Do you block ads on the web?


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Sillothian
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I was just wondering what your thoughts are on blocking ads.

I've been doing it as a matter of course for years as flash ads caused my old laptop to grind to a halt. Over the weekend I've been some new browsers a run out as I fancied a change from Firefox.

I didn't bother with any ad blocking and found that the ads on most sites actually weren't that intrusive. There was a good article on Ars Technica on why ad blocking has a negative effect on the sites you visit and it got me thinking that I was taking the piss by blocking ads on every site I visit. So I've decided to switch the ads back on and let the website owners revel in all that extra ad generated cash ;-)

As for the new browser I went with Chrome. It feels faster browsing than Firefox and I like the minimal interface. Opera I love on my mobile, but on my desktop it didn't seem to be as nippy as Chrome. Also I could do without that Unite business trying to get through my firewall (I know it easy to turn it off but to me it is an exploit waiting to happen). Safari is just too much like itunes which I have tolerate to use my ipod.
#1 at 22:04:59 - 28/03/2010
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I block ads, and I totally get that is denying sites potential cash.

But there's no user agreement as to how the site must be viewed. Just like a site can't demand that you have a Flash player installed just because they happen to have Flash ads.

I liken it to fast-forwarding through ads when you're watching television: you aren't obliged to view them (granted, that example is slightly different as a TV advertiser has no idea whether or not you saw the ad).

I've been to some sites which do try to force a user agreement. You can't use the site if you block ads. And that's fair enough. It seems I may soon end up having to unblock ads on Youtube if I want to keep being able to watch videos without problems.

Of course, the right thing to do would be to have all ads allowed and progressively build up a blacklist as you come across annoying ones. But that's too much hassle compared to the "block-em-all" strategy. Perhaps a good solution would be for a new filter subscription that only blocks the worst ads - like, let the entire community work it out.
#2 at 22:48:19 - 28/03/2010
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To be honest I don't even know why I bother with ads on here.

The google ad sense banners you see down the right hand side, they've generated 9.61 in three months.

Awesomes.
#3 at 22:50:38 - 28/03/2010
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Can I install something to block Rich's moaning? :)
#4 at 00:13:20 - 29/03/2010
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No, I only block any and all flash content. :)
I still see all non-flash ads.
#5 at 10:46:34 - 29/03/2010
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Same as Sy, I make a point of blocking Flash content which means all I ever see is that annoying Flash play button. Mind you, compared to some of the flash content on the web, that play button's not all bad.
#6 at 10:47:24 - 29/03/2010
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Why are there moving ads anyway? They annoy more than they make curious me about whatever they have to offer.
#7 at 12:11:02 - 30/03/2010
Sillothian
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Interesting article on cnet about how even the big sites deliver malware in their ads.

Think I'll be going back to Firefox with AdBlockPlus. It just isn't worth the risk to not block ads.
#8 at 13:39:05 - 30/03/2010
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I block most sites with some exceptions such as this site as well as a few other sites I use so regularly that I'd feel kind of bad if I did block them.
#9 at 13:50:02 - 30/03/2010
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Heh. Google's ads on the right - there was one for 'All About Yorkshire'.

They're onto you Hairy.
#10 at 20:43:12 - 30/03/2010
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I don't block them, but only because ad-blockers tend to have a worse impact than the ads themselves
#11 at 22:46:40 - 30/03/2010
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At work I don't have a lot of choice - flashing banners aren't exactly subtle :D
#12 at 11:29:31 - 01/04/2010
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Quick question which isn't entirely related to this thread but I didn't want to create another one and looking through old threads didn't get me very far either.

Anyway, I was just wondering where and how you find out where a website was registered? There's a club website where I am active. The guy doing the website left and didn't give us the passwords nor did he tell us where the site is registered. Is there any way of tracing which hosting company is responsible so that we can give them a call to get access?
#13 at 12:53:38 - 02/04/2010
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#14 at 13:00:02 - 02/04/2010
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ta very much NY :)
#15 at 13:06:46 - 02/04/2010

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