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Search-engine pop-up warning

Have search engines note (and warn) which web sites will trigger 50,000 pop-ups.
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While search engines like Google index web sites, it would be useful if they could determine which web sites contained annoying things like pop-ups, Javascript, etc. and provide warnings in the search page when they do so (and/or have the option to exclude such sites from searches). As it is, pop-up fever severely limites the usefulness of Google even though Google itself doesn't use any.
supercat, Jul 24 2003

Not exactly a new problem http://www.halfbake.../No_20New_20Windows
[DrCurry, Oct 04 2004]


       Hmm. This is a good idea. I wonder how hard it would be for the engine to determine pop-up risk, especially since many of the worst offenders trigger the real bombardments on the close of the first pop-up and I doubt the search engine could "see" the code in that first pop-up.
bristolz, Jul 24 2003

       Ya oughta have a pop-up stopper app running. The quality of your life will improve.
waugsqueke, Jul 24 2003

       Yes, it is a good one.
bristolz, Jul 24 2003

       I cannot imagine why a browser would not have a pop-up supression option.
FloridaManatee, Jul 25 2003

       Browsers written in the last couple of years do. Older code bases don't, including IE.
bristolz, Jul 25 2003

       ...although the new version of the Google Toolbar (still beta, but seems rock-solid to me) neatly adds a pop-up stopper to IE. Very nice.   

       (And a form-filler, if that's your bag, without the spyware baggage of Gator.)
JKew, Jul 25 2003

       Great idea... For those who (for any reason) still haven't switched to Opera.   

       I can
- accept all popups
- reject all popups
- open all popups in background
- open requested popups only

fezadow, Jul 25 2003

       //Predicting, in the general case, what a website will do when executed on any browser is a very hard problem - especially if the website has an incentive to hide the fact that it'll be popping up windows. In contrast, not opening windows if you are the browser is very easy.//   

       I suppose web sites can attempt to hide their behaviors to a limited extent, though certain tags are necessary to use JavaScript or pop-ups. And I would expect that Google could regard efforts to hide pop-ups the same way as it regards some games people play to boost site ratings.   

       As for fixing my browser, it's one thing to fix my own browser; it's another thing to fix every browser that I may happen to use.
supercat, Jul 25 2003

       Google has new feature in their toolbar for IE which take care of this feature.
artist, Jul 25 2003

       supercat - Pop-up Stopper Companion is freeware and works with any browser you have running.
waugsqueke, Jul 25 2003

       //as you well may know, there are some p*rn search engines around which do exactely that. they put a sign behind links with popups.//   

       I guess it just goes to show that p*rn*gr*phy is the driving force behind technological improvements.
supercat, Jul 26 2003

       Windows XP Service Pack 3 contains a popup blocker
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