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Unacceptable Spamming BY WordPress

  1. But I can't say I'm in love with WordPress's editor, etc., and now that I see they are part of the spam problem on the internet, I'm more inclined to shop elsewhere.

    If you self-host, there are no ads unless you put them on their yourself. As far as the editor goes, once you self-host you can use the TinyMCE Advanced plugin and have the complete editor with tables, fonts, font sizes, and a ton of other things.

  2. To support the service (and keep free features free), we sometimes run advertisements. In regards to the PopPressed advertisements, we hear you, and we’re working to make it better.

    igurublog, regarding the ad in your sidebar, we're pretty sure that's a bug, or at the very least an oversight, and we're looking into a fix for it.

  3. @macmanx: Thank you - I will appreciate your fixing the duplicated and ostentatious nature of these ads on my blog.

    A few suggestions:
    I would really like it to say "Advertisements" or "Wordpress Advertisements" or just "Ads", and I think readers would as well. Having annoyed readers clicking on spam doesn't help you or anyone. "PopPressed Radar" is merely confusing and misleading. Readers appreciate honest advertising and will be more inclined to buy the products if they feel you aren't trying to trick or mislead them.

    Image ads on a text-only post are completely distracting. It should at least have an option to make them text only. Google made billions with clean, simple, one-line, text-only ads, because they did research and know this works from many angles.

    Bloggers should see exactly what their blog looks like to their readers. I do not believe you should hide things when the blog owner is logged in, so we have to go to other extremes just to see what our blog really looks like. What I see and what readers see is currently a HUGE difference, visually and in content.

  4. thesacredpath wrote:
    > As far as the editor goes, once you self-host you can use the TinyMCE Advanced plugin and have the complete editor with tables, fonts, font sizes, and a ton of other things.

    I mostly write my HTML raw. What annoys me most about the editor is its lack of height. But I've never looked into alternatives, so thanks for the tip.

  5. I use adblock. I never see ads, and if an occasional ad slips through I just zap it and never see it again. About a month ago I decided to turned it off for a day and was blown away by all the ads on the sites I visited. I lasted 30 minutes before activating it again. I simply do not want the visual noise.

    According to Mozilla.org, adblock plus has been downloaded 118,911,096 times and average daily users range from 8 to 13 million each day and the trend line is definitely pointing up.

  6. The height of the editor area can be increased by going to settings > writing in your dashboard and increase the number of lines to show (it is right at the top).

  7. What annoys me most about the editor is its lack of height.

    Easily fixed! Dashboard>Settings>Writing>Size of the post box __ lines. Make it whatever suits you.

  8. @thesacredpath: Thanks for the editor lines tip! Never noticed that.

    Adblock and NoScript are great given the trends in ads. Personally, I use NoScript plus a hosts file that blocks most of the ad IP addresses. This kind of noisy advertising helps no one. A nice clean, clearly labeled section for some text ads would be more effective.

    I certainly don't want my blog looking like the sites you describe - I deliberately chose an uncluttered layout with a minimum of distractions. There is no need for huge gawdy image ads on my site - any ad will be visible and stand out.

  9. I'm definitely with you on this. The screenshot you took is seriously unacceptable, and the poppress stuff is too. It all really makes things look cheap and spammy.

  10. I think adding some sort of ad notice would be great, and I'll definitely pass that along.

    I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to close this topic down before it gets out of hand like similar topics, as that will just take time away from us focusing on the fix.

    Rest-assured, we are working to make the ads display a bit better than they are now.

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