Redirects Banished?

This is a new post about the porn and other redirects happening on this site.


We think the problem is handled, but since it can’t be replicated on-demand, I’m asking for your help in testing this for a few minutes a few times today.  Most-to-all reports have been on iOS devices, mostly iPhones. Turn off the ad blocking as it is bad ads causing issues.

Then load the site and click on links – to posts, Twitter, comments, etc. Just go to the site and read and click and click some more.  It’s the clicking that gets redirected, and it happens to both internal and external links.

Should something happen, please let me know details here. Also, if you can, write down the domain or company so we can see if that info helps track things down.


After a bit of testing, please remember to re-enable your ad blocker and enjoy safe surfing.  In an hour or so, try again, and repeat as you can today. If you have issues, please post them here.

Thanks so much for your help, everyone.


ETA:  Please use the Safari browser for testing. Chrome, etc. aren’t quite the same, it appears. And don’t forget to disable the ad blockers.


31 replies
  1. 1
    debit says:

    Just clicked a bunch of comments links, youtube and twitter links with no issues. Iphone XS software 12.2 using Safari.

  2. 2
    The Dangerman says:

    I never saw pron. I only saw Trump.

  3. 3
    Jerzy Russian says:

    Sadly, I have not had any incidents whereby I was shown pr0n rather than content here. iPhone 6S with latest iOS, google chrome.

  4. 4
    Alain says:

    I’ve tested about 5 times, 1 minute or so each, and it all looks good to me. But this isn’t a universal problem, so that’s why asking for your help was necessary.

    Thanks for looking, and to try again as many times over the course of the afternoon and evening as you can. That way we can semi-conclusively say that the issue has been solved, or conclusively say it has not.

  5. 5
    Alain says:

    Oh – I will ETA the post but I’m putting it here in comments too, it seems to affect Safari rather than Chrome. So if you can try testing in Safari, that would be great.

  6. 6
    John Cole says:

    I have tried for three days on my phone with no ad blocking or anything because I don’t even know how to do that and OF FUCKING COURSE it never does it for me.

  7. 7
    Alain says:

    @John Cole: I wouldn’t be mad about that. I don’t need to see lots of pics of giant schlongs, but that could just be me.

    When I was testing on Saturday, I didn’t see any and was so elated – for a microsecond – when I finally did that I forgot I was in public and so XXX content in public view was sort of in bad form.

  8. 8
    Just Chuck says:

    Do we know yet which ad network is responsible for the bad ads?

  9. 9
    TenguPhule says:

    @The Dangerman:

    I never saw pron. I only saw Trump.

    I’m so sorry.

  10. 10
    J R in WV says:


    Surely no one would be so crass as to peek over your shoulder to see what you were viewing?

    Yes, that was snark!

    Any desire to test Linux/Firefox? Am willing to see unintended pr0n, tho not anxious to get some of that being described…

  11. 11
    TenguPhule says:

    Hey Alain,

    Just to let you know, the video autoplay ads are bloody annoying and won’t stop.

    And somebody please bug Cole to either update the Balloonjuice twitter feed or just merge it with his personal one because it hasn’t posted anything for a year.

  12. 12
    Ohio Mom says:

    I just got here and will try my best to see what I can make pop-up. I’ll report back later.

    Wish me no luck because I rather not see that crap ever again

  13. 13
    debit says:

    Still no giant schlongs on my phone. Sad.

  14. 14
    Gin & Tonic says:

    Isn’t there one on the previous thread?

  15. 15
    Chip Daniels says:

    Y’know, I keep coming here, playing the lottery, and not once hit the porn jackpot.
    What am I doing wrong?

    Actually, I stand corrected: I saw a giant wang mowed into a lawn on a previous thread.

  16. 16
    Keith P. says:

    @Chip Daniels: remember when this site’s ad banner had a woman riding a giant cucumber? Fun times

  17. 17
    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    Seeing a pic of twitler in his State Dinner attire makes me think of Ron Weasley wearing Great Aunt Bessie’s dress robes, either that or an awkward teenager who has been dressed by his proud Grandma for his first prom. How could he get the white waist coat so utterly wrong? Doesn’t he have a tailor?

  18. 18
    Barry says:

    Safari – I was unable to turn off ad-blockers. I haven’t seen problems for a week or so.

  19. 19
    NotMax says:

    So dicking around with it didn’t fix?


  20. 20
    Alternative Fax, a hip hop artist from Idaho says:

    @The Dangerman: That’s worse.

  21. 21
    Amir Khalid says:

    A tailor is an expert, an expert in how properly fitted clothing should look and feel. Trump, of course, knows better than any expert.

  22. 22
    FlyingToaster says:

    A) trying to read a blog on an iPhone SE/Safari is fucking torture.
    B) I can only see the main page, no sidebar stuff (Twitter, Blogroll, yadda yadda yadda). Ads everywhere, but normal (Non-Autoplay-Video) ads only.
    C) However, no pron. No oddball redirects.
    D) iPhone SE. I’m never doing this again. (reading a blog, that is. The phone is small enough for me to hold it.)

    You’re welcome.

  23. 23
    PenAndKey says:

    So we’re sure that this is an iPhone/iOS issue? Over the last couple months I’ve had it happen a few times on my Android phones in Chrome, so I’m not sure about that. I actually haven’t seen it in a while, come to think of it. Still, I’ll be a heretic and run blocker free to see if I can’t replicate all the same. Fingers crossed.

  24. 24
    p.a. says:

    I was unable to comment from any platform, any carrier. No redirects, no errors. Page would reload to the top, not to where my comment would be in the comment order. Even my issues have to have issues! 🤔

  25. 25
    Alain says:

    @p.a.: And now you can comment – wahoo!You were an anomaly and I’m so glad this makes it better for you, felt awful when getting your emails, especially when, early on, there was little I could offer, so I didn’t respond often as I had little to say and felt crappy about it. I’m so relieved.

  26. 26
    p.a. says:

    @Alain: goddamnit Alain you’re putting too much pressure on me given the ‘quality’ of my usual comment 😀

  27. 27
    Honus says:

    Forget it, I’m not falling for that again. I’ve been clicking on the ads for all last week and never got any porn.

  28. 28
    Origuy says:

    I’m another who has never seen the pron on my phone. iPhone 6s, iOS 13.2 on Safari. I was getting some other full page adds before.

  29. 29
    frosty says:

    2 hours of clicking and no redirects. iPhone SE running Safari.

  30. 30
    Alain says:

    Let’s call it test complete. Thanks to all. The assault is repelled – huzzah!

  31. 31
    Eric NNY says:

    I keep trying to find the Balloon Juice porn but alas, no luck. Will continue to check diligently………….

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