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    What's your opinion about advertisements on websites, do you like them or not?

    Before answering the above question think about why they're there. Often they're there to provide much needed income/revenue for the website which would go to paying for the hosting, software, designers, programmers etc. If they weren't there how could the website generate any income?

    What type of advertisements are there
    • Banner
    • Small graphic
    • Link

    Which of the above, do you find most pleasing if a advertisement had to be on a website?
    Have I missed out any form of website advertisement?

    Any response to these questions and good posts are very much appreciated.

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    I don't mind advertising on websites, after all it's the person who runs the site is entitled to make a little money through advertising.

    I don't mind, banners, small graphics or links, but one form of advertising i hate are pop-up ads. They just make me mad.

    I think adverts should be placed carefully so they don't put users off visiting your site.

    Craig

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    For me advertising on websites are ok, but dont use pop ups, i hate popups too. i normally put ads at the bottom of my sites so it doesnt go to visitor eyes if they dont want to.
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    I think it's pretty much agreed that popups are the most annoying form of advertising. Links are probably the most painless, because they can blend in with the page. Another type of advertising that I've seen become more popular lately are those animations that appear "on top" of a webpage. Yahoo uses them alot (not on their homepage though), I've seen the ebay ad more times than I care to remember. These popups include sound and animation, and while they go against all principles of design, that's because they clearly get the users attention for a few seconds. Doesn't make me like them any more though.

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    I don't begrudge TV for having to pay their bills. It's even less obtrusive with the Internet. Block the pop-ups and ignore the banners.
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    Static banners are fine (or at least tolerable). Any ad that is animated, distracts/interfeers with the content, or changes the browser's focus (popups/etc.) is unacceptable.
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    Damn, filburt, you're pretty militant!
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    Well the reason I visit most pages is for the content...if I'm distracted from that, then what's the point? I installed a very good ad blocker for Safari on my iBook (which already has built-in popup blocking, too) and on Windows I turn off animated GIFs. Also, on some sites like weather.com, I use the restricted sites zone to stop those damned Flash ads which intrude on the page content itself.
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    I was running third-party pop-up blocking but then tried Mozilla (which I'm enjoying) and now when I visit a page I suspect might be full of it, I just hit (alt + T + O + S) to suppress all pop-ups. Animated gifs and loud flashing banners, I just look past 'em, sometimes I can still appreciate some level of artistic talent in some of the ads.

    I'm only saying that you're militant in the fact that you speak your mind with the same passion as a politician or a preacher.

    "Any ad that is animated, distracts/interfeers with the content, or changes the browser's focus (popups/etc.) is unacceptable."

    or from an iFrame debate a while back:

    "The iframe. Never ever ever ever ever use one unless you absolutely have to"

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    My view on advertising online is the same as my view on advertising offline: it's okay when it's contextually appropriate. The content within which the advertising medium is contained must appeal to a general audience and must not be trying to directly sell anything else. For example, a commercial for Tide in an infomercial for the wonderful new detergent that can make your whites white, your colours colourful and put a smile on the plastic face of the Barbie doll shamelessly plugging the product is contextually inappropriate; however, the same Tide commercial in the middle of a prime-time sitcom is okay.

    The former is something I'm seeing more and more of lately; people sticking ads in when they are directly selling or marketing a competing product. This is something I find to be absolutely ridiculous, but hey, someone's gotta do something stupid or then I can't criticize it, right?

    Bit of a moot point anyway, since ads don't really bother me. I've more or less tuned them out now, much like I have most other distractions (TV, radio, girlfriend, wife, significant other...)
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