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A while ago I had ad block enabled for everything, but I decided to whitelist sites that enjoyed and wanted to support, which included BGG. Unfortunately, some of the ads were rather NSFW. No nudity to be exact, but scantily-clad women. I personally wouldn't mind that, but I browse occasionally while at work when I have a free moment, and I don't want a co-worker to have to see that. So I "un-whitelisted" them. A few weeks ago, I whitelisted BGG again thinking things had changed, but nope (https://i.imgur.com/5dODgtw.jpg and http://i.imgur.com/bpFvmEu.jpg), still NSFW ads. So back on comes the ad-blocking.

Please fix these unnecessary ads from showing up on your website BGG, and I'll happily re-whitelist you again.
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Non-boardgame-related ads aren't directly managed by BGG, but are automatically placed by Google based on their profiling of you. Anything truly outrageous you can send to chaddyboy_2000, with a link to where the ad is pointing, and then he can manually block it based on that URL - but that's about the only control BGG has. I believe you can tell Google a bit to exclude certain types of ads by clicking on the triangles in the upper right corner of those ads, which might be worth attempting...

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The only Google ads I (completely non-profiled) got after many dozens of page loads were for various types of online games, ranging from child-safe to TCG to casino. That should be the "neutral" view of Google for the audience of BGG. Clicking through from the triangle, and then to "Ads settings", I saw an option "Opt out of interest-based Google ads across the web", which sounds like it would be suitable for you. (Or alternatively you could block all Google properties, and delete all their cookies.)
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yeah soooooo those adds are targeting you....
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Google adsense are generated for you based on your browsing habits.
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We do set filters on what Google is supposed to display, but it's hard to police since I can't see what other people are seeing. It's been years since I personally last saw a racy ad come through Adsense when I view the site, but for whatever reason, Google thinks it should show those to other people apparently.
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mafman6 wrote:

yeah soooooo those adds are targeting you....


I set everything in my Ads Settings to not target me a while ago?

https://i.imgur.com/LBHePeE.png
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massenburger wrote:
mafman6 wrote:

yeah soooooo those adds are targeting you....


I set everything in my Ads Settings to not target me a while ago?

https://i.imgur.com/LBHePeE.png
Then they're giving you ads targeted to the average webuser. Or the average webuser who visits BGG.
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I browse occasionally while at work when I have a free moment, and I don't want a co-worker to have to see that.

(Meta tangent alert: General musing about the strangeness of this kind of image being a workplace problem ...)

While I agree they are cheesecake style ads, that kind of ad seems visible all over the internet, for better or worse (if one doesn't use an adblocker).

So I've never really understood why such ads would cause trouble at a workplace. Don't most people who have ever browsed the web understand that such ads (and photos illustrating articles too, for better or worse) are fairly common at many perfectly innoccuous websites (i.e. BGG is hardly exceptional in this regard), and it's not because someone was intentionally visiting porn sites or the like?

A person could simply do a google search for something work-related and unintentionally see a sexy image appear on the screen... would the person get in trouble for that if a co-worker saw it?

The photos also look like ones I see in many ordinary paper magazines and newspapers. Out of curiosity, would there be trouble if you were reading a newspaper or magazine which had an ad (or article) with one of those photos?
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Guess we know what you're looking at bro


massenburger wrote:
A while ago I had ad block enabled for everything, but I decided to whitelist sites that enjoyed and wanted to support, which included BGG. Unfortunately, some of the ads were rather NSFW. No nudity to be exact, but scantily-clad women. I personally wouldn't mind that, but I browse occasionally while at work when I have a free moment, and I don't want a co-worker to have to see that. So I "un-whitelisted" them. A few weeks ago, I whitelisted BGG again thinking things had changed, but nope (https://i.imgur.com/5dODgtw.jpg and http://i.imgur.com/bpFvmEu.jpg), still NSFW ads. So back on comes the ad-blocking.

Please fix these unnecessary ads from showing up on your website BGG, and I'll happily re-whitelist you again.
 
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massenburger wrote:
mafman6 wrote:

yeah soooooo those adds are targeting you....


I set everything in my Ads Settings to not target me a while ago?

https://i.imgur.com/LBHePeE.png


This will not effect cookie based site visits.
 
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Geosphere wrote:
This will not effect cookie based site visits.


I don't know what to say man. I know these ads are not targeted, because none of the content ever looks familiar. I know a targeted ad when I see one. I work as a web developer, so I'd like to think I'm proficient enough to know this stuff. I white-list plenty of other sites to display ads, and I don't have this problem anywhere else. Just BGG.

F-everyone's-I, I'm not embarrassed about my "browsing habits", if that were the case here, I'd just laugh it off, and try to find a way to fix it. Anytime I browse anything NSFW, I'm a good little boy and ctrl+shift+N all day long. Nothing's getting saved; these ads simply are not targeted. This problem only happens on BGG, which is why I posted here.
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It's possible that Google just knows what a male-dominated site BGG is, so it spits out male-centric stuff when there's a lack of any other targeting info.

Like I said, we have all the filters set to avoid this, but Google seems to not classify their ads very well. We'll keep zapping them as they're brought to our attention, though!
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russ wrote:
massenburger wrote:
I browse occasionally while at work when I have a free moment, and I don't want a co-worker to have to see that.

(Meta tangent alert: General musing about the strangeness of this kind of image being a workplace problem ...)

While I agree they are cheesecake style ads, that kind of ad seems visible all over the internet, for better or worse (if one doesn't use an adblocker).

So I've never really understood why such ads would cause trouble at a workplace. Don't most people who have ever browsed the web understand that such ads (and photos illustrating articles too, for better or worse) are fairly common at many perfectly innoccuous websites (i.e. BGG is hardly exceptional in this regard), and it's not because someone was intentionally visiting porn sites or the like?

A person could simply do a google search for something work-related and unintentionally see a sexy image appear on the screen... would the person get in trouble for that if a co-worker saw it?

The photos also look like ones I see in many ordinary paper magazines and newspapers. Out of curiosity, would there be trouble if you were reading a newspaper or magazine which had an ad (or article) with one of those photos?

I'm also completely baffled why there's been so much concern about ads like this on BGG. This subject comes up quite a bit. First thing I do at work each morning is read several online comics while having a cup of coffee and I see these types of ads all the time. I've never even worried about it, everyone knows they come up frequently on geekcentric websites.

I guess its just board game geeks are more sensitive to this stuff unlike in other geek hobbies.
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ScottE wrote:
I guess its just board game geeks are more sensitive to this stuff unlike in other geek hobbies.
I've worked at some places where the image of the woman in negligee would get you a warning about your browsing habits. Apparently you work at a place that doesn't care... but that doesn't mean there are no places that don't care.
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Thunkd wrote:
ScottE wrote:
I guess its just board game geeks are more sensitive to this stuff unlike in other geek hobbies.
I've worked at some places where the image of the woman in negligee would get you a warning about your browsing habits. Apparently you work at a place that doesn't care... but that doesn't mean there are no places that don't care.

I get that there are places that care, but given that these images come up in advertisements, which a user doesn't choose, at all kinds of perfectly innocuous websites, and sometimes even in Google search results, website articles, etc, warning someone because an image comes up in their browser seems like giving someone a warning for using the web at all, or like warning them because they received spam email for Horny Women Who Want Sex With You and a co-worker saw that text.
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Or you could support the Geek directly and block the ads that way . . .
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It's possible that Google just knows what a male-dominated site BGG is, so it spits out male-centric stuff when there's a lack of any other targeting info.

I am entirely positive that this is what's happening.

Every time someone raises a complaint about ads on this site, they're met by users who take it as an opportunity to cast shade on the OP's browser history and giggle about their supposed internet habits.

Let's look at the ads that the OP posted. One is for a discount retail website that sells everything under the sun. The other is for a geeky merchandise outlet. These are not prurient, seedy corners of the internet, people. The fact that the ads themselves feature sexy women doesn't mean that the OP is looking up porn all day.

Someone is responsible for the presence of attractive women in those ads, but it's the advertisers who made them in the first place--not the BGG user who sees them on his screen.

(All that being said, I think that the ads in question are pretty tame and don't have a problem with them personally.)
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spartax wrote:
Or you could support the Geek directly and block the ads that way . . .


That's what I do. I only have the banner ads going because they are always board game specific.
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russ wrote:
A person could simply do a google search for something work-related and unintentionally see a sexy image appear on the screen...


From the Department of Real-Life Coincidences:

I am currently doing something with the text formatting software LaTeX, which has various ways to display images in various formats as numbered figures in an article.

I was trying to find information about one such command, called \FullFigure. Without thinking much about it, I just did a websearch for "latex FullFigure"...

Duh. The results were not what I intended.
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I was trying to find information about one such command, called \FullFigure. Without thinking much about it, I just did a websearch for "latex FullFigure"...
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Without thinking much about it, I just did a websearch for "latex FullFigure"...

Duh. The results were not what I intended. :)
Maybe not what you intended, but now all the rest of us want to try it.

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massenburger wrote:


I immediately went to see your images and I must say I'm a little disappointed.
However the "bang good" subtitle on the first one made up for it... a little.
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TVis wrote:
russ wrote:
Without thinking much about it, I just did a websearch for "latex FullFigure"...

Duh. The results were not what I intended.
Maybe not what you intended, but now all the rest of us want to try it.



I sincerely doubt that the vast majority of people actually want to use LaTeX.
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I sincerely doubt that the vast majority of people actually want to use LaTeX.



Oooo, me, sir! I do! (But then I am an academic who writes mathematical papers...)
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russ wrote:
russ wrote:
A person could simply do a google search for something work-related and unintentionally see a sexy image appear on the screen...


From the Department of Real-Life Coincidences:

I am currently doing something with the text formatting software LaTeX, which has various ways to display images in various formats as numbered figures in an article.

I was trying to find information about one such command, called \FullFigure. Without thinking much about it, I just did a websearch for "latex FullFigure"...

Duh. The results were not what I intended.


My browsing history might be skewing the results, since a search on "latex fullfigure" resulted in the top seven hits being related to LaTex (the typesetting language). It was only the eighth item that was about "latex free full figure bras". Then more LaTeX-related links. Obviously I am not searching enough for "adult material".
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