In the last week or so I posted about commercial sites capturing free
sites in frames under their sign-ins, advertising banners and site logos.
I'm happy to say that the main offender, 3dcadtips.com, has reconsidered
his format and now links directly to external sites such that the
external site is seen in its intended context. Most web browsers have a
"back" button if you choose to use it.
Here are some of people who post here (or have in the past), companies,
resellers and even competing commercial forums who had their sites or
data hijacked in this way:
CAP Inc (SW Reseller who I'm sure was thrilled to have their name under
the Autocad ad banners)
Fisher/Unitech (another SW reseller)
Eng-Tips (a competing commercial forum)
Design Point (SW reseller)
3D content central
In many cases he is still linking to sites that require sign ins. It
gets silly after a while. Why would you sign in to a site that is just
re-posting what you can get from the original source without the spam
and spinning flash ads? Anyway, he removed the offending frames.
These guys that run these ad-ridden commercial sites all make the point
that the sites are expensive to maintain, which I understand, but adding
advertisements is their choice, and going elsewhere is my choice. They
also all make the point that the sign in is to avoid spammers, but how
is unwanted commercial advertisement ok when its on a website and not ok
when its in an email? I guess I fail to see the difference. Plus, they
just spam your email address anyway once you sign in.
15 years ago