Please stop with the auto-play videos, both ads and content
You've closed the other comments that state the same thing, so I can't upvote them. Please, please stop the auto-play videos. And it's especially annoying when an ad suddenly unfolds directly within the text I am attempting to read. Put the ads on the side where they belong, and if something appears that captures my interest then I'll click it to play the video. It is getting annoying enough that I may just stop coming to your sites. I understand they pay the bills, but not if they are driving away your readers.
Thanks for contacting us. We do understand how things like advertising and auto-play video can degrade the user experience. As you pointed out, these things do pay the bills and we’re always trying to strike a balance. If we only put ads on the side, then we’ve found that the balance is not in our favor. I can only say that we appreciate you sticking with us, and hope that you’ll understand the position we are in. Compared to some of our competitors, I think we do a good job with not interrupting the user experience too much.