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Thread: A Mini-Rant About Adblock

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    StickPage Cave Goblin Jeff's Avatar
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    I think whether or not it would make or break CJ is irrelevant. As a web designer and intense internet user I have come to have a certain policy with adblock that I think is reasonable. It might not suit everyone, because there are some people who think that blocking any ads is a dick move and conversely there are some people who think selfishly and block all ads for their convenience. I wont deny that I use adblock selfishly, simply because I want to make the experience of browsing the internet mine, however there are some exceptions.

    Mainly, the reason I block ads is because I consider them intrusive by default. Ad companies are never just satisfied with a banner, they have to find new ways to shove it in your face. My policy is that if it's a website I care about AND the ads are not intrusive, then I will happily unblock them. Reddit is a good example of this. I block ads on Youtube because of video pre-roll ads, if I could unblock them for certain channels I would. When I design websites I try to make them as part of the layout, because then they aren't intrusive. I hope others feel comfortable unblocking ads on something like Dojo because they're not in your face all the time, and they don't restrict access to content.

    Any time I visit a site that disables itself if I have adblock on, or asks me to like it on facebook before I can read it, or any other content-obstructing tactic, I just close it. It's not worth it to me if they're going to employ dirty tactics like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff View Post
    Mainly, the reason I block ads is because I consider them intrusive by default. Ad companies are never just satisfied with a banner, they have to find new ways to shove it in your face. My policy is that if it's a website I care about AND the ads are not intrusive, then I will happily unblock them. Reddit is a good example of this. I block ads on Youtube because of video pre-roll ads, if I could unblock them for certain channels I would. When I design websites I try to make them as part of the layout, because then they aren't intrusive. I hope others feel comfortable unblocking ads on something like Dojo because they're not in your face all the time, and they don't restrict access to content.

    Any time I visit a site that disables itself if I have adblock on, or asks me to like it on facebook before I can read it, or any other content-obstructing tactic, I just close it. It's not worth it to me if they're going to employ dirty tactics like that.
    Yeah, I agree 100% with this.

    I block ads on a matter of principle (as well as the obvious selfishness for my browsing experience).

    I dislike advertising as it is, just because I hate being subjected to other people telling me what to think. Banner ads I can deal with. Pop-ups, and obnoxious flash ads that pretend to be games aggravate me. But being forced to watch ads on youtube, or having popups that start talking over your music... that just makes me downright angry. I stopped watching television entirely because of my distaste for people attempting to brainwash me into buying their products, and I'll be damned if I'm going to let myself be subjected to the same shit on a highly configurable computer.

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    Also thought about this from time to time. I never used ad block though, so it doesn't bother me.

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