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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Adblock is not that bad for sites
by Dr-ROX on Wed 13th May 2009 15:49 UTC
Dr-ROX
Member since:
2006-01-03

Interesting idea, but IMHO nobody will use it fairly. In this case all webmasters will put those meta tags to their sites - all they want is to show ads. So every site will show that Adblock info screen and ask to exclude site from blocked ones.

Also what type of people use Adblock? Those who don't like ads. Ads must be clicked to make profit. Now if visitors don't like ads, they don't click on them. So no profit for ad companies. Adblock hides ads but those people who use it do not click on them whatsoever. So there's not that big loss for sites if someone uses Adblock. Those people probably don't like clicking ads anyway.

I'm using Adblock, it helps to concentrate and see content.

Edited 2009-05-13 15:50 UTC

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bibe Member since:
2005-07-09

I think it's overkill to click yes/no for every site u visit the first time, just too much trouble. Better make a global white list like a counter to adblocks EasyList that is on by default and can be overridden, maybe even a system to vote down/up some sites.

Edit: Maybe it's better to have more categories of white list's like:

uses flash/animated
no flash only animated
no animated ads(would be mine)
text ads only

The advertising could surely adapt to that.

Edited 2009-05-13 18:48 UTC

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