Is there a way to turn off video autoplay?

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  1. Amonet

    Amonet Well-Known Member

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    I don't think a mod will be able to do anything to help other than to send a message to Tricia. The mods are probably feeling helpless as they don't have any way to adjust the ad settings.
     
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  2. Amonet

    Amonet Well-Known Member

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    Instead of turning off Javascript for this site, you could try turning off Flash (Adobe Flash) for the site, temporarily. Future ads that bring revenue to the site could be in the Flash format so turning it off should be a temporary thing, however it should prevent a video playing while not interfering with the site's Javascript functions.
     
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  3. IceIce9

    IceIce9 Well-Known Member

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    Today I have a video playing at the top and also bottom right hand corner. Two videos playing, and I keep clicking on them accidentally when I scroll.

    I have never used a pop up blocker but this is too annoying.
     
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  4. Spy Versus Spy

    Spy Versus Spy Well-Known Member

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    WS unuseable until corrected
     
  5. wdmcmahan

    wdmcmahan Well-Known Member

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    I am mobile and, as other users have mentioned, have a video playing at the top, then another pops up on the right as I scroll down. It doesn't x out properly a lot of the time and ends up taking over the whole screen... or I accidentally touch it while trying to scroll.

    With each new page it reappears, even after previously closing the pop-up.

    As others have said, I also don't mind advertisements here and there and understand their purpose. This is different.

    While I do appreciate the idea of the video at the top, with a way to close it out only once for users who don't wish to view it or for those who don't have enough data to spare on video, the pop-up seems redundant and unnecessary... and is definitely annoying or frustrating the majority of us!
     
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    sleepysleuth Well-Known Member

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    Unrelated - but does anyone know how I can stop this video from popping up on every single page? It’s really annoying.
     
  7. Nannymom

    Nannymom Active Member

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    It started yesterday and I agree it is very annoying and almost makes WS unbearable for me. There are a few threads here about it but not sure if there is anything we can do to get rid of it. Some people are talking about some ways to download an ad or pop up blocker, I haven't read all the replies yet.
    Websleuths Video Popup
     
  8. Nannymom

    Nannymom Active Member

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    Thank you, oviedo. I'm on a tablet and disabling java for the site in chrome worked for me. There were instructions in the thread I linked above if anyone else wants to try it.

    ETA: Though it appears in doing that I lost other features such as the quote button. I'll have to keep reading for another fix....
     
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  9. Skigh

    Skigh Well-Known Member

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    totally agree.I hope it is fixed soon .
     
  10. FunkyMonkey

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    Same!!! Way too annoying
     
  11. nefes

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    Yeah, this is crazy. I'm fine with the video playing at the top of the page, but as soon as I scroll down it pops up in a relatively large box on the bottom right. Trying to X it out usually just makes it play on full screen. I only use WS on my phone, not sure how it is on computer, but this is a huge inconvenience. I hope they do something about it soon
     
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    scandinavian girl Well-Known Member

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    This is driving me nuts and it started today, it is annoying to click on that vid every page, if someone has a fix for firefox on pc I will put you on my all time favorite person list.
     
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    scandinavian girl Well-Known Member

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    Sarahlou Well-Known Member

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    Glad it worked for you both!

    Which browser are you using?
     
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    Spy Versus Spy Well-Known Member

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    Tyvm Sarahlou :)
     
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  16. natesma

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    HUGE thanks, @MassGuy!! I was afraid I would have to abandon WS. Your solution worked for me. Much appreciated!
     
  17. Sunshine95

    Sunshine95 Well-Known Member

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    Safari- I think it’s totally draining my phone battery too
     
  18. kaen

    kaen Trying to be a good human.

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    I think that is true. I have my activity monitor going at the base of my screen. On ads and the videos my cpu load was high and the computer was hot. I tend to let my computer battery drain and then recharge. The number of times I had to recharge with the auto-play video ad was at least 2x more than usual. The pop up "update your flash" spam also made a huge difference.
     
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  19. Skigh

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    It would be nice to hear from a mod to let us know if this is now a permanent feature or if they are trying to sort it out.
     
  20. Legally Bland

    Legally Bland Well-Known Member

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    For android "Opera with free vpn" browser is stopping the video for me.
     
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