"Overlay" advertising on the IMDb page is annoying, and beneath IMDb's dignity. It cheapens the site and turns people off.

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I am getting REALLY tired of ads on the IMDb main page that suddenly overlay the workable area (where the clickable links are) just when I'm going to click something to get some information. This kind of intrusive advertising is unacceptable. If advertising is that important, just make it an advertising site promoting big-budget films, and let someone else provide a site that people can use for information. Don't you realise that, like advertisements in movie theatres, intrusive advertising is counterproductive? Many people just tune out and go elsewhere to get the information they want.
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This board is for reporting problems. Certainly, advertising blocking the features of the site would qualify.

Can you provide specifics from which staff can see what's going on and provide fixes to the problems? It surely makes no sense that they'd block their own site for the sake of advertising. I am not seeing any issues (maybe by ad blocking is working?).

I am sure everyone realizes such a thing is counterproductive...thus the forum for looking into problems users with different devices, OS, mobile v. desktop...

Feel free to provide a second site, free to use, that people can use for information..at your leisure! I am sure IMDb needs to, at least, keep the lights on!
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The comment about IMDb "needs to keep the lights on" is insulting. I have not been complaining about advertising, just the ads that overlay portions of the screen where I want to click to find information. As I noted elsewhere, this is like a restaurant putting up a billboard right in front of the front door. The blogger's failure to recognise the details of a complaint should be embarrassing, just as the use of overlay advertising should be embarrassing to IMDb (if their main mission is to provide information).
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... ad blocking is working?
(I recall how the operators of another Amazon-owned website
used to argue quite strongly against the use of ad blockers.)

I wonder if IMDb staff have expressed any opinion (pro or con)
on the use of blockers?
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Gerald, did you read my suggestion which is to provide details so IMDb can fix or remove the ad?

They've always been quick to respond in that way. I also agreed with you that they should not want to, and generally don't, use ads that block view of content or make features unusable.

You might re-read what I posted.
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Gerald: If you can get a screen capture showing the problem (with advertising covering up other parts of the database) and post it here, that may be helpful toward bringing the problem to the IMDb staff's attention.

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