[Done] Removing "check banner links"

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Postby Wladimir Palant » Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:47 pm

@gustoflax: I think we need it to be more useful to take on RIP. Element Hiding Helper has more chances there...
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Postby gustoflax- » Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:47 am

Wladimir Palant wrote:@gustoflax: I think we need it to be more useful to take on RIP. Element Hiding Helper has more chances there...


Isn't Element Hiding Helper closer to Stylish?
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Postby Wladimir Palant » Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:09 pm

@gustoflax: Element Hiding Helper works in the same way as Stylish - but from user's perspective it is more like RIP, it is about choosing something and removing it.
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Postby fra diavolo » Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:20 pm

I understood the negative effect on performance
but I use this feature since it was created and I think it is very useful.

I would vote against removing the feature.

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Postby Adblock Plus Fan » Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:51 pm

fra diavolo wrote:but I use this feature since it was created and I think it is very useful.

I would vote against removing the feature.
But do you have any good reasons for using this feature instead of using http://adblockplus.org/en/elemhidehelper to hide the ads by their links?
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Postby fra diavolo » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:16 am

But do you have any good reasons for using this feature instead of using http://adblockplus.org/en/elemhidehelper to hide the ads by their links?


1) with check banner link feature I can add a rule with a simple click and it works for all sites
2) with elemhidehelper to create the same rule for a banner I have to execute several steps. It is not user friendly and a normal user is not able to do that

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Postby Adblock Plus Fan » Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:27 am

fra diavolo wrote:1) with check banner link feature I can add a rule with a simple click and it works for all sites
This rule will work for all sites too:
Ares2 wrote:#*(href*=doubleclick.net)


fra diavolo wrote:2) with elemhidehelper to create the same rule for a banner I have to execute several steps. It is not user friendly and a normal user is not able to do that
This is true I agree. Normal users who are ignorant of ABP's features will suffer feature loss.
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Re: Opinions requested: Removing "check banner links&qu

Postby hsteve » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:35 am

Wladimir Palant wrote:I would like to know your opinion on this - is there a good reason to keep the "Check banner links" feature and the corresponding option around?


hello!

i just installed this developer version of adblockplus (0.7.5.3+.2008040612), and i realized that there is no more check banner links, which is really not good!
because for example in hungary, there is an ad server called adverticum which serves the ads and many times it is just provides a tracing link but the ad (for example pictures, gifs, etc...) are stored on the actual site. that means i have to write zillion filter rules to block these pictures (which is of course changes very often) but if there will be a thing that blocks links i only have to write only one rule (adverticum) and that is very sure that it will not change.

for example you could see this page: http://www.hwsw.hu/hirek/35749/
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Postby SlimShady » Wed Apr 09, 2008 1:55 pm

I see your point. Links are not listed in the 'blockable items' pane.
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Postby Adblock Plus Fan » Wed Apr 09, 2008 2:01 pm

SlimShady wrote:Links are not listed in the 'blockable items' pane.
That's not really a point :P
Links will be listed in the blockable items list if you have that feature enabled. And if there are items of that type to list.
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Postby Wladimir Palant » Wed Apr 09, 2008 3:41 pm

@hsteve: The element hiding rule "#A(href^=http://ad.adverticum.net/click.prm?)" will do, and that's the preferred way of blocking things by their link now.

@fra diavolo: Yes, on the one hand the usability is worse now. On the other hand, a "normal user" never understood how "Check banner links" worked - there were many complaints that it hiding plain links (without an image) wasn't possible.

Closing this discussion now because "Check banner links" has been removed already. Any further discussion can take place in the General forum.
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