- Ads display over text



Tech Evangelism Graveyard
English US
12 years ago
3 years ago


(Reporter: Susannah Nation, Unassigned)






12 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20060111 Firefox/
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv: Gecko/20060111 Firefox/

On about half the stories I try to read on MSNBC, the online ads, sidebars, or other graphics get displayed over the text, making the stories impossible to read.  Sometimes it's just a line or two, but most often it happens to entire paragraphs.

Reproducible: Sometimes

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Go to
2.Click on a story
3.About half the time, the problem occurs.

Actual Results:  
Sometimes the text on the web page is OK, sometimes it get obscured by ads.

Expected Results:  
It should have displayed the story in its entirety

Comment 1

12 years ago
Do you have a minimum font size set, or are you using zoom when this happens?
Summary: Ads on MSNBC display over text → - Ads display over text

Comment 2

12 years ago
I am also experiencing this, no minimum size, no zoom.  What is happening is that there's a missing advertisement inline with the article text (between a couple of hr tags) and that causes the article text to be shifted upwards, behind the sidebars and other content.  This happened both before and after I installed the Flash plug-in and the flashblock extension.  Note that not all of the ads displayed in that space are flash, some are static images and I think some are even HTML forms.

Usually when this happens, clicking the Go button repeatedly fixes it eventually (Reload does too, but seems to take more tries) and when it is working, reloading often breaks it.

Comment 3

12 years ago
This is a really bad bug, making it all but impossible to use Firefox to view I see this problem daily, and cannot read many of the stories. This is a very popular website and this bug should be fixed real soon. Also note that bugs
are probably the same issue.

Comment 4

12 years ago
This problem definitely seems to occur when an ad that is supposed to be in the page is missing, which throws off the display of the rest of the page. Here is an example of the html code around one of the ads that was missing from page :

<hr noshade="noshade" size="1">
								<div style="padding: 0pt 10px 10px;"><script>ad_dap(250,300,'&PG=NBCMSN&AP=1089');</script><script src=";PG=NBCMSN&amp;AP=1089" type="text/javascript" language="JavaScript"></script><iframe src="" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" topmargin="0" leftmargin="0" allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="250" scrolling="no" width="300">&lt;script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript"&gt;document.write('&lt;a href="" target="_blank"&gt;&lt;img src="" /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;'); &lt;/script&gt;</iframe></div><hr noshade="noshade" size="1"></div></div><a name="storyContinued"></a><p class="textBodyBlack">

Comment 5

10 years ago
I can't recall *ever* having seen this in Firefox or Camino (and 99% of the time I have Camino's ad-blocking turned on, which in theory, if comment 4 is accurate, should trigger this almost all the time). Unless we can come up with a concrete "here's what's broken, and here's how you fix it" example for MSNBC, I don't think there's really much here to evangelise.
Last Resolved: 10 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
Product: Tech Evangelism → Tech Evangelism Graveyard
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