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08 February 2011 @ 08:21 am
Roll over Advertisments on LJ  
Has anyone else had a 'bad' experience with some of the Advertisements that LJ uses?

I just had an experience where I apparently was logged out of LJ and trying to post an update. The Advertisment was a rollover and it expanded and overlayed some of the screen. After I 'x'd out of the ad, I couldn't click to sign in or enter a username/password in either the webform or the header.

I understand having Advertisments for the 'business'.. but when those Ads block actual functionality of the website, it becomes a problem because it frustrates end users.
 
 
 
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Sir Calibansircaliban on February 9th, 2011 01:33 pm (UTC)
It hasn't happened since, but I've been logged in since.
Laura McEwanlauramcewan on February 9th, 2011 06:03 am (UTC)
Can't speak for LJ, but as an admin on another website, I can say that if you've done the "clear cookies and cache and restart browser" and you send us screen shots of what you're seeing, and it still didn't let you do what you need to, then we have something to hand to the engineers and/or advertising people to fix it.
Sir Calibansircaliban on February 9th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
i would love to be able to try to reproduce the problem. But, when I hit 'refresh' and a different ad appeared, I was able to login. If it is a 'problem', it's specific to one ad.. in a situation where your cookie expires on the posting page and the website decides you need to log in again when you click the post button.
Laura McEwanlauramcewan on February 9th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
Yep. If it happens again, screen shot it.
CharlieMC: lj -- no waycharliemc on February 9th, 2011 06:31 am (UTC)
Do you use the actual login page when you log in, or no? I don't know for sure, but I think it might help...

I hate many of the ads here and wish it wasn't a necessary evil to keep the site up and running... (sigh)
Karisu | カリス ("sama" = facetious ^___^)karisu_sama on February 9th, 2011 08:09 am (UTC)
I remember when the original PTB swore "there would never be ads on LJ", but a good number of us didn't "hold our breath", so to speak.
Sir Calibansircaliban on February 9th, 2011 01:38 pm (UTC)
Normally I log in from my userinfo page. This just happened when my cookie expired and I needed to log in again, so LJ was prompting me for my username password on the page where you post.
Marcus L. Rowlandffutures on February 9th, 2011 11:00 am (UTC)
My computer at work doesn't retain cookies once you close internet explorer (a security thing of dubious value and a real pain in the arse) so I have to log in every day. I've found that the best way to avoid problems is to navigate to my own user info and log on there.

If this is your own computer a good ad-blocker like privoxy can save you a lot of grief.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privoxy
Sir Calibansircaliban on February 9th, 2011 03:00 pm (UTC)
I don't mind seeing advertisments on websites provided the advertisements don't interfere with the functionality of a website.
prince on February 9th, 2011 01:35 pm (UTC)
People use livejournal still?
Sir Calibansircaliban on February 9th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
Hey, I hear livejournal has 'games' now.. so it's making a comeback.
prince on February 9th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
That's good, because I don't play games on my Xbox360, PS3, iPhone, iPad...
Sir Calibansircaliban on February 9th, 2011 03:02 pm (UTC)
lol.. then you are all set! ;)
Taliseintalisein on February 9th, 2011 03:55 pm (UTC)
I hate how if you accidentally click Logout from the nav bar instead of clicking the Friends Page link, you're immediately blasted with a huge hover ad.