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May 19, 2001
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Who knew? Apparently porn spammers were actually providing us with valuable service all along! (Me, I'm springing for the penis enlargement.)
posted by tweebiscuit (15 comments total)

 
here's the actual webpage about the penis enlargement without the porn ads. i hate pop-ups especially porn ones.
posted by wantwit at 6:09 PM on May 19, 2001


maybe i can do a webpage selling info about "kegel" exercises... make some extra cash eh????? :):)
posted by iapoi at 6:17 PM on May 19, 2001


Whoops -- sorry, didn't realize that there were popups. (I didn't get any.) However, the main point of my post was the amusing "DAILY LESBO E-MAIL!" box, and the concept of voluntarily signing up for porn spam. Sorry if the link ambushed anybody.
posted by tweebiscuit at 6:22 PM on May 19, 2001


cool. what we need to do is find a satisfied customer.
posted by wantwit at 6:48 PM on May 19, 2001


OMG, I can't believe these d@mn pop-up ads.......
Gross....

::shiver::
posted by Redgie at 8:20 PM on May 19, 2001


IT WON'T STOP!!!!
IT JUST WON'T STOP!!!!
MAKE IT STOPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm gonna have nightmares tonight.....
posted by Redgie at 8:22 PM on May 19, 2001


Not only that, it keeps that one "hidden" browser window up there which occasionally spawns new popups with more onClose tags. When I tried to close it, it completely crashed my browser and all of the windows I had open to surf on...

Please, for the love of God, use link descriptions (title="")
posted by fooljay at 8:26 PM on May 19, 2001


Sorry! I just got an "install on demand" error, which is why I guess I didn't get them. Pity we can't edit/delete posts after we've made them, or I'd fix this problem... ah, I'm just the asshole of the day...
posted by tweebiscuit at 8:54 PM on May 19, 2001


Sorry! I just got an "install on demand" error, which is why I guess I didn't get them. Pity we can't edit/delete posts after we've made them, or I'd fix this problem... ah, I'm just the asshole of the day...
posted by tweebiscuit at 8:55 PM on May 19, 2001


Say, this is a little off-topic, but can anyone breakdown the logic behind the "if we badger them enough, they'll subscribe to our service" theory behind such aggressive pop-ups?

If you piss people off, don't they just go away? I've never understood this approach. Anyone have any insight?
posted by dong_resin at 12:49 AM on May 20, 2001


It's the same one telemarketers use, as well as some salespeople.

The funny thing is, I had written about an aggravating salesperson the other day in my blogger. Read it sometime. It'll make you laugh.

Or maybe you will just get aggravated, like I was. :-)

Hasta luego,
Redgie
posted by Redgie at 1:24 AM on May 20, 2001


I'll just add that when I had AOL, I got unsolicited email from porno sites EVERY DAY. When I wrote them asking me to remove me from their list, the message would immediately bounce. THat drove me even more crazy.

Some people will do anything to get you to see smut....

::washes out brain::

Hasta luego,
Redgie
posted by Redgie at 2:51 AM on May 20, 2001


> I've never understood this approach. Anyone have
> any insight?

I don't think I would call this insight, but I think pop-ups exist because someone is getting paid for every window that opens. More pop-ups means more money in some geek's pocket.

Either such pop-ups are effective (the advertiser gets enough real customers to make it worth annoying everyone else) or they are not, but the person being paid to implement these ads sure isn't going to tell the person holding the checkbook anything but good news.
posted by pracowity at 3:05 AM on May 20, 2001


The use of banner ads and pop-ups has always amazed me, likely because I can't conceive of the internet user who would enjoy seeing them on the screen or be genuinely eager to click. Do these things really generate enough -- or any -- revenue, or do they just piss people off and sometimes make your web browser crash?

As for voluntarily signing up for spam...well, I think you'd be surprised. Many people would happily see their in boxes flooded, especially if they think they're getting something out of it. This is, after all, porn, which (let's face it) is the driving force behind the internet.
posted by UnReality at 10:50 AM on May 20, 2001


tweebiscuit, no big deal. All I was saying is (popups or not) a link description using the title attribute in the HREF can sometimes be enough for me. In this case, it would have been and I would never clicked through and been subjected to the popups. The anger wore off about 10 seconds after I posted my message. :-)

An example of a link description:
<a href="http://www.metafilter.com/" title="Metafilter: Matt's bouncing baby">Metafilter</a> (Mouse over it)
posted by fooljay at 5:58 PM on May 20, 2001


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