What is the purpose of this red banner at the top and how do I make it go away other than scrolling down? It has not been present before today. I use W10 with installed MS Edge browser and normally have no problems.
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I've got it too. Running windows 10 windows edge browser. Just started today.
@Rich Melvin posted:
You guys seeing this red banner are probably running an ad blocker. It is blocking all the ads at the top of the forum and your browser is replacing them with the red banner.
The red banner is not coming from this forum.
Thanks Rich. Turned off ad blocker and it went away. I hadn't thought about ad blocker.
@RON ARNDT 091718 posted:
I'm not running an ad blocker on my I-pad, the red banner is there, and all the ads appear beneath the red banner. Does anyone have the courage to click on the banner to see what happens?
It's back but I'm seeing the ads now. Clicked on it and it went away. I have no idea what it's purpose is unless you want to hide the ads which I don't want to do.
I was so happy to see that! I could skip all those management threads and go right to the forum of interest.
Nope. No idea what it does, but it did not hurt to click on it.
... I have no idea what it's purpose is unless you want to hide the ads which I don't want to do.
I repeat ... the red banner is NOT coming from this forum. It is being inserted into the top of your screen by your web browser, due to the security or ad blocking settings you have set in your web browser.
The image I posted earlier came from my Ipad. Here's what my computer sees:
No red banner...
Having compared my screen view (using a Chrome derivative browser), Rich's posted view, and GregM's posted view, it looks like the only thing the "red" banner blocks is the darker blue single line which starts with a link to the OGR Forum Topics and ends with a link to each individual member's profile. Since each forum page has some adverts, not sure why only this line is blocked, but it obviously can't be forum software or we would all be seeing the "red" banner.
My iPad has zero ad blockers or added security has the red banner. My MAC running Firefox with adblock plus has no ads and no red banner.
I don't know what has changed, but as can clearly be seen in my screen shots, all the sponsors ads are visible. This banner was not present before yesterday. This iPad is so old it hasn't been possible to upgrade the software for a long time. What is covered up by the red banner is the menu and I can no longer access the search function on this iPad. I cleared all the browser data to see if that would get rid of the banner, no such luck. Was able to sign back in by first hitting the Post button.
Both my computers have it, one at work and one at home. They use different OSes, different browsers, and different browsing settings, so it's not as simple as it being ONLY on our end.
I do think it's on our end. But I went into Mircrosoft edge settings and found nothing to correct this. Setting there are limited. Same thing with ad blocker I'm using. I'm using AD Block Plus.
Thank you for your replies. If the issue is a "...security or ad blocking settings you have set in your web browser", then its surprising because this issue seems to only be occurring on the OGR Crowdstack pages. In W10 Edge, I only block third-party cookies and have no specific ad block setting or app/software. Perhaps Crowdstack has changed a setting that now impacts users who block third-party cookies? If so, what new type of ads or tracking algorithms are "our settings" now reacting to here and nowhere else? Again, it has not been a previous problem on OGR and browser settings react to a outside stimulus.
10 of the 16 posters here all see the same problem starting yesterday. Given that their variety of systems and browser settings have been in place before this occurrence, and the problem did not exist on OGR pages previously with these settings, the explanation would seem like the other six are using more permissive settings which don't react to this new stimulus from the Crowdstack engine.
@Rich Melvin posted:
What happens when you click on it?
When you click on the "skip to main content" red banner, it scrolls you down to the first daily topic. In other words, it scrolls you down past the ads and down past the sticky topics, and brings your screen to the first most recent post.
@RidgeRunner posted:... Perhaps Crowdstack has changed a setting that now impacts users who block third-party cookies? ...
I did not get any emails to the effect that a code change was made, but I submitted a tech support question to them about this. We'll see.
I also block 3rd party cookies in all my browsers, and I don't see the banner.
An update today from Crowdstack:
I wanted to follow-up to let you know that we've identified a case where the "Skip to main content" was appearing in some older browsers. We've addressed that issue now and have also changed the banner so that it will no longer overlay on top of content. Instead, when the banner appears, it will appear statically above the content of your page.
Maybe some of you have not updated your browsers lately?
I removed the custom CSS that was hiding this. We'll see what happens.