2) An up to date antivirus software program combined with a responsible site negates this risk to almost zero.
Holy crap did I laugh my ass off over this one... That's the biggest load of crap I've ever seen. I worked in a call center where we charged people exorbitant amounts of money to remove viruses and spyware that were normally generated in one of three ways: Downloading stuff you shouldn't, porn, and ad-laden websites. And most of them had a fully working, fully updated anti-virus program.
We do try our very best to keep the intrusion at a minimum. If we really wanted to crank it up we would have interstials, dashboards every page load (the ads that come up from the bottom), popunders constantly and more ads than content on every page.
Acutally, there were times in the past where there were interstials and pop-unders from this site. I can't thank you enough for getting rid of them. However, I have to agree with Jophiel:
Even worse since the Powers That Be chose to reformat the layout of the site to facilitate pushing more ads and ignored the feedback saying that many people hated the new layout.
I was largely paying as a voluntary donation to the site
Win/win for me and lose/lose for the site. But that's what the Powers That Be wanted and so that's what they got.
I have been debating letting my premium status lapse and not renewing this time. It'll be sad to see my lovely inline pictures go away, but since Alla has chosen to listen less and less to their posters about the visual changes they are making to the site, and more and more to the "Powers That Be", I just don't know why I'm donating anymore. 3 bucks a month is really nothing, and while I appreciate some of the things we get (another thread for that), I can't see donating to a company that doesn't listen to its users.
If Flash would just die, the internet would be a better place for it.
More like "If every wannabe Flash guru that doesn't know how to code/draw in Flash properly, and causes Flash to widely be seen as bloated crap would just die...
RE Feedback: I actually have some plans to have a bit of a focus group test with a small collection of the more active posters very soon. We've gotten to the point where it's gotten difficult to just do open feedback discussions on the forums, because there are so many different types of users for so many different types of games, along with new users trying to fit in with the old users.
So, rather than simply have any thread I create devolve into some sort of mass rage fest, I'm going to pull a few of you out and simply get your thoughts on things that we're working on.
I'd be really curious who you choose. I mean, selecting people could lead the site down directions the populous at large don't want to see. I can see making an advisory committee of some of the long-time members here, but then the newbies would just cry that some "clique" is running the forums...
Honestly, for all the crap that comes from the open suggestion threads, there are some good opinions in them as well.
Ive been on this site for 7 years now and have never seen an infect anyone with anything, though there have been an occasional bad ad.
You missed the issue that Alla had a few years back. I can't remember when, but it was long ago enough that I think Pikko was still posting news updates consisting solely of items added. The ad infected a few hundred thousand users. It was an ad that the company Alla used at the time had checked, but they were hit with the traditional outsourced bait and switch, a common practice. Basically, Scummy Ads Inc. submits version 1 of the ad, and ensures that the agreement they sign with Ad Pusher Inc. says that they get to remote-host the ad. Ad Pusher scans the ad, green-lights it, then after a rotation or two, Scummy Ads Inc. swaps in for an ad that has the same size as the green-lit ad, but has an added surprise inside, or features a new script that runs from the remote location.
So much fun, playing Russian roulette with ads, hence why I don't.