Adblock Plus and (a little) more

A World of Endless Advertisements · 2007-01-22 03:29 by Wladimir Palant

Jeff Atwood wrote an interesting article on the craziness of internet advertising. I’m not commenting on it yet so just read it yourself: A World of Endless Advertisements. Don’t forget to read the comments. Some of my own thoughts on this topic: Ethics of blocking ads – part 3

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  1. zack · 2007-01-25 17:43 · #

    Here is an interesting question that comes to mind when one thinks of the ethics of whacking advertisements: Why are Firefox and AdblockPlus both free and free of advertisements? Do both these projects survive merely because of the vanity of their authors? Firefox survives by making Google the default search engine. And Adblock Plus survives because Firefox survives. And Adblock Plus along with certain filter lists kills Google Ads. How ironical!

  2. IceDogg · 2007-01-30 10:31 · #

    Firefox also has company and private donations as well. So, it’s not all on Google’s default search engine. However, it would certain be a big bite in Firefox’s budget without any revenue from Google, I’d bet.

  3. root · 2007-03-13 01:17 · #

    I love adblock plus.

    I hope a future version allows the blockage of ads like the top add at the Wall Street Journal homepage.
    http://online.wsj.com/public/us

    As far as I can figure out – the ad is unblockable. It seems to be a “hidden” animated gif.
    http://online.wsj.com/reg/promo/HPTOP3_0107

    Keep up the good work.

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    This ad is easily blocked, e.g. with the filter “*/promo/*“. But it cannot be blocked from the context menu in fact because the click goes to the image map rather than the ad itself. I will file a bug on this.

    Reply from Wladimir Palant:

    Rick added a filter to EasyList that will block this ad.

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