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#1 Posted by NakAttack (1289 posts) -

So, I was about to watch the new ask me anything when i noticed this.

 Now this being Giant Bomb, I thought this could be legit. So I go through it's four question long survey, it asks me for an email (and me not being sure put in a fake to test it), and it takes me to this. 
With this on the bottom.  
Okay, so I stopped right there. At first I was irritated, but then curiosity got to me and I dug a little deeper to see if this was an isolated incident, it wasn't. 
Anime Vice 
 "Now what the fuck is this shit" I ask myself. So I go ahead and dig up some info using website.informer.com.
Notice when the site was created. 
 Turns out the owner (yesmediasurvey) has a bunch of sites just like this that just give away prizes for people who subscribe for different things through them.
Look I get that non subscribers get ads, but why the hell am I getting spam. 
TL;DR: Why is this shit on whiskey Media sites, is there any validate what goes on as an ad?, and is anyone else getting these.
#2 Posted by NakAttack (1289 posts) -

Fuck me, I finish and go to watch the AMA and this is on the front page

#3 Posted by Ghost_Cat (1458 posts) -

I have never gotten anything like that before.  Shit, I hope I didn't jinxed myself.

#4 Posted by DriveupLife (918 posts) -

Looks like some sort of web banner advertisement.

#5 Edited by Red (5995 posts) -

I haven't seen any of those, although I am seeing a bunch of new ads. 
EDIT: Ok, now I'm seeing them. None that bad, but I did see a casino prize one, and an ad for free online Pacman. They're ugly, but until we get eye blasters and viagra ads, I won't complain.

#6 Posted by ShaggE (6550 posts) -

Yeah, it's a shame to see such shady advertising here. WM really needs to do some quality control on their banner ads.

#7 Posted by MatPaget (1121 posts) -
#8 Posted by warxsnake (2650 posts) -

That's ugly

#9 Edited by Dany (7887 posts) -

They are ads.

The internet has had them since the dawn of time, get over it.

EDIT: huh, not the type of ads I though I would see on the whiskey sites...ok, its kinda weird

#10 Posted by VoshiNova (1697 posts) -

You should subscribe man, this website is well worth $50 a year.

I literally check this site all day every day, and I don't like ads in my awesome.

#11 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

Someone will stop in to parrot the mission statement soon and someone else will insist "fuck people who don't subscribe". 
Both very compelling, I can tell you. And Sweep, before you post your smug final word and lock this, consider what he's actually suggesting. That a site have ads actually relevant to the interests of the people subscribing. Instead of just agreeing to everything that gives you an offer. Nobody likes a slut. And keying into your demo benefits everyone; they get more clicks, you get more revenue, the users get ads that aren't tantamount to the bullshit I filter my emails of daily. Its just food for thought, really.

#12 Posted by NakAttack (1289 posts) -
@MatPaget: Dont tempt me 
@Dany: sure they are ads, but they are also shady as hell and should not be on WM sites.
#13 Posted by Kraank (74 posts) -

I got an AT&T ad in spanish

#14 Posted by m0rdr3d (474 posts) -
@MatPaget said:

                    @nk19: WE NEED TO GO DEEPER



I think we also need to meat her.
#15 Posted by The_Drizzle (624 posts) -

Why don't people just use AdBlocker?

#16 Posted by Three0neFive (2297 posts) -
@The_Drizzle said:
Why don't people just use AdBlocker?
Because they don't know how to computer.
#17 Posted by cnlmullen (900 posts) -

Hey, whatever helps GB pay the bills. As long as there aren't popups.

#18 Posted by Klaimore (948 posts) -

@cnlmullen: you mean EYE BLASTERS!!

#19 Posted by OllyOxenFree (4976 posts) -

AdBlock+ all up in this bitch.

#20 Posted by Daneian (1245 posts) -

Giantbomb has ads?

#21 Posted by Claude (16254 posts) -

I logged out to see some some ads. They don't seem that bad.

@cnlmullen said:

Hey, whatever helps GB pay the bills. As long as there aren't popups.

You don't see threads anymore about "How does Giant Bomb make money?".

#22 Posted by MikkaQ (10317 posts) -

Seems out of place to me. And completely out of character for Whiskey which just sounds fishy. Maybe the firm they use for ads just decided to host this kind of junk without warning.

#23 Posted by SamFo (1535 posts) -

@ryanwho said:

"fuck people who don't subscribe".

well said, nah only joking, but i dont see why people get so uptight over ads?

#24 Posted by Death_Unicorn (2838 posts) -

They said something about trying new ad agencies didn't they? Hopefully they will see how shady these advertisers are and stop them.

#25 Posted by CL60 (16906 posts) -

I forgot all about ads.. are they gone in Canada again?

#26 Edited by cnlmullen (900 posts) -

@Klaimore: *looks up eyeblasters*

Yeah, that would be even worse than popups.

#27 Posted by rjayb89 (7726 posts) -

Remove these ads, double up the subscription price, see subscriptions increase TENFOLD. WORLD TOUR JUSTIFIED.

#28 Posted by Th3_James (2579 posts) -

@Daneian said:

Giantbomb has ads?

Yeah even before the subscriber thing started I only saw the ODST ad. That's it. I am Canadian if that has any bearing on it.

#29 Edited by Surkov (992 posts) -

Does this really have to happen every time new ads shows up?  
You guys know the rules: Don't subscribe; ads. Subscribe; Don't ads. Simple really. That said they Facebook kind of patronizing, but it's not the end of the world, so whatever.

#30 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

So that whole long thing that I read by the Whiskey Media founders...that hasn't been working out has it?

#31 Posted by MrMazz (1022 posts) -

zomg its ads on the internet SHOCKING. Why the hell would you click on them in the first place?

#32 Posted by NakAttack (1289 posts) -
@MrMazz: To generate ad revenue for the site, and to see if was as shady as it looked
#33 Posted by TeflonBilly (4713 posts) -

@Daneian said:

Giantbomb has ads?

The povs get them.

Anyhoo, those ads look like an eyesore and completely out of the element of the sites

#34 Posted by CornBREDX (5608 posts) -

Just let them know the Ads seem perverse. They get ads thru agencies I presume (like google ads only i think they use better stuff), and I would presume sometimes stuff like that slips in. I don't think they did it to make you mad.

And ya, that particular domain (the one behind that site you researched) has been around for years. I don't know how they stay in business, honestly, as they are very clear that you don't get anything without spending anything but I guess some people are still suckers even when they are told.

That being said, I'm not sure who you would email about that. Maybe Dave? I really don't know, just throwing a name out there.

#35 Posted by NakAttack (1289 posts) -
@CornBREDX: Yeah, I do not think WM had anything to do with this either.
#36 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

Yeah, not liking the fake hot-chick on facebook wants to be your friend ads.  As well as the other shady ads.  I don't mind ads at all, but these are the kind of ads I NEVER see unless I go to a shady site.

#37 Posted by RandomInternetUser (6789 posts) -

I am getting ads that are fine though as well, such as SW:TOR ads.

#38 Posted by NakAttack (1289 posts) -
@XII_Sniper said:

Seems out of place to me. And completely out of character for Whiskey which just sounds fishy. Maybe the firm they use for ads just decided to host this kind of junk without warning.

Man, i hope it was just the firm. 
@SamFo said:

@ryanwho said:

"fuck people who don't subscribe".

well said, nah only joking, but i dont see why people get so uptight over ads?

It is not that I am uptight about ads, hell I even leave adblock+ off on this site, it is that I think these spam ads lessen the quality of the site.
#39 Posted by Simplexity (1382 posts) -

Don't click it?

#40 Posted by President_Barackbar (3467 posts) -

Or you could just subscribe and make all the ads go away.

#41 Posted by J12088 (455 posts) -

I like the fact you believed it was legit. That's pretty funny that people still fall for adverts on the internet. Does the shoot the duck to win a prize one tempt you as well? That's a bit of a scam too.

#42 Posted by NakAttack (1289 posts) -
@President_Barackbar: no money, or I would otherwise.
#43 Posted by Makoto_Mizuhara_Sakamoto (592 posts) -

For all the "prizes" these ads offer... why don't any of them offer alcohol???

#44 Posted by TheTelePlus (33 posts) -

I'm not seeing them. I'm not sure if they're regional at all seeing as I'm in the UK though. But this whole thing just looks BAD. They could at least have relevant ads, preferably ones that aren't spyware or rouge software packages. Unless of course this is some kind of joke because I really haven't seen any.

#45 Posted by mracoon (4972 posts) -

Mike recently said on the WM blog that the content of the ads were no longer in their control. He said they would be testing it to see how it goes but I don't know how long that's supposed to last.

#46 Posted by NakAttack (1289 posts) -
@MrPeabody said:
Ahaha, you seriously thought a "click here  to win FABULOUS prizes!" ad was real and then got angry about it. Here's a tip: alt-f4 disables ads.   They've already talked about the problems niche websites have getting targeted ads, since most companies consider their audiences more well-informed and less likely to be influenced by ads (except, apparently, people who complain about ads). So, if Giant Bomb has a hard time getting the Utilikilt ads you crave so much, and you're unwiling to fund them through a subscription, how else are they going to make money besides through the broad, general ads that are on EVERY other website?
Yeah I actually did think it was legit because this is Giant Bomb and I do not expect this type of ad on here. Also I am not unwilling to pay, I am broke as fuck.
#47 Posted by crusader8463 (14423 posts) -

Remember when everyone believed them when they said they would never do stuff like this on the site? Oh those were the days of innocence and youth! 
Anyway, I have never seen an ad on here, with the exception or that horrendously terrible comedy show they did a while back, so I guess I don't really feel strongly about this one way or the other as it has yet to affect me. Though knowing that some day they could plaster the place with ad's like game trailers  is not a welcoming thought. Not sure if it's my adblocker or if it's not being the US that's doing it. 
As long as they don't start with those annoying fucking ads where you have to watch some 30 second ad for a stupid car or KFC before every video then I'm fine with the ad's as I will just ignore them. Should the day come though that I have to watch a 30 second ad before every video then I will just be going else where.

#48 Edited by NakAttack (1289 posts) -
@mracoon: thanks for the info. 
@crusader8463: Yeah I remember those days, then they said they were going to do it, and i was fine (hell i even clicked on them to generate ad revenue) but now,man, i am just going to turn on adblock for all the sites.
#49 Posted by bybeach (4894 posts) -

I want to meet Vicky, even if I am kind of shy. Who is that product tester tho'?

#50 Posted by Vinny_Says (5719 posts) -

Whatever they are just ads, you can live with them but the weird part is when they talked about how the ads would be relevant to our interest, guess that didn't work out.