There have been some heated arguments in the last week regarding ad blocking. I wanted to bring is up so we can have a central place to gather your feedback and make it more specific to TechSpot and your experience as readers. First, a disclaimer: Although TechSpot is directly affected by ad blocking our editors covering these stories have no connection with the site's monetization or sales. We don't have any staff dedicated to ad sales but rely on partnerships and agencies to make this happen. We cover news about ad blocking as they are part of a bigger picture: Advertising is the business model that supports the wide majority of websites today. Here is TechSpot's official stance on ad blocking: 1) We don't encourage to ad block all websites indiscriminately. Not all sites are equal and not all sites use annoying ad formats. Ultimately this is how we pay our staff and cover our expenses. 2) For the most part, we don't use intrusive ad formats. We try to keep it relatively light and clean, from how we design TechSpot to where ads are positioned. Exceptions arise usually during the holiday season when we allow the odd large campaign that needs more exposure. 3) We kindly ask our readers to whitelist us. 4) To further encourage this, we show less ads to logged in users. Are you registered member of TechSpot? Great! This is how we show you a bit of our appreciation. 5) We use "async" ad technology meaning ads are loaded last, content goes up first and there is no delay in page load. 6) Ad serving technology keeps evolving and it is out of our hands how fast we can get a better way to filter unwanted campaigns. We do strict control on who we partner with and what ads are allowed on TechSpot but we don't have absolute control. 7) For users that find ads annoying or intrusive no matter what. We may consider offering an ad-free version of TechSpot in the near future in exchange for a small fee. We asked the question two years ago, and it seemed to get a decent response from readers. But instead of looking at this commercially, we decided to sit and wait to see how ads evolved (they haven't evolved much) and focus our efforts on content where 90% of our efforts go.