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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I turned AdBlock off some months ago
by Neolander on Wed 18th Aug 2010 22:49 UTC
Neolander
Member since:
2010-03-08

For me it's the contrary. I used to run AdBlock since I knew about it (I think it was in firefox 1.5's days), but some months ago I decided to stop running it.

Why ? Because...
1/Using AdBlock is stealing money from the website's income.
2/It can (rarely) accidentally block legit content or damage a page's visual structure.
3/When I use AdBlock, I have a false opinion of websites which use ad. I only judging them by their content, not by things like the kind of ads which they allow. Now, if a website is so full of ads that it is unreadable, I just leave it. Much better this way.

Edited 2010-08-18 22:50 UTC

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marcus0263 Member since:
2007-06-02

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Why ? Because...
1/Using AdBlock is stealing money from the website's income.


I get so bloody tired of this "it's stealing", what a bunch of horse crap. Same logic could be applied to ads ares "stealing" my bandwidth that "I" pay for.

2/It can (rarely) accidentally block legit content or damage a page's visual structure.


Not if one uses a decent adblocker and isn't too aggressive. The only real hammer I use personally is use my host file to block domains like doubleclick, the malware it's pushed is way too overboard.

3/When I use AdBlock, I have a false opinion of websites which use ad. I only judging them by their content, not by things like the kind of ads which they allow. Now, if a website is so full of ads that it is unreadable, I just leave it. Much better this way.


The obsessive use of ads on most websites today is the reason why adblock is so popular. Just like most mainstream magazines and broadcast media renders their content useless with the shear amount of extreme ads they saturate their content with. They went overboard and adblocking is the result of their greed.

I run a site and I have zero ads other than a couple of causes I champion. But it's small, unobtrusive, unlike in your face flash garbage.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

The obsessive use of ads on most websites today is the reason why adblock is so popular. Just like most mainstream magazines and broadcast media renders their content useless with the shear amount of extreme ads they saturate their content with. They went overboard and adblocking is the result of their greed.

I run a site and I have zero ads other than a couple of causes I champion. But it's small, unobtrusive, unlike in your face flash garbage.

Well, if some media are so greedy that they don't care about they customers, they just deserve one less user in my opinion.

This is one of the reasons why I almost never listen to the radio or watch TV. Though the "mute" button of the TV was a great invention in that regard.

About magazines and newspapers, those I read have again a reasonable amount of ads...

If everyone considered things this way, it would like as a mean of natural selection : only those who have a reasonable ad policy would survive.

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Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

Oh please, every other week now some site I go to decides to add more crap like intelitext or some massive box that is impossible to close as the close button scrolls with the page and is visible for such a short amount that a Quake twitcher hooped up on enough caffeine to kill an entire herd of moose couldn't click it.

It's better to use a scorched earth policy to the ads and judge them by actual content and community. If the greedy site owners want to get butthurt about adblock they are welcome to block adblock users in return if we really are leeching them of sooo much money.

It would have never become a problem if they had any sense about it they wouldn't have gotten the ire of anyone that has figured out hoe to google "advertisement blocking", what makes them think anyone on say HardOCP would care about an ad for Tide on a motherboard review page? Fun fact, this is what you actually get there.

If they want something less stupid they could use the IP address and the page content to find the product or equivalent competing products and their prices from shops that ship to the country that your IP is allocated to.

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