Neowin: An apology to IE8 users

Time for a bit of site news. We have determined that guests who browse Neowin Forums using Internet Explorer 8 experienced frequent lock-ups.

After investigating the issue, we found that it came from an advertising code that is shown only to guests, which has now been removed.

You still may see an error displayed on the bottom left of your browser, this does not affect browsing or the page in any way and that is still under investigation; however Neowin no longer freezes using IE8.

All the same, I encourage you to register so that you will see less ads, and have access to a couple more forums that we do not showcase to unregistered guests (off topic discussion areas). We are also giving away subscriptions every week from June to October, even more reason to take the plunge and register. You can view more details on how to participate here.

Again, I apologize for the inconvienience. 

Have you been affected by this issue? Let us know by commenting below.

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Fault is back tonight, can't view on IE7 or IE8 (which I do via a plugin for my firefox to compare how the site looked), same for standard IE8.

I think AMazon has code on its site that causes IE8 to free too. It happens often and IE gets non-responsive and even killing the process is almost impossible. They (Microsoft) really needs to fix that! I downloaded Google Chrome, but I still am so used to IE... actually Chrome froze on amazon too... so Amazon needs to fix that!

I'll forgive you if you give me Tier -2 subscription

Glad, that you fixed it, I thought it was IE or some Virus...

If its the only tab I get the error about the program (IE8) having a problem, then it closes, and tries three times before it just dies.

Maybe this site should be called neogoogle.com

LOL everytime IE crashed i thought it was just silly old IE and my computer. i actually formatted/reinstalled everything again thinking that something must have corrupted

Aquafox said,
LOL everytime IE crashed i thought it was just silly old IE and my computer. i actually formatted/reinstalled everything again thinking that something must have corrupted

SORRY!

DarkBlade said,
Woohoo! Gotta use IE at work and it was a pain having it crash all the time. Good job!

Use portable firefox!

so it was you guys! *points finger at you* *lol* at least you figured it out... was getting annoying when you didnt log in and it would crash on an ad or something......

This is just another reason why using a hosts file to block most domains used for advertising and malicious code is the way to go.

ps: Nice to see it fixed though, even though I'm registered, and browse the site in Chrome, it's as Martha would say, still "a good thing."

I always knew it was related to the ads because the page would just stop loading and you'd see Waiting for *.doubleclick.com or whatever in the status bar. Hit the stop button and Poof! the whole page appeared.

Umm... Didn't noticed the problem as I use RSS reader to read news from Neowin.net.

But good news.

Now if this site wasn't so anti IE/MS, that would NEVER have happened.

Notice that it didn't effect every fanboys favorite, Firefox?

Will probably get another warning for this, as most people running this site can't stand the truth, but so what. This site has gotten so far away from what it used to be, it's stupid!!

cork1958 said,
Now if this site wasn't so anti IE/MS, that would NEVER have happened.

Notice that it didn't effect every fanboys favorite, Firefox?

Will probably get another warning for this, as most people running this site can't stand the truth, but so what. This site has gotten so far away from what it used to be, it's stupid!!

Are you in some way retarded? I only ask because that's how you're coming across.

cork1958 said,
Now if this site wasn't so anti IE/MS, that would NEVER have happened.

So according to you Neowin deliberately caused issues with IE8, to get them to sign up or switch browsers?

cork1958 said,
Now if this site wasn't so anti IE/MS, that would NEVER have happened.

Notice that it didn't effect every fanboys favorite, Firefox?

Will probably get another warning for this, as most people running this site can't stand the truth, but so what. This site has gotten so far away from what it used to be, it's stupid!!

I honestly cant fathom what you are talking about, there was a glitch in the advertising code that locked up IE 8 in some cases...

cork1958 said,
Now if this site wasn't so anti IE/MS, that would NEVER have happened.

Notice that it didn't effect every fanboys favorite, Firefox?

Will probably get another warning for this, as most people running this site can't stand the truth, but so what. This site has gotten so far away from what it used to be, it's stupid!!

yes, neowin the site created about Windows, is so anti-ms / windows / ie..... *rollseyes*

There was nothing intentional about this whatsoever. It was an advertising code - which the developers actually have no control over.

We are going out of our way to apologize for this. If we were intentionally screwing with IE users, the code would still be there, and we wouldn't let you know.

For a website like ours, which makes money off page views, slowing down one browser is of no benefit whatsoever.

cork1958 said,
Now if this site wasn't so anti IE/MS, that would NEVER have happened.

Notice that it didn't effect every fanboys favorite, Firefox?

Will probably get another warning for this, as most people running this site can't stand the truth, but so what. This site has gotten so far away from what it used to be, it's stupid!!

Quick, put on your tin foil hat! They could be listening in on us right now!

cork1958 said,
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Are you high? Neowin is very pro-Microsoft compared to many tech sites. They took the time to apologise for the error, and have explained what caused it, what more can you expect?

I suggest mentioning something pro-Microsoft on Slashdot, and ride the wave of hate.

I have never had a problem, and I do come in as a guest often when using computers other than my everyday computer. Still, glad to see it fixed.

MightyJordan said,

If it affected IE6, I would have agreed with you.

When a developer intentionally leaves broken code in a product as a way to further political goals, this is called "unethical".

Neb Okla said,

When a developer intentionally leaves broken code in a product as a way to further political goals, this is called "unethical".

Since when is a browser "political"?

Hey yeah, now you mention it, I sometimes had issues but it never really occured to me it was only when I'd been logged out...

Well, good news then!

Good to see you guys fixed it! I never had that problem (I never browse the site as a guest) but I saw the thread in the forum and seemed like it was affecting a lot of people