This Site is Shut Down in Protest

This Site is OFF LINE. Shut Down. Nothing here to see. Go away.

And it shall remain so until the Talking Ad that sometimes appears on the right side bar goes away forever. For. Ever.

Have a nice day.

The Management.

I’ll be blogging here until this is sorted out.


  1. #1 Ian
    August 25, 2008

    Greg – the first thing I clicked on at your referral site (Mammals and KT) brought me right back here!

    I always turn the sound for everything completely off on any computer I have to work on regularly (and delete any .wav files I can find if it’s a Windows machine!).

    There’s enough cacophony in the world without deliberately and pointlessly adding to it. I can always turn it back on if I need it, but I flat refuse to allow any computer of mine to emulate R2D2. Why people would even want it to is a mystery; I think it’s a form of autism!

  2. #2 rich0rd
    August 25, 2008

    Adblock plus to the rescue!
    I usually never see any ads – maybe the adblock plus and the noscript addon will help.
    Since I use them I always wonder how much ads are plastered all over the internet when I’m at a machine where they are missing.

  3. #3 JessC
    August 25, 2008

    Firefox + Adblock + Flashblock means I have no idea what you are talking about.

  4. #4 Orac
    August 25, 2008

    Yeah, my readers are starting to complain. I haven’t gotten as riled as you–yet. But if these ads stick around, it might happen.

  5. #5 MRW
    August 25, 2008

    Thank you. I haven’t experienced the ad yet, probably because my speakers are often off, but this sort of thing is the most annoying aspect of ScienceBlogs.

    Somebody has to pay the bills, and I’d rather not, so I have no problem with having ads, but the types that pop out to cover up the article, or drag down the speed of the site, or make noise… those just make me pissed off at the advertiser and the web site, and I end up giving less business to both.

  6. #6 Greg Laden
    August 25, 2008

    Oh, by the way, not that you should be reading this or anything, but THIS is why I can’t use ad block. As a responsible blogger I need to know what is happening in my sidebars.

  7. #7 clinteas
    August 25, 2008

    YAWN !
    Here we go again.
    All these Internet Explorer challenged ppl without flashblock getting funny ads.

  8. #8 Hank Roberts
    August 25, 2008

    Hello advertising management at whoever’s behind this problem:

    Get a clue. The only people who are going to hear the annoyance you’re creating are
    — bloggers themselves who have to keep track of what you’re crapping on their pages, and
    — clueless people using old Windows machines who won’t buy the crap you’re advertising anyhow.

    Many of us only buy things from people who don’t annoy us needlessly.
    Knock on my door selling crap? I’ll never buy it.
    Put a f*gging glaring LED billboard by the Bay Bridge or I-80 flashing crap in my face? Ditto.
    Put annoying crap on websites? Ditto.

    Please tell your advertisers that if they want to put a small text box on the page saying “Brought to you by: ….” I’ll read that, gladly, and will buy from them.

    I won’t see anything else they crap on the page more than the once it takes to add it to my AdBlock list.

    And, how do I make my shopping list? By referring to my AdBlock list of course.
    Don’t go there.

    End clue. I speak only for myself, but I advise others to use the same approach.
    Reward sponsors.
    Eschew annoyers.

  9. #9 PZ Myers
    August 27, 2008

    I am not a responsible blogger. I use Safari adblock.

  10. #10 Greg Laden
    August 27, 2008

    That’s OK, PZ, we all have different things to offer. I’ll watch the ads and inform management of problems, you link to me now and then, symbiosis lives on

  11. #11 bug_girl
    August 27, 2008

    You go Greg!
    I wouldn’t have known because I also adblock, but this is one of my biggest pet peeves.