Linked by David Adams on Fri 19th Mar 2010 21:07 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Online advertising has been a hot topic for the past week or so, with Ars Technica trying out an interesting, somewhat desperate experiment wherein they blocked access to their content for people using Adblock. Of course, if this were to become some kind of movement among publishers, it would probably just spark a technological cat-and-mouse game that would surely be reminiscent of DRM cracking or iPhone jailbreaking. But in their post-mortem, Ars states that it was a worthwhile awareness campaign, and I hope that's true. But I thought it would be a good idea to try to bring the collective OSNews brainpower together and crowdsource the idea of how to raise money for a web site in an age where advertising is increasingly un-viable.
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RE: A technology race
by darknexus on Sun 21st Mar 2010 23:44 UTC in reply to "A technology race"
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So clue me in on this,

AdBlock and similar will avoid downloading the ads and thus not showing them, right?

What if the browser and something like AdBlock worked together, and as such actually _downloaded_ the ads, but never showed them? How would you know if I actually saw the add or if they were hidden from my view?

This actually depends on what ad blocker and/or web browser you use. Firefox with Adblock Plus, for example, will not download the ads at all whereas many of the ad blockers for Webkit-based browsers will download them and simply not show them to you. The disadvantage of the second approach is, of course, that the tracking cookies and whatever other crap the ad wants to stick on your system get stuck there anyway. Personally, that's why I use adblock and noscript. I don't actually mind the concept of ads, so long as they're relevant and don't get in the way (in-text ads must die!) but I'm sick of these ad agencies tracking every bloody page I visit. I like the idea that has been suggested here where by I tell the ad agency what types of ads I want to see. Don't try to analyze me, no one knows what I want better than I do, and that way you don't have to try and stick tracking bulls**t everywhere in my browser.

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