Thursday, November 01, 2007

Loud Ads

I thought we were past this. I thought you had realized that if you make ads that make noise, you damage both your own rep and that of the site unfortunate enough to host you.

I also thought we were past the "mouseover is consent" days. As it turns out, I have to mouseover banners over the course of ordinary navigation. When your ad pops up in page-blocking, loud assholery, you not only make me personally boycott your products, but you also usually drive me away from the site I wanted to visit. This is especially true if you're advertising smiley icons and shouting "HELLOOOO!" at me. If I ever meet anyone who says, "Yeah, I'm Bob. I market smileys on the internet," I'm going to kick him someplace where he is delicate. Like the medulla oblongata. I may have to peel away some layers to get there, but it'll be worth it.

Now here's a new kind of irritating ad: I just caught up on the last two weeks of Zero Punctuation, which I love. Except now there are banner ads IN THE MOVIE.

They're not only resurrecting the old dumbass ways of doing things, they're inventing new dumbass ways to do things.

FUCK them.


Red Bull said...

Yahtzee is a friggin public service, and the only reason to go anywhere near the Escapist. Mucking it up with ads is just wrong.

Craig Perko said...

I think I may agree. Let me think about it for a while... ;)

Patrick said...

While I'll likely depend on ads to generate revenue in the near future, I do share your criticisms. I think the current model of advertising on the internet is largely obtuse and counter-productive, and instead should be more involved with the interactivity itself, or at least more mellow.