As was foretold, we've added advertisements to the forums! If you have questions, or if you encounter any bugs, please visit this thread: https://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/240191/forum-advertisement-faq-and-reports-thread/

Forum Advertisement FAQ and Reports Thread

As you will have heard by now, we are adding advertisements to the forum. This thread is for information on how these work, and for reporting any bugs or inappropriate ads.

The important things to know about the ads are that there are filters in place on these ads. This should keep out any ads for political candidates and any partisan political advertising. It should also keep out inappropriate ads. Even the best filters can fail, though, so if you run into any ads you think are inappropriate for these forums, we’d like you to post in this thread with the following information:
  • Your browser
  • Your device (essentially, if you’re on a PC, an iPhone, etc)
  • Your region (we don’t need specifics, a city would be fine)
  • What ad you saw. Screenshot it, if you can, if it’s against the rules to post, shoot me a PM
If you’re uncomfortable posting this information publicly, you can either send it to me in a PM or send an email to [email protected]

One last thing: ClubPA members will have access to an ad-free version of the forums. If you’re running into problems there, post here, send a pm, or send an email to [email protected] and we’ll get you sorted out.

If you’d like to sign up for ClubPA, go to https://www.patreon.com/ClubPA and you can choose from the tiers. We have a special forumer tier, if you’d just like to show your support, but higher tiers will get you access to a bunch of good #content, Penny Arcade store discounts, and exclusive merch. You can find more details on the site.

And again: if run into any problems, this is the thread where you should post them. If you have any questions, ask them here as well.

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  • XaquinXaquin Right behind you!Registered User regular
    I signed up for the lowest tier a while back and am still in. Does this make me ad free?

    also, the message above asks me to log in to patreon .... do I need to do that each time I'm on the forums?

    also also, I don't see any ads so I don't even know if they're on yet.

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  • AthenorAthenor Battle Hardened Optimist The Skies of HiigaraRegistered User regular
    Hah. :)

    Turned off my ublock on the forums, saw a really, REALLY basic adsense ad. Then saw the note about clubPA getting to go ad-free, so I logged into my patreon and linked it to the PA website.

    And there we go! No adblocker running but no ads around here. :D

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    I signed up for the lowest tier a while back and am still in. Does this make me ad free?

    also, the message above asks me to log in to patreon .... do I need to do that each time I'm on the forums?

    also also, I don't see any ads so I don't even know if they're on yet.

    I think it's just supposed to be a one time link-em-up kind of thing? I joined Club PA when the forumer tier was added and only ever had to sign in once. Though I was getting the ads (after disabling ABP, I saw it was now blocking 3 elements instead of the customary 2) and it had me log in to Patreon again. But after doing a Ctrl+refresh, and a signout and another refresh, just logging into the forums seems to get me the normal ad free view. Though I will admit the technical behind the scenes bits of linking accounts like that is not my specialty.

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  • SeñorAmorSeñorAmor !!! Registered User regular
    Turned my adblocker off for the forums. I'll be sure to let you know if anything obscene (ad-wise) pops up.

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  • FishmanFishman Sugar and Tea and Rum Registered User regular
    edited March 29
    There seems to be something off about the CSS around the banner. I'm putting this here because I'm going to assume this was a change made relating to the new advertising.

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    (That's supposed to read "Join Club PA")

    The issue is less pronounced in threads with less than 106 pages, but still noticably present.
    Tried clearing my cache in case it was a caching issue, but that didn't seem to clear it up.

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  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    We're looking into that one right now, I've got the same bug happening on my end.

  • BucketmanBucketman Call me SkraggRegistered User regular
    Ya know I was expected those to be more obtrusive. But their really not at all. Anyway I also have club PA so I linked it to my forum account and bam no more ads

  • GnizmoGnizmo Registered User regular
    Xaquin wrote: »
    I signed up for the lowest tier a while back and am still in. Does this make me ad free?

    also, the message above asks me to log in to patreon .... do I need to do that each time I'm on the forums?

    also also, I don't see any ads so I don't even know if they're on yet.

    I think it's just supposed to be a one time link-em-up kind of thing? I joined Club PA when the forumer tier was added and only ever had to sign in once. Though I was getting the ads (after disabling ABP, I saw it was now blocking 3 elements instead of the customary 2) and it had me log in to Patreon again. But after doing a Ctrl+refresh, and a signout and another refresh, just logging into the forums seems to get me the normal ad free view. Though I will admit the technical behind the scenes bits of linking accounts like that is not my specialty.

    If anyone is still having issues with this I will say Athenor describes pretty well how to solve the problem. I just signed up for ClubPA and was very, very confused about how to link it until I disabled my adblock. It was a very quick and efficient linking.

  • MonwynMonwyn Registered User regular
    Political ad seems to have slipped through the filter. Chrome, PC, Atlanta GA.

    It is, at least, entirely inoffensive. Not mad about ads from the SEIU showing up. Just figured yall would want to know.

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  • Magus`Magus` Registered User regular
    No ads, just the "warning" that ads are now active.

    It's very bright and not easy on the eyes.

    Android 11 / Chrome

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  • TofystedethTofystedeth Registered User regular
    Magus` wrote: »
    No ads, just the "warning" that ads are now active.

    It's very bright and not easy on the eyes.

    Android 11 / Chrome

    Same, still no ads in the mobile view. Not sure if that theme hasn't been updated yet, or mobile just kept my patreon login while desktop didn't.

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  • RingoRingo He/Him Bury me at Lone Tree DenRegistered User regular
    I don't have Club PA, there's no ads on the mobile front page. Doesn't seem to be a space for them in the layout either. Ads come right back when I go into Desktop Mode

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    I got an amazon popup ad on my tablet (OS X) - only happened once so I'm not sure if it was a planned ad or a weird coincidence
    (I don't have an issue with banners, but popups are actively obnoxious, so it would be good to know if that is a deliberate part of the ad rollout or if it was something hinky at my end)

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  • QuidQuid I don't... what... hnnng Registered User regular
    edited March 30
    Ringo wrote: »
    I don't have Club PA, there's no ads on the mobile front page. Doesn't seem to be a space for them in the layout either. Ads come right back when I go into Desktop Mode

    Ditto for me. I only see ads in desktop mode, not in mobile.

    Also mine are for American cars in Chinese which... Weird.

    Edit: Wait no, the Sienna is Toyota. So Japanese cars in Chinese which is a little less weird I guess.

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  • FearghaillFearghaill HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
    are full screen popover ads on tablet something we should be seeing?

    I don’t mind banners, but something that takes over the full page until you click through is a whole other level

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  • LockedOnTargetLockedOnTarget Registered User regular
    Fearghaill wrote: »
    are full screen popover ads on tablet something we should be seeing?

    I don’t mind banners, but something that takes over the full page until you click through is a whole other level

    Yeah this is exactly what I get whenever I come to the forums.

  • FearghaillFearghaill HIGH ON THE WIRE BUT I WON'T TRIP ITRegistered User regular
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    iPad, Chrome, Atlantic Canada

  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    I'll forward that along, I currently can't say where or not that's intended

  • NitsuaNitsua Gloucester, VARegistered User regular
    edited March 31
    Whenever I change pages, I get an ad. So there’s an ad at the top, which I don’t mind, but every page change you get this blank looking page of an ad that has you choose to close or open. On every page change when done on a Desktop Browser - case Chrome. cd7i5iz053n2.jpeg

    It’s on my tablet currently, but it’s the same as desktop. Mobile gets no ads at all.

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  • SurfpossumSurfpossum A nonentity trying to preserve the anonymity he so richly deserves.Registered User regular
    Just got this (moderately nsfw):

    https://us.v-cdn.net/5018289/uploads/editor/9t/9fsd25ojggjp.png

    Firefox on a Windows PC in Bellingham, WA.


    I can't say it's not well-targeted but maybe not appropriate for the forums.

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  • JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    edited March 31
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    On an Apple iPad running the latest version of its OS, out of Southwest Michigan near Kalamazoo.

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  • ShadowhopeShadowhope Baa. Registered User regular
    edited March 31
    JaysonFour wrote: »
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    On an Apple iPad running the latest version of its OS, out of Southwest Michigan near Kalamazoo.

    Similar ad here, also an iPad, also up to date on the OS, in Nova Scotia.

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  • ZibblsnrtZibblsnrt Registered User regular
    Surfpossum wrote: »
    Just got this (moderately nsfw):

    https://us.v-cdn.net/5018289/uploads/editor/9t/9fsd25ojggjp.png

    Firefox on a Windows PC in Bellingham, WA.


    I can't say it's not well-targeted but maybe not appropriate for the forums.

    I just got that one too. Firefox/Windows desktop/Nova Scotia.

  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Was it something with the ads that changed the font of the submit post textbox? It's throwing me off.

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  • Blake TBlake T Registered User regular
    Zibblsnrt wrote: »
    Surfpossum wrote: »
    Just got this (moderately nsfw):

    https://us.v-cdn.net/5018289/uploads/editor/9t/9fsd25ojggjp.png

    Firefox on a Windows PC in Bellingham, WA.


    I can't say it's not well-targeted but maybe not appropriate for the forums.

    I just got that one too. Firefox/Windows desktop/Nova Scotia.

    I also got this one safarai/iPad/western Australia.

  • evilmrhenryevilmrhenry Registered User regular
    Surfpossum wrote: »
    Just got this (moderately nsfw):

    https://us.v-cdn.net/5018289/uploads/editor/9t/9fsd25ojggjp.png

    Firefox on a Windows PC in Bellingham, WA.


    I can't say it's not well-targeted but maybe not appropriate for the forums.

    Just got that one as well. Firefox, Windows 10, Bellevue WA, 9:39am Pacific time.

  • jothkijothki Registered User regular
    As a general comment on the design, I'm noticing that the ads are fairly slow to load and that combined with the site and forum's headers they take up a ton of space, meaning that I almost always end up having to scroll down to see the rest of the forum before the ad even appears. I am on a laptop, though.

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  • PowerpuppiesPowerpuppies Registered User regular
    edited April 1
    Surfpossum wrote: »
    Just got this (moderately nsfw):

    https://us.v-cdn.net/5018289/uploads/editor/9t/9fsd25ojggjp.png

    Firefox on a Windows PC in Bellingham, WA.


    I can't say it's not well-targeted but maybe not appropriate for the forums.

    Just got that one as well. Firefox, Windows 10, Bellevue WA, 9:39am Pacific time.

    Same, Safari, MacBook Pro, Longmont CO, 2:10 PM Pacific time

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  • Munkus BeaverMunkus Beaver Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 1
    Just got a popup a second ago on the forums, but it didn't register with me that I should note its origin.

    EDIT: Firefox, using Windows 10 Pro on a PC

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  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    Knowing what the ad was wouldn't hurt, but data as to what browser and OS you're using, or what device you're using, might be helpful.

    As for what's causing everything, we are looking into it.

  • SeñorAmorSeñorAmor !!! Registered User regular
    So just out of curiosity, are you guys getting paid per impression or per click?

  • JaysonFourJaysonFour Classy Monster Kitteh Registered User regular
    edited April 6
    Was cruising the MMO subforum and saw this come up:

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    Had to double-check the rules and make sure that advertising private MMO servers was still against the rules (it is).

    Safari, on Apple iPad's latest firmware, near Kalamazoo, MI about 10 a.m. EDT today.

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  • ColanutColanut Siedge WealdRegistered User regular
    Hey, the banner ads don’t seem very intrusive so that is ok. Occasionally I get an interstitial add that never arrives. I reload the page and it is then ok.

    Latest on Safari/iOS/ iPad.

    I have a question about content. While reading the D&D - NRA not gun control thread, I got a pair of pro 2nd Amendment banner ads that were probably more inappropriate for the group ordering the ad. One looks like it is from the NRA. I can post pictures if that is something you all are trying to filter out.

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  • ArcTangentArcTangent Registered User regular
    Is it just me or did the ads suddenly double in vertical size? Still getting some in the previous size, but they're taking up twice the space.

    Also, animated ones. Please, no. Please tell me we can report and get rid of the ones that are constantly flashing through multiple images.

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  • halkunhalkun Registered User regular
    Yup I have double sized ads too. Chromebook - at the top of the screen it eats half the content.

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  • Just_Bri_ThanksJust_Bri_Thanks Seething with rage from a handbasket.Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited April 7
    I have noticed that ads are inconsistently sized, which means that there is a different amount of dead space at the top of every page.

    https://imgur.com/5KfVbmj

    https://imgur.com/zgsaQEq

    Google chrome, latest public version, PC.

    Edit: And don't even get me started on this bullshit:

    https://imgur.com/gEdUMst

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  • iTunesIsEviliTunesIsEvil Registered User regular
    edited April 7
    Similar to Just_Bri_Thanks's last image, I got a similar one.
    https://i.imgur.com/xqC2RiY.png

    [ed1] Another: https://i.imgur.com/h96yBud.png

    I don't know whether you guys (admins) care whether we like or dislike non-NSFW/not-really-inappropriate ads, but ones like that push me toward blocking them.

    I'm also suddenly seeing the ads be variable height today, when they've previously been much shorter vertically. Chrome v90.0.4430.51 beta (64-bit)

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  • SeñorAmorSeñorAmor !!! Registered User regular
    I'm seeing a bunch of this as well:

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  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    I can safely say we don't want NRA ads here, we'll take a look

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  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    Can anyone receiving NRA ads give me a general location? You can shoot me a PM if you'd like.

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