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Likewise lists of the n most superlative whatevers, displayed in m pages of n/m entries apiece.

Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 11:30 AM
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Interesting. I actually like slideshows, but I had wondered why they were so common.

Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 11:53 AM
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For the whisky-curious, this one is pretty nice.

Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 12:08 PM
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Cracked: n = 5 to 7, m = 2.

I agree with the article in seeing this crashing down sooner or later. I'd had the impression pageview-reckoning had been deprecated with the great online advertising crash ca. 2001, but maybe it was just the rates that dropped then.

Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 12:09 PM
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See anything in Forbes as an egregious example. And this is also why ad funded online stuff tends not to use 'read more' rather than click on a separate webpage.

Posted by: teraz kurwa my | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 12:10 PM
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I stopped reading Tbogg when he switched to 'read more'. Also, mobile versions of blogs suck.

Posted by: Eggplant | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 12:28 PM
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I actually think they should have done the linked article in slideshow form. I know I didn't get through it entirely.

Yeah, no way it's gonna last.

Posted by: donaquixote | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 12:33 PM
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The fashion magazine slideshows are interrupted with the most godawful intrusive advertising possible. But I get to see runway clothes without any thin veneer of plausibility that a consumer editor applies, and so far I'm willing to put up with the ads. Just barely.

Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 12:38 PM
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The worst new trend on the web is rollover ads. Especially the ones placed such that if you click "close" and then move the mouse over the main text to click a link, you'll tend to pass over the ad again.

Posted by: essear | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 12:43 PM
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rollover ads


Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 12:45 PM
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3. The Macallan is my whisky of choice. I once got knee walking drunk at a friend's house on Cask Strength. It really snuck up on me, as I rarely get drunk. I think I owe him five dollars.

Posted by: Tasseled Loafered Leech | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 12:47 PM
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9,10: I don't know what the "Brown Bailout" is, but I wholeheartedly support it if the assholes bitching about it in rollover ads are against it. Not only did those ads pop up something that covers half the browser area, but they autoplay audio. The latter ought to be a hanging offense.

Posted by: togolosh | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 1:13 PM
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Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 1:19 PM
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Short version: you *should* wholeheartedly support the Brown Bailout, which isn't in any way a bailout.

Posted by: apostropher | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 1:21 PM
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I just had to deal with a pop up ad where the "close" button was moving around alongside the animated spokesperson, making it difficult to close.

It reminded me of the Philip Dick novel which opens with an ad getting loose in the protagonist's apartment, forcing him to run around trying to swat it like a fly.

Posted by: rob helpy-chalk | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 1:39 PM
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I ate at Taco Bell and now I need a Brown Bailout. Please. I'll buy a pack of gum.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 1:42 PM
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I want to say that I'm Michelle Shocked at this news, but I guess it wasn't as widely known as I'd have expected. Actually, the shocking thing to me is that The Big Money was originally designed without slideshows and didn't have them until 2009. Slate itself has run slideshows since at least 2003 when I started reading.

Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 2:05 PM
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Slate started to suck in about 2000 or so. It used to have "News Quiz" and that was so good that the guy who wrote it had to become boring enough to write for the NYT Magazine.

Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 2:15 PM
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Hi again, amigos! Just popping in to say how much I enjoy it here and I'm terribly sorry for all that ugly stuff I said before. As you can tell, I have some... issues.

You guys are the best.

Posted by: Pauly Shore | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 2:21 PM
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Interesting. Targeted advertising seems to be more important than raw page views.

Posted by: fake accent | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 2:54 PM
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Genuine mental illness, or an attempt to make money by going viral?


Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 11-19-10 7:53 PM
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21: The former.

Posted by: the Other Paul | Link to this comment | 11-20-10 11:24 AM
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how can one discussion simultaneously make me feel so old and yet au courant?

slide shows - old news, puhleez. slate missing out on web trend due to ancient, creaky content management system, oldest news.

incredibly disruptive web advertising rising from the ashes of 2001: new again? My boogeyman is the ad type that disrupts a page twice, expanding into view and then after I scroll to the material I want, shrinking and losing my place again.

I remember when Slate launched with endless fanfare about how you could easily print a weekly version for offline consumption. Hell, my political teething was on Michael Kinsley's (and Hendrik Hertzberg's) TNR in the early 80s. My mother subscribed when I was in HS, and I gradually grew from reading the front of the book to favoring the back. It was pretty interesting in that period that it was moving from left to right (and that I was growing from boy to man, sigh...).

Posted by: spaz | Link to this comment | 11-22-10 5:19 AM
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