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Ad for "Inbox Helper" is deceptive and tricky

Discussion in 'Site Feedback' started by David29, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. David29

    David29 Supporting Member

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    I got a message earlier today that the site could not be reached, so I closed the web page and came back a few hours later. When I clicked on my saved link, it took me to the blog page instead of the forums. There was a big block across the top of the page that said "LOG IN" in red letters, so I clicked on it. It turned out that I had been snookered by an ad for something called "Inbox Helper." Fortunately, I went no further and closed the ad.

    Perhaps some will think I am too gullible, or careless, or both, but I think the placement and design of the ad is deceptive and misleading. The text that says it is an ad is quite small. Yes, I could have and arguably should have noticed it, but I thought I was being forced to log into the site because of having closed the web page and come back hours later. I do not appreciate companies who use tricky ads like that which, by their design and placement, practically guarantee a person will click on it (especially if the user has not previously seen that ad).

    I do not think TMC should allow ads that are positioned in such a way that they appear to be part of the "official" portion of the web page and require user action.
     
  2. danny

    danny Administrator

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    We do our best to prevent distasteful and/or deceptive ads from showing. Every once in a while one may get past our filters and we have to manually blacklist it. Thanks for pointing it out.
     
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  3. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    It helps if we can get a screen shot of such ads.
     
  4. David29

    David29 Supporting Member

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    Good to know. I am sorry I did not think of that.
    But i do appreciate the supportive responses!
     

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