Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Aug 2010 14:02 UTC
Internet & Networking We're still in the slow news period, so let's talk about something we discussed before: blocking advertisements on websites. Up until, well, today, I didn't block ads - not because of some ethical objection or whatever, but simply because I couldn't be bothered to setup AdBlock. Today, after taking a closer look at some of the websites I frequent, I decided to take the plunge and install AdBlock on all my machines. The following set of screenshots should pretty much explain why.
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by saynte on Wed 18th Aug 2010 15:01 UTC
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I don't block anything, I consider it a fair trade, like broadcast ads: content for a pair of eyes in front of an advertisement.

I subconsciously block them out anyway. If things get really annoying with sound or ads that burn up CPU on my laptop, I may consider some other solution, but it hasn't been a problem for me yet.

An aside, I find the content on ArsTechnica is generally of quite high quality (not always, but nothing is perfect), and the actual ads on the page are pretty minimal, considering. Also, those big images that sometimes lead stories are pretty well composed, and often hilarious, I wouldn't want to trade them out.

In the end: I'd rather have a site with less optimal layout and excellent content than a site with a high content/space ratio where the content itself is of low quality.

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