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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Why ? Because...
1/Using AdBlock is stealing money from the website's income.

I get so bloody tired of this "it's stealing", what a bunch of horse crap. Same logic could be applied to ads ares "stealing" my bandwidth that "I" pay for.

2/It can (rarely) accidentally block legit content or damage a page's visual structure.

Not if one uses a decent adblocker and isn't too aggressive. The only real hammer I use personally is use my host file to block domains like doubleclick, the malware it's pushed is way too overboard.

3/When I use AdBlock, I have a false opinion of websites which use ad. I only judging them by their content, not by things like the kind of ads which they allow. Now, if a website is so full of ads that it is unreadable, I just leave it. Much better this way.

The obsessive use of ads on most websites today is the reason why adblock is so popular. Just like most mainstream magazines and broadcast media renders their content useless with the shear amount of extreme ads they saturate their content with. They went overboard and adblocking is the result of their greed.

I run a site and I have zero ads other than a couple of causes I champion. But it's small, unobtrusive, unlike in your face flash garbage.

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