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Bike Tire Direct Pop Ups feedback(19 posts)

Bike Tire Direct Pop Ups feedbackeflayer2
Jan 4, 2004 8:15 AM
I really appreciate the existence of this forum. I also understand the need to sell advertising to keep it up and running. I am growing to hate BTDirect. If you frequent this forum, their popups are an annoyance. The internet is a great resource that is diminished by this particular kind of advertising. I emailed BTD to let them know I will not buy their products due to how they advertise them. Does this form of advertising bother anyone else? If it does, maybe if enough people let BTD know, they will consider another approach to selling their products.
... I've gone to the Google toolbar to block pop ups...Akirasho
Jan 4, 2004 8:31 AM
... one of those yin/yang moments on the internet is "unwanted" or unexpected redirects or popups... but, sometimes, you might actually benefit (gee, I was trying to get to Chestie Canyon's website, but found great info on Chesty Canyon for my next vacation) so I can't fault all popups...

The Competitive Cyclist banners no longer flash in my browser (IE)... is this true for everyone or a result of the toolbar?

Be the bike.
Annoyance outweighs benefitseflayer2
Jan 4, 2004 8:39 AM
I appreciate your Zen approach. However, for me, the benefits of popups have never ever come close to matching how much they annoy. If I never saw another one, I'm sure my life would be no lesser. I'll try the Christie Canyon search. That is my idea of a vacation.
Same here...........No flashing.MR_GRUMPY
Jan 4, 2004 12:50 PM
The one on top just changes every two seconds. I can live with that. The Google toolbar is pretty good at what it does.
like a guillotine...RemmingtonShowdown
Jan 4, 2004 4:46 PM
The Competitive Cyclist ads are just animated gifs. A while back I downloaded a plugin that stops animated gifs- I can't remember what it was called but I'm sure there are many like it.

The other option is to set your internet browsing back to, oh 1990 and just turn off java... but that makes porn browsing a bit difficult-hehe
Disagree with you on this onepitt83
Jan 4, 2004 11:29 AM
So, you agree that this site needs advertising to thrive and that you enjoy this site. But, the technology of an additional window puts your panties in a bunch? How then should BTD advertise? Call you at home? Spam the entire world?

IMHO: It's a appropriate use of pop-up technology. "Sink the putt" or "Punch the money", it's not. BTD is directlty relevant to this audience, hence, I don't mind that they advertise here.

At a race, the announcer thanked the sponsors, as they always do. Then he said something which I thought profound. He said, "Please support these sponsors. Without them, your race wouldn't exist". That rang very true. I now at least will consider the sponsoring entity when I purchase. Not blind loyalty, but I at least check them when I buy.

I think BTD is completely in line with this one. I also know flames are coming my way.

Dave
sort of agree.Frith
Jan 4, 2004 12:10 PM
Agree: pop ups are annoying.
Agree: this site needs ads to survive.
disagree: BTD is the worst ad on the site.
When you close that pop up it's gone and you're free to surf. But the Comepetetive Cyclist ads on the other hand are intrusive and distracting throughout the experience. They are on the main page and the flash and move continually. The dogma one was the worst and I'm thankfull that that's gone but they're still horrible and I'll never buy anything from them. Give me a popup anyday!
Disagree with you on this one, toopedalAZ
Jan 4, 2004 12:18 PM
I would not have heard of BTD without their advertising here, and have purchased from them several times. Great prices, quick service, no problems. And, this site needs the ad revenue to stay up. It's a good marriage.
how about a little box advertisement that says...eflayer2
Jan 4, 2004 12:52 PM
I think we are all smart enough that if there was a little box advertisement that said "Great tires at great prices" we could find it and look if we gave a crap. Why intrude when you could do it just as well without being a pain in the ass?
... true confessions...Akirasho
Jan 4, 2004 1:23 PM
... sigh...

Ok, when I first surfed the net, oh so many years ago, one of the first things I did was... find some porn...

Now, I'm sure many of you are shocked and have never even contemplated such, let alone sullied your hard drive with those materials... but I was a bit... naive...

Long story short, I remember clicking on one site's link... which set off a flury of popups of biblical proportions... true Old Testament Rath Of God stuff... seemingly, no matter how quickly I tried to close the window... another would pop up (oftimes multiple popups)... again and again and again (but not in a good way).

I panic'd... I had a rudimentary understanding of computers, the net and such and feared (a) that I was downloading viruses and (b) snailmail letters were being posted as I clicked the mouse, telling my Mom what I had done... so I unplugged the thing... now, that was intrusive and a pain in the ass!

Be the bike.
PopUp Stopper to the rescue???biknben
Jan 4, 2004 2:15 PM
this site's pop ups never really bothered me. You want intrusive or annoying? Try Weather.com or CNN.com. You won't mind BTD's pop up much any more.

I recently started using Pop Up Stopper
i again.
An older version wouldn't let me open multiple explorers. Well that stopped the popups but then I couldn't open a second explorer if I wanted to.

A newer version allows you to open a second Explorer or allows popups when you hold down the cntrl key. This is much better. It blocks the crap but allows me to do what I want to do.

I have seen that BTD add in a while.
Are you willing to pay a fee to be able to visit this board?AFrizzledFry
Jan 4, 2004 2:34 PM
I didn't think so. I can't believe you're actually complaining about this- there are so many other more important things in life. In mine at least. How hard is it to hit an 'X'?
Are you willing to pay a fee to be able to visit this board?eflayer2
Jan 4, 2004 2:53 PM
If someone who is annoying me will stop doing it because I tell them they are annoying me, then that makes more sense to me than hitting an "x" a million times. God forbid, we would do something here that makes sense.
Weird--I've never gotten this popup...The Walrus
Jan 4, 2004 2:34 PM
...and I don't think there's anything unusual about the settings on my PC. In fact, the only thing I
i do
seem to be plagued by (in addition to Competitive Cyclist) is a popup from "Only the Best" which is triggered by certain sites--Yahoo seems to set it off, as well as some bike e-tailers, and even some manufacturers. This thing
i really
pi$$es me off...
Install Pop-Up Stopper for freeTig
Jan 4, 2004 5:25 PM
It works great and is free. http://www.panicware.com
I don't even know what pop-ups you're talking about! ;-)
Thanks for thatmickey-mac
Jan 4, 2004 5:53 PM
I'm now pop-up free: for free! Now if I can only find a source for free beer.
is it a miracle?eflayer2
Jan 4, 2004 5:37 PM
I swear since I posted this earlier today, the BTD popups are gone!
hmmmFrith
Jan 5, 2004 6:25 AM
I don't remember seeing it on my way in.
I remember posting a rather vigorous complaint about the competetive cyclist ads (specifically the flashing $16000 bike) and shortly after the cc ads were still there but the overpriced bike crap had been replaced by something slightly less irritating.
Is someone out there listening to us?

if so please send free stuff to....aah never mind.
NETSCAPEmghwk
Jan 5, 2004 12:01 PM
The latest version of the netscape browser has a built in pop up manager. When you find a site that bugs you, you go to the tool bar and disallow pop ups from the particular site you are visiting. Some sites require pop ups for security functions, like online banking, and those can be allowed. It is very selective and works wonders. For a long time, I didn't even know that RBR had pop ups until you guys mentioned it. Plus, Netscape has the added benefit of not being IE.

Mark H.
PS. Mr UPS guys should be here soon with my new Alize Piste crank for the fixie. Should be ready to go for next weekend.