Today I noticed how many "Contentlink" popups are appearing on the ASForums site. I don't recall seeing these before.
Is this a means to generate revenue, or was it an unintended consequence to switching to the new server?
These popups appear on either Firefox 1.5 or 2.0, or Internet Explorer 6 and 7. Bringing the mouse on these unusually highlighted text entries triggers a popup ad.
To me these are interfering with the experience of using the forum, to which, by the way, I am a financial contributor via PayPal.
These popups are not created or chosen by the thread or contributor author, but are processed by an independent server to the forum. They are often completely out of context and useless.
Refreshing the page causes a re-scan of the contents, and other highlighted phrases may appear.
Try it yourself: As an example, see the thread:
started by Boatdoc on 3-12-2007, first message. In Boatdoc's entry, there are nine "contentlink" popup highlighted phrases.
Let me describe these nine highlighted phrases and the popup that appears over them on one typical refresh, and I've attached screenshot captures of these popups so you can decide for yourselves. Note that the captured images are NOT clickable, so don't worry about being redirected by them.
links to "Nedland Industries EZRoloff trailer", www.nedland.com
links to "Door hinges at Kwiklocks.com", lockhouse.com.[IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/WALRUS%7E1.WAL/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot-4.jpg[/IMG][IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/WALRUS%7E1.WAL/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot-3.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/WALRUS%7E1.WAL/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/moz-screenshot-2.jpg[/IMG]plumbing links to "Plumbing supplies" at efaucet.com.
links to "Windows frame" at hire-contractor.com.
links to "In Rubber- Buy at DealTime.com"
links to site for getting your California electrical wiring certification at plz wait
links to the MSN Auto site for buying cars, autos.msn.com.
links to "50% off Kitchen sinks" at Kitchen-sink.center.us.com.
links to "Breather valves" at AGM: AGM Specializes in Environmental Control Products for Containers and Enclosures
Can anyone argue that ANY of these are relevant to our browsing of this thread?
I urge that this completely irrelevant "service" be removed from the forum servers.
In the meantime, you can stop the popups from appearing by blocking the content provider http://*.kontera.com/*
in your browser. Do a websearch for "blocking contentlink" to see the various solutions for your particular browser.