Weight Loss Support - Whats with the Atkins ads from h*ll? They won't close

04-07-2003, 03:47 PM
I understand that the site needs income to keep running, and I have no problem with advertising revenue achieving that, but the Atkins ad is making it almost impossible to actually USE the site. It pops up, obscuring the screen, and will NOT close. Consequently, I can't read posts, and if I'm writing a post or new thread, I can't see what I'm trying to type, or access anything behind the blasted ad. Can we at least modify the thing so it will close when you click the little X?

Is this a problem for others, or I am alone in my aggravation?

04-07-2003, 03:49 PM
there is a little "x" in the top right hand corner, it closes for me. My popup stopper doesnt stop this one unfortunately.

04-07-2003, 04:02 PM
I haven't had any trouble closing the little buggers, either.

04-07-2003, 04:19 PM
Annoying as these ads are (the pop-up blocker just won't work on these little monsters here), I had no problem closing them either.

04-07-2003, 04:56 PM
Odd. I can click and click and they simply refuse to close for me. I don't mind seeing them at all, I just object to not being able to close the suckers. What browsers are you all using?

04-07-2003, 05:07 PM
IE 6.0 on this machine... I think IE 5.x at home.

04-08-2003, 04:01 PM
Hmmm...it may have been some sort of freeze. I rebooted and now it will close when I click on it. Its odd though, because the rest of the page responded as usual.

Oh well...the important thing is that the problem appears to have been resolved. Thanks for the input Raven Toy, Robin, and loranden!

04-08-2003, 04:23 PM
Cool Beans! Restart is probably one of my best friends. ;)

04-08-2003, 05:47 PM
I too had trouble with those pesky pop up adds, and my husband installed Norton Internet Security 2003 (costs about $30) and it has stopped the problem. Regular Norton scans for viruses etc., but the internet security does that and also blocks those annoying ads. I haven't had a single one since (knock on wood) and it sure is a lot more fun surfing!:)

04-08-2003, 05:59 PM
I have a choice of IE 6.0 or NetScape 6 on my computer.

04-08-2003, 06:13 PM
Reading this thread reminded me of something ELSE I read in a Dilbert newsletter a couple years back that I still have in my file...

from "Dogbert Answers My Mail"...
Dear Mr. Adams,

The pop-up ads on your dilbert.com Web site are annoying! Please make them go away.


Dear Commy,

People have learned to ignore Web ads that don't move, so lately
advertisers are only willing to pay for pop-up ads. Someday, after
you learn to ignore pop-up ads too, then the advertisers will have
to drive to your house and tattoo ads directly on your body. You'll
be nostalgic for the good old days of pop-up ads. Enjoy them while you can.




04-08-2003, 09:14 PM
I have a problem with these ads also... they show up and keep blinking and I cant close it either... what I have figured out to do is to hit the back button and go to the previous screen then go back and it is normally gone... it is a pain but i will survive....

04-08-2003, 09:21 PM
*lmao* Mrs. Jim. That was classic.

04-10-2003, 12:25 PM
Since this thread was started about a pop up add from Adkins, I was just wondering if anyone has heard how Dr. Atkins is doing after his fall?

04-10-2003, 12:48 PM
I had just heard that he was seriously injured, but no details. I hope he'll be alright though.

Suzanne 3FC
04-10-2003, 02:08 PM
The Atkins layer ads close themselves after a certain number of seconds, but I'm not sure how many. I've not had to click to close them at all. The campaign limits the number of Atkins ads per user, so once you've seen your limit, you won't see anymore until the next time you visit 3FC. This campaign is supposed to end on April 14, unless they order more impressions.

The PopUp ads that are used on 3FC are generally limited to one per user per 24 hours. It's not really necessary to use a popup blocker for just one pop, and we really wish you wouldn't, lol. A large portion of our operating costs have always been paid out of our own pockets, due to the serious decline in advertising income. We've come close to closing so many times. Thank goodness for credit cards! It is estimated that up to one half of all of our visitors are using some type of ad blocking software. The regular banners pay a tiny tiny amount, and the Popup ad is the only one that has a halfway decent revenue. And again, it's limited to one pop per day.

I hope this doesn't come out wrong, but we put a lot of money and labor into this website, and we really don't think that viewing ad banners or allowing an occasional popup is too much to ask in return. We don't charge admission or subscription fees. Websites usually should be free to use. Unfortunately, they are not free to operate. 3FC requires the use of a dedicated server, among other expenses. Those that block ads while surfing are basically surfing at our expense. 3FC is in debt, and probably always will be. We are not a "shopping" site, we are a content site. People come here for information, and they ignore the ads or the links to shops, or anything else that could provide revenue to the site. Content sites never do well financially, unless they are backed by large corporations. We are currently investigating a few options which we hope will turn things around for us, and they look promising!

We believe that we have a good thing going here, that is worth the effort to keep trying to make it work. The traffic to the main site has been increasing by leaps and bounds, and it thrills us that people find it useful! The forum stays moderately busy, and we have a wonderful community here that I can't imagine being without.

But please, if you find our website useful enough to visit more than once, help keep us operating by allowing the advertisements. Maybe even click the banners from time to time, that keeps the advertisers happy, lol.

Thanks for listening :)

04-10-2003, 11:29 PM

I do appreciate the fiscal issues you raise, and I don't use a popup blocker. My problem was that the ad was popping up and freezing while obscuring the screen...it never closed itself, and I wasn't able to close it by clicking the x in the corner. A reboot seems to haver done a great job of fixing the problem though. Oh, I do click the ads on occasion and have actually found some great deals. :D

As an aside, I love the work you've done with the site--its a wonderful adjunct to my own information and efforts.

04-12-2003, 01:17 AM

If Pop Ups help to keep the 3FC up and running...I will gladly view the Adkins or any other EVERY time I login! I do not block them and every now and then they are something of interest to me. I did like the diabetic software site.

I hope something would work out for sponsorship...this is a wonderful site and I LOVE it and I would be lost without it!! Thanks for the great job you do!!

Misti in Seattle
04-12-2003, 08:43 AM

I have had trouble at times closing the ads too... and sometimes the huge effort required ends up causing me to have to hit ctrl-alt-delete and close the entire site. I too understand the need for advertising... but also agree that sometimes this particular ad renders the site unusable. As you said, it pops up and obscures the screen and freezes everything.

But I too love the site and understand that you have to have the advertising to keep it running. :lol:


Suzanne 3FC
04-13-2003, 11:18 AM
Thanks, guys, we really appreciate that!!!

I'll let our advertiser know that the code is causing problems for some people, and hopefully they can fix it before they run a similar campaign in the future.

I get the impression that layer ads are going to replace other types of ads. Also, banner ads are going to get larger very soon, stretching across the top of each page. Many sites are already running them. They aren't intrusive, though.

It's really a shame that some sites have abused the popup and popunder format, though, since they ruined it for the rest of us.

On a side note, doesn't the food on the Atkins ads look good, lol!