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JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 20, 2008
I guess the free days are over. Now I have to ignore ads along with all the other non-useful inputs this time of year, like automated dialings, junk mail, sales calls, and the stack of things to file which might get done by next Oct.

In case that wasn't clear, I don't like it, but since when has Intuit listened to us when it comes to how to make more money?

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

20 February 2008
I only listen to my daily dose of Law & Order instead of taking a two hour break to watch it. Right now the episode where they kill off Claire is showing.

Tfortaxes@msn.com (talk|edits) said:

20 February 2008
Help! My wife and children have chained me to my desk! They throw me scraps of food and clear the building when the yelling starts. How many times a day do you get asked about the stupid summer rebate caca? If I get asked one more time I am gonna pop a cork!

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 20, 2008
Funny. Now I can see that we all skim read now.

I was speaking to our new advertising on the page!

BEGooding (talk|edits) said:

February 20, 2008
Suck 'em in, get 'em hooked and then start flashing ads at 'em. All good things must come to an end.

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
What ads are you referring to Jeff? Are there pop up ads on this site now? If the answer is yes, it's very easy to get rid of them. Norton includes a pop-up blocker with their security software. I have it included with Kaspersky. I bet if you looked online, you'd even be able to find a free program to download.

LJACPA (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2008
I am SO glad you were the first, Jeff. I thought I had actually done something wrong when I saw the first ad GLARE at me as soon as I opened TA. How very, very disappointing and why?

LJACPA (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2008
As I watch this lady winking at me to the left, blocking pop-ups did not work. Any other suggestions?

Taocpa (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2008
How come Tim isn't bragging about this "new" Forum Feature?

Tom

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2008
I am waiting for Uncle Sam to comment!!!!

Most of the ads look like they fit in Intuit's budget for donations to charity: Advertising Council pro-bono ads. Good lord, do ya think that about April 13th they will run the "This is your brain on Taxes" ad or do I date myself?

Waynecpa (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2008
Perhaps they can use the advertising dollars to improve our programs and reduce our fees?

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2008
And next year, Wayne, tomatoes surely will grow to be the size of honeydew melons and the guy with the red suit will deliver the toys.

Taocpa (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2008
What?! There's no guy in a red suit that delivers toys?! Thanks, D&T. Thanks a lot. Next thing you will tell me there is no Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy!

Tom

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
Pop Up blocker is on, Nat. These are so distracting that I will seriously consider heading elsewhere shortly. Uh, Tom, the Easter thing isn't about bunnies or jellybeans either....tho' in the People's Republic of MD, they might not have mentioned that.

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
OK, Tim. What's it going to cost me to make those go away?

Wwtaxes (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2008
JR, I assume you are referring to the banner ads across the top of the discussion page? If so, these are not pop-ups, so the blocker won't stop them. They are part of the page itself. You're stuck with them. As you may have noticed, many of the rest of us didn't even notice them, bc after being on enough sites with them, you become immune...give it some time, and you too will be able to effectively ignore these :-).

Wwtaxes (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2008
Although, having said that, I'm wondering if you can disable Flash to stop the movement, but I doubt it.

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
I see them on sites all the time, but never ever on a decent yak board. And these are the worst, most distracting I've seen, frankly. I'm already distracted when I check onto here and stopping real work, then to be distracted in my distraction is just too much!

BEGooding (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
Maybe Intuit can just make 'em pop up for the non-professionals.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2008
As I said before, where is Uncle Sam when we really need him?

The old story, get someone addicted to something then raise the price.

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
Kevin will love BEG's idea! No, I'm figuring that with Intuit's money-making skills, they'll hit us up for $50 per year for the Premier Edition, which will become $149 in a couple years, and then, then there'll be a Master Membership for $499 per year which includes freedom from non-pros.

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
I don't know guys. I don't have any ads blinking at me.

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
I guess I have an ad blocker in my software. I thought maybe it was Firefox, but there are no ads on Explorer either. You guys are suffering for no reason. You don't have to live like that!!

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
Don't change anything Nat! Believe me....I'm using Firefox now, switched a couple weeks ago. Hmmmm, wonder what this looks like in IE 6?

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
In Kaspersky I have a banner ad blocker. I'm pretty sure Norton had this as well. Check your security/anti-virus software. Maybe you guys have it disabled.

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
Nah, still there. What the heck browser you using? Opera?

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
I use Firefox and Explorer 7.0. Perhaps you have the function disabled. Do a search in help for banner ad blocker.

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
Do a search in Google for banner ad blocker. You'll come up with free downloadable software (do a review search before you install) and free trial stuff. I don't have any ads unless I allow them.

Jbscpa (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2008
If you want free and a moderated forum see the Usenet newsgroup


misc.taxes.moderated


you will have to put up with the cranky moderator

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
Well, we have Kevin here!...

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
Mozilla has an add-on for Firefox...but it's version 0.7xx, so not ready for primetime apparently, and this ain't the time of year for adding undone software. So I'll have to endure. Or leave for now.

Sandysea (talk|edits) said:

21 February 2008
I agree JR....of course, they are trying to build revenues. Advertising does it, but to the demise of people looking for a simpler way of reading/responding.

I have the flash ads as well and even though firefox prevents pop ups, it is still annoying

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
Surely someone has a few minutes to do a search for banner ad blocking software?

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 21, 2008
There's tons out there, but like you said, be wary. Some of it may invite more! I'll stick with Moz's since we know their pedigree, and I'm willing to wait for it. Not the season for testing and cutting edge.

Zonker (talk|edits) said:

22 February 2008
JR, the Adblock Plus extention for FireFox has been out for well over 2 years now.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865

Works fine for us with FireFox 2.0.0.12

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 22, 2008
Thank you thank you thank you. *poof* they gone....take that Intuit.

Gotta love great software! Thanks again all of you.

Bottom Line (talk|edits) said:

22 February 2008
I noticed this today too. Thought it was since I had gotten a new laptop and haven't finished setting it up yet. (I HATE getting new computers; takes DAYS to get them set up and running right!!)

KatieJ (talk|edits) said:

22 February 2008
But I really liked the one for Ancestry.com with the old race car ... cool!

JAD (talk|edits) said:

23 February 2008
My opinion of Lacerte has declined dramatically since the purchase by Intuit, and yet....Intuit supports this cite, right? So they want to bring in a little revenue, perhaps just to offset the cost - maybe give Tim a raise??? I don't think it's that bad. Easy to ignore. JMO.

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 23, 2008
I disagree JAD. We're providing value added service to Intuit for no charge. This site gives them a help in answering a jillion questions, deep resources that they couldn't have any other way. Granted, it's for anyone. But they get to tout it as theirs. To endure advertising that is flat out annoying! by those of us who provide such service...well, it's not nice. To send us out to find ad blockers so that they go away is also pushing the people who try to help you.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

23 February 2008
please someone post a banner ad blocker for Internet Explorer

I'm already using Ad Aware to fight pop-ups and tracking, but it doesn't block banner ads.

JAD (talk|edits) said:

23 February 2008
JR1, the way that I see is this: I am a sole practitioner. This cite gives me resources to and connects me with people who absolutely would be outside of my radar otherwise. That is extremely valuable. In one year I have formalized two consulting arrangements with specialists who post here, had numerous out-of-state questions addressed that would have taken me hours and hours to settle, enjoyed "off the top of your head what are your ideas" discussions that stimulate my thought of additional strategies for my clients, and deepened my understanding of many federal tax issues. The benefits I receive from this site greatly exceed what I bring to it, and if the providers of this cite feel the need to advertise, what do I care?

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

23 February 2008
This year former Knight Ridder clients whose stock was bought by McClatchy are selling the dog, and because my question on computing new basis was answered by Riley and Paul, I know their cost without loads of subsequent research. I had one one-time client from this site also last year. So I doubt I would ever stop coming, even if I switch out of Proseries.

Let's face it; before putting all the blame on the meanies at Intuit, we who post here have made this the place to go, and where people go, advertisers follow. Just sit on the beach here on a weekend in summer and watch the banner planes fly over.

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

February 23, 2008
Kevin, just switch to Kaspersky internet security. It catches more stuff than Norton and McAfee according to an IT person I know who compared them using the same messed up computer. I think, however, that even the Norton security suite has an ad blocking feature.

I think for most people this site is a resource for the people who use it. I would rather have other people watching ads than have to pay for the use of the site.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

23 February 2008
Thanks, Natalie - I'll look at it when my Norton 360 subscription is up. Norton misses SO MANY AD SPYING processes, it makes you wonder what else it is missing.

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

February 23, 2008
I don't think there's any one product that catches everything. I regularly run AdAware and Spybot. In addition, I run PC Pitstop about every quarter.

Taocpa (talk|edits) said:

23 February 2008
Natalie makes a great point. No one program is going to catch everything thrown our way these days. Norton was a great program way back when, then Symantec bought it. I gave up on it a few years ago. I run a few programs to keep things in check.

Tom

Zonker (talk|edits) said:

23 February 2008
Kevin, here are a few links for IE ad blockers:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Popup-Ad-Spyware-Blockers/IE-AdBlock.shtml

http://www.adblockpro.com/

http://www.ie7pro.com/

http://www.admuncher.com/

However, I have not used any of these.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

23 February 2008
thanks, I will check into them

Sandysea (talk|edits) said:

24 February 2008
I have a folder on my computer that is called "computer fixes"....I have avast antivirus, hijack this, tight vnc, etc. All free programs...Thank you to all those who rid ourselves of unwanted spyware, viruses, etc. and don't charge to do so!!

JAD (talk|edits) said:

27 February 2008
OK I have TOTALLY changed my mind! An advertisement just floated across the screen, across the list of discussions. That is too much! IMO, cheapens this website.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

27 February 2008
JAD, how do you know that that ad was through TA and not some other adware program on your computer? Have you cleaned up all of your other spyware/adware? I haven't seen any floating ads blocking the list of discussions yet.

JR1 (talk|edits) said:

February 27, 2008
'cuz I bet it wasn't there a week ago when the ads started. Connect the dots, they're not far apart. I've now discovered the really cool joys of add-ons in Mozilla Firefox. Wow. I just grabbed one that rates sites when you Google something, so you don't accidentally go to a real bad one full of popups, spams, hijacks, and the like. The adblocker works as advertised. I did have one regular site where I had to change a setting to allow. Apparently that forum is run via banner 'ads' for just about everything. But without any advertising. Switch to Firefox. It's a beaut.

JAD (talk|edits) said:

27 February 2008
Kevin, could be. I just assumed.... but I haven't seen any floating ads across any of the other reputable websites I haunt.

Szptax (talk|edits) said:

27 February 2008
I see ads to the left of the discussion area. And, no I cannot believe that they got married & had five kids! no floaters

Szptax (talk|edits) said:

27 February 2008
and yes, at the top on the discusiions list page - and yes, I would love lasik, but I am chicken

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

27 February 2008
SZ, what a coincidence - I love chicken, but I'm lazy. Maybe we should get together and have five kids?

Szptax (talk|edits) said:

27 February 2008
Kevin 5 - LOL

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

August 8, 2008
Wow, now I see what you guys were talking about. Google is even targeting the ads to the discussions themselves. I wonder what changed -- my software no longer blocks the ads. How annoying.

CrowJD (talk|edits) said:

8 August 2008
I noticed that on some of the mainstream news sites, the ads are getting much more aggressive lately, and they seem to "stop" your computer temporarily while they "load", very irritating, maddening! I'm beginning to think the old-fashioned newspaper is a pretty damn good technology, and I might ought to go back to buying them or risk that when I go to look for one, there won't be any!

Joanmcq (talk|edits) said:

8 August 2008
At work we have a very good (sometimes too good) filter that blocks all the ads (and web-based email, and anything that allows salary research, and the odd government agency website that I need for research, etc). But I get the ads at home and the ones at the top that 'blow up' if you happen to scroll over them are particularly annoying.

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

August 11, 2008
Well, this is very odd. The ads are now gone again. Very strange.

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

March 17, 2009
Theeyyy're baaaack. Ugh. Kevin, Trillium, make them go away.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

17 March 2009
These probably won't go away because they're Intuit's ads. It does cost them money to host this fabulous resource, and I always imagined that the reason they did it was to attract more of us to their products.

Actually, the service looks interesting and might benefit some of our members here who need work. And I wasn't paid to say that.

They had a beta version of this service out about a year or so ago, but I didn't choose to participate since I don't use their tax software. I don't know what the requirements are now.

Genskitty (talk|edits) said:

March 17, 2009
What ads? I don't get any ads here at the office or at home.  :(  :)

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

March 17, 2009
TaxAlmanac was created by and is hosted by Intuit's Accounting Professionals Division and is currently offered as a free resource for the entire professional tax preparer community - you do not need to be an Intuit customer to use TaxAlmanac.

That being said, there are costs associated with keeping TaxAlmanac operating, and advertising is one way that we can help to defray these costs. Last year we added outside advertising to TaxAlmanac, but we heard from the community that the ads were not relevant to the work that you were doing, so we removed them.

This year we have decided to add advertising to the site, but only for recently launched Intuit products and services which we believe are very relevant to the work that you do, and which we believe can help to save you time and be more productive.

The three items which are currently being highlighted on TaxAlmanac are:

  • Intuit Online Document Exchange which provides a secure way to electronically exchange documents with your clients. The Pilot program is free through May 31st.
  • Intuit Accountant Work Exchange which connects accountants and tax preparers who want additional work with those who need additional help. We believe this is a great way to grow your business, and it can be tried for free.
  • Intuit Document eSort which sorts & organizes scanned client source files enabling you to save time preparing returns. Lacerte & ProSeries users are being offered 5 free trials.

While you're free to ignore these banners at the top of the pages, every person who takes a moment to click on one of the ads and read a little bit more about the product is counted towards TaxAlmanac and helps to ensure that this site is continued to be seen as valuable to Intuit. If you have any interest in any of these, I encourage you to take a moment to go read a little bit more about it.

- Tim Doyle, TaxAlmanac Moderator - Talk to me 13:37, 17 March 2009 (CDT)

TexCPA (talk|edits) said:

17 March 2009
thanks Tim!

TexCPA 14:03, 17 March 2009 (CDT)

Tdoyle (talk|edits) said:

March 17, 2009
You're welcome, TexCPA!

Natalie (talk|edits) said:

March 18, 2009
Thanks for the reminder, Tim.

PBinNJ (talk|edits) said:

7 December 2009
Tim (or anyone else) - I've tried the document E-sort and I like it except the 300 dpi creates huge files. Not to put you on the spot, but can we get away with 200 or 250 dpi? Thanks.

Kevinh5 (talk|edits) said:

7 December 2009
PBinJelly, you might want to post that question on an Intuit user discussion board. Tim rarely makes an appearance here any more, and when he does, it is most often to perform some administrative task like loading/linking new Regs.

PBinNJ (talk|edits) said:

7 December 2009
Kevin. Trillium gave me the link to the Intuit E-sort forum. Didn't know one existed. Thanks.

PBinNewJersey (but I love peanut butter).

Belle (talk|edits) said:

December 7, 2009
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