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Where did those ads go? A happy announcement!

Ads, begone! Well, some of them.

Eagle-eyed readers — at least those who don’t use adblock — may notice something a little different about We Hunted the Mammoth today. Those giant banner ads that used to sit atop the page are gone! As are the ones following the posts. Indeed, all the Taboola ads are gone from the site.

Nope, I didn’t get kicked off of the ad network. They’re gone for a very happy reason: A very generous fan of the site — who is not a fan of the advertising on the site — has donated enough money for me to be able to get rid of the most obtrusive ads, those from Taboola, for the rest of this year and next. Enjoy!

The Google AdSense ads will remain, at least for now, but if enough of you can dig deeply in your pockets during the next fund drive, which I’ll be launching shortly, I may be able to make them go away as well. That will clear away even more of the annoying clutter and free up space in the sidebar to promote stuff that’s more in line with the values of the site, for free.

I cannot thank enough the very generous anonymous donor who made this possible! But I will try to make a start with this animated gif I just made on Blingee.

 

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DrHoveiny
DrHoveiny
3 years ago

Yep, so easy to accidentally touch those ads when everything’s loading on a phone screen. What a mensch!

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
3 years ago

@ arctic ape

But you survived?

It is a bit disconcerting. You read those stories about how the internet knows you’re pregnant before you do. Then you get adverts for funeral directors.

PeeVee the (Timber-Rattling Booger Slut, But Noice) Sarcastic
PeeVee the (Timber-Rattling Booger Slut, But Noice) Sarcastic
3 years ago

I used to get the dental implant ones. Like, 4 on each page. Teeth. Just so much teeth.

weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

I’m pretty sure that the vast majority of clicks those ads get are accidental.

The slower to load than the rest of the page ads are only the second worst though. The worst is those mobile ads that redirect you against your will and then you can’t just press the back button, it won’t let you. You have to close out of the whole window. There are sites you can’t even visit without ad blockers because of that. How does it benefit either the advertiser or the site when people stop visiting a website altogether because of invasive ads? I don’t get it.

Capra (Probably not George Soros)
Capra (Probably not George Soros)
3 years ago

Thank you so, so much, anonymous donor!

booburry
3 years ago

Wwth- I agree. I used to religiously read Pharyngula but the ads over there were just how you describe. Plus, the pages it would redirect to were very shady and would often freeze my entire phone up. When people made a fuss they were basically told to donate or stfu, so I just stopped reading. Which us a bummer because I like PZ’s content usually. I can’t imagine those ads make that much more money than regular ones. Wish they’d go the way of the dodo.

Tovius
Tovius
3 years ago

Thank you, not George Soros! Those adds always made navigating the site on my phone a pain. (And they were often shady AF)

David Gerard
3 years ago

If you want to use an ad blocker on mobile – use Firefox Mobile, the uBlock Origin addon works great. Then you can read Pharyngula again!

cornychips
cornychips
3 years ago

The site looks great! My laptop broke awhile ago and I’ve been using my mobile. Crash city no more!!!!

Dodom
Dodom
3 years ago

Oh nice! I’ll check what the site looks like from work, and if it browses fine I’ll whitelist it at home. (if it functions on Explorer with no adblock, it’ll function anywhere)

Rhuu - apparently an illiterati
Rhuu - apparently an illiterati
3 years ago

Thank you anonymous donor!!

Hambeast, disorderly she-tornado and breaker of windows
Hambeast, disorderly she-tornado and breaker of windows
3 years ago

*blows noise-maker, throws confetti*

Thanks, Anonymous Benefactor!

Sniper Kitty said

I saw that break on All in. Chris Hayes’s face when he heard the audio was pure shock – as if he was thinking ‘How could this happen in America?’. The poor reporter who was assaulted (from the Guardian) went to hospital to have his arm X-ray’d – he’d landed on his elbow and felt pain.

I saw that, too; I watch Rachel Maddow (have done since she used to sub for Olbermann when he had an MSNBC show) and was a bit disappointed by her apparent insistence on having the reporter call in to her show, too. It was evident that the poor guy was really rattled in the phone interview Chris Hayes did and every time Rachel said “We hope to have the reporter on the phone soon” all I could think was: Sheesh! Let the poor guy get his elbow treated!

Sheila Crosby
3 years ago

Thank you anonymous!

authorialAlchemy
authorialAlchemy
3 years ago

I accidentally clicked on those ads so many times​. They’re a virus risk, and once in a while I would see transphobic or misogynistic click bait. They were really trashy in general.

I’m so glad they’re gone!

Rhuu - apparently an illiterati
Rhuu - apparently an illiterati
3 years ago

OT But how about another article about the Drafthouse?

Aggrieved men seethe with rage over Texas theater’s women-only screenings of ‘Wonder Woman’

I particularly enjoyed the people complaining about how their husband couldn’t take their daughter to that theatre. You can’t… on this one (now two) showing? Go see it there at another time?

If I’m ever in that area I’m going to see a film there, and buy some food, something I never do.

Also, this part of the announcement:

And when we say ‘Women (and People Who Identify As Women) Only,’ we mean it.

😀 😀 😀

Valentine
Valentine
3 years ago

Спасбищщще! Whoever it was…. Every time i read one of those adverts i feel like my brain cells die, they are so stupid.

Michael Suttkus, II
Michael Suttkus, II
3 years ago

A minor correction to something mentioned above: There IS a Judge Dredd series in preproduction, but it is not associated with Netflix at this time. According to one of the producers, Karl Urban has expressed interest in appearing in the series, but isn’t sure he can find time in his schedule. They are willing and eager to work with him if it is at all possible.

Bina
3 years ago

Those Taboola ads were infuriatingly awful clickbaity trash. Thank you, Anonymous Donor Person! Your generosity is much appreciated.

misophistry
misophistry
3 years ago

Hip hip, Hooray! Those ads are like internet herpes.

=8)-DX
=8)-DX
3 years ago

Thank you anonymous donor who is not George Soros! I will now hopefully be able to view this site without it killing my WP browser every 30s, thanks!

Lysistrata
Lysistrata
3 years ago

Thank you anonymous donor!

And David: good on you! There cannot be a sweeter way to hear “keep up the good work”

Some Guy
Some Guy
3 years ago

That’s oddly specific.

Are you SURE George Soros isn’t bankrolling this whole endeavour?

look you can tell me I just want an in to hop on the Soros gravy train 😉