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What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« on: 24 November, 2021, 04:54:40 pm »
I vote for YouTube adverts.  As a point of principle, I won't buy a product for which I am forced to watch an ad.
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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #1 on: 24 November, 2021, 05:01:48 pm »
People asking stupid questions in forums?

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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #2 on: 24 November, 2021, 05:03:46 pm »
The endless bloody pop-ups asking about cookies or whether I want to "chat with an agent" -

YT ads also come into the frame too . . . although I only look at YT on a PC so all you have to do is wait until it says "skip ads" not have to endure them.

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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #3 on: 24 November, 2021, 05:11:07 pm »
All those and I'll add Cookies
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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #4 on: 24 November, 2021, 05:16:10 pm »
Facebook?  Or advertising in general, really.

The rot set in when they started letting in people who didn't know how to configure PPP/SLIP.   ;D

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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #5 on: 24 November, 2021, 05:19:33 pm »
I vote for YouTube adverts.  As a point of principle, I won't buy a product for which I am forced to watch an ad.

My ad blocker stops them. AdBlock Plus on Firefox.
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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #6 on: 24 November, 2021, 05:23:35 pm »
There's also the youtube-dl or play-Youtube-videos-with-VLC approach.

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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #7 on: 24 November, 2021, 05:31:27 pm »
All local newspaper websites.

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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #8 on: 24 November, 2021, 05:58:32 pm »
"Social" media sites/companies.
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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #9 on: 24 November, 2021, 06:02:42 pm »
Know it alls , whose only source of information is what the search engine throws up.

Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #10 on: 24 November, 2021, 06:04:43 pm »
Misinformation and erosion of privacy.
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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #11 on: 24 November, 2021, 06:25:20 pm »
People asking stupid questions in forums?
I was expecting the first follow-up to be "rogerzilla", so that was quite kind  ;D
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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #12 on: 24 November, 2021, 06:33:10 pm »
Shitverts, especially those that are allegedly “tailored to ur intrest's”.  No, my use of the word “field” in a Farcebok post does not mean I want to buy a fucking tractor >:(
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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #13 on: 24 November, 2021, 06:36:18 pm »
Amazon's search results have to be in the top 5.

Search for something specific with a brand and model name, and it bombards you with results for off-brand Chinese shite instead.
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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #14 on: 24 November, 2021, 07:21:36 pm »
All local newspaper websites.

This. In spades.
Sorry to all concerned, but I never bother clicking your link these days. Probably best to write a synopsis.
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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #15 on: 24 November, 2021, 07:32:05 pm »
All local newspaper websites.

This. In spades.
Sorry to all concerned, but I never bother clicking your link these days. Probably best to write a synopsis.

Is why I keep gravitating back to the BBC.  They may be biased, sloppy and keep re-designing their site for a fondleslab audience, but at least there aren't any shitverts.

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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #16 on: 24 November, 2021, 07:47:59 pm »
To be fair to adverts, without them we'd have to pay for stuff or sell our souls. OK, you get to sell your soul and get adverts, but you'll feel better in your post-partum consumer bliss. Generally, the rule holds that you get what you don't pay for.

I vote for video explanations for things that don't need video explanations though, remember back in the day when bandwidth was limited and people wrote things and saved the video for smut, which is rightful.
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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #17 on: 24 November, 2021, 07:52:03 pm »
... the BBC ... but at least there aren't any shitverts.

... unless you are viewing from outside the UK. To be fair, the news home page is free of adverts.

Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #18 on: 24 November, 2021, 08:46:58 pm »
I vote for YouTube adverts.  As a point of principle, I won't buy a product for which I am forced to watch an ad.

My ad blocker stops them. AdBlock Plus on Firefox.

I use U Block Origin which seem to block all adverts, including on Youtube.

I Don't Care About Cookies to stop the cookie popups.

CookieMaster to allow cookies site by site.

Turning off Javascript also seems to block a lot of adverts, use No Script to allow the ones you want to run.

Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #19 on: 24 November, 2021, 08:50:12 pm »
I pay for Youtube Premium, because I'm a weirdo.

To be fair to adverts, without them we'd have to pay for stuff or sell our souls. OK, you get to sell your soul and get adverts, but you'll feel better in your post-partum consumer bliss. Generally, the rule holds that you get what you don't pay for.

What gets me is the local newspaper sites have all decided to have an advert between every paragraph. And a sidebar full of ads. And random paragraphs that look like the article but are also ads. And popovers and autoplays. And scrolljacking and interstitials.

Presumably they've all done the experimentation and found that making their articles literally unreadable is the option that brings in the most revenue. It's almost as if it's all bots and fraud, because no one can read the bloody things.

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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #20 on: 24 November, 2021, 08:51:58 pm »
^This
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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #21 on: 24 November, 2021, 08:53:22 pm »
Grey text.

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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #22 on: 24 November, 2021, 08:57:28 pm »
It's the autoplays that annoy me most on local news sites. If I want a video, I'll watch a video. I'm on your local newspaper site because I want to read the news, not watch it. And then the site is trying to download so much video that it crashes.
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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #23 on: 24 November, 2021, 08:58:24 pm »
People asking stupid questions in forums?
I was expecting the first follow-up to be "rogerzilla", so that was quite kind  ;D
Nah, he's only second after that C3PO chap.  :P
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Re: What's the single worst thing about the Internet?
« Reply #24 on: 24 November, 2021, 09:06:17 pm »
And endless scroll.