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Complaints from LUG about ads on main site

pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 1,239
@Huw I thought it worthwhile to make you aware of some complaints that have been floating around my LUG in the last few days about the ads on the main page of the site.

I was pretty disappointed last night as I was pulling part numbers out of it when repeatedly my antivirus software had to kick in and stop phishing scams and other stuff from having access during my connection to their site.
I contacted support to let them know that they're serving up their clients malicious ads.  Their response was "sign in and don't see ads". 
While true you can get rid of some or even all the ads by logging in, seems pretty sad that they don't seem to care that they are putting out there malicious advertising on their site.


The fact that they are using less than reputable advertisers means I will just not use that site anymore, for one.
Perhaps others don't mind it.
It's bad enough that they use the stupid names for parts and colors that LEGO use, so I rarely use it anyway.


There are good ways to fund a web site and terrible ways to fund a web site.  Spamming people with so many ads that the site is useless, and worse still, serving up ads for malware sites, is most definitely the latter.  Now that I know this about BrickSet, I will never use it again.  (My use in the past was always to look up the occasional LEGO ID during LUGBulk times of year, and thus I feel no particular need to sign in to a site that I hardly ever use, and I refuse to negotiate with terrorists in the form of someone pointing a gun full of malware at my head….)

These are from three different individuals.

I personally find the reactions overboard in the extreme, but it's still valuable to know how people are perceiving the situation all the same.
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  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,824
    Thank you. Please remind them that if they log in they won't be troubled by ads.
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  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 1,239
    I have done so. The main complaint seems to be that some of the ads are getting flagged as malicious than the presences of the ads themselves.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,643
    edited January 11
    pxchris said:
    It's bad enough that they use the stupid names for parts and colors that LEGO use
    Yeah, Huw. Stop using the correct, official colour names!

    560Heliportgmonkey76obi_g7BSOldfanAllBrick
  • benbacardibenbacardi EnglandMember Posts: 696
    CCC said:
    pxchris said:
    It's bad enough that they use the stupid names for parts and colors that LEGO use
    Yeah, Huw. Stop using the correct, official colour names!

    Your quote makes it look like @pxchris said that!
    560HeliportAllBrick
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 1,239
    Hahaha
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,824
    I can forward screenshots of offending ads to the agency although because header bidding advertising works in such a convoluted way they often have trouble tracking down where they originate.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,643
    CCC said:
    pxchris said:
    It's bad enough that they use the stupid names for parts and colors that LEGO use
    Yeah, Huw. Stop using the correct, official colour names!

    Your quote makes it look like @pxchris said that!
    Yes. The problem is quotes of quotes don't show up.
  • DougTemplarDougTemplar Edinburgh, ScotlandMember Posts: 608
    Are the Ads tailored to the user's history via all that Google/Facebook tracking?
    andhe
  • BooTheMightyHamsterBooTheMightyHamster Northern edge of London, just before the dragons...Member Posts: 1,395
    I'm just disappointed with Huw.  It's terrible that he's forcing these people to use his website when they clearly don't like it.

    Oh.  Wait...
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