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  1. reticentAJ

    reticentAJ Thread Starter

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    So, like most people should, I use an ad blocker. Also, like most people should, sites that you enjoy or visit a lot, you should contribute to them. This can be easily done by turning off your ad blocker for that one particular site. I did that for Tech Support Guy and the ads were still blocked.

    I'm using Firefox and I started disabling some of the privacy features that I use. I disabled Tracking Protection and the ads appeared. Great.. or so I thought. There isn't anyway to disable tracking protection on a particular site. Technically, you can, but it's session based. After I close FF and start it back up, it doesn't keep my individual preference for TSG.

    I wasn't sure if FF by default enabled Tracking Protection or not. I mean, if it is enabled by default, then EVERY guest user that visits TSG on FF is not seeing ads, meaning TSG is missing out on a lot of profits.

    So on another computer, I completely removed FF and downloaded a fresh, uncustomized copy. Tracking Protection is enabled by default, but oddly, I now saw ads on TSG. Back to the drawing board.

    I started customizing this fresh install of FF and after enabling Never Remember History, I no longer had ads. So it appears that this isn't one feature of FF blocking ads on TSG, but 2. If I disable one of the features (doesn't matter which), ads appear. It's only when BOTH features are enabled that ads disappear.

    So my question is how can I allow only ads on TSG without having to change my features of FF that I'm using? I mean I see LOTS of ads on other sites and that's WITH an ad blocker. Without an ad blocker on TSG, I'm still able to block the ads, which I find odd. Is TSG displaying ads in a weird way, different than other sites (not necessarily a bad/wrong way)? I'm not sure.
     
  2. Xeiver-D.-Pyron

    Xeiver-D.-Pyron Banned

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    I understand your concern. But even with the rise of adblockers, I do believe that currently, Tech Support Guy is going to be healthy and stay up.

    The site is running MyBB, which (having used it in the past) uses quite little resources.

    Tech Support Guy would benefit from the extra ad revenue, but it is not mission critical to achieve that extra.
     
  3. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    We are not running MyBB, we are using Xenforo.
     
  4. Xeiver-D.-Pyron

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    Yea... I see that now. The skin looks like the MyBB default skin. Sorry about that.

    Best,
    Xeiver
     
  5. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    No problem. :)
     
  6. Xeiver-D.-Pyron

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    Thank you for your understanding. I will work harder in the future to validate my comments.

    Thanks man.

    ~Xeiver
     
  7. reticentAJ

    reticentAJ Thread Starter

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    I'm looking to help the site, plain and simple. I know the showing of my ads when I browse the site isn't going to turn a bunch of monetary value for the site. That's not my concern; it's the principle. You want to support the site, so you do it.

    Additionally, there may be other frequent users of the site who use FF with the same settings I do and didn't even notice ads weren't being displayed. Or others will realize that upon reading this thread that they should turn on ads for the site. This all adds up over time. I'll probably end up posting in FF forums and see what they can tell me.
     
  8. Xeiver-D.-Pyron

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    I do not wish to be hostile with you. Many people I have talked to in the past have seen ME as being hostile for my opinions (Such as the Mutt and/or Purebred rating I have given out). I was in no way saying that you are wrong in saying this. You very well could have just brought an issue to the attention of the staff and administration. I just offered my opinion on the matter.

    :)
    ~Xeiver
     
  9. reticentAJ

    reticentAJ Thread Starter

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    The irony. Your experience with people thinking you're talking to them in a hostile manner has caused you to assume that you think I thought you were talking in a hostile manner. I didn't ;). I also wasn't speaking in a hostile manner :LOL:
     
  10. Xeiver-D.-Pyron

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    My greatest apologies to you. I did not wish to upset you in anyway. I am just 'too professional' as I have been told. Sometimes people see my 'professional' ways as being sarcastic or mocking.

    Glad I didn't offend you :)

    ~Xeiver
     
  11. Gr3iz

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    Alternatively, you can contribute financially to the site and that removes the ads. That way you can set things up however you wish, and know that you are still helping this site ...
     
  12. reticentAJ

    reticentAJ Thread Starter

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    What do you mean? But I have no problem donating. Unfortunately, that still won't solve this problem ;). Well, technically it would, but I've got to figure out why FF is blocking the ads. Based on the two features I've got enabled, they aren't supposed to block the ads. Always looking to expand my knowledge, especially in the field of IT.
     
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    I was just saying that you could configure Firefox any way you wish. (I use Firefox myself, but since I contribute, I can't help with why ads show up or don't show up, because they don't for me.)
     
  14. Cookiegal

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    When selecting the option to never remember History in Firefox, according to their website, it's the same as using Private Browsing and the cookies will be deleted when you close Firefox. I would assume that's why ads don't show up with these settings as they need the history and cookies to know what ads to serve you.

    As Mark pointed out, a better option probably would be to donate a minimum of $20.00 which gives you the ability to turn off ads on this site for the next 12 months while keeping your Firefox settings the way you want them.
     
  15. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

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    I'm curious as to what you're referring to here as I don't see anything like that on this site. Can you provide a link?
     
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