Plant Database forum: Horrible flickering spam advertisement.

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Name: Myriam
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bonitin
Jan 13, 2012 7:59 AM CST
Dave, I went to the plant Consolida ambigua in the database to move it to Consolida ajacis which is the correct name as Consoiida ambigua is a synonym but got this irritating flickering spam ad on the screen!


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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Jan 13, 2012 8:02 AM CST
Eeek, got another one! Blinking

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 13, 2012 9:19 AM CST

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Hideous!

I removed those an hour ago but didn't get a chance to reply yet. I assume you're not seeing them anymore?
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Jan 13, 2012 9:41 AM CST
I haven't tried yet Dave, I just got back from the shop.
I'll try it now!
Thanks! Smiling
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Jan 13, 2012 9:43 AM CST
It is still going on Dave! Blinking

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 13, 2012 9:48 AM CST

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Could you do a shift-refresh? It really ought to be gone by now. Sad
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Jan 13, 2012 10:00 AM CST
It doesn't help Dave with refreshing, it seems to be another each time!

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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Frogs and Toads Plant Identifier
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bonitin
Jan 13, 2012 10:03 AM CST
It is the same with other plants in the database..I wonder if I am the only one?

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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Jan 13, 2012 11:07 AM CST

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The ads really should be gardening related but I'm also seeing some that aren't directly related to gardening. I'm looking into this some more right now.
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Jan 13, 2012 11:15 AM CST
Thanks Dave, the last two ones apart from not being gardening related were not flickering but normally ads should be on the side bar not right into the plant file?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Jan 13, 2012 12:29 PM CST

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Some time ago (a week maybe?) I started experimenting with allowing ads that are the same size as the image. I think it looks really good under the main image, especially when it's a nice pretty ad for something like Annie's Annuals (which often shows for me).

I looked into this a bit more and I can block ads based on categories. So I just went through and blocked a whole bunch of categories and that should help a lot. It may take an hour or two for the block to take effect, though.
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 13, 2012 12:32 PM CST

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Here's what it looks like when there is what I would consider to be the perfect ad for the site:

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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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bonitin
Jan 13, 2012 1:11 PM CST
Thanks Dave! I'll have a look at it later. The adds appearing in the middle of the page only happen in the plant data base, not in the forums, there they are on the side bar like they should be, but are rarely plant related in my case, maybe it has to do with me being in Belgium? It would be lovely to get only the plant related ones like in your example! Smiling

Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Jan 13, 2012 1:25 PM CST

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I do know that advertisers can restrict their ads to only certain countries. That is likely why you're not seeing as many of the gardening ads. Sad
Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
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Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Frogs and Toads Plant Identifier
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bonitin
Jan 14, 2012 4:15 AM CST
I think the problem is solved! Today I only get plant related ads in the plant data base! Thumbs up
Thanks for solving the problem! Smiling
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Jan 14, 2012 8:12 AM CST

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Excellent!!
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Jan 14, 2012 11:21 PM CST
The only time it's annoying is if there is not yet a photo of the plant in place. In that instance the ad appears in the slot where the photo normally is and if is a plant related ad, it gets a little confusing. I'm not sure if this will show for you but here's one example of a plant without a photo, not sure what you might see but here's the link:

Cumberland false rosemary (Conradina verticillata)

(can't do a screen shot with this iMac)
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Name: Horseshoe Griffin
Efland, NC (Zone 7a)
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Horseshoe
Jan 14, 2012 11:48 PM CST
the link worked for me, Sharon. I see what you mean.

I was taken aback earlier, too, when I was looking at "Old Man Cactus" and the pic underneath was a picture of a sliced tomato (the pic in the example Dave showed above from the "perfect ad" screen shot). It made it look like that cactus produced tomatoes.

I'm sure Dave can fine tune things.

Shoe
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Houseplants Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle
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Sharon
Jan 15, 2012 12:36 AM CST
I think every time you click on the link you get a different ad, but it made me a little nuts when it was an ad for a lemon tree where the Cumberland Rosemary should be.
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Name: Myriam
Ghent, Belgium (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member Ferns Native Plants and Wildflowers Cat Lover Birds Bee Lover
Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Frogs and Toads Plant Identifier
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bonitin
Jan 15, 2012 2:25 AM CST
I was too soon to think I only get plant-related ads Rolling my eyes.
But at least the horrible aggressive flickering ones don't show up again..

I agree that it must be confusing to see a picture that suggests a tomato producing Cactus, Shoe! Hilarious!

Sharon this is what I got clicking on your link;
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