Day

You know, His Majesty has been trying to stay gracious about this since quite a few of the worst offenders are among his favorite websites, but no more. We won’t name names, though. They know who they are.

Listen, we know (more than most) that blogging doesn’t make you rich and that websites cost money to keep running, no dispute about that. Heck, we run an ad bar on this very site because of that, so we’re not trying to be all high and mighty about it.

But it seems like anymore some site admins out there just can’t stop loading up their sites with ad bars, banners, popups, pop-unders, pop-sideways and a giraffe on a frackin’ pogo stick. Some of the sites you have to go through with a fine-toothed comb to find where the actual content is but hey, at least you’ve got no shortage of bogus Acai-promoting blurbs to stare at, in between spam for “make $87,459 a minute working from home on your laptop, no education or even an IQ required” and blah, blech, yuck, somebody shoot me all-fucking-ready.

Solution? Ad-Blocker, of course, BUT A) I don’t really like using that since I like to support my favorite sites and B) it doesn’t work in my RSS reader’s internal browser which means that it locks up more often than not to the point where some sites are just plain unreadable in it.

Oh, and then there are all the fucking “fancy” scripts that get loaded on sites these days. Don’t even get me fucking started.

Bottom line is that those sites take so fucking long to load and cause so many crashes that I’ve quite often lost interest in them before the first page of text appears.

So really, could we all just back off a little on the gee-gaws, gizmos, doo-dads and fucking filler? Just asking.

Oh, and one more thing: Pop-ups? Lose them. That is the ONE thing that will put a site in my shit filter forever. I can deal with the static on one page, but if I have to close 49 windows and tabs every time I click over to your site…

Damn. Feel much better now. Thankyou.

Thatisall.

27 comments

  1. 1
    Library Czar bloviates:

    Mish check your e-mail

  2. 2
    Darth Venomous bloviates:

    Ah. Finally, something I can’t be blamed for. :em93:

  3. 3
    Patrick bloviates:

    You been reading Canada Free Press again? :em01: :em99: :em95:

    *snort*

    Hope your Holiday was a goodin’ :em03:

  4. 4
    PirateKing bloviates:

    I never mind pretty themes much, too many ads do get adblocked though. I will say there has been a spam attack the last few weeks. The IPs that have been bad enough to go in my ban list have been blocked over 2400 times already in just 11 days.

  5. 5

    Between Firefox’s onboard pop-up blocker, Adblock plus and NoScript plugins, I enjoy virtually bullshit-free browsing. With NoScript, you have to take a moment to “allow” or give permission for certain sites and parts of sites to load, i.e., comments or embedded videos, but that only takes a second or three the first time you visit a site after installation and ads and scripts are a thing of the past.

  6. 6
    DJ Allyn, ITW bloviates:

    I have two basic thoughts on this.

    The first being, that on many of the major media sites, it does cost an arm and a leg to host a site, pay for staffing to provide content, and hopefully make a living at the same time. It is a business, and the readers are the consumers. Either they make the site and its content available on a paid subscription basis, or they have to use advertising to pay for everything.

    Some of that advertising is bound to be pretty obnoxious if a site becomes too overzealous in its advertising.

    I don’t mind advertising that is embedded on a page much like a newspaper ad. Where I have a problem is where I am busy reading something and suddenly my entire screen is covered up by a flash ad causing me to lose my train of thought while I search frantically for the fucking “close” button. Worse yet are the sites that have the double-underlined links that if your mouse accidentally moves over them an ad will pop up.

    A lot of the smaller blogs are starting to go this way and I have a serious problem with that. First off, hosing isn’t that friggin’ expensive. If you are paying more than $40 per month on hosting a weblog, you are paying WAY too much. A site of this size can easily get by on $30 a month (less if paid for in annual payments) Most blogs are NOT as big as this one is, and therefore could easily get by on $10 per month or less. I myself pay $50 per month ONLY because I serve a lot of audio and video files. (and I am barred from advertising on my site due to licensing agreements)

    Small traffic sites are not going to make someone a lot of money. They just aren’t. If you can make your hosting bill each month using advertisement revenue, you are doing better than average. For most bloggers, it is better that you don’t bother with advertising.

    But if you must, DO NOT use the bothersome flash ads or the popup ads. People want to visit a site to read something of interest, not try a negotiate through a minefield of explosive links. If I wanted to play an online game, I would go to Counter Snipe

  7. 7

    Response to PirateKing @:

    Same here! I’m clearing out my Spam filter several times per day – both of trackbacks and spam comments such as, “I find your blog very interesting and informative. Please continue and I will be looking for more.” WTF is going on? It’s like every fucking spammer on this planet decided to go apeshit on my blog!

  8. 8
    ThePaganTemple bloviates:

    There are certain sites I won’t link as a general rule, though I will make exceptions in certain special cases. One with annoying pop-ups and floaters (where you have to chase the damn ad across the screen to x it out) is one. Also sites that take you straight to a full page ad and try to make you wait ten or twenty seconds before going to the page. I realize that my not linking them isn’t costing them so much as a penny, but at least I don’t have to promote them. Chances are, even if they are the site that first promoted the story I’m linking, there’s somebody else that’s covered it just as well, and probably better.

  9. 9
    DJ Allyn, ITW bloviates:

    Response to LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch @ 7:

    It sounds like you are allowing unregistered people to comment. If you want to prevent that, then require people to register and then only allow them to comment AFTER they have been approved. (there are plugins for that)

    Trackbacks are a bit more tricky to control. You can set trackbacks to be individually approved, but that would require you to keep checking for them.

    Askimet is a valuable tool to keep these jackwads at bay. If you get these kinds of spam comments, don’t delete them, remove them with the SPAM button. That sends a report back to the Askimet database that the person using that email address is to be blacklisted.

  10. 10

    DJ Allyn, ITW said the following:

    Response to LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch @ 7:
    It sounds like you are allowing unregistered people to comment. If you want to prevent that, then require people to register and then only allow them to comment AFTER they have been approved. (there are plugins for that)
    Trackbacks are a bit more tricky to control. You can set trackbacks to be individually approved, but that would require you to keep checking for them.
    Askimet is a valuable tool to keep these jackwads at bay. If you get these kinds of spam comments, don’t delete them, remove them with the SPAM button. That sends a report back to the Askimet database that the person using that email address is to be blacklisted.

    Hey, Deej – thanks for the advice. I’m with GoDaddy, and I use their blogging platform, so I’ll have to check if I even have the option of making people register before they post. The spam filter is pretty decent on that platform. It’s rare that something gets through, thankfully. It gets trapped in the filter until I get in there and examine each one. That’s a pain in the ass. I will usually go through the comments, and I have the option of marking them as spam, banning the email and IP address from which they come, or approving them if they’re listed as inactive. I’ve banned so many of these fuckwads lately, it’s getting scary! I’m wondering if it uses Askimet, because that’s exactly what I do – mark it as spam, and it blacklists the entire thing. Every once in a while, they do wind up getting through, though. Just the sheer volume is staggering lately!

  11. 11

    Response to DJ Allyn, ITW @:

    I just checked, and it does use Askimet, but I don’t see a way to make folks register before they comment on the site. :-(

    I guess I’ll deal with having to clean out the Spam filter every day!

    Thanks again, Deej.

  12. 12
    Muzzy bloviates:

    Misha wrote:

    But it seems like anymore some site admins out there just can’t stop loading up their sites with ad bars, banners, popups, pop-unders, pop-sideways and a giraffe on a frackin’ pogo stick. Some of the sites you have to go through with a fine-toothed comb to find where the actual content is but hey, at least you’ve got no shortage of bogus Acai-promoting blurbs to stare at, in between spam for “make $87,459 a minute working from home on your laptop, no education or even an IQ required” and blah, blech, yuck, somebody shoot me all-fucking-ready.

    Oh, man. You are so right. You know what I fucking hate? Those shitty adverts they embed in websites nowadays that play the ad at full volume without you even choosing to click on them. For some reason, those ads are always on the slowest fucking websites so I’ll be sitting there waiting for my…whatever the fuck it is I’m waiting for to come up and out of NOWHERE I’ll hear “If you want real stain removing power, you want new Daz ultra-brite”.

    Motherfucker, I DON’T want real stain removing power. I DON’T want cheaper car insurance. I DON’T want a low-low-low APR credit card, and I DON’T want fifteen barrels of dick-hardening Chinese root potion, rejuvenating facial creams enriched with essence of pig fetus, a bumper pack of “Gussets” the canvas adult undergarment that’ll never let you down, or whatever the fuck it is you’re puking down my fucking broadband pipe! I ESPECIALLY don’t want HEAR you talk about it! I don’t want to know the benefits, be they economic, social, psycho-sexual, or existential. I don’t care if buying your cunting fucking piece of shit kitchen utensil will finally fill that gaping spiritual void in my life and salve the dreadful psychic wounds which reduce me to sputtering incoherence at the mere thought of you. I want you to FUCK OFF!

    I don’t mind the banner ads. Banner ads I can just about block out. I don’t even mind these fucking multi-media surround sound adverts provided they remain mute until I click on them. But when you motherfucking hucksters start soliciting me without invitation, that’s when you cross the line. That’s when I feel the need to hunt you down and punch you in the balls.

    SHUT UP!

  13. 13
    DJ Allyn, ITW bloviates:

    Response to LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch @ 11:

    Ah, I see. I was assuming you were using a WordPress site, instead of a Go Daddy thingie. You should consider making the change to WordPress where you have much better control over things.

  14. 14
    LC HJ Caveman82952 bloviates:

    Muzzy, :em01: you left me laughing my ass off, expressing my sentiments exactly. Nothing quite like quietly using your machine late one evening, then hearing the screaming of the damned, waking up your wife, your cat and the neighbor.
    Truly irritating to me are those that fill the screen, forcing you to click them off, if you can do it in the first place. I’ve lost more than one cell phone connection that way.
    I suppose, as a consolation, I swear by all that’s holy that I will never buy from these people, if even more fortunate I inform them of the fact. And I do tell my friends.
    But maybe all of us here could start trading irritating links with each other……..I’m sure we could come up with something notable to send them…….

  15. 15

    DJ Allyn, ITW said the following:

    Response to LC Nicki the Resident Misanthropic Bitch @ 11:
    Ah, I see. I was assuming you were using a WordPress site, instead of a Go Daddy thingie. You should consider making the change to WordPress where you have much better control over things.

    Deej, honestly – I’m such a Luddite asshat, I wouldn’t know what to do with it! I barely know how to use the Blogcast program, and I’m sure I’m probably not even using it to its full potential. I’ve been told I should switch, but I wouldn’t even know where/how to start.

    Give me anything technical, and things splode!

  16. 16

    What is the world coming to? :em95: I find myself agreeing vehemently with both Deej and Muzzy. Muzzy, that was one truly magnificent rant. I am envious.
    Most often if there is one of those intervening video ads befroe the iintended video starts, I just bale. I have also discontined visiting several sites whose most important updating seems to be their popups. And yes, most of all I want to get my hands on the sonsofbitches who devised that double-underline technology. “Vibrant” is one of the main advretising companies pushing this. They should be infected with cholera.

  17. 17
    LC Scott bloviates:

    Muzzy,

    We seen to be rubbing off on you. :em99:

  18. 18

    Oh come on Muzzy…this is the Rott. There’s no damn reason whatsoever to be so freakin subtle about it. Tell us how you really feel.

    :em01: :em99:

  19. 19
    Emperor Misha I bloviates:

    *Wipes tear from eye*

    Muzzy, you magnificently ignorant slut, that there was a thing of such transcendent beauty that I think I just peed myself.

    Now, if you’ll pardon me, I think I need a smoke. Not to mention some medical assistance with those busted ribs of mine.

    :em69:

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  21. 21
    Light29ID bloviates:

    Response to Muzzy @:

    fifteen barrels of dick-hardening Chinese root potion

    Where do I order :em95: :em95: :em95:

  22. 22

    Muzzy, that was fucking BRILLIANT! There may be hope for you (and DJ) yet!

    :em99: :em01: :em99: :em01: :em03:

    Misha, you hit the proverbial nail squarely on its head. There are sites I no longer visit, specifically because of their ads and the amount of resources (and time) that it takes to simply load their fucking pages. And the inventor of those little fucking embedded “Twitter”, “Facebook”, etc. things that pop up if you accidentally scroll over them should be drawn and quartered and then have his/her/their remains fed to fucking feral hogs.

    :em98: :em98: :em72: :em72:

  23. 23

    Read the fine,,er,,vertical print Light29,, ‘only works on chinese roots!

  24. 24
    MasterGuns Imperial Swampmaster bloviates:

    Response to Muzzy @:
    Holy shit……..a herd of pigs and a gaggle of hogs just flew by. Muzzy……..that was the best rant on the subject I’ve ever read……..and I agree with you.

    See….once in awhile even Muzzy can make perfect sense gang. That’s why we even need the “ignorant slut” here at the Rott.

    Don’t let it go to your head Muzzy, but it is a good rant.

    Semper Fi

  25. 25

    OT:

    What do Helen Thomas and New York City have in common?

    It’s been a while since either’s been plowed.

  26. 26
    Muzzy bloviates:

    Thanks all :)

  27. 27
    LC PrimEviL bloviates:

    Response to Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery @ #25:
    Jay, I am so stealing that. :em01:
    :em01:

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