Macrumors forums unusable

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  1. iToph, May 29, 2017
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    iToph macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,

    since last week I have some strange add-behavior on macrumors only on my iPhone. Whenever I stay in forums, after 20-30 sec comes an annoying add. Whatever I do, I get redirected to this damned site and cant go back. What is this ****? I'm on MR for years now and never had this problem before.

    I totally deleted all internet data in the settings-app, tried to use cellular/other wifis nothing works.

    HELP a life without MR is actually not a life anymore :p

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  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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  3. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    It looks like an advertisement is using JavaScript to create a popup.
     
  4. AmazingHenry macrumors 65816

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    Not related to the topic, but consider using the Tapatalk app. You can access the forum quicker and get notifications when someone replies to a thread you're watching.

    I can't really recommend this app as I don't use it. I just know a lot of people do.
     
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  7. VSG macrumors regular

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    Ah damn, those horrendous ads are still not resolved.

    Had those two weeks ago, then all was good and now they've returned again (see attachment).
    Dear MR-staff, if you want us to support your site by browsing it without an ad-blocker then DO something about those ads!

    It's not just that they're obnoxiously annoying because you can't read a single forum post without being redirected. They're potentially dangerous as well.
    Last year I became victim of such a surf-by subscription scam and anyone who hasn't disabled mobile payments via their carrier can become one as well.

    So please, for the love of Christ, do something or the only way to surf your site will be with a freaking good as-blocker enabled.

    Thanks,
    VSG
     

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  8. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Looking into this again. I assume this just randomly pops up as the bad ad comes though the rotation? Or is there a URL where you can get it to pop up consistently?
     
  9. VSG macrumors regular

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    Actually, it is happening on all forum threads at the moment. Even this one. Opened without content-blocker and just let the site rest for 10 seconds and got redirected again.
    I can't even see an ad that relates to the pop-up.

    Ps: screenshot of the redirect-pop-up that happend just now. While scrolling through the site, the only ad I saw was for Lieferando (which is a legit delivery service). I'd guess the ad-provider bundles several ads with one display.
    But it's still a PITA and it still makes MR unusable when browsing mobile without an ad-blocker.
     

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  10. VSG macrumors regular

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    The same redirects are still happening on the forums. I actually had one right now. Is anyone actually looking into this?
     
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  12. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    We've checked with our main ad provider and they say it's not them. Our other provider is looking into it. I'll follow up for an update from them. Sorry about this... :(
     
  13. VSG macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the update!
    I really hope you'll find a solution to this.

    Since I'm not the only one who experiences this and I kinda doubt my carrier slips in the ad while I'm surfing, it either is something your ad-providers do - or it's a code inherent in your mobile site (and I doubt the latter).
     
  14. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    Geez, I was coming here to vent about all the "is your bent penis actually diseased???" ads that show on every single page, but your problem is much worse.
     
  15. arn macrumors god

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    I emailed you to follow up with some questions.

    arn
     
  16. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    The problem ad should be gone as of a few days ago. @VSG or any other German users who were experiencing the problem, can you confirm?

    Sorry it took so long to track it down.
     
  17. 960design macrumors 68000

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    Agreed. The site is nearly unusable. Load times have fallen from nearly zero to over 30 seconds:
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    I appreciate everything this site has to offer and visit it daily. If there is anything I can assist with, please let me know.
     
  18. VSG macrumors regular

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    Sorry for checking back so late, it's been a hell of a week.
    I got the e-mail from your Service Provider and yes, the ad appears to be gone. :)

    Thanks again for the assistance!
    Best regards,
    VSG
     
  19. VSG macrumors regular

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    For the sake of Christ, those obnoxious ads are back!

    Twice in one session just now.

    PLEASE do something about this!
     

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  20. annk Administrator

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    I've been told that we're contacting our ad agency about this, thanks for letting us know.
     
  21. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    This should be fixed. VSG has been helping us track down the bad ads.

    Hopefully that's the end of it.
     

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