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Okay, a bit melodramatic and click-baity, but ANYONE can help me with this and it WON'T TAKE TWO SECONDS!

So please be a sweetie and just tell me if these Johnston Press owned local newspaper sites load for you (cos they sure don't for me!). It's odd cos usually you'd get some warning as to what you were doing wrong, but in this case I just get NOTHING. It's like clicking on non-hypertext really. The first time I try to load it might put a cross next to the URL in my browser address bar, but in the blink of an eye the circular arrow appears (reload) even though the browser has navigated nowhere. Then when I re-click, nothing. Zero. Nada. Zilch.

Please try the sample links, or if you are cagey about click-jacking, go to the Johnston Press Titles on wikipedia and source a link or two from there.

It's most frustrating so any help is appreciated. Just to add, this is my setup:

Live Ubuntu , Firefox 47.0 (sure, outta date but I'm running volatile so who cares?), Noscript with domains of concern whitelisted in the 'Options'.

http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/

http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/

http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/

http://scotsman.com/

Cheers.

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They load for me without noscript, but they all give security warnings because they have a mix of secure and non secure content.

A sure sign that the website is run by muppets.

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44 minutes ago, Habeas Domus said:

They load for me without noscript, but they all give security warnings because they have a mix of secure and non secure content.

A sure sign that the website is run by muppets.

No surprise there. I read a Guardian article that was slating Johnston Press' websites following the quiet removal of an experimental paywall. The article blamed visitors' unwillingness to pay on shoddy sites.

 

28 minutes ago, Will! said:

All load OK for me with Safari.

Interesting.

Many thanks to the pair of you for taking the trouble.

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These all seem to work OK for me (Linux, Firefox 58), but the Evening News (Edinburgh) was behaving astoundingly badly for the last few days, to the point where I gave up trying to read it.  Recently they seem to have been adding more and more crap to the pages, so the length keeps changing as you're trying to read the text.  I don't know if I can take much more...

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cheers S, thanks for your experiences. Still kinda wondering exactly why these sites are misbehaving for me.

Dunno why I didn't say this earlier, but they all load about:blank for me. There are viruses that do that kinda thing, but I'd expect that behaviour across the board if that was the cause, so still none the wiser. Thanks nonetheless for your input.

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Load fine for me on an unfiltered connection.

When loading via my proxy that bins advertising/malware using squidguard - they hang.

iPad/Safari

 

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2 hours ago, rxe said:

Load fine for me on an unfiltered connection.

When loading via my proxy that bins advertising/malware using squidguard - they hang.

iPad/Safari

 

Ah-ha! The picture is becoming clearer. As I mentioned above, Johnston press failed to successfully monetize w/ a paywall, yet they must still really need the cash, which may well mean they use aggressive anti-ad-blocking. As also mentioned above, there is evidence that the site admins don't know their onions. Bring those factors together and you have a site that is simply failing to load rather than asking people to disable their ad-blocking.

Really appreciate your input rxe.

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