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Huge ads on brickset site?

theguru1974theguru1974 Richmond, VA Member Posts: 3
Anybody else seeing these huge obnoxious banner ads all over the brickset site? Is this intentional or some kind of rogue event like a few months ago?



  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 1,899
    Are you logged in?
    Normally they disappear after logging in but if not you may want to contact one of the site mods.
  • MatthewMatthew Cheshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 3,734
    As said above they should disappear when you log in. If you provide a screenshot @Huw can confirm if the behaviour  you are seeing is expected.
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,384
    They are shown to casual users only so login and they'll disappear.
  • andrewtandrewt Member Posts: 10
    Apologies for bumping, but when I visit the site (not logged in), I'm seeing these overwhelmingly large ads. I'm running Adblock, but these make the site look somewhat hideous.

  • theguru1974theguru1974 Richmond, VA Member Posts: 3
    It's a shame this is the first impression a new / "casual"  user might get of the site when visiting. 
  • gratefulnatgratefulnat SwitzerlandMember Posts: 262
    Having the same issue as well.
    Although once logged in they do not appear.
  • drdavewatforddrdavewatford Hertfordshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,228
    ^ It's not an 'issue' - it's intentional, both the advertising for casual visitors, and the lack of advertising for members.  
  • gratefulnatgratefulnat SwitzerlandMember Posts: 262
    edited September 2017
    ^I understand, but I've never been confronted with this before (whether logged in or not) since I've been visiting the site since 2007.
    So for me it is an issue :-)
    I guess I'll just always have to log in to avoid the non-issue...
    (a slightly cheeky response, but no ill will meant!!)
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 3,382
    I really don't see the issue. I stay logged in, so I never see any ads. They're no bigger than ads on some sites, and certainly aren't 'full screen'.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UKMember Posts: 3,382
    However, @Huw it might be worth having a little banner there saying 'sign in to remove the ads' or something like that :)
  • andrewtandrewt Member Posts: 10
    Personally I think the ads are aggressive and off-putting to someone who isn't logged in usually, especially considering Brickset's reputation as the premier Lego fan site.
  • theguru1974theguru1974 Richmond, VA Member Posts: 3
    Not a bad idea to have some kind of banner or notification letting people know the ads will go away if they join / login. First impression on a site is important. 
  • andheandhe UKMember Posts: 2,671
    If I check the news on my break at work then I don't tend to be logged in. I was surprised at the size of the ads, especially the ones that sort of mixed in with the news. Made me wary of clicking anything.

    Though that giant dog did make me laugh. I knew those scientists were hiding something!!
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,384
    edited September 2017
    Those were shown to non logged in users with ad blockers. But they were absolutely awful and earning less than $10 a day so I have now removed them.
  • gratefulnatgratefulnat SwitzerlandMember Posts: 262
    Thanks @Huw - I was just wondering why after 3 days of these adds they suddenly weren't there again (without being logged in) - very happy!
    @drdavewatford - I now concur, it is a non-issue :-)
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 948

    I rarely go to the homepage as I spend most of my time on the forum, but this was an unpleasant surprise.
  • FollowsCloselyFollowsClosely Member Posts: 948
    ^ I was not logged in. Wow, I am thankful you turn those off for use members.
  • Switchfoot55Switchfoot55 The Northwest, USAMember Posts: 1,394
    I don't see the big deal? 

    Come to learn about Lego, and in turn you can also learn why so many people are cancelling their Netflix accounts and why you've been buying glasses wrong for so many years!
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