Ok, I have nothing to do with addblockplus, but I thought I would give the "probable" reason for acceptable being allowed as default, as well as why there is even the option.
First up, as to why. The internet is run on ads. With out ads there is no anything. We would all still being using BBS's that some linux nerds runs in his basement (READ: ME
) The only web sites that would be around would be ones you pay for, or those run by said nerds in their free time. Nobody wants that, we "need" our youtube, google, and yes even reddit. However, people started going crazy with ads. Popups, popunders, and the dreaded audio/video ones. Thus Adblock was born. However, the coders of adblock don't want to see the internet die, and as the internet "feeds" on ads some need to get through. However only those ads that are not annoying as all hell. If your ads play nice, then can come in, ect.
Now, as to why it is default. Simply put, not many people change their default settings unless something is wrong. If they had it off by default, almost nobody would use it. As I almost never even go into the settings, why would Jane Doe go there to even see that there is an "acceptable ads"' option. However, if they start seeing ads they don't like, they will go into the settings to see what is up, see that option, and turn it off if they want it off. It's that simple.
As to if reddit should have it added to the acceptable list: I don't see why not. They have been very good with their ads, at least for me. Plus, they get loads of traffic, alot of which I am sure use Adblock Plus. So, yeah, through some money their way, as it were. It really isn't that hard to reblock, if they start getting annoying.
As for the people freaking out over "acceptable ads", I say grow up. You are, in all likelihood, using firefox. Firefox would "not" exist without ads. A significant portion of the money used to fund firefox is brought to them by their tie in with google, who is paid in ads. The same could be said for any other Windows browser too, except for IE. If you think ads are bad on firefox with acceptable ads, well, try IE. Either that, or get your Lynx's on. Ad's are a way of life. Don't like the acceptable ads, then turn it off. Or go to one of the many forks. Doesn't matter, to the great majority of people who use Adblock Plus this is, maybe not a "great" thing, it is a step in the right direction. Might help lead to a better use of ads all round, even on devices that can't use adblock plus.
TLDR version: Internet runs on ads, people don't change settings, let acceptable ads as default. Reddit is acceptable. People need to grow up.