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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 generousย 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! Butย I will try to make a start with this animated gif I just made on Blingee.

 

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weirwoodtreehugger: chief manatee

Thank you to that donor! Taboola ads are always shady af.

I guess I’ll have to sperm jack a bunch of men so I can get rich off child support and be able to donate the sum required to get rid of those other ads!

Gerfachi Chewbaba
Gerfachi Chewbaba
4 years ago

Are they the same adds that say, “you won’t believe what blah blah celebrity looks like now?”

Francesca Torpedo, Femoid Special Forces Major
Francesca Torpedo, Femoid Special Forces Major
4 years ago

@WWTH

Thank you to that donor! Taboola ads are always shady af.

HOW TO GET THE MOST PERFECT TEETH EVER

That one bothers me the most because I already have anxiety about my teeth. There are a few others that bothered me.

The “GIRLS X BATTLE” game one made me chuckle because it’s so ridiculously out of place on this blog. This blog is about serious things, not videogames.

I have adblock on my PC, but not on my tablet or phone so it was always jarring and weird when I noticed the ads.

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
4 years ago

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Weatherwax
Weatherwax
4 years ago

Thank you so much, anonymous donor. I was so tired of seeing ads which told me how to fill up empty cabins on cruises, self-diagnose cancer based on the look of my toes and (this is a UK-specific issue) claim back PPI.

And thank you, David, for continuing to plough through filth on our behalf.

ETA – (And I really, really will go to bed now.)

Weatherwax
Weatherwax
4 years ago

(And are you sure it’s not George Soros? Maybe we’re all George Soros.

I don’t THINK I’m George Soros, but what if I’ve undergone Manchurian Candidate style brainwashing?

Maybe, a la Spartacus, we SHOULD all be George Soros – I definitely paid my own train fare to the Women’s March, so there’s that.

Go to bed now, Weatherwax!)

Francesca Torpedo, Femoid Special Forces Major
Francesca Torpedo, Femoid Special Forces Major
4 years ago

@Weatherwax

That’s Miss George Soros to you, m’goodlady.

And now I am off to plot Interracial White Woman Sex Genocide. Just gonna, uh, just gonna fire up all those porn studies I fund with my Jewshekelgolds.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
4 years ago

Anon, U R the BEST!

Thx!

Ooglyboggles
4 years ago

Thank you Anonymous Internet Person!

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
4 years ago

Woo hoo for the generous anonymouse!

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

OMG, I don’t know who you are, but thank you thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU!!!

๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Dalillama: Irate Social Engineer

@Donor
Thank you ever so much.

@Gerfachi Chewbaba
Among other obnoxious garbage, yes.

@Fran

I have adblock on my PC, but not on my tablet or phone so it was always jarring and weird when I noticed the ads.

Same here

And now I am off to plot Interracial White Woman Sex Genocide.

I would like to audition for the part of White Woman.

personalpest
personalpest
4 years ago

In the midst of all the horror in the news, this is a happy day for all… Mammothteers? Is that what we’re called?

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
4 years ago

Whoa! Had enough news yet for today?

Republican candidate ‘body-slams’ Guardian reporter in Montana

Audio obtained of Greg Gianforte attacking a reporter on eve of a special election to fill a congressional seat vacated by a member of the Trump administration

โ€œItโ€™s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ.โ€

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/24/greg-gianforte-bodyslams-reporter-ben-jacobs-montana

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
4 years ago

OH LORD, anybody who saves us from those virus-riddled farts of distilled misogyny is a fucking hero in my book.

Sniper Kitty, She-Tornado
Sniper Kitty, She-Tornado
4 years ago

@Kat

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 hope the reporter is alright. And I hope that asshole of a candidate loses. We don’t need even more thugs in politics

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
4 years ago

@Sniper Kitty
Gianforte couldn’t keep his temper in check for one more day.

Ooglyboggles
4 years ago

OHMYFOGFANGASMNEXT

Castlevania, anime. That is a thing of beauty.

Viscaria the Cheese Hog
Viscaria the Cheese Hog
4 years ago

That’s marvelous. Many thanks, whoever you are!

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

Kat, I just heard it, and I cannot tell you how shocked I was…

I hope he gets his ass handed to him tomorrow. This kind of bullshit cannot be tolerated.

Montana, step up to the plate and send a very clear message.

Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
Kat, ambassador of the feminist government in exile
4 years ago

@PeeVee
My boyfriend joked that Montanans probably hate weakling liberals who can’t take a punch in the jaw.

I had to laugh.

theseventhguest
theseventhguest
4 years ago

thank you, anonymous donor.

Myriad
Myriad
4 years ago

Many, many thanks anonymous donor. Now, maybe the ads will not lock my browser up on my iPad.

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

Kat:

Oro y Plata (to wire your liberal jaw shut with after our candidate punches you)

Katie's Elderly Minion
Katie's Elderly Minion
4 years ago

YAY!!! Thank you to whoever that was!

Zatar
Zatar
4 years ago

Ooglyboggles:

Its also being written by Warren Ellis so I’m quite excited.

Fishy Goat
Fishy Goat
4 years ago

Thank you, anonymous benefactor!! <3

Fabe
Fabe
4 years ago

Netflix also has plans for a series based on the Karl Urban Judge Dredd movie as well as a series based on The Witcher Novels

Ooglyboggles
4 years ago

@Zatar

Its also being written by Warren Ellis so Iโ€™m quite excited.

@Fabe

Netflix also has plans for a series based on the Karl Urban Judge Dredd movie as well as a series based on The Witcher Novels

http://68.media.tumblr.com/fa8360dd3435a7324c30c29d1ef88342/tumblr_nquy96IjJQ1urgbe1o1_500.jpg
This plus seasons 2&3 confirmed for A Series of Unfortunate Events is like Super Lunar News Years Festival for me right now.

JS
JS
4 years ago

โ€œyou wonโ€™t believe what blah blah celebrity looks like now?โ€
Oh, Taboola is even worse than that.

Start with provocative image of some sort. Put clickbaity headline on bottom. Link to something that is basically a server full of ad farms, and might just barely be related to the headline. Image is generally unrelated. Outbrain is even worse. These things all link to “content farms”, which all interconnect into each other in hopes of increasing page rank before google tweaks the algorithm again.

Those two are like a recommendation engine that only cares whether you’re intrigued enough to click on the link.

You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike.

One of the worst forms of advertising, almost as bad as the original X-10 pop over/under/side-to-side/anywhere really ads. Let me just say, as a person with electrical engineering degree, X10 is the worst method of power control ever. Start with 60Hz. Add higher frequency spikes to the line to signal various things. Fail to notice that a cheap circuit that detects these spikes to switch lamps… will also detect lightning (and other) surges and fail within a year or so. Or worse, design it that way so you can sell the next “new model” next year.

Arctic Ape
Arctic Ape
4 years ago

They funded the Mammoth for us! All hail!

DanHolme
DanHolme
4 years ago

But what DOES Elizabeth Shue look like nowadays?
DID the lion eat the baby deer?
WHY was the crowd cheering?

These important questions will continue to vex me, it seems.

varalys the dark
4 years ago

I used to mainly get ads for funeral parlors, life insurance and making a will. So thanks anon for getting rid of that!

Pie
Pie
4 years ago

If Soros didn’t donate the money directly, it was probably done via a “professional donor” in his pay. I’m sure we all know by now that no so-called “SJW” actually has any agency; only nazis and libertarians have that.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
4 years ago

Thank you, Saul Alinsky!

Gipsz Jakab
Gipsz Jakab
4 years ago

Oh, thank goodness. This makes the site infinitely more browseable on mobile.

Imaginary Petal
Imaginary Petal
4 years ago

When I go to WHTM on my phone, I often try to click the title of the most recent post. Every single time I do that, the taboola as loads in just before I tap the screen, so that I accidentally click the ad instead.

No more of that bullshit!

Banananana dakry: Fat, Short-Haired, and Deranged
Banananana dakry: Fat, Short-Haired, and Deranged
4 years ago

Thank you, whoever you are, anonymous donor!

Not only was I dealing with the same clickbait issues IP was on my iPod Touch, I could feel myself becoming stupider just reading the headlines. I have Facebook comments for that already. *twitches*

Croquembouche, poorly-dressed vandal
Croquembouche, poorly-dressed vandal
4 years ago

Thank you, anonymous donor NOT name of SOROS!

Re Montana: prominent Montanan Chuck Tingle is covering this issue:
https://mobile.twitter.com/ChuckTingle/status/867587722864611328

David Gerard
4 years ago

If you want an ad network that isn’t horrible, btw, try Project Wonderful. They don’t pay nearly as well as Google, but they’re pretty nice with a non-reprehensible clientele and 0 malware incidents to date. I strongly advocate ad blockers as a security safety measure, and I specifically unblocked Project Wonderful and sites that use them.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

I will miss finding out the top ten secrets funeral directors didn’t want me to know.

(Number seven shocked me!)

Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
Sinkable John : Pansy Ass Pinko, Regicidal Beast-of-Burden
4 years ago

*emerges*

Woah huh. Never felt that good about blocking ads here but it seems I might be able to whitelist WHTM now without my computer exploding.

Fingers crossed.

Lanariel
Lanariel
4 years ago

Thanks anonymous donor.

Weird (Encouraged by the RESISTANCE!!!!) Eddie
Weird (Encouraged by the RESISTANCE!!!!) Eddie
4 years ago

Oh, the ads… the ads….

I was searching up the web site for a client in Russia, and I somehow ran afoul of an ad for a Russian dating site… I got “date hot Russian girls” emails for TWO YEARS!! And, 5 years later, any site that has those sidebar ads will likely have an ad or two… I work in an engineering office, so it can be… awkward.

Iseult The Idle
Iseult The Idle
4 years ago

Thank you, Anonymous. I’ve been a big fan of your work over the years.

Kale
Kale
4 years ago

thank you to that donor, I hated those ads, sometimes they showed gross things or offensive things lol

Laserqueen
Laserqueen
4 years ago

Thank you anonymous donor! I’m at peace with my belly fat anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

Button
Button
4 years ago

Hey so, can I ask how much it cost to get rid of those ads for a year? In my imagination it must have been fairly significant, but I also know that ads pay next to diddly squat per view, so I’m wondering if I could afford to follow Anonymous’s example on another site.

Bluecat
Bluecat
4 years ago

Thank you Anonymous Donor.

Not sure I can live without that one simple facelift trick that has doctors furious, but I’ll do my best.

Arctic Ape
Arctic Ape
4 years ago

Alan:

(Number seven shocked me!)

But you survived? No wonder they didn’t want you to see THAT secret.