Why not blocking the clickbait (anti-buzz)?

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Why not blocking the clickbait (anti-buzz)?

Postby Mr21 » Sun Dec 28, 2014 9:45 pm

Hi :)


I am a user of AdblockPlus and I'm also a french student developper from Paris.

Recently I think about making an add-on for Chrome/Firefox about blocking the clickbait technique (cf. wikipedia) over the web.
Clickbait, is in my opinion the second stupide thing on internet after abusive advert.

For example this buzz article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/abagg/youve-bee ... whole-life
Has the title: "This Girl Figured Out The Most Casual Way To Shoo Away Pigeons, It Might Just Change Your Life"
It will change my life! forever! whaaaooo!
But in fact... it's just a girl who lifts her leg and scared some birds.
Normally the title has to be something like that: "This girl lifts her leg and scared the birds that way.".

Who would click on that link once the teasing gone? nobody.
So there is a lot of time to save by doing this.

I am thinking about writing an add-on who blocks this marketing technique by rewrite automatically every link on the page.
It's very different than some basics filters.

But why adblockplus can't propose something like this?
Something new on adblock and all the users can enable or disable this new option if they want?

Before thinking at the technical developping part, etc.
Is it something realistic?
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Re: Why not blocking the clickbait (anti-buzz)?

Postby Jhunka » Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:57 pm

wow.. that would be a fantastic feature, if somehow target URL text may be either updated or some kind of overlay text may be provided with short summary of real content from that URL. OR just create a block feature that expands the shortened URLs to get to final URL and if the target URL belongs to one of the click bait sites, just blocks it like other adblocks.
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Re: Why not blocking the clickbait (anti-buzz)?

Postby Mr21 » Wed Jan 07, 2015 3:39 am

Yes, there is so much to do and I like the way you like this feature :D

I want to know if it's realistic or not.
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Re: Why not blocking the clickbait (anti-buzz)?

Postby lewisje » Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:09 am

Filtering HTML and redirect tracking have been considered for ABP and rejected for performance reasons: viewtopic.php?t=5977#p53424

One thing you could do with ABP's existing capabilities is figure out some common characteristics of groups of clickbait links; if they're injected via Javascript, they can be blocked altogether by blocking the JS file, and if they have common patterns in their HTML IDs or CSS classes, they can be hidden with element-hiding rules; I remember dealing with something like this, albeit more obviously spammy, before: viewtopic.php?t=24576
There's a buzzin' in my brain I really can't explain; I think about it before they make me go to bed.
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Re: Why not blocking the clickbait (anti-buzz)?

Postby bleargh » Mon Dec 07, 2015 4:59 pm

What you can do is block all those stupid clickbait things in the sidebar of news websites. I do that all the time. Are there any lists we can subscribe to for this purpose? Does anyone want to start one? I have a lot of filters for this already, like

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etc.

and here are some more instructions:

http://tarstarkas.net/2013/09/use-adblo ... a-zergnet/
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Re: Why not blocking the clickbait (anti-buzz)?

Postby bleargh » Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:36 am

I have a blocklist here: https://gist.github.com/endolith/da3b2e55516c42642df4 but I'm not good at adblock rules so please make suggestions
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Re: Why not blocking the clickbait (anti-buzz)?

Postby mapx » Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:49 am

just use the official list fanboy's annoyances from https://adblockplus.org/en/subscriptions#type_other
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