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It’s official, Nedstat/Webstats4u is no longer in my list of accounts

February 22nd, 2006 at 06:11am

I have finally gone to the webstats4u (not to be confused with the good people at site and removed my account. I have also sent them an email outlining the reasons I have left, mainly the recent popup fiasco.

Reason for account cancellation

Dear Sir/Madam,
I have now deleted my Webstats4u account and wish to inform you why I made that decision. I have been mildly satisfied with your service for the time I have been using it, however I stopped using it as my primary stats generator a while back when I realised that it is unable to keep long term statistics for search keywords or visited pages, I found the services from much more appealing. I did, however, continue using your service as it provided me with a useful set of short term statistics.

The reason I have decided to leave you is the popup advertising which you recently started to use. It has been my policy for a very long time to never serve popup advertising to my visitors, so you can imagine my horror when I discovered that my website was generating popups. After a little bit of troubleshooting I came to the conclusion that it was your service which was annoying my visitors and myself with ads. I understand that you are perfectly within your rights to do this, but I am quite disappointed that you decided to. I have now removed my account and have no intention of ever returning.

I would not be surprised to find many others leaving your service if I were you. Popup advertising is the bane of Internet advertising, as are those slide in flash ads which I understand you make use of as well. May I suggest, for your companies sake, that you consider other forms of advertising, such as replacing your stats counter button with an ad, I’m sure many webmasters would thank you.

Thanks for the memories, both good and bad, it is unfortunate that our working relationship had to come to an end like this, but that’s life, and I think we’ve both learnt a lesson.

Samuel Gordon-Stewart

Naturally I will keep you up to date on the replies, if any.


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  • 1. John B1_B5  |  February 22nd, 2006 at 6:31 am

    Haha ….. that’s a co-incidence ….. I just posted something about that on the thread below .

  • 2. heatseeker  |  February 22nd, 2006 at 11:00 am

    People who make pop-up ads should get big rocks and drop them on their heads!

  • 3. Chuck Berry  |  February 22nd, 2006 at 12:53 pm

    Firefox does a good job of stopping pop ups. Ads by Google on the right again are spookily topical. How do they know what what we are posting?

  • 4. Samuel  |  February 22nd, 2006 at 12:57 pm

    I’ve found that Google’s cache for ads is a day or two ahead of their cache for search. I suspect this is highly regular for blogs now that they have their own blog search and receive all the updates in the same way technorati does.

  • 5. heatseeker  |  February 22nd, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    Speaking on internet pests, and I don’t want to be the bearer of bad new, but there’s a fake Samuel Gordon-Stewart on that horrible, horrible site Needs to be Glassed … check out the post with that disgusting dog photo. Now what was I saying about big rocks?

  • 6. John B1_B5  |  February 22nd, 2006 at 5:26 pm

    Yes well, somebody impersonating Samuel Gordon Stewart has just been BANNED from “Australia – The Land Down Under” .

    The impersonator was using Windows 2000, and the Domain was
    The server was located in the South Australian desert in the Woomera Restricted Zone —

    Domain Name
    IP Address (NEWSLI)
    Location Continent : Australia
    Country : Australia
    Lat/Long : -27, 133 ( South Australia )
    Distance : 1,103 miles

    Language unknown
    Operating System Microsoft Win2000
    Browser Internet Explorer 6.0
    Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0; iebar)
    Javascript disabled
    Time of Visit Feb 22 2006 4:18:30 pm
    Last Page View Feb 22 2006 4:25:14 pm
    Visit Length 6 minutes 44 seconds
    Page Views 3

  • 7. heatseeker  |  February 22nd, 2006 at 5:59 pm

    Mmmmmm … Samuels seem to be like those Rolf Harris’s in that classic Goodies episode.

  • 8. Kooky_Pound_Puppy  |  February 22nd, 2006 at 7:27 pm

    Woomera such a highly populated paradise, my dream location…..perfect tan i leave glowing

  • 9. John B1_B5  |  February 22nd, 2006 at 8:46 pm

    That was just a “proxy” of course — the IP address of 165 .69.2. 237 actually originated from Canberra .

  • 10. Chuck Berry  |  February 22nd, 2006 at 9:40 pm

    Samuel’s begetting Samuel’s you think heetseeker. Hopefully these Samuel clones are easier to catch than those damn midget Rolf Harris’.

  • 11. heatseeker  |  February 22nd, 2006 at 11:29 pm

    Yes Chuck, unfortunately there’s also multiple me’s getting around … I am not the same “heatseeker” as on other sites, and you may find some “Chuck Berry’s” and ‘Kooky Pound Puppies” also getting around causing multiple mischief.

  • 12. John B1_B5  |  February 22nd, 2006 at 11:42 pm

    I think somebody knew Samuel would be “out” from noon onwards, and decided to make the most of his absence.
    Unfortunately for the ‘clone’, it backfired in his face on MY site, and he was ignominiously “terminated” ….leaving only THIS message behind —-

    This message has been deleted due to termination of membership.

  • 13. Chuck Berry  |  February 22nd, 2006 at 11:49 pm

    Well it may be the price of fame heetseeker. We are on an award winning popular blog. I still get confused with Sammy Davis Jr however. I don’t even sing Mr bloody Bojangles.

    Do you think the Nazis dabbled in the black arts? Because apparently Ricky Gervais is a Nazi.

  • 14. Chuck Berry  |  February 22nd, 2006 at 11:50 pm

    Hey John. I do not know your site. Can I get an invite?

  • 15. heatseeker  |  February 23rd, 2006 at 12:39 am

    Mmmmm … Ricky Gervais – I’m sure if we jumbled those letters around we’d come up with something Satanic …

  • 16. Chuck Berry  |  February 23rd, 2006 at 1:46 am

    If you use his full name Richard Gervais and jumbled the letters around, you get his true name and title

    Sir C.A. Gerhard VI

    Now I do not wish to re-open a can of worms. But this German married into the English aristocracy, hence the title. He was none other than Hitler’s secret adviser to the occult.

    Now I know why Samuel has taken issue with one ‘Ricky Gervais’. The wool has been pulled over my eyes long enough.

  • 17. John B1_B5  |  February 23rd, 2006 at 11:06 am

    Helloooooooooo …….. WHERE IS EVERYBODY ??????????

  • 18. heatseeker  |  February 23rd, 2006 at 2:20 pm

    There’s something very weird going on in here John!

  • 19. heatseeker  |  February 23rd, 2006 at 2:20 pm

    I’ve made comments and they’re getting deleted!

  • 20. Samuel  |  February 23rd, 2006 at 4:24 pm

    That can’t be true heatseeker, I’ve been away all day.

  • 21. roy  |  February 24th, 2006 at 4:00 pm

    You’re still getting a pop up advert, Sam. Or at least your site is.

  • 22. Samuel  |  February 24th, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    OK, just checked in Internet Explorer and noticed that it is still keeping copies of the old pages and doesn’t seem to be interested in grabbing new ones. The Webstats4u icon is appearing for me in Internet Explorer, even after removing temporary internet files and cookies, but it’s not appearing in Firefox or Opera.

    The code has been removed from this site, but IE6 (and possibly earlier versions) wants to keep the popup code for some reason. I can’t explain why, but I will look into it.

    This is an utter pain in the neck, and I apoligise to all that have been inconvenienced by this, it was unintentional, and is proving to be very hard to fix.

  • 23. heatseeker  |  February 24th, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    Popup ad people should get big rocks and drop them on their heads!

  • 24. John B1_B5  |  February 24th, 2006 at 10:55 pm

    I’ll second that !!!!

  • 25. Samuel  |  February 24th, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    By virtue of popup complaints I declare “Motion carried”!


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