Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Sep 2015 14:37 UTC
Internet & Networking

Let's talk ad-blocking.

With the arrival of iOS 9, ad-blocking is coming to mobile in a big way, and it's causing a lot of talk all over the web. It is highlighting the internal struggle some feel about the practice, but also the hypocrisy of some of its staunchest proponents. So far, it seems like the real 'bloodbath' isn't taking place where people thought it would be - namely, publishers - but among personalities.

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Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Sat 19th Sep 2015 15:48 UTC
Luminair
Member since:
2007-03-30

> better ads are not a way to combat ad-blocking

THOM: If there were better ads that didn't fuck up my browsing experience, I wouldn't have gone out of my to find an ad blocker. Every time I install a new browser I just browse the web like normal. Then I get frustrated and need to install an ad blocker. AGAIN.

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RE: Comment by Luminair
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 19th Sep 2015 15:52 in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

> better ads are not a way to combat ad-blocking

THOM: If there were better ads that didn't f--k up my browsing experience, I wouldn't have gone out of my to find an ad blocker. Every time I install a new browser I just browse the web like normal. Then I get frustrated and need to install an ad blocker. AGAIN.


OSNews has moderate ads. We do our part.

Yet you still install ad blockers.

Because far too many others don't do their part.

My point, made.

Edited 2015-09-19 15:53 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Sat 19th Sep 2015 16:03 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

For one individual website it may not work. You got me there. But for the industry as a whole it could. I GOT YOU THERE THOM

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It's Not the Ads, It's theTracking!
by curio on Sun 20th Sep 2015 04:50 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
curio Member since:
2010-05-03

"OSNews has moderate ads. We do our part.

Yet you still install ad blockers."

News-flash Thom! I haven't used an ad blocker on this site in a very long time. I still haven't seen a single ad.
Guess why?
That's right! Because OsNews doesn't serve a single ad that doesn't require that readers, fool enough to disable their tracking blockers, allow their privacy to be raped as well, as they're reading/seeing those ads.

You can lose the whole "us poor-ole little guy sites will be hurt" mantra as well.
The very moment you decided to hitch your wagon to all those filthy keyhole peeping, perverted trackers/stalkers for your entire income, you became an extension/franchisee of Google and the rest of those privacy invading tracker scum. You're now part of the beast.

You and Gruber can share a nice tall glass of hypocrisy among yourselves then.

Here's a hint/test for you reformed hypocrite wanna-bees going forth.

Duck Duck Go is gaining market share every day. They're not complaining about ad blockers. Why?
Well their claim to fame/come-on is

"WE DON"T TRACK YOU!", and I don't block their ads.

Find an ethical way to serve ads without raping your reader's privacy and we just might see a few of those ads.
That'll be OsNews doing your part!

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by bassbeast on Tue 22nd Sep 2015 08:31 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
bassbeast Member since:
2007-11-11

Do you follow ABP best practices, thus getting this website listed on its whitelist? If not sorry, it doesn't matter how "moderate" that YOU think those ads are, they are still a risk.

If you read the ABP requirements? It is practically a "how to" on showing ads while being malware free, and I'm sorry but my PC and data are too valuable to just take anybody's word for it that their ads are safe, I want some proof they are following best practices and the ABP whitelist provides that.

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