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My Message to the SF Gate Staff

Hi SFGate Staff,

Happy Holidays!

I just wanted to let you know that I find your expandable Ads annoying and have blocked a whole bunch of your ads using a firefox plugin. First was the Sweeney Todd thing that took over a huge amount of the page, then I blocked some World Market thing too. Well, I actually blocked anything originating from the same domains as those Ads.

I know these Ads bring in a lot of revenue, but they detract from my experience on SFGate.

I wish you all well, enjoy the holidays.


Am I a hypocrite? I don't think so. I have never been in favor of expandable ads on any site, ever. I imagine most of the SF Gate staff don't like them either.



( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 20th, 2007 07:39 pm (UTC)
Are those new, or have they always had them?
Dec. 20th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
They have had those types of ads before, but not too often.
Dec. 20th, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
Give 'em hell, Henry.
I wish more people would write explicit, reasonably-toned complaint letters like yours. They have a much stronger net impact than the usual rants or silence. There are plenty of better ways to make advertising dollars that work better than annoying your user, and they should hear this.
Dec. 20th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Give 'em hell, Henry.
Being on the receiving end of some rants really help you appreciate what kind of feedback people want to get.
Dec. 20th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Give 'em hell, Henry.
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