Till wrote:How does adding an option equate to taking away users choice?
You know all too well that a lot of ABP users are not very tech savy. They choose
a subscription to block any and all ads (because this has always been what ABP is about). Now you want to sneak in a whitelist subscription that overrides everything else.
You would be better off creating a subscription that targets only bad sites, then users have some choice (don't go over riding other subscriptions with whitelist rules that force
a user to see content you've deemed acceptable).
I find it interesting that those against this new whitelist fail to address Till's point below:
Regarding the unblocking of certain ads we need to think ahead: At some point ABP will have so many users that some websites can't afford producing high-quality content for free anymore.
If ABP is to adopt a less technically savvy and much larger user-base, we face two choices:
1) Stop blocking safe ads, allow websites to make some money from ads that people don't mind too much.
2) End up at a point where websites can only make money with a paywall.
I think a forced check box today from an open source project is something I would much prefer to a forced paywall from a bunch of websites. A bit of a slippery slope, perhaps, but look at it this way:
When the user base of ABP was small and tech-savvy, as user # increased, quality of the internet for that user-base increased.
After a certain point, as the user # increases, quality of the internet will decrease for everyone.
Do we really want to wait for that certain point?