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[–] Moonbat 1 points 148 points (+149|-1) ago  (edited ago)

What's most typical is for the content to be blocked if an ad-blocker is detected. I have utterly no problem with this whatsoever. They don't owe me any free journalism. At that point I can either choose to disable the ad blocker, pay up, or leave. I invariably leave.

I think this is heading to a place where the best sites can depend on direct payment to survive, and the ones who can't, die. Because I don't tolerate ads, ever. If it's good enough I'll pay, but I don't do ads. They're not just annoying; they're an affront to my intelligence, a parasite on my bandwidth, and I despise them all.

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[–] gattaca 2 points 15 points (+17|-2) ago  (edited ago)

As head honcho of an isp that carries 1/3 of the traffic of a G20 country, I'm a litle more subtle but still quite passive aggressive with sites that do this. If i catch them they usually find their site loads slow, many packets just disappear. Its amazing how I can steer viewership of a website just by randomly dropping packets to that site.

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[–] TheTrigger 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I usually use an element selection tool and quickly by-pass their site restrictions, just to pat myself on the back. Then I proceed to never use that shit again; if for no other reason than to reinforce that I chose not to use the site, not that they somehow managed to stop me from doing it.

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[–] ScientistSupreme 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I've only encountered this on a few news sites i come across through links. I don't regret hitting the back button. And Hulu? No thanks.

 

on the rare occasion i find a website i actually enjoy and they keep their ad's to a minimum i don't mind adding them to my whitelist.

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[–] 123_456 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

Usually sites that block me because of AdBlocker, I never visit their site again. I just won't bother. Their frivolous product isn't such a great deal important to me that I'm willing to waste time on a video advert, or trying to get around their system. If the site is welcoming, and they don't have more than three plain adverts on a page, then I exclude them from my ad blocking list, and visit them again later.

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[–] selpai 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This is the appropriate response. I'll probably steal your last few sentences in the future. I hope you take it as a compliment.

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[–] Vailx 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

At that point I can either choose to disable the ad blocker, pay up, or leave.

A better option is to either retrieve the content via "view source", edit the CSS in browser, or simply use a "remove it permanently" option to flag the popscreen itself as an ad. Then you can view the content normally.

I think some of the adblock options are good at hiding their presence as well- soon enough there will be better options to spoof them locally. Right now adblockers offer two important features, the primary being blocking ads that would otherwise hurt you, and the second being the lesser value of saving you the bandwidth of downloading their malware crap in the first place. A spoof mode could still download the stuff, but just toss it instead of ever displaying it, etc.

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[–] mispelledsomething 0 points 75 points (+75|-0) ago 

Please disable your adblocker to view this content.

Meh, guess I won't view this content.

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[–] Vailx 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

Right click, view source.

Look at it this way- if you searched for a recipe for tilapia, google would find that shit for you. But if the first million pages are all ad infested shit holes, then these things have destroyed your ability to find a fucking recipe. Whether you press back or not, you still had to trash your time when you should not have had to do that.

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[–] 123_456 1 points 18 points (+19|-1) ago 

This is a biggie for me. I installed AdBlock because reddit, of all places, gave me a virus through their hosted advert. I complained. Nobody listened, so I AdBlocked reddit. And NoScript is great for blocking viruses. Fucking shady ass websites redirecting me to God knows where. It's saved me so many times. Ever since AdBlock and Noscript, I've only got one virus over more than a year. Before it used to be a lot more. I used to think an antivirus program was good enough. It's not. You need all three.

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[–] ButcherOfBlaviken 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

how is that even possible? the only ads they have are promoted links, and static images

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[–] Teeder 0 points 46 points (+46|-0) ago 

It's like getting kicked in the nuts, wearing a steel cup, getting kicked again and them trying to make us feel bad for their sore foot.

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[–] wesmoc 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

Yep, they get more aggressive with the ads in an attempt to get click through numbers, it ticks off the site users, the site users install ad blockers to quell the noise, it ticks off the site owners, the site owners get more aggressive with the ads, and so on. Eventually the users win by going elsewhere and the site owners moan about lack of visitors.

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[–] thrus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Problem is the second time I will be laughing to hard to feel bad. they may try to go after the maker of the steel cup but I will still be laughing every time I see the cast on their foot and hoping the court steps on the toes sticking out of it.

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[–] Journey 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

That's a rule for me, that pop-up and lists where you have to click through to new pages to progress the list.

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[–] ninjai 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Hell, sometimes I go to a website and they just pop-up one of those "join our mailing list!" things and I immediately leave because it's in the way and I don't really care that much about their content.

I've already done this about 4 times on voat today.

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[–] Zidota 1 points 19 points (+20|-1) ago 

The had better not if they know what's good for 'em.

I'll just not use their site, they will lose traffic, and eventually become pointless.

I don't want advertising in my face, period. I'm not buying shit.

I buy what I want, when I want. Not what some ad tells me to buy.

I'm fed up with advertising.

You block me from using your site because I ad-block and I'm just going to block your site instead.

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[–] Moonbat 2 points 3 points (+5|-2) ago 

Ummm .... to which I think they would say ... why do we care if you block us, if we're not getting any money from you anyway?

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[–] SendingLove 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Selling ad space is how most websites make money. Less page views means the website is less attractive to an advertiser since their ad is less likely to be viewed/clicked.

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[–] MedicalMountainGoat 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago 

Because I might tell someone else who doesn't use a popup blocker therefore giving you business? And that person might tell someone else.

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[–] thrus 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Simple fact is that many of us that guide our friends and family in tech items/software like adblockers tend to also guide them in other areas, us mentioning how bad a site is about adds compared to competitor XYZ tend to encourage the other look at the competitor to see what we are talking about. Will we stop them directly no, but we will point at others or actively discourage some specific ones when we are asked for advice based on their actions with us. Word of mouth is not as strong a deterrent to website, but it is a form of good marketing that is not profitable to buy from most and far Far FAR better then a popup add in sales when presented to someone. I worked at a company that made signs for other companies, and word of mouth brought us more customers then signs or any other form of adds did, admittedly this was a brick and mortar store but when the company you are buying your sign from relies on word of mouth over a sign it says something for how strong that form of advertising can be.

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[–] Vailx 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

They are still winning if you had to click to their bullshit website to begin with. You can still view their content without their ads, and that will become technically easier with time.

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[–] thrus 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It is easier to argue with the layman that the flashy thing blocking their view is bad then to ask them to look into what is happening in the background. Sadly most people just don't care enough to bother researching the ads on a site but know what directly annoys them.

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[–] SenorOcho 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yep. Seems to be universal when some site is bitching about adblockers, I'll give noscript a glance and see a list of blocked addresses that goes off the bottom of my screen.

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[–] ANGRY_Hippopotamus 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago  (edited ago)

When are these people going to learn that is not the ad but the intrusion

Static ads in the page, fine

Animated ads, you're stating tyo annoy me

Frantically jumping red ads, you're really annoying me

Animated ads overlaid on top of the content... Stick your content up your..

That's why I use ad blockers and will keep using the best I can whlist the rat race continues.

By sheer coincidence I'm here at voat because I just closed a site for pulling that overlaid ad bullshit.

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