Several major US Universities are engaged in a widespread study of what they call 'hidden costs' to the Internet consumer. In the case of GAG, we pay these fees by being inundated with advertising. It is reasonably harmless when all we encounter are pretty little patches of color we can click on voluntarily, but how many times have you started to read someone's post and your finger accidently hit on something that directs you to a page you had no intention of visiting? Or for tab users such as myself, with onscreen keyboards, how often do you click on a comment window, only to have a potato chip ad obscure your view entirely until you 'x' it out? I myself easily spend three minutes per session in such activities, three minutes I cannot afford.
There is no official indication yet what action is or is not going to come out of this study, but unofficial word is that sites such as GAG may face a 20% increase in domain fees unless they reduce their ad space by just as much AND eliminate ALL pop ups.
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I don't give a flip. :)1