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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Keep the ads within reason
by kuhlbeans on Wed 18th Aug 2010 15:27 UTC
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2009-03-09

I'm sure this sort of analysis has been done before, but is worth repeating. Although the Ars and Engadget intro images are definitely too large, I do enjoy images thrown into stories. As I've found in my own design excursions, my minimalist text-based tendencies just get a bit boring. For example, I think the intro images on jubakpicks.com definitely add something.

Personally, I use flashblock because of flash being annoying, but I let other ads go because, like others have said, it is a way of supporting the sites I use. As long as a site keeps the ads tasteful I'm okay with it, and in general I browse very professional sites so it isn't a problem. What I would like disabled are those stupid tooltip ads because they often pop up not when I intentionally hover over them but when my mouse is simply passing over on the way to something else.

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