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3 responses to “Idiotic Poll and Advertising at its Worst”

  1. barb

    Hi Zoli,

    We are sorry you had so much trouble getting to the article. Can I ask what browser you were using to access the site. I’ve never heard of this happening before.

    thanks
    barb

  2. Zoli Erdos

    Hi Barb,

    I was using Firefox – now I can get to the article, there is no poll whatsoever.

    Thanks:-)

  3. Brice Dunwoodie

    Hi Zoli,

    CMSWire uses Google Ad Manager to serve their ads. It falls back on Ad Sense for inventory optimization.

    Ad Sense will sometimes try to work its way to the top of the z-index, which is what you saw there. On a smaller screens this can cause overlay issues.

    You can always hit the ESC key and the poll will go away. If there isn’t an overlay issue, you will always see a “X” button to opt-out of the poll.

    Additionally, we only show the poll once to each visitor (if we can recognize them). That’s why you won’t see this particular poll again.

    Thanks for your feedback. Next time we might appreciate an email though, rather than a blog post implying that we’re idiots.

    best regards,
    Brice Dunwoodie
    Publisher – CMSWire.com