Adblock Plus and (a little) more

Ethics of blocking ads - Part 3 · 2006-12-04 12:50 by Wladimir Palant

This article continues the discussion on ethical implications of ad blocking software. The first part and the second part were mostly dedicated to ads as a business model, now we want to look at the ads as part of the customer relationship.

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Sorry Filterset.G but it is time for you to go · 2006-11-23 18:05 by Wladimir Palant

The issues with Filterset.G have been discussed several times in the forums and now it is official — I recommend Adblock Plus users to uninstall Filterset.G Updater and use some other subscription instead.

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We are back in Top10 - and Adblock is out! · 2006-10-25 23:36 by Wladimir Palant

It finally happened — for the first time Adblock Plus has more downloads than Adblock. Only a few moments ago Adblock Plus moved up to rank 10th on AMO and pushed Adblock onto the 11th place. I hope that this time Adblock Plus will get a permanent place in the Top10 (actually, I count on getting into Top5 within the next few days). Last time it was prevented by an problem with the caching server at AMO.

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Ethics of blocking ads - Part 2 · 2006-10-25 10:23 by Wladimir Palant

This article continues the discussion on ethical implications of ad blocking software. Since the first part was probably somewhat too abstract we should take an example this time — Heise.de.

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Adblock - the evolution · 2006-09-10 00:31 by Wladimir Palant

Did you know when the Adblock project came to be? Have you ever wondered whether there ever was Adblock 0.1? Maybe also asking yourself what it looked like? Now you can get the answers to all these questions, and since one picture says more than a thousand words — you also get screenshots. Thanks to CVS’ long memory these screenshots are still there for us — take a look!

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Extension idea: Share Your Adblock List · 2006-09-03 01:59 by Wladimir Palant

I discussed automated publishing of filter lists with Malte Kraus (aka Dr. Evil) a while ago and I got an idea for an extension that might be useful. It should extend Adblock Plus (and maybe Adblock as well) to allow publishing your list of filters with two clicks. Unfortunately I won’t have time to implement it (the extension itself is pretty trivial but the server side will take some time).

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Speaking of respecting users... · 2006-08-20 23:36 by Wladimir Palant

When you go to Adblock’s (not Adblock Plus) web site — what strikes you most? Is it MozDev’s cool design? Or is it the great description of things you can do with Adblock? I bet that’s not what you notice. I am almost sure that you stare at the text and swear: “Who the hell put grey text on white background? How are we supposed to read this?”

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Documentation for Yahoo Mail crashes · 2006-08-15 23:16 by Wladimir Palant

People still complain frequently that their browser crashes on Yahoo Mail so I thought sending them to a (not very clearly formulated) forum post wouldn’t be the best thing to do. I wrote some text describing the problem and how it can be solved.

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Could Adblock be built into the browser? · 2006-08-07 16:10 by Wladimir Palant

Daniel Goldman from Opera Watch wrote Why Opera wouldn’t include an AdBlock feature in the browser claiming that no browser vendor would ever include ad blocking functionality in their core browser. This claim looks a little strange given that Opera already added ad blocking functionality with the release of Opera 9. Also, ad blocking has been a built-in feature of Mozilla Suite and Firefox virtually forever even though it isn’t as powerful as Adblock (images can be blocked by domain).

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Ethics of blocking ads · 2006-06-27 04:55 by Wladimir Palant

I found one of the better blog posts on the topic of ethical implications of ad blocking today. Being on the pro-adblock side of the discussion, it doesn’t fall for the usual “I don’t care how they earn their money” kind of argument.

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