Linked by David Adams on Tue 12th May 2009 16:43 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes As you may know, the global economic depression has hit the media hard, due in large part to the fact that ad rates are in the toilet. OSNews is in the same boat. Despite the fact that we still have good advertisers, our income from advertising this year will only be a fraction of what it was last year. We probably won't make enough to cover our costs. Other news sites, as they've seen revenue decrease, have responded with more, and more intrusive, advertising. We don' t want to do that. We feel we have a covenant with our readers. If you'll be respectful of our need to run ads, we'll be respectful of your need to read the site without having ads shoved down your throat. Please read on, for more discussion of our ad "covenant," and a plea for help, including a plea to all Adblock users to please unblock OSNews.
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How do I choose which ads to block
by risbac on Tue 12th May 2009 17:27 UTC
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I don't know if my example is a common one, but here is how I choose if I block ads or not on a website:

-I hate when ads are animated. It just catches your attention and distract you from reading the content. I prefer to look at the ads when I want, I don't need them to be screaming "heyyyy LOOOK AT MEEEEE". So no gif, no flash

-I want to save my laptop battery life. Flash ads are a pain in the where you know, it just uses tons of CPU for nothing (see previous point).

-I hate ads appearing in a layer above the content. As I said before, I can look at ads by myself when I want, no need to throw them in my face all the time.

So far OSNews is doing good when it comes to ads. However, would you change any of the previous "rules", i will be tempted to change my Adblock settings for sure. That's how I decide.

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Invincible Cow Member since:

It's the same for me. I used to view the ads on osnews. And then some of them started to become flash ads or blinking ads. As a result I blocked it.

If I get a promise there will never be flash ads or blinking ads I will unblock it.

Edit: I unblocked it to see what was there now, and there was actually an rather javascript-heavy ad. That's just totally unacceptable as well. There is no reason for such nonsense. The next ad was a scrolling flash ad. Result: blocked ads again.

Edited 2009-05-13 18:32 UTC

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