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I paid for a membership for the Tactics Trainer, Chess Mentor and Video lessons. Well worth the money to me. Had nothing to do with the ads. I never thought them to be all that intrusive. But if that bothered me and forced me to buy a package, 29 dollars seems a small price to pay to get rid of them. And you get the added benefits of a Gold Membership.... Seems pretty reasonable. Guess it's just easier for some to piss and moan about how they are so put upon for having to support a site they frequent.
You are correct. It is your bandwidth and you are not forced to use it to see ads. So go play on one of the plethora of sites that are free to use and that also have no ads. There are lots of sites that want to lose money every single day just to suit you. They enjoy throwing all their money into a site so people like you don't have to see any ads or pay for the service. THIS site however, attempts to recoup the cost of doing business by running ads and selling memberships. If you're to damned CHEAP you can't pay 29 dollars to have the ads removed and you can't stand seeing them then go elsewhere. No one forces you to play here. Using THEIR bandwidth.
I'm not against websites having advertising. I'm against the types of ads that chess.com runs. Obnoxious animated flash ads. These are third party ads from companies like Google and AddThis that wish to track you and monitor you. Flash ads like these are a well known security risk. Not blocking them in some way is irresponsible and inviting computer problems. If a website has static, unobnoxious, relevant ads hosted on their own domain, I certainly have no problem with that.
You make good sense. Aside from being tracked by third parties, which is rather shady, the worst part is the animated flashing banners. Annoying is puttting it mildly.
Ads are intrusive and disturbing when playing live chess and on slower computers or those with bad internet connections you might lose a ton of games on time because the animated ads can freeze your computer for a few seconds, and the whole site gets more laggy
So pay the 29 dollars for a membership. Problem solved.
No more ads. No more lag. No more problem.
Imagine there's no adverts
It's easy if you try
Adblock protects me
Cause I'm a real cheap guy
Imagine all the people
Playing chess for free...
You may say I'm a dead beat
But I'm not the only one
I hope one day you'll use adblock
And chess.com will be gone.
(...) If a website has static, unobnoxious, relevant ads hosted on their own domain, I certainly have no problem with that.
I wonder how you would block ads hosted on the website's domain, btw.
No more ads. No more lag. No more problem.
Sounds like extortion to me.
Oh my God! You're right! Chess.com is telling you that they won't give you their best product until you pay for it! That's extortion, alright.
Extortion? Are chess.com going to kill your children if you don't pay? I couldn't find any information about that in the user agreement.
No one is forcing you to play here. You can and SHOULD go elsewhere where you would be happier. But of course you'll just continue to leach off others here while bitching about it. It's your nature. You believe Chess.com OWES you an ad free ride. *snicker*
There is always the power button.
You believe Chess.com OWES you an ad free ride.
Strawman. The internet owes me nothing but, since I have the technical ability to take such free rides, I need some reason to not take them.
Let's put it another way. Imagine chess.com always places the ads at the same place on the screen, and I glued some paper on those places of my monitor so that I never see the ads. Do you consider this "ad-blocking" morally reprehensible? What about just ignoring the ads?
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