- Note to Reddit users: Please read this post before believing some crap somebody tells you on Reddit. This is not about whitelisting ads, it's about whitelisting websites that are currently broken in Adblock Plus.
As I mentioned in viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7551, in the long term we want to have a viable solution to allow ads that meet our criteria and are not annoying. This will take time however, so I was thinking about running an experiment. The redesigned first-run page would allow users to subscribe to a "special" filter list, via a checkbox. This list would contain a few entries of the form @@||example.com^$document - disable Adblock Plus on these domains. We are talking about a small list of exceptions for sites that meet the following criteria:
- The site doesn't contain any advertising or only advertising that meets the criteria.
- Ideally, we have an agreement with the website owners on the first point.
- The site is likely to be broken by filter subscriptions and the problem won't be fixed in subscriptions for policy reasons.
Here are two example sites:
Both are related to advertising and landed on the filter lists because of that. Both EasyList and Fanboy's List do not "fix" such cases (stated policy). Yet whitelisting the sites won't do any harm, quite the opposite - the few users who get there by choice won't be met with a broken website.
This is a small experiment with very limited impact. The goals are:
a) See how users take this.
b) Get us talking with advertisers and website owners.
c) Experiment with the technical side.
This will hopefully bring us closer to the long term solution. Outstanding questions on the user interface side:
- How should that checkbox be called? It will definitely have a link next to it leading to a webpage with detailed explanation on the purpose and policies but we still need a simple title.
- How should this option be presented in the Filter Preferences dialog?