OT: Mobile Ads on TKP Resets New Comments

Hello all,

Off topic here but was wondering if anyone else has experienced this issue. While viewing TKP on a mobile phone, if I encounter a mobile ad after clicking on the "XX New" link for viewing the new comments on a forum topic since the last time I viewed it, the mobile ad causes the new tag on all new comments to be removed and so I can't easily find all the new ones.

Has anyone else experienced this and if so is there something I can do to prevent it from happening? #FirstWorldProblems

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It happens to me as well....including both mobile and on my laptop. Haven't really cared enough to look into it...you're not the only one

It might be a new feature.

Allegedly if there is a little key next to your name you dont see adds so this problem would not exist...

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It should only do it once after a certain amount of time has passed. You can work around it by clicking on comments first and getting the pop up then you should be clear to use the tracker. Or join the ad free experience of TKPC.

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I try to click on topics I either don't care about or are brand new when I first come back to TKP. Sometimes it takes a couple of topics to trigger the ad. And sometimes I think I'm safe after looking at 6 topics, so finally decide to click on one I want to read and that's when the ad hits me.

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I haven't noticed that because of the key thing that others have mentioned, but that absolutely sounds like bad UX. Is it a particular ad that triggers it? Joe is usually pretty good about nuking bad ads from the site, or at least he was before I got the key.

Browse via laptop, but use chrome, and stay signed in.

When you're bored of that, join TKPC.

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yeah, that does happen, and it's annoying. I'll usually try and mitigate by clicking on a thread that I'm not interested in, or a low amount of comments and then go on to what I wanted to read from there

What are ads? I dont seem to know what those are anymore?

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1. Unfortunately it's out of my control. That interstitial ad is an automatic presentation.

2. Yes, TKPC removes all of those ads. For those of you that are using this site routinely enough for this to impact you, consider joining TKPC. Obviously, you value the site and platform.

3. I am going to post something to the homepage soon. But this has been a tough year on TKP given football performance and everything else happening. I've tried my best to provide great content and features to all users of the site, but unless TKPC numbers bounce back, I'm going to have to make more content and existing features TKPC-only.

I'm not the first and I won't be the last, but just want to say thanks again for all the hard work you put into keeping this place running!

Is there any way for us to gift memberships to people? I'm thinking of a few people I could purchase memberships for since it is the holiday season.


My brother is on here, but he's not a TKPC member, like why, bro?

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Wow, drop a dime on a brother...cant imagine what you would do to a Wahoo

I really appreciate you offering. Right now I haven't coded up a way to do that. And there's not really a great way to "hack" it either. I will noodle on it some more. Would you mind if I reach out via email if I come up with a decent solution?

Please do!

I second moving more content behind the pay wall. Although that feels Techsideline-ish in practice, I love this website, and would prefer it stay up and running.

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consider joining TKPC. Obviously, you value the site and platform

$7/month. It's worth it, in spades!!!!!

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$7/month. It's worth it, in spades!!!!!

If there were a "per month" option, TKPC would have hit its goal of 1,000 members a long time ago. I can all but guarantee that.
But I know Joe has his reasons for the model that he has set up.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

1000s sign up at the beginning of football season! By the end of the first month nobody wants to renew.... Site screwed till the beginning of next football season.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

That's how I recall him explaining it.

However, I've signed up for other services in the past where you pay monthly but you're locked into the payments for 12 months. Not sure how difficult that is to implement for this site, but it would be a decent balance.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

So not to make this about TKP of which I know nothing about the workings, but in my 16 years of dealing with things like Season Passes which give you the option to pay Monthly; more people than you could ever imagine will put stop payments or close accounts to not pay for something as soon as they can't get anything out of it anymore. November rolls around and no more rides to ride? Pssh why am I still paying for this?

That's the main issue I see would be chasing money forever.

ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

That's a fair point, because I know people like that. (I would question if anyone would go to those lengths for the sake of seven dollars... but this is 2020 and absolutely nothing surprises me anymore.)

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

I would question if anyone would go to those lengths for the sake of seven dollars)

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ESPN. The coverage is excellent, you'd be surprised at how much you can pick up.

TKP isn't Netflix, The Athletic, ..., other services with a high volume of members and prospects. It's a unique entity and a niche offering. One-year terms make sense for TKP, and I don't anticipate that changing. From my perspective, the $84 price point puts TKPC up against other leisure and discretionary purchases, and my goal is to make the value prop support that notion.

And this is your site, so that's entirely fair. You gotta do what works for you.
I'm not here to get you to change anything just to benefit little ol' me. Just sharing my thoughts.

And I do plan on joining TKPC one day, when circumstances allow. Hopefully that's sooner than later.

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

We don't love dem Hoos.

So I'm genuinely curious on this.....Let's say hypothetically:

1.) Monthly subscription fee feature adds approximately 300 members just for football season ($7/month X 4 months X 300 users = $8,400 increase in income)
2.) Approximately 100 current yearly members decide to take advantage of the monthly subscription and drop to football season months only ($7/month X 8 months X 100 users = $5,600 loss in income)
3.) Still yields net additional income for the site of $2,800.

It's obviously not a lot in that scenario but it's still additional income you never had before. And honestly with the passion, commitment, excellent content/value provided, and community togetherness, I would imagine you might not have as much attrition from yearly customers as my hypothetical situation posits.....

Is my thinking correct here? Am I missing something? Is my hypothetical to dramatic with potential user numbers?

I would just think that you would want to provide as many options/paths to additional income as possible, provided that it doesn't drive too much attrition, and at the same time providing the user the ability to better handle the membership financially. For me, I would love to be a member if I could, but unfortunately with where my family currently is in the stage of our lives, it's not something that I can reasonably justify in our strict family budget. I absolutely love the content and totally understand the need to move things behind the paywall.

Wait, you guys are seeing ads?

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Its been an issue for a while. Joe and team do a great job on this site and my best recommendations would be either join TKPC or click on a topic you don't want to see so you get the ad and then can move onto the ones you care about without losing all the new info.

Previously LowBrau.

Execs were rather shocked when they did a survey a few years back, where users supported the idea of paying facebook so they wouldn't have to see ads. If I could pay $5/month to not see political ads on Facebook, my mental health would have been better for it.

It took awhile for my circumstance to pay for TKPC. I think it's worth it. The content, film reviews, are equal to what you would get with an Athletic or ESPN+ membership. I truly believe that. I'm also an Andy Bitter fan, great reporter, writer, and the sole reason I joined the Athletic. Although, there's now more content there than just Andy.

Oh, and there's no ads.

TKPhi Damn Proud
BSME 2009