Saturday, December 17, 2005

Geek Style

I've just altered my Bloglines subscriptions to remove the Geek Style feed. Visiting that site causes pop advertisements (even in a Linux-based Firefox install). I don't know about anyone else but I feel that I read are either geek-related or personal. With Geek Style, it's the usual low-grade crap in the pop-ups. Example: The usual "Your system is infected with spyware. Click here to scan for it." message. (Hint: I'm not running Windows on this laptop.)

Babak, if you read this, I think the ads are getting into your blog via your webstats4u logo/link. Read this post at JNode and the following excerpts from the WebStats4U Terms of Service:

  • WMS entitles users to access to a variety of on-line and interactive on-line services (the "Products and Services"). Some of the Products and Services are supported by advertising, enabling WMS to provide them to you at no cost. When you use these free services, you agree to allow WMS to display advertising, including third party advertising, through the Products and Services.
  • With the installation of WebStats4U on the site it is accepted that WMS has the right to place advertisements on the site in any format or through any channel, including but not limited to e-mail, layer ads, pops, banners and other usual formats without any forewarning and it is furthermore accepted that WMS takes no responsibility for the advertising content and that WMS shall not be liable for any losses incurred regarding this advertising.

I find anything more obtrusive than Google Ads to be offensive. Google Ads are passive and easily ignored. I'll probably resubscribe at a future date but only after the WebStats4U thingy goes away.