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Tue May 23, 2017, 09:01 PM

HuffPost is unreadable!

Why? Because of the non-stop, never-ending barrage of videos and video ads that ceaselessly fire up and play as you try and navigate the site!! I am sooo sick of it!! You click on this story or that, and you get an ad or a video adorning the screen and blocking you from seeing or reading what you want!!

Who is or are the brainiacs in the marketing department who think that readers actually appreciate being abused like this??

Just fucking let me click on what I want and then let me read the story, or click on the accompanying video IF I choose to!!

Aargh!!!!

To say the fucking least.

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Reply HuffPost is unreadable! (Original post)
ClusterFreak May 2017 OP
Siwsan May 2017 #1
ClusterFreak May 2017 #2
Eyeball_Kid May 2017 #33
leftyladyfrommo May 2017 #3
elfin May 2017 #4
amuse bouche May 2017 #5
ClusterFreak May 2017 #6
George II May 2017 #26
Eyeball_Kid May 2017 #34
Hayduke Bomgarte May 2017 #7
tableturner May 2017 #8
uponit7771 May 2017 #13
lordsummerisle May 2017 #14
Stonepounder May 2017 #20
mr_lebowski May 2017 #28
tableturner May 2017 #41
steve2470 May 2017 #21
HeartachesNhangovers May 2017 #43
ClusterFreak May 2017 #44
brooklynite May 2017 #9
bathroommonkey76 May 2017 #10
lester94111 May 2017 #11
displacedtexan May 2017 #12
lordsummerisle May 2017 #15
Generic Brad May 2017 #16
NobodyHere May 2017 #17
workinclasszero May 2017 #18
Worktodo May 2017 #19
murielm99 May 2017 #22
judesedit May 2017 #23
George II May 2017 #24
mtngirl47 May 2017 #25
PatrickforO May 2017 #27
Kablooie May 2017 #29
kimbutgar May 2017 #30
Kleveland May 2017 #31
elmac May 2017 #32
progressoid May 2017 #35
still_one May 2017 #36
Eyeball_Kid May 2017 #37
doodsaq May 2017 #38
ClusterFreak May 2017 #45
white_wolf May 2017 #39
HAB911 May 2017 #40
ClusterFreak May 2017 #46
mvd May 2017 #42

Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:03 PM

1. I'm noticing that, more and more, on so many sites

It is beyond irritating. If I wanted to watch the video, I would click on the video!!

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:07 PM

2. I agree.

And I hate to say it, but DU isn't totally innocent in this regard either. Nothing even close to HuffPost for example, but some video ads on the homepage (at least for non star members like myself) do fire up automatically. HuffPost is I think though the worst abuser by a long shot that I have come across, although yes it is rife now across the net.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #1)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:52 PM

33. Yes.

It drives me crazy. I've cut down my time on Huffpost to about a fifth of the time previously spent. And you know what? There isn't a place to give the website feedback on this major annoyance.

So, I guess we vote with our "feet", as it were. Sooner or later, the ad department will get the hint when their hits go into decline.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:08 PM

3. I get it on my phone.

I don't seem to have that problem.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:08 PM

4. Agree! Plus now looks like a cheap tabloid. EOM

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:11 PM

5. I love HP. Yes the videos are relentless but I click them off before they start

I can't imagine not having HP. I check in there several times a day.

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Response to amuse bouche (Reply #5)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:13 PM

6. I try and click them off, but they just keep playing.

Wish I were as lucky as you.

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Response to amuse bouche (Reply #5)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:11 PM

26. Some of the time they're not even on the screen, they're above or below what I'm reading...

...so I have to go searching for them, all the while the sound is blaring. And some don't have a "pause" button, either.

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Response to amuse bouche (Reply #5)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:52 PM

34. There are a lot of overlapping stories on Raw Story.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:16 PM

7. I use Ghostery and don't get that

I also don't spend much time there. I just scan the headlines mostly, and move on to here or KOS.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:19 PM

8. If they abuse you like that, and if you use Chrome, then download these 3 extensions:

Disable html5 autoplay:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/disable-html5-autoplay/efdhoaajjjgckpbkoglidkeendpkolai?hl=en

Flash control, which you can use to disable flash autoplay:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/flashcontrol/mfidmkgnfgnkihnjeklbekckimkipmoe?hl=en

Ublock Origin, to block ads (it's as good as adblock, but uses fewer resources):

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm?hl=en

I do not feel guilty using ad blocking extensions when websites make their websites almost unusable without them. There should be an advertising industry initiative to move to a new standard that minimizes the content so that the ads do not make sites unnavigable. The ads would not be as rich in content, but if the rich content makes people use ad blockers, what good is the rich content?

Edited to change "2" to "3" in the heading.

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Response to tableturner (Reply #8)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:44 PM

13. +1

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Response to tableturner (Reply #8)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:47 PM

14. Thanks for these n/t

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Response to tableturner (Reply #8)

Tue May 23, 2017, 10:54 PM

20. Ad Blocker also does a great job of blocking ads and other garbage.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock-pro/ocifcklkibdehekfnmflempfgjhbedch

I have it installed as a Chrome extension and just don't see ads anymore.

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Response to Stonepounder (Reply #20)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:27 PM

28. I like it too ... what'd be great is if someone could make one that the site can't tell you're using

Some sites will actually not let you use them with ad-blockers turned on ...

I'd think that'd be entirely possible. Kinda surprised I've not heard of one.

Actually looks like I'm on Ad-Block Plus ...

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Response to Stonepounder (Reply #20)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:41 PM

41. Ublock Origin, which I listed above, works as well as any of them, but uses much fewer resources!

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Response to tableturner (Reply #8)

Tue May 23, 2017, 10:58 PM

21. great advice, thanks! nt

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Response to tableturner (Reply #8)

Wed May 24, 2017, 02:56 PM

43. Thank you! Loaded "Disable HTML5" and it took

care of a lot of annoyances.

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Response to tableturner (Reply #8)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:08 PM

44. I'll try anything.... thanks!

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:26 PM

9. ...and yet, you're reading it.

...like the people who continually watch MORNING JOE in order to tell us not to watch it.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:37 PM

10. AOL screwed up Huffpost

 

I rarely go there anyore b/c of the constant ads and click-bait articles.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:43 PM

11. A "Reader View" addon or extension on your browser is your friend

A "Reader View" addon or extension on your browser is your friend

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/reader-view/?src=search

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:43 PM

12. The HuffPo app is much easier to read.

The full site was crashing every time I tried to read something there, but the app seems to work better for me. Talking Points Memo still crashes on me daily, but it works on my phone. Go figure. It's always something.

Good luck!

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 09:50 PM

15. I find Salon.com annoying like that as well

the other day it was actually playing two videos at the same time.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 10:02 PM

16. That web site drove me away



They removed sections I enjoyed. They made it clunky to navigate. Their content has degraded.

That used to be one of my go to sites. They cheapened their product and gave their readers the middle finger. Right back at them.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 10:20 PM

17. The braniacs are people who hate diversity

 

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 10:28 PM

18. I hate all sites doing that crap

 

You go to read an article and suddenly some damn video starts blaring out from your speakers! I hit the back button and gtfo when that happens.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 10:53 PM

19. costs a lot of battery and data charges

These sites must think we're living in 2025 where every phone can play video all day on a single charge and everybody's data plan is free.

I find myself avoiding huffpost for these very reasons.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:03 PM

22. When a site starts doing that to me,

I click off and never go back.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:05 PM

23. It's true. When I try to share I often get a black screen

If I really want to forward something I'd go out and back in sometimes numerous times, but got tired of it. It's too bad. Wish Ariana hadn't sold. I never had problems before.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:07 PM

24. I stopped reading it years ago...

....and I used to have it as my home page, but it got to the point where it took 30 seconds to finish loading, and then the pop ups and ads got to be ridiculous.

Not worth the bother.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:10 PM

25. I backed away from HuffPo when they wanted me to log in thru Facebook

in order to comment....

I switched to Truthout and DU

DU has headlines WAY before HuffPo

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:20 PM

27. I agree. I despise those pop up videos. I want to be the one to choose if

I watch the accompanying video and not have it forced down my throat.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:44 PM

29. Use an adblocker . They are essential nowadays.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:46 PM

30. It's not what it used to be

Seems they followed the buzzfeed clickbait model. No real news reporting but links to other sites.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:49 PM

31. I agree with this very incovenient issue. Damned videos! Here is Firefox setting to disable.

It should be a choice to view the video, not shoved down your throat!

I really don't like the whole remake of Huffpost. It wasn't broken, so why fix it?

(Apple pulls this kinda' crap all of the time.... don't get me started)

It can be a real issue, especially when dealing with data usage caps.

Although this may not help that, you can also turn off auto-playing the videos in Firefox.

On the URL line type "about:config". (without the quotes of course)

Then accept the risk (kinda silly, unless you really mess around!)

Scroll down and find the line

media.autoplay.enabled user set boolean true

Change true to false.

Close the tab, and it should stop the autoplay. It may still load it, haven't really messed around with it further.

There may be a quicker way to do this, but if there is...I have missed it!

Oh! I also agree with using an Adblocker.... causes some issues on some sites, but you can tweak it on the fly if you need to.

Peace



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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Tue May 23, 2017, 11:51 PM

32. all sites are going that way

 

the internet is slowly losing its appeal.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 12:05 AM

35. Same reason I stopped reading Raw Story.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 12:15 AM

36. I agree. The first thing I do when I click a story over there is immediately after the video loads

pause, and read the story

but you are right, it is a pain


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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 12:16 AM

37. Get Chrome, DL "Disable HTML5 Autoplay". Problem solved.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 12:21 AM

38. Huffpost is mostly sensationalist garbage

Stopped reading it a long time ago.

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Response to doodsaq (Reply #38)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:13 PM

45. Well, aside from that fact.

I still do check it out a couple times a day probably. Guess I'm a glutton for sensationalist garbage lol.

Ya it ain't what it used to was. And I'm not sure if it ever was that.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 12:28 AM

39. Any site that doesn't pay their writers is one that can afford to do without me as a customer. N/T

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 07:52 AM

40. What browser do you use?

Firefox with the NoScript add on can remove all that stuff.

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #40)

Wed May 24, 2017, 06:15 PM

46. I use IE. I'm a dinosaur.

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Response to ClusterFreak (Original post)

Wed May 24, 2017, 01:44 PM

42. It's not so bad in the app

It's annoying, but an ad blocker such as Adblock Plus should take care of it.

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