Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Aug 2010 14:02 UTC
Internet & Networking We're still in the slow news period, so let's talk about something we discussed before: blocking advertisements on websites. Up until, well, today, I didn't block ads - not because of some ethical objection or whatever, but simply because I couldn't be bothered to setup AdBlock. Today, after taking a closer look at some of the websites I frequent, I decided to take the plunge and install AdBlock on all my machines. The following set of screenshots should pretty much explain why.
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Listen, paywalls are NOT the answer. Like it or not, ad based revenue bringing you the content you want is the best arrangement anyone has thought up yet. You do NOT get to filter out the advertising you feel like ignoring when it is that website's only means of generating income. It's theft, plain and simple. If you use adblock/script block you are a no good, filthy, scummy thief. Don't dance around it, call it what it is.

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Gullible Jones Member since:

Seeing as many ads work on a pay-per-click basis, wouldn't I have to click on all of them to really avoid being a sociopathic thief?

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Zifre Member since:

I'm just going to ignore your rant about viewing ads, since that was already cleared up by righard and Gullible Jones.

There is no sense of personal integrity, no sense of responsibility, no sense of community in the majority of the under 30 crowd. Sad.

I am so sick of hearing this. Every generation for the past 100 years or more has been complaining about those young whipper-snappers, how they are so entitled, so ungrateful, etc. Yet if anything, the general population has become more educated and responsible over time. I guess it's human nature to think that your generation is somehow better than the generations younger than you, but that doesn't mean that it's true.

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righard Member since:

Feeding the troll...

first of all: As the dictionary defines stealing: To take (the property of another) without right or permission.
If I go to some site and read it without downloading there virus ridden ads, I do not take that text, the text is still there when I leave so I haven't stolen anything.

Secondly, Most times I use Links as a browser, it does not display images, Am I a filthy scummy thief for using a different browser?

Thirdly; I once got a can promotional soda when walking in a city, I drank it but didn't really look at the can, or any of their advertisements (It could've been poison ;) . Did I steal that can? Are you calling the police? ... I bit cliche but never mind that; Am I stealing when going to the toilet during commercial breaks?

Lastly; As already noted here, most ads a payed by click, must I click all the ads to not be labeled a thief? And if not,... Must I read and look at all the ads because if not why not just block them.

Many sites run on the income made of advertisement, jolly good for them. This system is however not full proof, I can get the content without downloading those ads and there is not a law that can stop me doing so. It's fully legal, and if the content providers don't like that they should have found another business-model.

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