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  (Level: . - Posts: 56)
Thu, 3rd Nov '05 7:46 PM   [ edit ]

SPLOOFUS..WITH ALL DUE RESPECT

This is about the banner ads,they suck ,they really do,I know they,re needed but there must be a better way,"I HAVE FOUGHT WITH MY COMPUTER" since they were introduced,to no avail something is wrong,today,I could,nt even answer a showdown challenge"it"namely my computer kept freezing,this never happened before the banner ads were introduced,so am wondering what is wrong,went from 25-35 in wordrounds,which is my passion,to trying to get a decent score while watching banner ads load ,if this is going to be the case can we not go back to starting scoring when you actually start the round not after ads have loaded "not fair "for a level playing field,this is after all a competition which I TOTALLY ENJOY but am losing heart becauce there is no point in competing with bloody ,stupid ads,I enjoy the challenge of real players and I am hoping some players feel the same.Sploofus is not about the points or the prizes"they,re trivial"no pun intended,it,s about the challenge,I KNOW I come here every morning to see who I Can challenge I usually lose but who really cares,it,s all in fun....hoping things change I AM ONE OF YOUR BIGGEST FANS......Kathy...aka ...magnolia1

maurlin
Maurlin  (Level: 213.4 - Posts: 2671)
Thu, 3rd Nov '05 7:54 PM   [ edit ]

The load time for the last few days has been extremely slow, but I was still not complaining about the ads. HOWEVER...today's ad with the cockroaches crawling on the top of my screen just did me in. I had to keep scrolling up with each new page. Please lose the roaches. Thanks!

joelwdonnal
Joelwdonnal  (Level: 117.9 - Posts: 268)
Thu, 3rd Nov '05 8:15 PM   [ edit ]

Maybe they could have a third category - Gold - you get no ads - but pay a lot more - Silver - you get the ads but it cost you less and Bronze - you get ads, pop=ups and all the other garbage and you only get to do wordpuzzles once a week and 3 wordround at a time - but it is free. - So for those who don't want the ads but is willing to pay more - they can.

magnolia1
Magnolia1  (Level: 74.5 - Posts: 147)
Thu, 3rd Nov '05 8:24 PM   [ edit ]

Thank you,I SO HEAR YOU,that is a super idea....all for it...Thanks for letting me rant...Kathy

jenn326
Jenn326  (Level: 22.8 - Posts: 173)
Thu, 3rd Nov '05 8:26 PM   [ edit ]

I like the idea of the different lelvel of memberships. That is a fantastic idea!

mindmonkey
Mindmonkey  (Level: 270.7 - Posts: 295)
Thu, 3rd Nov '05 8:52 PM   [ edit ]

The ads have dramatically changed my use of this site. I used to spend a great deal of time here. Since the ads showed up, I come by to do the daily question and for a couple of minutes a day to look at the chat board. I took a couple of quizes but the environment is so awful I stopped. It wasn't worth the aggrivation--and this from somebody who as taken over 6,000 quizes. Haven't got any points this month, but that's life.

I also used to do quite a few of the word rounds and enjoyed them greatly. Looks like that's over, too. Haven't done one since the ads showed up and made it almost impossible, especially from my dialup computer at home. Maybe some day, I will get used to this. I do hope so.

I voted for the ads with the impression that Sploofus would do the honorable thing and buy ads that did not degrade the experience. I don't know if he just couldn't find them or what happened. I do know that this has gone from a site that I enjoyed to a site that I mostly avoid--despite all of the good people here. Not only am I upset about the outcome, but I also realize that the money that I spent for my gold membership is, only 5 months after I paid it, getting me virtually nothing.

I would like to see sploofus deal with the problem. However, I also note that he has been completely silent since the ads appeared. I am not holding my breath.

skillet66
Skillet66  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 210)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 12:09 AM   [ edit ]

Magnolia1-You and i have agreed to disagree in the past and finally we both agree on something.This is ridiculous(word round loading times).I have not had any trouble with TQOTD,besides completely picking the wrong answer.I do believe Sploofus aka Justin wrote something about flagging our accounts if we absolutely could not deal with the ad banners-therefore we would not have them.It's somewhere on earlier posts-something has got to be done....Martha

skillet66
Skillet66  (Level: 83.5 - Posts: 210)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 12:14 AM   [ edit ]

It's under EVERBODY READ THIS MESSAGE-last update 9/28.I think he called it an "exception flag".

funguy08
Funguy08  (Level: 11.9 - Posts: 15)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 2:07 AM   [ edit ]

Yes, I definitely wouldn't mind the extra cost, if it meant no more ads.
I must say, that even though I don't know any of you, I'm impressed with the closeness of everyone on this site.
Have a wonderful day. John

tmj302
Tmj302  (Level: 53.5 - Posts: 129)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 2:10 AM   [ edit ]

I have so many pop-up blockers/ad blockers, I don't get anything that pops up or any ads in the way. But the load times for wordrounds and wordpuzzles are verrrrry slow.

felix-old
Felix-old  (Level: 14.2 - Posts: 244)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 2:31 AM   [ edit ]

Shouldn't the WordRounds concept remain on a level playing field? What then Sploofus Platinum where you only have to choose from two possible answer? How do you then measure yourself against other players? By your income or what you are willing to spend to gain points?
WordRounds becomes a sham if you can purchase an advantage. Am I wrong?

Competition is a good thing,
Felix


najat333
Najat333  (Level: 70.8 - Posts: 19)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 3:53 AM   [ edit ]

Not sure what browser you all are using, but I'm seeing none of those. You might want to try getting rid of IE and/or Netscape and getting Firefox. All I see are inobtrusive google-type ads.

jessicabttf
Jessicabttf  (Level: 27.7 - Posts: 3)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 10:24 AM   [ edit ]

I think different levels of membership are a good idea. It's basically the same thing as what we have now...regular, gold, and those people who may have gotten so fed up that Justin gave them an "exception". I don't know if anyone has done that yet, but I would certainly understand if they did! I keep getting pop-ups RIGHT OVER the possible answers on my TQOTD. They are tiny little boxes that only cover the answers, but I can't move them, they take forever to load, and are making me lose points. My pop-up blocker is only catching about half of the pop-ups. The banners I don't even notice.

joelwdonnal
Joelwdonnal  (Level: 117.9 - Posts: 268)
Fri, 4th Nov '05 12:10 PM   [ edit ]

I don't (so far) get any of the pop-ups - I guess my pop-up blocker is working well - but I do get the banners and so far (thank God) I haven't gotten any of the "bad" ones. I too have two kids ( ages 13 and 11) have have sploofus accounts and I wouldn;t want them getting any of the "bad" banners either.


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