Five days ago, I wrote:

Yeah I'm aware that "a tool to manage ad experience" is currently being developed, but as long as it's not available, I'll keep on reporting these. I'll also keep on intentionally refreshing until I get an inappropriate ad to report, because I find it to be a useful way to vent. Constructive I don't know, but useful I think so.

Today's entry being a miracle shoe fixing your bunions (and it's fashionable, woohoo!), I wanted to make a joke about how one shouldn't tiptoe around ads. Unfortunately, some research on bunions taught me those weren't, apparently, caused by tiptoeing.

So now I'm doubly annoyed, as I got both an inappropriate ad and a failed joke.

a shoe, and the bunion it's supposed to fix. If you're relying on this alt text to learn what a bunion is, trust me, you're better off not knowing.

On the bright side, someone else handled the joke for me. Browsing through the totally legitimate reviews (and not complete scam as others would pretend, right?), I learned that this wonderful shoe is also comfy when worn the ears.

review explaining that the shoe is good to wear on the ears. To each their own...

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    I know this makes me a bad person, but I hope it takes a little while to fix because I enjoy your reports. (I say while I cower behind my ad blocker...)
    – ColleenV
    Oct 16, 2019 at 19:43
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    After wearing those on my ears you no longer notice my toes ...
    – rene
    Oct 16, 2019 at 19:45
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    How to fix my feet? 50¢. How well it fits on my ears? Priceless.
    – user102937
    Oct 16, 2019 at 19:46
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    Yeah I'm aware that "a tool to manage ad experience" is currently being developed [...] - we already have that ;) Oct 16, 2019 at 19:53
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    You'll be breaking the 100k before long with these :) keep up the good work
    – Magisch
    Oct 16, 2019 at 19:54
  • I sincerely hope you get 10k+ from this effort. Keep 'em coming. (+1) Oct 16, 2019 at 20:07
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    @Zoethetransgirl true. It's actually enabled on my computer, though the computer itself is rarely on because it's old and slow, hence why most reports are phone screenshots. But it shouldn't have to be this way, so this regular venting helps. And if it raises some awareness about ads, their handling, etc, that can't hurt. Plus not everyone can get an adblocker, mandatory browsers in some workplaces etc. If having to see some ads means cooling down while helping others... :)
    – Jenayah
    Oct 16, 2019 at 20:11
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    @Zoethetransgirl, I prefer this one.
    – Mark
    Oct 16, 2019 at 21:04
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    @Mark I use both, in addition to the protection built into Firefox Oct 16, 2019 at 21:14
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    If anyone's wondering why I didn't report anything today, it's because I don't get ads anymore for some reason. Logged out, incognito browsing, cache/cookies refresh, switched browsers, nothing except on Stack Overflow and Cross Validated which I think run on different ads providers. All this on phone; can't easily check a computer now. Maybe it's been determined that I'm a bank of iPhones in China
    – Jenayah
    Oct 17, 2019 at 20:35
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    Are you complaining about your lack of ads? snicker
    – Mast
    Oct 21, 2019 at 11:10
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    Can anyone help me understand what's worse about this ad than any others? Sorry if this is a naïve question -- I am a religious user of ad blockers because irrelevant, distracting material, especially images, drive me nuts (and don't get me started on movement on the screen). Are chemistry enthusiasts immune from getting bunions, and inherently uninterested in wearing sandals? Jan 19, 2020 at 16:55
  • @aparente001 this article about why it's important to nuke pharma spam, for starters - the people at Charcoal HQ will probably be more qualified to provide you with relevant resources
    – Jenayah
    Jan 19, 2020 at 17:33
  • @Jenayah - Thank your for responding. I thought this ad was for a bunion-friendly shoe, not a drug or pharmaceutical product. (Maybe I should disclose that I am a bunion sufferer -- although I do not feel tempted to buy this shoe.) Jan 19, 2020 at 17:58
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    This is now "solved" with the launch of the Report this Ad Feature
    – Luuklag
    Sep 29, 2020 at 7:42


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