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Adblock Plus to allow "non-intrusive" ads by default

By Matthew · 31 replies
Dec 13, 2011
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  1. The popular browser extension Adblock Plus has angered some Webgoers after deciding to stop blocking certain advertisements by default. With previous builds, the add-on would block any ads that it…

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,044   +794

    For techspot, yeah, I think the odd ad showing up won't kill me :)
  3. I'm not using an Ad Blocker however if sites are too painful I just don't use them as there are alternatives.
  4. Everything sells out eventually, and it looks like adblock plus just did in quite a big way... It will simply turn into a "pay us to let your ads through (by default)" money machine. RIP adblock plus.

    Anyway, something better will come along soon enough which will still block all ads indiscriminately and the cycle begins again...
  5. As someone who runs websites, I can see both sides. I'd be ok with allowing ads that are TRULY non-intrusive, meaning don't insert an ad in between every other paragraph while I'm reading! Keep them to the sidebars and keep them visually toned-down.

    The problem is, if only a few sites violate this and insert ads in the text content, then I'm going to respond by blocking all ads by default. So sites that "behave" still will lose.

    The only thing that might be nice is if AdBlock makes a code snippet for website operators to insert with their ads that displays, in place of ads, an option for adblock users to unblock ads for just that site if they want to support it.

    ABP could even scan your recent browsing history when it installs, and ask you to select any sites you'd like to support and leave ads on for just those sites.

    At the end of the day, no matter what anybody says, technology puts the user in control. Yes, technology can be used to restrict people as well, but as history has shown, it's only a short time before users circumvent restrictive technology.

    So advertisers and publishers should take this to heart: don't frustrate and alienate your viewers or they'll punish you hard. Instead, find ways to make them happy and they will reward you and be loyal for life, and they'll help you to the top where you'll beat all the shady advertisers.
  6. Acid

    Acid TS Rookie

    You're overreacting. The setting that allows these adverts to be displayed can easily be changed so as to return full ad-blocking functionality to Ad-Block.
  7. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    I for one don't mind viewing non-intrusive ads if it helps a site which I like, it's only the ones which play really loud sounds and hover all over the place which are annoying.

    All these people whinging don't really have a clue about business or the effort it takes into running a free website.
  8. No, the default of blocking all ads has been changed to allowing certain ads, it's a sign of a new direction, i.e. not blocking all ads, which is what it was designed to do from day one, but instead allowing select ads.

    So don't use adblock... :rolleyes:
    Which can be disabled by script blocking anyway... also if the site you like uses only annoying animated ads with audio what then?

    That's an assumption and generalisation on your part.

    At the end of the day a program that blocks ads should block ads, it should not pick and choose what to block for you unless you override a hidden option. Yes a setting can be changed to disable this... but I find it hard to agree with any of the reasoning behind this absurd move - if people supposedly cannot be trusted to bother to enable the option to allow these "non-intrusive" ads, then those same people won't bother to disable it either - which is obviously what this is all about - adding this function in by default relying on user apathy to leave it enabled in the majority of cases.

    Adblock users are already in a small minority, noscript users smaller still, because most people simply haven't a clue about these add ons, can't be bothered to learn to configure them or are using a different browser anyway. So once again, if someone installs adblock, it's obviously because they want to block ads....
  9. Adblock Plus (change setting so it works just like it used to in 2 seconds and also whitelist all good websites)
    Adblock (Chrome only - whitelist all good websites)
    Better Privacy

  10. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    +1 lol.
  11. BlackIrish

    BlackIrish TS Rookie Posts: 79

    I use Opera for years without any kind of adblocking. The web looks fine IMO
  12. adblock plus was made mainly for porn and video sites.
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    If you change your mind you can get a custom urlfilter.ini to block ads.
  14. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,029   +197

    Well websites should just be happy people visit them at all. I got ad block plus for yahoo because some of its adds are very intrusive. But all it does is turn yahoo into a wall of text I have to disable it to browse yahoo normally.What I cannot stand is the scroll over text pop up ads. Idk if they are still on techspot or if I got rid of em but yeah. I auto tune out the side ads, unless there a crazy sexy lady.
  15. I don't use ad blockers at all because I think they're important for the site's revenue. However I do HATE a lot of flash ads that have sounds.
  16. Mudvayne819

    Mudvayne819 TS Enthusiast Posts: 42

    I always used this addon, its the best addon firefox have to offer and i hope nothing change about this program, i pay for my internet and i have a set amount of bandwith i can use, this advertisment, adds, pubs, w/e u call it use that bandwith, that bandwith is my property and i dont want em to advertise on it. they have no rights to tell me i cant block what i want.
  17. PC EliTiST

    PC EliTiST TS Enthusiast Posts: 50   +6

    The only program I stopped updating is uTorrent ( vesrion 2.2.1 ).

    Now, that's seemingly at least, ABP would be the second ( version 1.3.10 ).
  18. I mainly use adblock to disable the annoying youtube ads. I don't mind ads to the side of the web page, but I don't want to wait 15-30 seconds everytime I want to watch a video.
  19. HAHAHAHA... get adblock for free! because its sponsered by ads! great failure..............
  20. "Are you willing to let "non-intrusive" ads slip through?"

  21. baroquer

    baroquer TS Rookie

    I'm happy with NoScript.
  22. Chazz

    Chazz TS Evangelist Posts: 679   +74

    Since you guys asked kinda nicely, I'll let techspot show some ads.
  23. Night Hacker

    Night Hacker TS Enthusiast Posts: 125   +20

    This sounds reasonable. I don't mind ads, I just can't stand the ones with sounds, noise, or that load up a new webpage or browser window without my permission. This was the reason I got it in the first place so this option sounds good to me. I'll leave it as is and allow non-intrusive ads. Maybe some websites will learn to respect the people that visit their sites.
  24. How about an ad blocker that, to websites, behaved like a clueless user who liked ads, but hid all that from me, and didn't waste my bandwidth, or download malware, while doing that?
  25. I ditched it, now using only ghostery and noscript - still not seeing any ads now except the very occasional "non-intrusive" banner ad...

    So script blocking is still the best approach to dealing with ads.

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