Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jul 2015 22:39 UTC
Internet & Networking

Did you know that The Verge delivers you to around 20 companies for advertising & tracking purposes? I didn't. That might foul up your web experience a little bit. Maybe we should try something different.

The Verge obviously isn't alone in this. There's a reason I use an ad blocker.

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eantoranz
Member since:
2005-12-18

Hey, Thom!

I don't want to make a moral judgement.... You are the administrator of OSNews? Like you get to decide the format and the content (at least the editorial content) of the web site and all? Ok... then, talk to us a little bit about the rationale of using an ad blocker yet having ads inserted in OSNews? I insist, it's not that I'm making a moral judgement.... would only like to hear you develop the topic for us.

Cheers!

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Ok... then, talk to us a little bit about the rationale of using an ad blocker yet having ads inserted in OSNews?


Simple.

There's a difference between the relatively small amount of light ads we have, and the insane amount of heavy ads and trackers many, many other sites have.

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

"Ok... then, talk to us a little bit about the rationale of using an ad blocker yet having ads inserted in OSNews?


Simple.

There's a difference between the relatively small amount of light ads we have, and the insane amount of heavy ads and trackers many, many other sites have.
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An adblocker blocks ads indiscriminately by default. You can't have it both ways.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

There's a difference between the relatively small amount of light ads we have, and the insane amount of heavy ads and trackers many, many other sites have.

Really? Because the ad providers you use are still tracking me. Ghostery caught 7. 7 or 20, it's still an invasion of my privacy.

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JLF65 Member since:
2005-07-06

The difference is clear - enable ads on OSNews (I have) and look at an average page. Now try the same on The Verge... I TRIED but couldn't even get to the article after a full ten minutes of trying. Discrete and reasonable ads are acceptable. The Verge is NOT discrete nor reasonable - it's in-your-face advertising with an article hidden... somewhere.

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

It is not the Ad's I'm really worried about. It is the tracking sites that give me the shivers.
After all, the ads on a site like The Verge are aimed at people in the US and (thankfully) not the rest of the world. Even so that site is virtually unusable.

That aside, the trackers are the hidden evil (IMHO).

As a registered gumpy old fart, I hate all forms of advertising especially the sort that starts 'we thought you might be interested in' and age related [redacted].

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