We use a variety of ad networks on BCB, mostly only visible by US-based visitors. Not a single provider is allowed to show video ads, audio ads or popups and popovers, so this should never happen.
But it does. And it's a really difficult problem to solve. Basically, rogue advertisers figure out how to shoehorn bad things into the networks and they end up on our site. If it happens too often, I stop using that ad network, but it's very difficult to tell where they come from.
To help me identify ads, don't just say "I saw a popup" or "a video played about X product". This is completely useless information that I can't act on. What you need to do is to use advanced tools in Safari, Chrome or Opera to trace where it came from. If you're not using these browsers (or you have Firefox without Firebug installed) you cannot help.
Here's what to do:
- Right click the ad. If there's a "Inspect Element" menu item, click it. If not, right click the area surrounding hte ad and do it.
- A Web Inspector should appear. It will be a mess of code. You need to find the line that says:
<div id="ad_rectangle" class="ad-top">in this mess. (It might also say ad_skyscraper or ad_leaderboard depending, but the class="ad-top" is always there.)
- You must now expose everything below this point in the element tree. Click every disclosure triangle beneath this line of code to expose a whole bunch of code that shows the pathway to get to the final ad.
- Copy and paste this text to me, or take several screenshots of the entire region.
I'm sorry it's not much easier. But if you do this, it helps me immensely.
SITE PROBLEMS AND SUGGESTIONS
If anything is wrong with the site, let me know. I'll try to fix it.
Otherwise, I've been working very hard on resolving long to-do lists for the site and forum. Any suggestions are welcomed.
I can kick this function of the thread off with a list of the Special Ed people who were permanently banned, and those who were subsequently banned after reacting badly to the new rules topic. Moderators are encouraged to report their temporary bans in this topic, too.
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