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wvwoman 08-20-2012 03:38 PM

sony ad
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.

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