We Are Experiencing Some Technical Difficulties…

I’ve notified Cole that some of you are getting redirected to one or more porn sites when you attempt to access the site on your phones, tablets, and/or other mobile devices. He’s already gotten back to me, so he’s on it. Commenter Another Scott, thought it might be a WordPress flaw that is being exploited via a plugin, as delineated in this Ars Technica piece. However, I checked with Alain and we don’t have that plugin as adding it when it came out would have broken everything that’s holding the site together.

On behalf of the other front pagers I apologize for the problems, Cole’s working on it, and hopefully this will get remedied quickly. In the meantime, if possible, please access the site from non-mobile devices.

Update at 9:55 PM EDT

I just heard from Alain, he’s working on the fix right now. He expects everything to be repaired in about 5 minutes.

Update at 10;10 PM EDT

Alain has indicated that everything should be fixed!

Open thread.

116 replies
  1. 1
    Pharniel says:

    Now it’s full on porn:(
    I get a hijack for “You’ve won” on this site & others, I’m assuming Ad Sense has once again let malicious code through.

    I know it hoses sites, but an Ad Blocker is a security essential until the ad networks stop serving up hijacks & viruses.

  2. 2
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    In the meantime, if possible, please access the site from non-mobile devices.

    Not an option for me, right now, as it happens: it’s the iPhone or nothing. Hope it can be remedied soon, and again, am very grateful to you, John, Alain, and the entire rebuild team for taking it seriously and addressing it promptly. You guys are the best.

  3. 3
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Now it’s full on porn:(

    You mean it wasn’t earlier? Been full-on prön for me since early afternoon.

  4. 4
    Plato says:

    BJ. Performance issues.

    Irony died.

  5. 5
    Another Scott says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Try the Brave browser. There’s an iOS version.


    It has built-in adblocking, etc. (I use it on my Android phone and it works well.)

    Good luck.


  6. 6
    NotMax says:


    How to Disable JavaScript in Safari for the iPhone and iPod Touch .

    As it’s essentially a bigfoot thread, repeating from below.

    On a happier note, WaPo looks over Rainbow.

  7. 7
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Another Scott:

    Thx, will give it a try.

  8. 8
    Brachiator says:

    Okay so far on Android phone with Brave browser.

    On a related note, I don’t know if Google has decided to commit corporate suicide…

    Google is planning to restrict modern ad blocking Chrome extensions to enterprise users only, according to 9to5Google. This is despite a backlash to an announcement by Google in January proposing changes that will stop current ad blockers from working efficiently.

    And the software giant is not backing down: It says the only people who can use ad blockers following the change will be Google’s enterprise users.

    The proposal–dubbed Manifest V3–will see a major transformation to Chrome extensions that includes a revamp of the permissions system. It will mean modern ad blockers such as uBlock Origin—which uses Chrome’s webRequest API to block ads before they’re downloaded–won’t work. This is because Manifest V3 sees Google halt the webRequest API’s ability to block a particular request before it’s loaded.


  9. 9
    Martin says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Put an ad blocker on the iPhone. AdGuard has a free version in the App Store.

  10. 10
    Nicole says:

    I’m just glad to know it’s not just my phone getting the secksy time and the “YOU’VE WON!” ads.

    Those fucking “YOU’VE WON” ads. Several sites have triggered those. The secksy time was a new one today.

  11. 11
    Ukko says:

    Another vote for Brave, it is a godsend.

  12. 12
    Martin says:

    @Brachiator: Given how much revenue of theirs comes through ads, they’re kinda fucked either way.

  13. 13
    MomSense says:


    I think I’m going to have to sign off until tomorrow. Hopefully it will be fixed by then. I just don’t want to see all that again.

  14. 14
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Thanks, for both :-)

  15. 15
    Steve in the ATL says:

    I’m not getting pop ups or secksy time redirects, but for some reason my posts are appearing as neither clever nor insightful.

  16. 16
    NotMax says:

    It’s Friday the dyslexic 13th.


  17. 17
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I just don’t want to see all that again.

    I know, right? It’s one thing when it’s helpful illustrations in Our Bodies, Ourselves, quite another when it’s an unexpected and unwelcome surprise pop-up during an innocent BJ perusal.

  18. 18
    Baud says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    Those damn hackers have no shame.

  19. 19
    Martin says:

    I wonder if CA will run abortion tourism ads?

    Newsom issued a proclamation on Friday that noted his state’s commitment to “welcoming women to California to fully exercise their reproductive rights.”

    “California will continue to uphold women’s equality and liberty by protecting their reproductive freedom, educating Californians about their rights to reproductive freedom, welcoming women to California to fully exercise their reproductive rights and acting as a model for other states that want to ensure full reproductive freedom for women,” it read.

  20. 20
    NotMax says:

    @Steve in the ATL

    Go into settings and ratchet up the Brightness control?


  21. 21
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    for some reason my posts are appearing as neither clever nor insightful.


  22. 22
    Martin says:


    during an innocent BJ perusal.

    Um, let’s not exaggerate things…

  23. 23
    Duane says:

    I’m not getting any of those ads. Ad Block+ must be working. I shouldn’t, but this is Balloon Juice after Dark. Maybe I’ll…Take it off take it all off.

  24. 24
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I mentioned this below, but I noted the websites I was directed to and manually blocked them. Probably a bandaid but I did it in the early afternoon and nothing bad happened for the rest of my time at work. I don’t use my phone to access the site when I am at home.

  25. 25
    Adam L Silverman says:


  26. 26
    Adam L Silverman says:

    I just heard from Alain, he’s working on the fix right now and expects it’ll be done in about 5 minutes!

  27. 27
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    I got out of the site(s) as fast as I could. Thought later that I should have done a screen-grab (UGH) or made note of the site address (DOUBLE UGH). I’m sort of squeamish that way.

  28. 28
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    Yay Alain!

  29. 29
    NotMax says:


    Gotta link to Gunilla Knutssen.


  30. 30
    jnfr says:

    All I’m getting is Trevor Noah talking about Robert Mueller. Talk about your downers…

  31. 31
    Duane says:

    @MomSense: No dick pics? //

  32. 32
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Adam L Silverman:


  33. 33
    Martin says:

    @jnfr: Trevor Noah naked talking about Mueller? I’m sure someone is into that.

  34. 34
    Jackie says:

    @MomSense: A month ago I started getting “Congratulations you are the winner” pop up redirects. Only on BJ. I finally downloaded AdBlox X (free) and knock on wood – haven’t had any pop ups since.

  35. 35
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Adam L Silverman: When do we get the partial fee refund?

  36. 36
    Mary G says:

    Trump has ruined just about everything, so why not ruin prestigious awards.— Michael Graf (@mikegraf_pc) June 1, 2019

    Trump is giving the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Arthur Laffer.

  37. 37
    Adam L Silverman says:

    It’s like the 11 tricyclers of the Dumbpacolypse!

    Jarrett whose a drunk. Tubbo Schlapp. Bribe Me Barbi Biondi. At the Sound of the NAZI breaking Geraldo Rivera’s nose the time will be 10 PM, that idiot Levin, DeGenova and his creepy wife, the road rage guy from Judicial Watch, and some guy behind DeGenova’s wife I don’t recognize. And whomever is in front of Biondi

  38. 38
    geg6 says:

    Gawd! I was getting some really graphic, nasty porn every time I tried to access the site. Had to go away for several hours. Seems to be fixed now, thank FSM. I’m not totally against good sexxy stuff, but this was disgusting stuff.

  39. 39
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Mary G: The thing is Laffer is probably the most worthy person that Trump will ever pick.

  40. 40
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Mary G: it takes some talent to be the worst economist. Think of the competition for that title.

  41. 41
    Adam L Silverman says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: You’ll have to check with Cole.

  42. 42
    Alain says:

    Should be better now. Sorry folks, apparently some scripts weren’t declared and so shit happened.

    It’s been fixed and I flushed the caches and it should all be better. Carry on and sorry for the bother!

  43. 43
    Alain says:

    @Alain: To be clear, I was asked to update some ad code and something was left out and just sent to me a few minutes ago, so that’s been fixed. Sorry to all.

  44. 44
    Another Scott says:

    @Alain: Thanks for your efforts. Fingers crossed!


  45. 45
    NotMax says:


    Chacun à son ewww.


  46. 46
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Alain: Well, I learned how to block websites on my iPhone, so we can count that on the plus side.

  47. 47
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Very grateful, Alain. Although I shall miss seeing Steve in the WTF’s double entendre comments.

  48. 48
    MomSense says:



  49. 49
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Mary G:

    I thought you were joking. But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…..

  50. 50
    Adam L Silverman says:

    Since things are fixed, I’m heading offline to go rub doggie bellies and watch TV. You all have a nice night.

  51. 51
    chris says:

    @Mary G: Saw that earlier, shut it down and went for a long walk. This timeline sucks.

  52. 52
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @Adam L Silverman:

    I’m heading offline to go rub doggie bellies and watch TV

    That might actually have been the premise for one of hijack videos.

  53. 53
    MomSense says:

    Woah just happened again except this time the pics were in Brady bunch squares format. Ugh.

  54. 54
    Duane says:

    @NotMax: Leave it to you to know who she is. You’re handy like that.

  55. 55
    different-church-lady says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I can’t even remember how I did it, but somehow long ago I requested the desktop version on my tablet, and now it loads that way all the time.

  56. 56
    NotMax says:

    @Adam L. Silverman

    Haven’t saved up enough to get the whole dog yet?


  57. 57
    Baud says:

    Still better than seeing pictures of Trump.

  58. 58
  59. 59
    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Steve in the ATL: I’m afraid that problem exists between the chair and the keyboard, kind sir.
    @SiubhanDuinne: You clearly have more self control than I. Brava.

  60. 60
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    I’ve had the desktop format on my mobile device(s) since the beginning (since the option existed). Have never liked the look of the mobile version. With the rebuild, maybe I should try again.

  61. 61
    different-church-lady says:

    Is the rebuild going to be based on WordPress? Because as far as I can tell that thing is a catastrophe.

  62. 62
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Still better than seeing pictures of Trump

    A difference without a distinction.

  63. 63
    Jackie says:

    Now that this crisis has (hopefully) been fixed, can we have a new, non- porn thread? Please?

  64. 64
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho:

    You clearly have more self control than I. Brava.

    May be, but my tongue is shredded and bloody beyond recognition.

  65. 65
    different-church-lady says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: Wait, so the hijack was happening on mobile devices even if they were loading the desktop version?

    I missed all the “fun”. It still astonishes me how many new ways people come up with to be shitty.

  66. 66
    chris says:

    Happy Friday!

    Happy Friday! Sen. Susan Collins’s approval rating in Maine has dropped 17 points since last spring in the biannual tracking poll Critical Insights conducts in Maine. S.E.V.E.N.T.E.E.N. And 10 points since last fall.

    DKos link.

  67. 67
    Baud says:

    @different-church-lady: I know, right? The old ways were perfectly fine.

  68. 68
    Baud says:

    @chris: That’s heartening. Last I had heard, she was still really popular there.

  69. 69
    The Dangerman says:

    …redirected to one or more pron site…

    Missed it all. I only have been seeing ducks strutting their stuff.

  70. 70
    plato says:

    @The Dangerman: It all started with the duck pron and from there, it was all a slippery slope.

  71. 71
    Baud says:

    @plato: Duck porn is a gateway drug.

  72. 72
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    Wait, so the hijack was happening on mobile devices even if they were loading the desktop version?

    It would seem so.

    I missed all the “fun”.

    That is because you have always lived a pure and blameless existence.

  73. 73
    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: @SiubhanDuinne: I don’t doubt that there’s a good bit of blood, and betadine not only stings, but it tastes like hell so I can’t recommend swabbing the shreds with it. Though it would be the best disinfectant.

  74. 74
    mrmoshpotato says:

    I sometimes got the spam with Chrome on Android. No problems on the 🦆 🦆 go browser.

    I’m running AVG Antivirus in the background.

  75. 75
    chris says:

    @Baud: The whole poll is interesting. They really like Angus King and Chellie Pingree is doing well too.

  76. 76
    NotMax says:


    But quacks.


  77. 77
    mrmoshpotato says:


    It all started with the duck pron and from there, it was all a slippery slope.

    That’s a bunch of quackery.

  78. 78
    trollhattan says:

    That when somebody throws porn at you and yells “Duck!” half a second before it hits your head?

  79. 79

    Free software: you get what you pay for.

  80. 80
    Jackie says:

    AL has started a new porn thread… Steve Bannon lol

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  82. 82
    plato says:


    gateway drug.

    That’s what happens when you deal with quacks.

  83. 83
    Baud says:

    Hmmm. Stay in this thread with all the sexual innuendo or proceed to the next thread about Steve Bannon?

    Decisions, decisions….

  84. 84

    @Jackie: I’ll stay with kink.com.

  85. 85
    plato says:

    @Baud: Dicks, dicks, everywhere.

  86. 86

    @Brachiator: like I wrote the other day: if you care about advertising and privacy, do not use chrome.

  87. 87
    Baud says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I didn’t ever need to see that.

  88. 88
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    That’s what happens when you deal with quacks.

    This is NOT a TaMara thread!

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  90. 90
    NotMax says:


    Great. Now we’re going to be inundated with mallardware.

  91. 91
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho:

    Though it would be the best disinfectant.

    I am repeatedly told that sunshine is the best disinfectant, so i’ll just go outside tomorrow and stand there with my mouth open for a few hours.

  92. 92
    Baud says:

    @NotMax: How fowl.

  93. 93
    plato says:


    mallardware. Is that part of software upgrade for bj?

  94. 94
    NotMax says:


    Technically, it would be a downgrade.


  95. 95
    plato says:

    @NotMax: head/desk.

  96. 96
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    How much wood would a Wood Duck duck if a Wood Duck could duck wood?

  97. 97
    Duane says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Did you hear Donald Duck is missing? Apparently he’s been taken by an abductor.

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  99. 99
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I will cut you.

  100. 100

    @Duane: Probably the same folk that hijacked FYWP.

    @Omnes Omnibus: Heh.

  101. 101
    plato says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I blame TaMara. Root of this sex scandal.

  102. 102
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho: @SiubhanDuinne: you people are so mean!

    [weeps softly into tumbler of white Zinfandel]

  103. 103
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Steve in the ATL:

    [weeps softly into tumbler schooner of white Zinfandel]


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  105. 105
    Doug R says:

    You can get AdBlock for Firefox on Android. I haven’t been redirected yet on my phone, I use UBlock on Chrome at home, looks like I might be switching back to Firefox.

  106. 106
    Poptartacus says:

    The “you’ve won” assholes are annoying as fuck

  107. 107
    SiubhanDuinne says:


    All right, “Duane,” who are you and what have you done with NotMax?

  108. 108
    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @Steve in the ATL: I’m a licensed professional mean person. [Smiles and sips glass of Conundrum, not being a fan of white Zin]

  109. 109
    2liberal says:

    Am I too late for the pron-fest?

  110. 110
    Steve in the ATL says:

    @Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho: you know me well enough to know that I wouldn’t touch white zin. While Conundrum is in my regular rotation.

    @SiubhanDuinne: Red Schooner, a malbec by Caymus, is also in my regular rotation.

    @NotMax: I grew up in a big duck hunting area and saw so many duck-themed glasses, coats, belts, flasks, etc.

  111. 111
    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    Damn, too late. Was it free pron? ;)

  112. 112
    plato says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee:

    Was it free pron?


    Welcome to the 21st century where the cell phones got bigger and bigger when more and more men realized there iz free pron on innernetz.

  113. 113
    JaySinWA says:

    Always late to the party.

  114. 114
    J R in WV says:

    @Odie Hugh Manatee:

    Damn, too late. Was it free pron? ;)

    Evidently not only free, but compulsive …

  115. 115
    something fabulous says:

    And here I thought not being able to see my own On the Road this morning was bad! Comparatively, NEVER MIND!

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    BigJimSlade says:

    Pron site still coming up. On mobile the hamburger Mac has only Quick links and that opened up the naughty site in a new window. So did tapping around this form. I guess some joke should be made about the stiff competition out there…

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