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Banner/rollover ads with uncontrolled sound and auto start Answered

Why are you allowing ads with sound? Perhaps you should have your ad agency go here http://www.langoor.com/ethics-in-internet-selling-and-advertising/ and learn some ethics. There are ad placement firms who adhere to guidelines that help to maximize a user's experience rather than irritating the crap out of them. They seem to be doing pretty well. 
Reducing a user's experience may generate you and you ad service some short term revenue, but it will ultimately reduce the user's willingness to buy the product of the offending advertiser, and will drive eyeballs off of your site. 

I clicked on the "First Aid Kit for Hostile Environments" 'ible in my Mail app. My browser opened, as usual, and opened my instructable page. Then the music started. Thinking that I might have lingered over something too long, I closed the tab, went back to the mail, and clicked again. Same story. This happened three different times. ALL of the ads in the top banner did this. Idunno what the first one was, but the second one was for some Republican politician, and the third was for Mercury (the car, not the element). 

I have not resorted to ad-blocking software because I believe in your site and want you guys to get paid for all your hard work. (That may soon change, though.) I haven't bought a pro membership because I don't publish anything or spend gobs of time here, and I've been a member so long that you gandfathered in most of the pro benefits for me. I'm relatively casual and limited in my use.

Can you help a brother out and stop these types of ads, or are you gonna tell me to just suck it up because I'm a freeloader non-pro member?

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seamster

3 years ago

Thank you very much for reporting this!

I brought this to the attention of one of our people responsible for ad placements, and was informed that we do not allow ads with sound. They are attempting to track this down to make sure this type of ad is not seen (or heard!) again.

We certainly appreciate your membership to the site and wish to make it as pleasant of an experience as possible. Please check your private message inbox, as I have sent you some additional information. Thank you again,

Sam (seamster)

- Your friendly neighborhood instructables staff :)

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kelseymh

3 years ago

I don't know if I'bles own policy has changed (I rather doubt it), but in the past, they have been fully against these kind of intrusive ads. If it is still happening, could you get a screen shot with one of the offending ads in place, and e-mail it to <service (at) instructables.com>? They can, and have, worked with the ad placement companies they use to suppress offenders.

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Brooklyntonia

3 years ago

If you post an instructable or an "I made it" comment, I'll give you 3 months pro and Instructables may reward you with even more pro time if they feature your ible. Just send me a PM with a link to what you posted. I don't disagree with your position, but becoming a pro member will definitely get rid of the ads and contributing to the site is a great way to go pro without pulling out your wallet.