The advertising on the site has finally gotten to ridiculous proportions

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Been a member for well over a decade, and have watched greed take its toll on this site over the years. However, now it is reaching ridiculous proportions. It isn't bad enough that every page is within a movie or TV show advertisement, but now a video starts playing on every page, that I have to disengage to get rid of, and even then, I never get completely rid of it.

Amazon/IMDb Have you no "shame"?
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Hi all,

We use a cookie-based system to strictly limit the number of ads that are displayed to users during the same session. Make sure that your browser is configured to accept cookies, which are used to detect whether you've already been shown a particular ad. If you get the same ad whenever you open a new page or click on a link, enabling cookies and restarting your browser should take care of the problem.

For more information on our ads, please see:

https://help.imdb.com/article/imdb/general-information/can-you-get-rid-of-the-ads-on-your-site/GDXHL...


Cheers,

Steve
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Steve, that's very nice, and I'm sure Col appreciates your loyalty. We know all about cookies, and computers. After 13 years on this site every day, (editing, contributing. reading), you kind of get a sense of what is going on. The advertising is out of control Steve. Before this last wave of devastation to the site, (selling every inch of space and running forced videos at the top of pages, as well as just above the cast of the movie you are "trying to read about") the ads were all on the right side of the page.

We could live with that (kind of), but now it is a disgrace, and a blatant display of greed. The site should exist on IMDbPro as it was originally designed to. However, little by little the ads have taken over the site. It is now "an advertising venue". It's golden years are behind it. If it gets any worse (I don't see how it can), the viewing numbers will drop, and once the fall begins, there's no stopping it. I love the site. Perhaps dropping the price of PRO to 1/3 of what it is, could inspire thousands more to join, including myself. That will help eliminate this gap that's opened where the site is selling its soul to the highest bidder. Good luck.
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Maybe it is time for me to post another bookmarklet.
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Jock LeStank

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You're right Jeorj Euler, and it would be funny if it wasn't so sad. Yes, a blitz in tasteless advertising is upon us. I can't deal with it. I think I will halt my contributions completely for a while, and log off for a month or two, and see if the site comes back to its senses. If not, I'll be spending very little time there, and will only use the site to look up facts of interest to me about a particular project. Be well my friend.
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Ed Jones (XLIX)

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Jeorj...Deja Vu all over again my friend.
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Jeorj Euler

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I use a custom color scheme that overrides that of every website.
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Some body needs to make software that when that curtain falls....an old stage hook from vaudeville days comes out from the side and pulls the curtain to stage right or left. Automatically!
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I think that is a bit harsh. This site has been fantastic to me for over a decade. I think we just need to let those in charge realize what they're doing, and the long term threat of extinction, or a great drop in popularity is at stake. I have faith that Col will see the light if enough of us bitch loud enough. Yes, it is true, that if the site doesn't clean up the greed eventually, many of its long term contributors will wander off, and if things don't improve, I may also look for another hangout. I hope it doesn't come to that. I really hope it doesn't come to that. However, I am on an indefinite vacation from contributing until the insanity ends.
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The thing is, people who have complaints do not have quite have the same complaints about the same things. The problems with the site, the apps and the bulk interface are various enough that prioritizing solutions would almost be completely arbitrary.
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Yes. However, this page is strictly focusing on the overwhelming advertising. All sites have issues, and if those in power have their ears open, all problems can be dealt with and worked out to make most users happy. This problem with the advertising takes the fun out of going to a movie page and looking up whatever info I'm looking for. I scream at the screen when I'm about to click on a tab, and the monster from above ("The Swoop") causes me to have to find the collapse tab, or X out, which has been cleverly changing, as if to irritate us more.

The site, other than the advertising is far from perfect I agree. But, I won't even care about all the other issues as long as this overwhelming, intrusive, ridiculous, absurd, and greed induced advertising is under control. It's not just the swoop. The movie pages are now surrounded by promotions of shows that I did not go there to investigate. If all the ads were put back on the right side of the page, and the pages were enlarged back to their former glory, and projected as the center of the subject matter I came to see, then I would care again about the other problems you mentioned. For now, I'm on IMDb vacation.
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Welcome back, the ADS were your ticket out
Welcome back, to that same old place that you laughed about
Well the ADS have all changed since you hung around
But those ADS have remained as they've popped around
Who'd have thought they'd lead ya
(Who'd have thought they'd lead ya)
Back here where we need ya
(Back here where we need ya)
Yeah we tease him a lot 'cause we got him on the spot
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back, welcome back
Welcome back, welcome back, welcome back

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Jock LeStank

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Thanks for the rhyme, they were just in time, and I'm sure you are enjoying your wine.
The ads were sickening, but through all our bickering, everything turned out just fine.
:-)
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Spoke too soon. Well, there are two shows I will NEVER watch in this lifetime: "Maniac", and "The Good Doctor". BRING THEM ON IMDb! I'll just keep adding them to my list.

You know who the big loser is here?? "The Advertiser". Your viewers are going to get so cross-eyed at these forced ads, they'll take it out on the shows.

'Roses are Red, Daisy's are plain, you'd have the number one site if you had half a brain'. lol. Oh well... we tried.
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Today, I bumped into this thread and realized that my last comment which was a little poem meant to be funny, is as tasteless and classless as the advertising has evolved to on IMDb.