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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Ad advocating ad blocker
by leos on Sat 19th Sep 2015 16:11 UTC
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I don't run ad blockers on my machines, but I do install it for my parents who have slower internet. I will also install it on their iPad.

What I want for myself is an active adblocker. Ads are enabled by default, but it allows the user to select offensive/intrusive/abusive ads and both block them and tell the website what you've done.

So for example, you visit a site, and it pops up a delayed ad that covers the full screen designed to get you to click it by accident. You select the ad and choose from a list of options, like "Block ads on this website for a day/week/month" and also how you would like to communicate to the website owners. Then a message get's sent to the website's contact info with the details of the ad that you blocked and a message like "I would like to support your website but with this ad <detail> you have forced me to block ads on your website for the next month. Please remove abusive ads on your website and the ad blocker will unblock your site".

Something to enable active feedback to websites when they abuse advertising, but still let normal ads through.

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RE: Ad advocating ad blocker
by darknexus on Sat 19th Sep 2015 16:29 in reply to "Ad advocating ad blocker"
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Something to enable active feedback to websites when they abuse advertising, but still let normal ads through.

I think you're on to something here. Of course, if it ever gets created, we'll have to have standards for communicating with the site and blocker. Certain companies, of course, will invent their own standard just to be contrary, requiring the implimentation of at least two standards for it and thus resulting in no one bothering.

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RE: Ad advocating ad blocker
by shotsman on Sat 19th Sep 2015 16:36 in reply to "Ad advocating ad blocker"
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The other thing is the nested links to links to ads to tracking sites. One site I visited (just the once) linked to more than 40 other sites.
The average person has no idea what they do or why they are used.
I did some digging into some of them. There were 12 tracking sites. Really? Wouldn't just the one do the job

If sites were to come clean and have somewhere in their site that explained what sites the relied upon for revenue and that those links would just the 1 level deep, then I might be more interested in unblocking them.

Then there is another site that used to work perfectly well with googleapis blocked. Not you get a blank screen until you unblock it. Then only half works. You have to unblock some more google sites etc etc.
In general I don't use google directly for anything well because of their tracking.
The more sites that do this the less I will use them.

A sign of the times really. Stop the world I wanna get off.

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