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Old 24th December 2017, 01:25 AM   #111
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Hikari1 I think that probably indicates that the problem was with the low cost ad's which are now not being served. Your local news site is probably serving these ad's. If it were you phone, then you would expect it would have problems with all sites not just particular site. Also if it was doing it before on diyAudio and now it is not, then I think that is a pretty good indicator that Jason's changed setting has eliminated (or greatly reduced) the incidence of this issue.

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Old 24th December 2017, 01:52 AM   #112
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Hikari1 I think that's a very good signal that we are on the road to fixing the problem. If you were having persistent problems (across multiple sites previously, let me know?), and now diyAudio is "fixed" and others are not, it suggests that the new strategy is working.

As Tony said, it's likely that most sites have not adjusted this setting (it's only new). I would imagine 95% of Adsense sites wouldn't have changed (or even know about) this setting yet. Those dodgy ads will still be feeding to those sites (until Google makes it a big enough a priority to implement a Confiant style solution to stamp them out, or however they do it, which they must eventually).

For better or worse, diyAudio is a forum and if there are problems people are going to report them. For a newspaper style site, the number of people who would bother reporting a problem is much smaller and there is less of a focus on the concerns of the people browsing the site. Here, your concerns are my #1 priority So, again, I do thank all of you for letting me know this problem is / was affecting you.

Right now I have this "quality" lever pulled all the way over. It's blocking 90% of impressions (globally) and only letting the highest paying 10% of impressions through. I will leave it like this for a full week and gather everyone's feedback. After that, if this strategy has worked, I can try backing it off a bit and see if it sticks. The most important thing is to see if this works, and I have my fingers crossed...

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Old 24th December 2017, 10:47 AM   #113
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I was busy with other things and did not read much on diyaudio the last weeks. Just wondering why I didn’t receive any notification email for this thread until today 01:53 GMT+1.
Today everything seems to be fine, very few visible ads on the forum’s site, may be your filter is set too strong.

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Old 24th December 2017, 05:19 PM   #114
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Old 24th December 2017, 05:35 PM   #115
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I'm a daily visitor to the forum, and have been using adblocker. Happened to bump into this thread which made me investigate ad blocking a bit deeper. Thanks!! I've now switched it off for diyaudio, and will do for several others Hope others find this thread too.
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I was busy with other things and did not read much on diyaudio the last weeks. Just wondering why I didn’t receive any notification email for this thread until today 01:53 GMT+1.
It appears that our email sending service was having some block problems (reported in another thread), but if you have started getting emails that problem may have sorted itself out (it almost always does, just a matter of time).

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Today everything seems to be fine, very few visible ads on the forum’s site, may be your filter is set too strong.

Merry x-mas to all!
Yes, I had the filter set to block 90% of ads, which was overkill, but needed to be done so that we could be sure that was fixing the problem (it looks like it did the job).

I just have backed this off to 75%. As time goes on I'll keep pulling it back every few days, and post an update here, hopefully we can find the right balance. When I have a moment, I need to find a nice way for the ad space to fail (or not appear) in the event no ad is served.

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