Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Sep 2015 14:37 UTC
Internet & Networking

Let's talk ad-blocking.

With the arrival of iOS 9, ad-blocking is coming to mobile in a big way, and it's causing a lot of talk all over the web. It is highlighting the internal struggle some feel about the practice, but also the hypocrisy of some of its staunchest proponents. So far, it seems like the real 'bloodbath' isn't taking place where people thought it would be - namely, publishers - but among personalities.

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by leos on Sat 19th Sep 2015 16:11 UTC
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I don't run ad blockers on my machines, but I do install it for my parents who have slower internet. I will also install it on their iPad.

What I want for myself is an active adblocker. Ads are enabled by default, but it allows the user to select offensive/intrusive/abusive ads and both block them and tell the website what you've done.

So for example, you visit a site, and it pops up a delayed ad that covers the full screen designed to get you to click it by accident. You select the ad and choose from a list of options, like "Block ads on this website for a day/week/month" and also how you would like to communicate to the website owners. Then a message get's sent to the website's contact info with the details of the ad that you blocked and a message like "I would like to support your website but with this ad <detail> you have forced me to block ads on your website for the next month. Please remove abusive ads on your website and the ad blocker will unblock your site".

Something to enable active feedback to websites when they abuse advertising, but still let normal ads through.

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