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What the h*ll is going on with Bit-Tech???

Discussion in 'Feedback & Suggestions' started by greypilgers, 16 Mar 2012.

  1. greypilgers

    greypilgers What's a Dremel?

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    I've just been reading the article about Game and its prospects for the future, when all of a sudden my entire screen changes and became distorted, before falling apart and revealing a bloody eBay logo the size of my screen, and then cutting to a full screen video!

    'Oh well, I obviously was bored with reading your article and wanted to look at some mindless, poorly directed advertising instead.' (Closes website and visits a competitor instead).

    What the hell is this all about? I thought Bit-Tech was changing for the better? Don't tell me that a decision like this was taken with the blessing of the Bit-Tech readership???? There's lots of rhetoric about the new Captains in charge and listening to the input of the readers, and whilst its acknowledged that there will be advertising, we are consistently told this advertsiing is measured and in a non-obtrusive manner. This is all complete nonsense however as the methods of advertising increasingly become more and more intrusive over the past 12 months.

    Would someone from Bit-Tech please explain this advertising, please?

    :wallbash:
     
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  2. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    U mad bro? :p

    I'm sure it's annoying but one advert is nothing to go into meltdown about. Chill.
     
  3. longweight

    longweight Possibly Longbeard.

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    Adblock.

    /thread.
     
  4. Matticus

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    Sorry Nexxo, but I have to agree with greypilgers.

    Advertising is fine, banners I can deal with without issue, I can even endure the full screen adverts which come up between page clicks you find on other sites. But once a page has loaded and I am half way through an article I don't appreciate an ambush, my entire browser window tearing away to eBay and a video to follow.

    This has happened twice and I am almost certain I didn't hover over anything to trigger this, I am not even sure if there was an eBay banner on the pages to begin with.

    I am sure the income from such adverts will show very little return once people start getting annoyed and go elsewhere or use ad blockers.

    I don't think that is the point, I run Adblock at home but have Bit Tech and other sites whitelisted because I might occasionally be interested in a relevant advert and click it. That is not going to happen if I can't see it.
     
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  5. Nexxo

    Nexxo * Prefab Sprout – The King of Rock 'n' Roll

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    I agree with that, it's just his reaction seems a bit, well, much. :)
     
  6. GeordieGoose

    GeordieGoose What's a Dremel?

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    RAGE!!
    :jawdrop:

    :idea:nothing like a bit of ad-block action :worried:
     
  7. improprietary

    improprietary FT03 is a bitch to watercool

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    you can force some web browser to only show the flash video if you click on it. Just a thought.
     
  8. greypilgers

    greypilgers What's a Dremel?

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    Thats just the thing though guys. I DONT run adblock because it is counterproductive, and I WANT to support Bit-Tech, but Im not upset about this issue in isolation - this is just the latest in a long running, and increasingly more invasive, method of advertising that we are constantly assured by whoever is in charge of Bit-Tech that week, will be measured, applicable, and reasonable when clearly is not. I take it as an insult that the staff of Bit-Tech not only have no control over the form of their website, but also have no idea of what happens on it either. If Bit-Tech don't want us to be able to read their articles through then fine, there are plenty of competitors around we can read from instead.

    Not that I expect anything positive to come from my frustration. After all, asking nicely, protesting, or rage has had absolutely no effect on the general move to this by the advertising department so far.

    :sigh:
     
  9. Tribble

    Tribble Steals Avatars

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    Have not seen this offending ad yet, i like the cadburys ad.
     
  10. greypilgers

    greypilgers What's a Dremel?

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    THE F*CKING FULL SCREEN ADVERT IS STILL REPEATING ITSELF AND PREVENTING US FROM SEEING YOUR ARTICLES. WHY IS YOUR PARENT COMPANY SO RETARDED AS TO THINK THIS IS GOING TO MAKE US CLICK ON YOUR STUPID ADVERTS? :duh:

    I thought that after Simon's response of having already spoken with the advertising department who apparently were already aware of the problems, I would be prepared to give Bit-Tech another chance. I appreciate this is a weekend, but if the issue was already known to Dennis and Bit-Tech during the week, I'm sorry but there is no excuse for something which is so ridiculous.

    Honestly, that's it - this site and its owners aren't worthy of the loyalty shown to it by its legions of followers over the years. I have nothing but contempt for the useless and inept ad department and their associates, and nothing but pity for the poor b*stards who write content for this site that is increasingly being sidelined by marketing. You're all basically now temps, lads - It'd be great if there were a way to start up your own unmolested Bit-Tech as a phoenix from the flames and enjoy the support of the people here who appreciate your literary and technological input. :nono:

    I would actually start a new thread promoting the websites of competitors of Bit-tech ON Bit-Tech's forum, to try and motivate some positive change within Bit-Tech, but I no longer believe it would work. It'd likely just get censored.

    Instead I'd encourage everyone to Google for alternatives to Bit-Tech - there are many out there with more sensible and professional advertising campaigns. :search:

    Goodbye Bit-Tech. It was fantastic at first, but recently has been poisoned by the action of others.

    :wallbash:

    Having a bad day and this issue is one that really frustrates me! :waah:
     
  11. tristanperry

    tristanperry Minimodder

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    Yeah I'm seeing the full page ad more than once too.

    It's pretty annoying. It also means that I don't venture outside the forums anymore. (So instead of me previously seeing some ads, I know see none - smart move, advertisers :duh:)

    Here's hoping they don't move the ads into the forums when ad revenues start falling..
     
  12. DeathAwaitsU

    DeathAwaitsU I'm Back :D

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    Im with that guy ^^ I've been visiting bit less and less as its been going downhill since Dennis took over but a full screen ad every time i visit? No thanks! I expect that from crappy blogs and the like not bit! I could rant but its all been said before but i will say, goodbye bit homepage, ill be viewing the forums only from now on
     
  13. AstralWanderer

    AstralWanderer What's a Dremel?

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    OK, how about imagining that you're reading a newspaper or a book - it's a good read and you're really well immersed in it.

    Then someone comes up, yanks it off you and screams "EBAY!!" in your face.

    Would you now consider punching that so-so in the face "a bit, well much" too?

    I've not seen it, but I block ads - no exceptions. Hearing about these sort of antics not only confirms my actions as being "the right thing to do" but also puts the advertiser on my boycott list. Anyone prepared to indulge in such advertising is highly unlikely to be a business I want to be dealing with.
     
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  14. fdbh96

    fdbh96 What's a Dremel?

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    Pretty sure there's another thread on this too.

    (reluctant user of adblock :()
     
  15. sp4nky

    sp4nky BF3: Aardfrith WoT: McGubbins

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    When someone is at the tipping point between acceptance and not, the thing that pushes them over the edge, no matter how small it seems to others, will seem massive to them.

    Personally I'm with tristranperry on this matter. Pop-over adverts are the sort of thing I expect from dodgy pornsites and US "news" websites. It makes me think twice about visiting the website again.

    Not only is it annoying, it screams "desparation" from a mile away. Not only on the part of the product being advertised but the site desparate for some revenue. Bit-tech isn't going the same way as GAME is it?
     
  16. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    Now I'm not only getting spammmed by ebay every time I come on here, NO now it's fecking other sh*t that means i have to crash my browser to get rid of it !!!!!

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  17. brumgrunt

    brumgrunt What's a Dremel?

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    I've just had confirmation that this advertising campaign is being stopped, while the technical problems - it repeating so often, basically - are fixed. If you keep getting it reappearing, please let me know.

    Simon
     
  18. Kovoet

    Kovoet What's a Dremel?

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    I wondered why the site is so slow must have been my bullguard blocking the ads:confused:

    sent from HTC Sensation
     
  19. brumgrunt

    brumgrunt What's a Dremel?

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    The ad has been switched back on again, and the problem has apparently been corrected. As always, please tell me if this is not the case for you.

    S
     
  20. Kovoet

    Kovoet What's a Dremel?

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    It's much better mate thanks for fixing it.
     

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