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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by Doc Pain on Thu 19th Aug 2010 03:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Ars Content"
Doc Pain
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I'd like to mention that you, Thom, were a bit fast with your blue color on the OSnews screenshot. :-)

http://www.osnews.com/img/23698/osnews_edit.png

In my opinion, the right side of the screen, titled "News", would deserve a green colour, or maybe green/blue striped. Allow me to explain: As there is no "Read More" that leads to more content extending the few lines short summary on the main page, the right side is the content (which gets enriched by the comments section when selected); maybe it's just secondary content (in opposite to primary content that you coloured green), but still, it's much more than navigational elements.

I furthermore may express that I agree with the amount of navigational content stupidly integrated with the main content. Where is this for? To substitute the browser's navigational functionalities which often are much better? For example, when publishing pictures, what's the deal of NOT just opening the picture (as if you typed the picture's address into the address bar directly)? Why does there have to be a stupid animation slowing everything down, taking exclusivity (blocking everything else), showing a "waiting time entertainment object" (jumping ball, spinning wheel, whatever), and then finally loading the picture in a sized-down version, preventing the "go back" functionality of the browser? Today's browsers do handle such basic navigational things much better than the built-in stuff in some web pages - and depending on the browser, customized keyboard or mouse actions are allowed.

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