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    I'm so glad there's a new fullscreen Microsoft advert playing just before every 3rd page I visit on this site. Is there any way you can add an irritating soundtrack (preferable played about 60-70% louder than necessary)?

    Also can we have more mouseover adverts please, those are my favourite. In fact why not just show 1 post per page and then we'd be able to see the optimum number of adverts per hour.

    I love what you've done with the place.

    At least one of the above statements is false, I'll leave you to decide which.

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    Re: Advertising

    Almost akin an add after advertising.
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    Re: Advertising

    I was about to make a post to declare my love for the new advertisements too. As I logged in, I was moved to a page which just consisted of an ad with the words at the top "click here to continue". I love that! I love the fact that now I know what server solutions I should invest in.

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    hmmm... this feels like the battle of wits....

    since I haven't seen the ad mentioned in the first line, and I'm not behind any strange firewalls that would block it, I can assume that that statement is the false one.

    How ever in the second statement you mention that the mouseover ads are your favorite... now we all know THAT isn't true...

    Your third statement stinks of sarcasm... therefore we can assume that that statement is also false.

    You then further state that at least one of the above statement is false. This does not preclude the fact that ALL of the statements are false.

    therefore... I submit that all of the above statements were tendered under falsehood.

    If there is in fact an ad playing that's taking up the whole screen, report it to Martin... I don't think there's anything that is supposed to be hijacking the display like that... I know we've had issues with talking ads before and things auto-playing and they've complained about it to the third party that serves up the ads...

    Dont' give them any ideas about the mouseover ads... there's enough already... make suggestions like that, they're likely to take it seriously... ever deal with sales before? Day one of training their sense of humor is removed.

    lastly, sarcasm or not... things around could be worse... so I give the admins kudos for keeping things as tidy and ad free as they can... it's a constantly evolving process, and don't forget, at the end of the day, some one has to make money to support this place and keep the lights on.

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    I was going to focus on the trendy beard, myself. Mine is trending downwards, but it is just a trend, and not a very reliable one, either.

    I haven't seen the ad mentioned in the initial line, and all the other stuff seems too vague to pin anything on.
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    Snarkygnome, I may yet forgive you for defaming me but in the meantime allow me to illustrate...
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    Luckily adblock makes short work of this entire page and takes me straight through to the main set of mouseover adverts. And by that I mean the VBForums pages.
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    By the power of Greyskull, I HAVE THE (cloud) POWER!

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    The advert does not stipulate what we should do if we are not mentally and spiritually prepared for the phenomenon of "Cloud Power". Should we turn back and seek shelter under the cosy wing of Codeproject.com or should we simply submit to the whim of the Bearded One and proceed forth into the abyss?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wossname View Post
    Snarkygnome, I may yet forgive you for defaming me but in the meantime allow me to illustrate...
    That page was exactly the one I got, www.vbforums.com/welcomead except I had one about how to manage Facebook...

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    So...it was exactly the same except for being totally different.

    I assume you meant that they were the same because they were pages, right?
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    Faces often have beards. A book of faces is likely to be festooned with them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wossname View Post
    Luckily adblock makes short work of this entire page and takes me straight through to the main set of mouseover adverts. And by that I mean the VBForums pages.
    The thing about that is, I have whitelisted VBForums. If I un-whitelist them then I will have blocked adverts, which I don't want on this site as it is no doubt the main method of financial support?

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    It is indeed.

    I have seen the "full page" advert twice so far (in well over 500 page loads), and as there is a link to Skip it I'm not bothered about it - I watched it the first time, and skipped it the second.

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    I don't use adblock either, I just use Internet Explorer 3, same effect.
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    Re: Advertising

    How are some people only seeing it once or twice? I get it every time I visit the forum?

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    Re: Advertising

    It is likely to use cookies, so if you have cookies disabled then there is a good chance it will show more often than it is intended to.

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    That's correct,if you have cleared cookies every time you leave you'll see it again

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    Nope. All cookies are Ok.

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    This ad should only show once a day at most. As stated, if you are *not* clearing cookies and you are seeing this more than once, then something is wrong on our side. Please confirm this and I'll go hammer on our ad people to get it fixed.

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    I have yet to see an add, but I'm not complaining.
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    It should be mentioned that if you log out, you have cleared cookies. So if you log out every time you leave the forum, you will see the ad again when you return.

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    I have never seen it.

    EDIT: No, Wossy posted it, so I HAVE seen it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy Hiker View Post
    I have never seen it.

    EDIT: No, Wossy posted it, so I HAVE seen it.
    We don't advertise to people from Idaho.

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    there's people in Idaho?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPnyc View Post
    there's people in Idaho?
    I believe the final answer is still out on that.

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    I don't wonder. Probably no one wants to travel that far to find out.

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    There's only potatoes in Idaho - apparently they've evolved some kind of primitive humanoid body and social structure.

    I had a bad dream last night that featured that beardy microsoft cloud man. I've made sure not to delete my firefox cookies just now so if I do have that nightmare again then this evening your system must be OK after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brad jones View Post
    I believe the final answer is still out on that.
    I'm not sure, either.

    Fortunately, however, there IS sushi in Idaho.

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    SUSHI? I'd like to volunteer to travel to Idaho to determine what forms of sentient life, if any, exist there.

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    Since I recorded VBF on my DVR, I'm just skipping through the ads....

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    i only saw 1 ad on this page, and i just blocked it... thanks adblock xD

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    You have to love adblock. I downloaded the extension for Google Chrome and have only realized that it was actually doing something when I went onto my Desktop computer and surfed the web.

    Quote Originally Posted by wossname
    I just use Internet Explorer 3, same effect.
    You can access the internet and view web pages on IE3? Amazing.

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    I've seen the full page ad at least once but not more than once in a day.

    I was thinking about IE3 myself when wossname mentioned it. I just looked at the wikipedia article on Internet Explorer. Sort of interesting.

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    ...Internet Explorer 3 was released on August 13, 1996, and went on to be much more popular than its predecessors.
    Over 1000 people working on IE in the late 90's. I wonder how many people they put on the different Windows versions?

    I was wondering about the release date of IE3. I was using a computer very little at that time.
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    I have a poster on my bedroom wall that says, "By The Power Of The Cloud, I Can Do Anything" featuring the bearded guy.
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    You read that last one, didn't you?
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    I think MS are taking the mickey a bit now. Infinite recursion in advertising is just morally wrong!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wossname View Post
    I think MS are taking the mickey a bit now. Infinite recursion in advertising is just morally wrong!!
    Now I'm getting headaches.

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    Wossy, why are you using Windows 7?
    Delete it. They just clutter threads anyway.

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    Because win7 pwns Vista and XP.... I'd rather use Win7 over XP... I'd rather use XP over Win 2000, I'd rather use win2k over Win 98... and that over win 3.1 and that over Vista.

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    Quote Originally Posted by techgnome View Post
    ...and that over win 3.1 and that over vista.

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