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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Death to badvertising
by ClockworkZombie on Tue 22nd Sep 2015 05:25 UTC
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I recently switched on a few script and ad blockers. I was searching for a way to fit a battery to my electric toothbrush as it is soldered in.

While reading my solution I started getting junk mail wanting me to become an oral b product tester. I deleted all cookies reset the browser and deleted all the caches I could find.

This has helped a lot sites that I want to support I allow adverts but still stop trackers and analytics. The verge in particular now loads in an acceptable time with images. On bad days images did not load at home or work.

The deck has a new privacy policy, gee wonder why that happened.
Want to guess how many dollars Gruber has lost this week? this copy paste is from his site.

The Deck’s new privacy policy is clear:

As a network we have never issued cookies or tracked readers in any way. The only data we collect is gross impressions: the total number of times an ad has been served during a month. We have never known, or have had any way to know, who was served what ad. Basically, aside from our surveys, all we know is what we can learn from our server logs.

We have never allowed third-party ad serving via iFrames or Javascript. In years past however, we did allow for simple “standard” third-party ad serving. We discontinued that policy in 2014. As that technology became increasingly sophisticated, we felt we could not adequately police those situations. Nor do we have any desire to do so.

On rare occasions, we have allowed specific advertisers to use a simple 1×1 tracking pixel for limited periods of time. Given the current environment, we’re not going to be doing that any more. We have never allowed the injection of scripts, page takeovers, interstitial splash pages or any of the other tomfoolery that so frustrates readers.

and his comment about this policy.

It sounds odd to say that a privacy policy makes for a good read, but this one does. I highly encourage you to read it. This is why I’m proud to serve ads from The Deck here on Daring Fireball.

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