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OT: Interesting Adblock Issue


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I encountered an unusual situation while browsing this morning. Shortly after arriving at the website I selected, my screen was filled with a full-page message asking me to turn off Adblock. And there was no little "x" or "no thanks" to click on.... so, if you don't shut off Adblock, you can't read this article.

 

Really? How arrogant. :facepalm:

 

Anyone else ever experienced this?

 

 

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Anyone else ever experienced this?

 

 

Yes. Some sites have been doing it for quite a while, though generally they just ask you to enable adds. I can see their side. Advertising pays their bills, including hosting fees. Blocking their adds when using their content is like people asking us to play for free.

 

I use two browsers. IE for work and sites with limited advertising. Firefox with Add Block for sites that push it too far and flood you with advertising, or use invasive advertisements.

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Some sites have been doing it for quite a while, though generally they just ask you to enable adds.

 

I've seen little pop ups before that ask me to shut off Adblock, and I don't mind that if the information/article is worth it. But this is the first time a website completely covered the page with no other choice... eeesh.

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The local newspaper's web site started doing that. But if you go to their FB page and then click an article, it comes right up.

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I use two browsers. IE for work and sites with limited advertising. Firefox with Add Block for sites that push it too far and flood you with advertising, or use invasive advertisements.

Just FYI... Adblock can be enabled and disabled on a site-by-site basis. So no need to use 2 different browsers if you'd otherwise rather not.

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Adblock can be enabled and disabled on a site-by-site basis.

 

Yes, and I'll disable if a website I frequent asks nicely. :)

I work in the information security field, and one thing to keep in mind here is that ads have become a vector into your computer for malware. So this isn't just about annoying ads anymore. Do use the whitelisting capability of your ad blocking software, but use it conservatively and try to keep it to the larger, more reputable sites that have better control over the ad content they're serving.

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I work in the information security field, and one thing to keep in mind here is that ads have become a vector into your computer for malware. So this isn't just about annoying ads anymore.

 

Yeah, I read an online article about that this afternoon. And the website didn't demand that I disable Adblock.

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I can't find anything to successfully disable the latest round of annoying pop-ups. I mean the ones that ask you to "rate" their website or take a survey, not the ones you can disable within your browser.

 

Also slightly off-topic, if you read a newspaper site online and you get the popup that says "you have 1 of your 10 free monthly articles left," simply remove the cookie and put a block on cookies from that site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I can't fine anything to successfully disable the latest round of annoying pop-ups. I mean the ones that ask you to "rate" their website or take a survey, not the ones you can disable within your browser.

 

 

 

 

I was on one of the smaller music store websites this morning and in 5 minutes of browsing got 6 popups asking me to sign up for their newsletter. At that point I gave up and went to another site.

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"Really? How arrogant."

 

I'd hardly call it arrogant. Advertising is how the site makes money. They can't pay writers for the content if they don't have advertisers.

 

That said, I can't stand advertising, and I've used adblockers for years. I pay for content I really want, and if a site blocks ad blockers, I generally just leave.

 

Blocking cookies doesn't always work, but another workaround, if you're using safari, is to go into reader mode. It quite often let's you read the article minus some of the pictures.

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I was on one of the smaller music store websites this morning and in 5 minutes of browsing got 6 popups asking me to sign up for their newsletter. At that point I gave up and went to another site.

 

I have run into that, too. I fill out their form as follows:

 

idontcare@leavemealone.com

 

:)

 

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What the Mighty Ferguson said - that's a main reason I use AdBlock tape programs (Ghostery, etc.),, plus avoiding all the tracking cookies - frankly, I don't hate straight-up ads - you know, "you have to look at this for 3-5 sec before we go on to the site" - we been trained to deal with that approach for years from watching TV.

 

Its the creepy stalking type adds, and having them build databases on my browsing habits that I can't, and won't stand for.

 

OK, thx, I feel better now

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Advertising is how the site makes money. They can't pay writers for the content if they don't have advertisers.

 

I agree that websites have to generate income to pay bills, but from what I've heard, there are too many writers, graphic designers and photographers out there who are willing to work for almost nothing.

 

Last year, I applied online for a freelance job with a local start-up project... a magazine looking to fill various positions. When I spoke to the creative director on the phone, he asked if I would accept an ad in their magazine as payment for graphic design services. When I told him I needed money to put food on the table, he quoted some of the lowest hourly rates I've ever heard.

 

Too much competition with sub-par wages? Um, no thank you. :freak:

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People still use AdBlock, after how many years since they started serving up ads?

 

I thought everyone used uBlock, or some other ad blocker.

 

Live and learn, I guess.

 

And, here's my political commentary: obviously "content" providers want you to look at their ads. Nothing wrong with that.

 

Eventually they'll figure it out. I admire those brave entrepreneurs, and I'm sure they'll figure out it out. Not there yet, but they're learning, those plucky little millenials.

 

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In addition to avoiding tracking cookies, there is another big reason I like AdBlockPlus.

 

Invasive auto play videos and audios when you are trying to already listen to or watch something and then something blaring pops up and blasts out your ears (they make those ads loud).

 

Blog Talk Radio was a big one for doing that back when I was on there. I would be getting ready to announce a guest and all of a sudden someone in the chat room would say they could not hear us because some player was over-riding us with ads for casinos and such.

 

:(

 

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Also slightly off-topic, if you read a newspaper site online and you get the popup that says "you have 1 of your 10 free monthly articles left," simply remove the cookie and put a block on cookies from that site.

 

You, sir, are an American* hero. Thanks for the tip.

 

 

*Honorary

I'll second that. Good one - Thanks!

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

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An example of a site blocking content if you block their ads:

 

www.businessinsider.com

 

Edit to add: click a story - the home page displays fine.

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