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Safecount.net survey

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hep

I can't escape from the viscious floating screen that "for reasearh purposes only" wants me to take a survey----every where I go on epic.  EVERY FIGGIN SCREEN CHANGE AND HERE IT COMES AGAIN!

make it stop.....
post #2 of 16
I turned on my adblock last week to escape the Oakly ads that expanded to block my screen and functions on EpicSki.  I'll turn it off and see what this new menace is, and will report it to Benjamink.  Some of those ads are obtrusive, and I'm told we can block them.  Apparently some of us are targeted by different ad content providers.  I don't really care.  I don't mind looking at the ads, but I don't want them screwing with my experience here.
post #3 of 16
I've had that stupid survey pop up a couple times a day for the past week...
post #4 of 16
Me 3. Has anyone responded to it ? I see this stuff and I can't close it fast enough . To whom does this survey serve ?
post #5 of 16
Tried to open it to see who this was, it just disappeared and did not come back.  Maybe they were too embarrassed to come back.
post #6 of 16
 Hey all - I have been trying to block this survey ad for about a week now - i know its quite a nuisance!

Could someone take a screenshot for me and then send it along? Unfortunately I haven't seen it and so I can't block it...
post #7 of 16
This is the one that has been menacing me., and it can come from the bottom banner as well.  Notice it blows up anytime the mouse crosses the banner.  Supposedly, I can put my own photo in this thing.

I haven't been targeted with the SafeCount.net Survey.  Sounds bad.

post #8 of 16
That isn't the one  I see. It's a brown  color nearly square in shape and I just closed it .It asks for a survey .
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Circ, you have powers you don;t even know you have!  Since i posted that I have not seen hide nor hare (or is it Hair??) of the offending add!

Thank you
post #10 of 16
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http://www.safecount.net/ourcompany.php

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Originally Posted by adamfarren View Post

 Hey all - I have been trying to block this survey ad for about a week now - i know its quite a nuisance!

Could someone take a screenshot for me and then send it along? Unfortunately I haven't seen it and so I can't block it...
 
post #11 of 16
 Hey, Ted and I here in the office are trying to track down the source of this bad boy.  But unfortunately we're frequency capped and can't see the ad anymore!

In particular, we're looking for the underlying code behind the ad which we can track to its source.  The way to do this is to use the Firebug add-on to Mozilla Firefox...I know this is an unlikely request but does anyone reading this use Firebug and can help us track down this vicious ad script?  If so I would be quite appreciative, please send me a PM!
post #12 of 16
I think I found it.

If you see this ad again, clear your cookies.  If you STILL see it - let me know because that should not be happening.
post #13 of 16
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I saw it again last evening on a machine I just put IE8 on.  thats the first time I've seen it since my last post 10/12. It did not move like before. 

let me try the cookies clearing and I'll add to this tonite
post #14 of 16
So, I've found our answer after digging deeper.

Turns out these pop-up surveys are very common when a large, national advertiser is doing a branding campaign (in this case, Columbia who's ads I'm sure you've seen on the site).  The surveys are embedded in the brand's ad tags with a frequency cap of 1-2x per week, and the advertiser uses them to get deeper data on the response to their ads.  They are looking for data that goes beyond click-thru - things like awareness and positive impressions (you know, "warm and fuzzies") about the brand and products - its hard to measure these things without surveying and the marketing team uses the anecdotal/survey data to justify the return on their marketing investment.

I'm sorry for the annoyance, but looks like this is a necessary part of landing a direct deal from a major advertiser like Columbia. And unfortunately for them they are probably throwing away all their warm and fuzzies by intruding on users with a survey!  (I think that's why they make it so hard to tell it came from them originally).  Feel free to ignore the survey, or to take it once, totally up to you.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by adamfarren View Post
I'm sorry for the annoyance, but looks like this is a necessary part of landing a direct deal from a major advertiser like Columbia. And unfortunately for them they are probably throwing away all their warm and fuzzies by intruding on users with a survey!  (I think that's why they make it so hard to tell it came from them originally).  Feel free to ignore the survey, or to take it once, totally up to you.



In a certain section of this forum there is a developer promising NO popups as a result of the re-development of the site.
post #16 of 16
I was just at elise.com/recipes/archives/001712roasted_garlic.php

and the safecount survey popped up. They don't have any visible ads (that I see currently). i just found it odd that I posted here earlier and had epicski open in a different tab and it came up all of a sudden...
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