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« on: May 06, 2013, 10:20:54 PM »

This is a very small nitpick about these forums, very first world problems, but is still a usability issue.

So many times browsing late night, with my slower reactions, I'm just about to click on a link when suddenly the ad banner loads and the whole forums jumps down an inch on screen.

Can you please add some placeholder space prior to loading for the ad banners up top? Might also be useful to use the placeholder space as a reminder to those with adblockers still turned on to turn them off if they want to support the site.
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2013, 10:30:48 PM »

I notice the same issue on my Windows 8 phone.  I'll go to tap a board, suddenly the ad will kick in and I'm staring at farley2k's ugly mug.  or ugly lack of mug.  maybe that's why he has no mug shown because it's so ugly.....
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« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2013, 01:21:47 PM »

Already picked that nit.
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2013, 07:30:45 PM »

It's not like the ads are random sizes or anything, why not reserve the space needed for them up top? Then the speed of your ad server becomes a moot point and all this jumpy jump jump goes away.
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2013, 04:29:05 PM »

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on May 12, 2013, 07:30:45 PM

It's not like the ads are random sizes or anything, why not reserve the space needed for them up top? Then the speed of your ad server becomes a moot point and all this jumpy jump jump goes away.

It is REALLY annoying.
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2013, 04:33:28 PM »

you could have the ads randomly move to the bottom, so the page jumps up instead of down every now and then....
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2013, 08:27:46 PM »

Now this has gone from a small annoyance to a big one, mainly because it's such a constant issue. I visit these forums regularly and every few times I load a page, it gets timed almost perfectly that the banner loads right before I click. That happening multiple times a day, every day wears thin.
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2013, 08:39:40 PM »

Quote from: Turtle on May 13, 2013, 08:27:46 PM

Now this has gone from a small annoyance to a big one, mainly because it's such a constant issue. I visit these forums regularly and every few times I load a page, it gets timed almost perfectly that the banner loads right before I click. That happening multiple times a day, every day wears thin.

It always jumps right before I click as well, causing me to always click on the "GAMINGTREND" logo. At the main page is getting more hits!
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2013, 09:09:18 PM »

Sorry about the annoyance, guys. Wrangling the code of this tired-ass forum software is never as easy as it seems and I've got other things I'm working on right now. I'll try to get to it at some point so bear with me.
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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2013, 06:15:09 PM »

was just coming to post about this.  It's REALLY putting me on my last nerve. lol

I've misclicked probably a dozen times just today since it takes awhile to load that banner then shifts everything down.
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« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2013, 06:32:41 PM »

Quote from: Harkonis on June 28, 2013, 06:15:09 PM

was just coming to post about this.  It's REALLY putting me on my last nerve. lol

I've misclicked probably a dozen times just today since it takes awhile to load that banner then shifts everything down.

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It's getting pretty annoying.
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« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2013, 06:38:48 PM »

Quite frustrating.
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« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2013, 10:22:48 PM »

Sorry about this guys.  I'll have Mike look at it and find a solution. It is irritating and it's not mean to be. 
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« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2013, 07:41:19 PM »

Done!  All fixed.   smile
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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2013, 08:46:52 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 05, 2013, 07:41:19 PM

Done!  All fixed.   smile

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« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2013, 01:00:27 PM »

Quote from: Moliere on July 05, 2013, 08:46:52 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 05, 2013, 07:41:19 PM

Done!  All fixed.   smile

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« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2013, 02:03:15 PM »

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« Reply #17 on: July 10, 2013, 02:09:11 PM »

Still doing it for me frown  Big delay after page loads before the ad pops in still. 
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« Reply #18 on: July 10, 2013, 06:03:11 PM »

Quote from: Harkonis on July 10, 2013, 02:09:11 PM

Still doing it for me frown  Big delay after page loads before the ad pops in still. 

What browser are you using, are you using adblock, etc.   The space is pre-allocated, so it shouldn't "pop" in any way. 
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« Reply #19 on: July 10, 2013, 06:07:35 PM »

Still happens for me too. I am using Firefox v22.0.

Not using adblock.

As a quick check, I tried Explorer and the ad loads almost instantaneously, so for me, it's something specific to Firefox.
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« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2013, 06:13:22 PM »

There will still be a delay in the loading of the ad. All we did (and can do) is fix the height of the space the ad loads into.
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« Reply #21 on: July 10, 2013, 11:57:58 PM »

Quote from: th'FOOL on July 10, 2013, 06:13:22 PM

There will still be a delay in the loading of the ad. All we did (and can do) is fix the height of the space the ad loads into.

Right - we can't fix the speed of the ad network (though it's instant for me) but it shouldn't "pop" down and shift the page.  Is that still happening for you?
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« Reply #22 on: July 11, 2013, 03:58:08 AM »

yeah, until the ad loads, there is no space for it at the top.  Once it loads, everything pops down abruptly.  (Firefox)
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« Reply #23 on: July 11, 2013, 06:03:12 AM »

Quote from: Harkonis on July 11, 2013, 03:58:08 AM

yeah, until the ad loads, there is no space for it at the top.  Once it loads, everything pops down abruptly.  (Firefox)

Wait- are you using the dark forum theme?
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« Reply #24 on: July 11, 2013, 08:18:12 AM »

Quote from: th'FOOL on July 11, 2013, 06:03:12 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on July 11, 2013, 03:58:08 AM

yeah, until the ad loads, there is no space for it at the top.  Once it loads, everything pops down abruptly.  (Firefox)

Wait- are you using the dark forum theme?

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« Reply #25 on: July 11, 2013, 06:13:27 PM »

I was using the dark theme too. I just switched back to the default theme (Augh! My eyes!) and the problem doesn't happen.
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« Reply #26 on: July 11, 2013, 06:38:10 PM »

So the code of the dark theme is HORRIBLE. I thought I had fixed it as well, but it honestly isn't worth any more effort at this point. If my last tweaks had no effect I'm going to have to recommend you switch over to the default theme if it continues to bug you.
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