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September 2015 - Digital Spy Unveils New Look Website! (September 2015)

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LL
Larry the Loafer
I usually have AdBlock on when I use Digital Spy - mainly because their ad techniques are horrendous - but one slipped through on my phone which was one of those impossible to close things that said "YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO TEST THE IPHONE 7". Why the hell are DS letting things like that fund their website?
LL
London Lite Founding member
I usually have AdBlock on when I use Digital Spy - mainly because their ad techniques are horrendous - but one slipped through on my phone which was one of those impossible to close things that said "YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO TEST THE IPHONE 7". Why the hell are DS letting things like that fund their website?


AdBlock allows certain companies to go through their filters for a price.
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
I usually have AdBlock on when I use Digital Spy - mainly because their ad techniques are horrendous - but one slipped through on my phone which was one of those impossible to close things that said "YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO TEST THE IPHONE 7". Why the hell are DS letting things like that fund their website?


AdBlock allows certain companies to go through their filters for a price.


Only for "some larger properties that serve non-intrusive advertisements that want to participate in the Acceptable Ads initiative." Which puts it in the hands of the advertising servers, not Digital Spy.

Of course the problem is not unique to Digital Spy, and of course if adverts were "acceptable" (in the terms of Adblock), then we wouldn't need Adblock software in the first place. The problem seems to be that having adverts moving, flashing, playing videos and generally be irritating seems to be doing the job of attracting the eye. Gone are the days of a static banner at the top of a web page and that's it. Modern browsers can play video, plug-ins and what not all out of the box, that and the rise of fast internet meant it was inevitable we'd have to block these irritants.
LL
Larry the Loafer
They don't get through on my desktop with AdBlock. I'm using AdBlock Plus on Android but it doesn't seem to be doing a very good job. I have had it leak through some ads on YouTube that I don't seem to get on my desktop - or at least not as many.
JA
JAS84
The new look has gone live.
LL
Larry the Loafer
Not at my end.
MA
madmusician
It's a bloody joke. It's not like this site, where Asa puts in lots of work himself to keep it running and it's a hobby project (and he's putting shedloads of work into it with this fabulous new software) - Digital Spy is a professionally maintained website run by a major magazine firm.

Why have they launched a new look that stops the forums being visible to a number of browsers? It's not loading for me on my iPhone or iPad, nor on Safari on Mac (although it is loading on Chrome on Mac).

Absolutely disgraceful way to treat a community, and it will just mean people stop going to their website and thus they lose advertising revenue, if they can't even make the pages load properly...!
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
It's a bloody joke. It's not like this site, where Asa puts in lots of work himself to keep it running and it's a hobby project (and he's putting shedloads of work into it with this fabulous new software) - Digital Spy is a professionally maintained website run by a major magazine firm.


Professional maintenance != quality. It's usually driven by a "how many adverts can we cram on this page?" attitude.

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Why have they launched a new look that stops the forums being visible to a number of browsers? It's not loading for me on my iPhone or iPad, nor on Safari on Mac (although it is loading on Chrome on Mac).


There's a big 8 page thread on DS about it. It's only been broken since July. In fact it appears the entire Beta site was unusable on Apple software.

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Absolutely disgraceful way to treat a community, and it will just mean people stop going to their website and thus they lose advertising revenue, if they can't even make the pages load properly...!


Most of the time its the adverts that stop the pages loading/working properly in the first place. As I said previously, if they didn't employ such irksome techniques we wouldn't need Adblockers.
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ED
ExDSStar
The layout has caused me to join this website and getting others to do the shame, It is disgraceful what they doing. This forum seems to work much faster and the search looks great on this. Nice to have a working search for once Thumbs up
Last edited by ExDSStar on 3 November 2015 5:17pm
LL
Larry the Loafer
I just can't fathom how something in beta can go live when there's still countless issues with it. That's the whole point of something being in beta, so things can be tested and fixed.
ED
ExDSStar
I just can't fathom how something in beta can go live when there's still countless issues with it. That's the whole point of something being in beta, so things can be tested and fixed.


Big companies just go ahead with their beta layout, Feedback is just a box ticking thing for them as seen with the BBC.
DO
dosxuk
Feedback is just a box ticking thing for them as seen with the BBC.


Problem the BBC has is many of it's responders think "don't fix what isn't broken", "how much of my licence fee has this cost" and "why have you stopped supporting my device that's 10 years old and never took off but you still support the latest iphone" are sensible bits of feedback.

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