Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th May 2009 07:50 UTC
Internet & Networking As we happened to be talking about advertisements on OSNews yesterday, and the use of Adblock, I stumbled upon a blog entry by Adblock Plus' developer, who is trying to improve Adblock in such a way that it is less harmful to webmasters. His suggestion is surely intriguing, but will it fly wth Adblock users?
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Advertising Opt-in
by Vlad on Wed 13th May 2009 08:17 UTC
Vlad
Member since:
2006-03-23

I can't speak for everyone, but I find my online experience to be MUCH more enjoyable without ads, which is why I use ABP. IMHO ABP should not deviate from its current incarnation.

There are a few sites which I subscribe to - subscriptions on these sites remove ads, and even though ABP takes care of these ads I choose to support them. Far easier than clicking banner ads.

What I don't understand about advertising is why there isn't a better user opt-in system. There are products that are generally interesting to me - such as those I use at my work, in my hobbys, etc. I would not only be OK with ads such as these (so long as they're displayed in a tasteful manner), but I might even appreciate them.

I don't understand why advertisers feel the need to force ads on us, often for products we are not/will never be interested in, and often use underhanded techniques to harvest user information. It's stupid, it's wasteful, and it's ineffective.

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RE: Advertising Opt-in
by Jon Dough on Wed 13th May 2009 08:56 in reply to "Advertising Opt-in"
Jon Dough Member since:
2005-11-30

I don't understand why advertisers feel the need to force ads on us, often for products we are not/will never be interested in, and often use underhanded techniques to harvest user information. It's stupid, it's wasteful, and it's ineffective.


Unfortunately, advertising (At least in the USA) is everywhere you look. The more there is, the more it fades into the background, and the more they have to SHOUT to be noticed.

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Advertising Opt-in
by rich97 on Wed 13th May 2009 09:26 in reply to "RE: Advertising Opt-in"
rich97 Member since:
2009-05-13

You think it's bad in the US or western countries you should try going to one of the far eastern cities.

I went to Tokyo not long ago, there was so much advertising it was actually tiring. In the most over populated city in the world compaines employ people with megaphones to attract customer attention. Tokyo is literally a real life version of a website covered from <html> to </html> in obnoxious banner ads.

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RE[2]: Advertising Opt-in
by Lennie on Wed 13th May 2009 17:16 in reply to "RE: Advertising Opt-in"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

The whole shouting business is just useless. I only read text-ads, sites with popups, etc. I just don't visit (again).

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