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wvwoman
08-20-2012, 03:38 PM
i've been bothered (to put it mildly) by an evil sony ad that has been appearing often these days in the ad space just above the puzzle. (as i'm typing right now, i see the same ad off to the right.) black background and garbled, white text, with the instructions, "roll over to expand."

evidently, i somehow 'roll over' it often, cuz suddenly it'll expand and cover the puzzle.

but here's the worst---i click on the 'x' to close it, and by the time i get back over to the puzzle, it has opened again! i close. it reopens. usually over and over. so i resort to clicking on "recent games" and "retry" the puzzle to get it back on a new screen, usually with a different ad.

has anyone else experienced this? major time-waster. subscribing to a premium account just isn't an option, i'm afraid, so that's not the answer. and this ad is appearing more and more often.

the selfsame "evil ad" over to the right that i mentioned in paragraph one? OPENED TWICE WHILE I WAS TYPING THIS! good grief!

Lurker
08-20-2012, 04:50 PM
Yep, I just had to close it before I could hit Reply. The problem is that Admin gets his ads in bulk, and it's difficult to sort out one offender with bad code without taking off the entire block. Stephen does try to help us, so he can keep the games free. The more information we can send him, the better he can get rid of any difficult ads.

wvwoman
08-20-2012, 08:29 PM
do i still need to take screenshots?

Lurker
08-20-2012, 10:03 PM
Wow, total awesomeness! Thank you for taking off the ads while you figure out the problem, Stephen! Way more effort than any of us expected.

And wvwoman, looks like you don't need the screen shots unless it comes back after he has re-established the ads.

wvwoman
08-20-2012, 10:15 PM
am i missing messages? (who is stephen?!!)

but oh, lordy, i'm glad to be rid of that ad!!

Lurker
08-20-2012, 10:19 PM
Stephen is Admin's real name.

The ad actually is on some pages, but not Chat or Puzzle.

A way to avoid scrolling over any ad is to hit the "Play" button to load a new puzzle. That way, you can pull the cursor straight down through the "hate ads?" logo into the puzzle zone. Also, most computers let you hit Tab to get to the first letter in the puzzle or the equal sign to center it before pressing any other key.

wvwoman
08-20-2012, 10:55 PM
i usually click on "solve another puzzle?" so my cursor starts under all ads, & use the 'equals sign' to center & start.
that's the weird thing, lurker---it's always after i've started looking over the puzzle and working on it that the darned thing appears---i've never been aware of rolling over it! just like when i was typing the first thread and it suddenly appeared, twice---and i hadn't gone near it---i was typing! (maybe my computer is possessed! ha!)

abra
08-20-2012, 11:58 PM
I don't think I roll over it either. I think it has invisible tentacles reaching out across the puzzle. :D Once it pops up it's persistent .

wvwoman
08-21-2012, 12:26 AM
oh, good---i'm glad it's not just me that it's being tricky with! and you can see why i dubbed it "the evil ad"!

wvwoman
08-22-2012, 12:30 AM
i see the ad is back.

Lurker
08-22-2012, 12:59 AM
Yep, just had it mess with a puzzle. I clicked on a square nowhere near the side bar, and up it came.

abra
08-22-2012, 07:32 AM
I started paying particular attention to it. It has a life of it's own. You don't have to roll over it. It is truly an EVIL ad.:eek:

admin
08-24-2012, 06:04 PM
Apologies everyone - I'm in Peru on holiday and haven't been able to check our ad suppliers. Will ask my wife to try to track it down today and cancel.

If you can please post or email me a screenshot of the ad - and the exact URL it takes you to if you click on it.

Thanks and sorry again!

Lurker
08-25-2012, 02:41 AM
Link: http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?catalogId=10551&storeId=10151&langId=-1&identifier=S_VAIO_Student_Offers

Photo will be posted or emailed when I figure out how to do it.

BrightSky9
08-25-2012, 07:00 AM
It's possible to avoid this. Not "natural," but I find it's becoming easier. If you're right-handed, your mouse is likely to drift rightward while you're working the cryptogram - and you trigger a Sony ad. So be aware of this & try to keep your mouse pointer in the puzzle area. When you do trip an ad, your mouse path to & from the "x" in that ad is almost certain to run over the other ad - or over both of them again. (The phrase "ad nauseum" was made for this.) To avoid:

Top ad open? Go above it. Move *up*, over, & down to the "x." Return to the puzzle the same way (in reverse).

Side ad open? Go under it. Move *down*, over, & up to the "x." Return the same way (in reverse).

It's the route back to the puzzle that's most important. I relax when I get the ads off, then roll right back over them to the cryptogram. (This way lies madness.)

Or we could all subscribe & avoid ads altogether. Money is tight now, but I'm considering it.

wvwoman
08-25-2012, 07:09 AM
i don't have a mouse--i use the touch pad--so there's no drifting occurring.

bluffer
08-26-2012, 05:44 AM
In order to be able to finish solving the puzzle, I had to leave the cryptograms.org website - then I returned to it and clicked on "Recent Puzzles" and hit the "Retry" box, to get back to the puzzle I was working on. It took up a lot of time, but there seemed to be no other way to keep my 100% solving rate.

wvwoman
08-26-2012, 06:11 AM
you don't have to leave the site---you can click directly on "recent games" and "retry" to get the puzzle on a new page.
i hate to possibly jinx myself by writing this, but i haven't come across the evil ad tonight.

wvwoman
08-27-2012, 01:05 AM
i spoke too soon last night---now, instead of having the evil ad either at the top or on the side, it's double-teaming and appearing in both places at once! is sony that desperate?

abra
08-29-2012, 01:35 AM
Oh yeah, it's still lurking out there, I try to be careful, but then I forget about it and pop it up. I am usually able to get rid of it and don't have to go to "recent games", but it still take some time. I trip over it at least 4 or 5 times a day :eek:

admin
08-29-2012, 04:51 PM
Hi everyone -

Just a quick note - I've finally gotten back from Peru and am spending today to track down this ad. Apologies for the delays, just bad luck it popped up while I was out of the country.

abra
08-30-2012, 09:32 PM
I haven't been attacked since yesterday afternoon. That's wonderful!!

Lurker
08-30-2012, 11:19 PM
Haven't had it today yet. Cross your fingers...

wvwoman
08-31-2012, 05:50 AM
nor have i---FANTASTIC!!

wvwoman
09-02-2012, 08:25 PM
stephen, it looks like you've succeeded in removing the evil ad, for which i am very grateful!

however, i have my doubts as to whether the timing was accidental---that ad was evil enough to KNOW when you were gone and that we had been left unprotected! (wiggle your eyebrows a few times, groucho-style, as you read that last part.)

gryhnd51
09-03-2012, 09:05 AM
Stephen ALWAYS comes through for players! It's too bad he has to take vacation time :D

wvwoman
09-03-2012, 08:17 PM
yes...let's see that it doesn't happen again :D

wvwoman
10-05-2012, 11:18 AM
shades of the sony ads!!

i just had a 'golden nugget' ad to the right of my puzzle (another "roll over here for details" ad that jumps out even if you don't roll over it)---suddenly their video covered most of the puzzle. i clicked and clicked on the "close x" in the upper right corner but it ignored me for quite a while--each time i clicked on it, the letters "close x" would sort of jiggle & bend and then re-set--very weird!

i was just getting ready to go the "recent games" route when it finally closed and i could get back to the puzzle.

whee!

damsel22
10-07-2012, 02:45 PM
I too have been bothered by a floating ad. Mine is something green on the left side. I didn't investigate fully, but it appears to be some sort of survey that says "your opinion counts". I believe it pops in when my mouse rolls over the link for "hate ads?", but cannot be certain. I just quickly close it to get back to my puzzle.

wvwoman
10-08-2012, 02:56 AM
i've had that one, too---only once---some sort of survey---i'll pay more attention if i see it again.
but this golden nugget is really ticking me off---speaking of which, it's to the right of this page right now. i'm giving it the evil eye and daring it to expand---it seems to be working, but it's hard to do that while one is trying to solve a puzzle.

wvwoman
10-14-2012, 08:54 AM
i just got the ad that swoops across the puzzle from the left---it says "one question site survey" at the top, "powered by vizu" at the bottom. i don't know yet what triggers this one.

damsel22
10-15-2012, 03:00 AM
I've had it several more times today. I still don't know what triggers it either.

montyb
10-15-2012, 03:15 AM
Me three. I have no idea what internet gods I have offended. It seems to randomly appear, blocking the puzzle.

wvwoman
10-15-2012, 03:41 AM
i decided to give myself a belated birthday gift, and subscribed to the no-ads premium account last night---hopefully that will also get rid of the mysterious survey.