RE: stopping the crazy ads
What gets my goat are the OUTRIGHT FRAUDULENT ads that Google Syndication places not only on this web site but on many other web sites as well. Chief among these are those ads meant to look like popup error messages from the operating system or application program, paid for by rogue software companies. Though they are toned down a bit from a few years ago, I got one this morning on roadfood.com that said something like "Attention: input data missing, click to continue". Lets forget all the lawyering these companies will come back with, they have no way to know my computer has a problem. I update my software with the latest security fixes. They are merely trying to get you to buy some utility software program.
Some of the ads are misleading-by-accident. I got one while on the Shakey's Pizza thread. I took a screen shot of this one. The ad read:
Order Online For Hot & Fast Pizza
Delivery Straight To Your Door"
Well, I knew this was computer-assembled stupidity, so I clicked on the hyperlink. It brought me to the Domino's website to order a Domino's pizza online. Another ad paid for by ebay read:
Looking for Shakey's Pizza? Find exactly
what you want today"
I wonder what ebay ad would read if I started a thread entitled "Free Prostitutes". Would ebay advertise: "Looking for Free Prostitutes, Find exactly what you want today!"?
In fairness to Google, I have found some content related ads that alerted me to businesses I did not know existed and that sold exactly what I was looking for. I have no problem with legitimate ads.