Can site advertisers please be vetted?

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Can admin please do something about vetting adverts on this site.

Recently adverts to the following two "semi-scam" sites (for HDS and SkyQ) have started appearing very frequently.

I don't really want to use ad-blocking as I realise adverts pay for the site BUT ads such as these are beyond the limit
 
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Not sure what we can do about these, as they are not directly added by us.
 
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Well I have submitted a complaint to the ASA on the DigitalHDS device as misleading and inaccurate
 
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On one of the satellite sites I'm on here state side, the mod's, super mods and admin's have anti spammer powers, you can send the offending spammer message with ad's (unauthorized advertiser) to spam land, and that offender gets an automatic life time ban.

It's called "Spam-O-matic" do a google for it.

It could work great here.
 
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On one of the satellite sites I'm on here state side, the mod's, super mods and admin's have anti spammer powers, you can send the offending spammer message with ad's (unauthorized advertiser) to spam land, and that offender gets an automatic life time ban.

It's called "Spam-O-matic" do a google for it.

It could work great here.
We get rid of an awful lot of undesirable content through the anti-Spam and other measures already available to us.

These rogue adverts aren't messages from spammers as such, but carp arising off-site through Google Ads and other annoyances.
 
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Well I have submitted a complaint to the ASA on the DigitalHDS device as misleading and inaccurate

Please let us know the response(s). It is good to be pro-active though ASA have no legislative powers, and their watch stops at the UK border (very much like the TPS), so any advertising from abroad will not be impacted.

The first link is interesting though, be suspicious (especially the elderly) of promos from the south coast, the Portsmouth - Bournemouth region.
 
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Can admin please do something about vetting adverts on this site.
There are adverts on the internet?? o_Oo_O

Seriously though - unfortunately there is nothing we can do about it - it all down to Google ads & the extremely detailed way Google have all internet users profiled.

Different ads are shown to different people even if they are viewing the same page at exactly the same time! Hundreds of tiny bits of information about your browsing habits are collated by the Google algorithms & their AI systems then serve the appropriate ads depending on your profiling.

Ever wondered why you buy a new fridge from an online site then you get bombarded by ads for fridges for weeks after?? Thats a flaw in the ad algorithms - the AI is stupid enough not to realise if you just bought a new fridge you are fairly unlikely to want to buy another one :D.
 
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- the AI is stupid enough not to realise if you just bought a new fridge you are fairly unlikely to want to buy another one :D.
Bugger.

Now I know why I've got seven of the fockers :oops:
 
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Ever wondered why you buy a new fridge from an online site then you get bombarded by ads for fridges for weeks after?? Thats a flaw in the ad algorithms - the AI is stupid enough not to realise if you just bought a new fridge you are fairly unlikely to want to buy another one :D.
ABSOLUTELY! It's "OBVIOUS" to most of "us" that those (= Google, Amazon, eBay, et al, et al, etc., etc.........) which "develop" those AIs are themselves "as thick as planks"- Thus. to "them", "watch" and "LEARN" (OTOH, if they actually do do that then the "rest of us" will need to be even more "vigilant" :( )

OTOH, recently I've been closely "monitoring" the (pretty obvious!) "phishing" emails coming in via one of my email adresses - and it's clear that the sources are constantly "changing"/ "rotating" their sending adresses to "hit me from another direction" - and most of that seems to be coming from a particular "location" in the US.

Will aim to give an idea of what is happening within the next few days.
 
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No prizes for guessing what my searches have been recently.:) This is what I see. :)

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No prizes for guessing what my searches have been recently.:) This is what I see. :)

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Please let us know the response(s). It is good to be pro-active though ASA have no legislative powers, and their watch stops at the UK border (very much like the TPS), so any advertising from abroad will not be impacted.

The first link is interesting though, be suspicious (especially the elderly) of promos from the south coast, the Portsmouth - Bournemouth region.
Response from the ASA
Thank you for contacting the ASA with your complaint about a website for DigitalHDS.



I should firstly explain that the ASA is able to assess complaints in respect of legitimate advertisers, and can require them to amend or withdraw their advertising if it breaches our Codes. However, after assessing this website, we consider this enterprise is likely be an outright fraud and as such the matter would unfortunately fall beyond our remit.



You may wish to consider contacting Action Fraud who are empowered to deal with online scams.



I’m sorry we have not been able to help you further on this occasion but I hope this information is useful to you. We will keep your comments on file and continue to monitor the response to ads from this advertiser.



For more details about our work, please visit our website, www.asa.org.uk.
 
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Getting some very "weird" ads nowadays - anyone for a private "excutive" chopper, or French language tuition (could be "one to one" - raised an eyebrow at that)??:-rofl2
 
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However. I do like some of them ads. Beatufil Odessa Women will work for me
 
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I know the forum "needs" them but those bloody ads are now appearing after every 2nd/3rd "line" in the subsections and in the threads themselves - and they appear to be getting larger and larger on the screen over time, and so, pretty soon, we won't be able to "see the wood for the trees"!

So, can anything be done to limit the "pixel count" of those ads to ensure they stay at a reasonable size on-screen?
 
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@chris can you look into this when you have a minute please?
 
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