Add to FAQ: hide but still download ads

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Add to FAQ: hide but still download ads

Postby Gingerbread Man » Thu Oct 31, 2013 7:45 am

Can you please add something to the FAQ about this? Quite a few people seem to be under the mistaken impression that by simply hiding ads, they're supporting their favorite websites. Latest example:
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Re: Add to FAQ: hide but still download ads

Postby greiner » Thu Nov 14, 2013 12:13 pm

So you want some site to link to for such cases? Under which category would you want to put it?
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Re: Add to FAQ: hide but still download ads

Postby Gingerbread Man » Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:41 am

It seems to me like the Basic Functionality category is where it would fit best.
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Re: Add to FAQ: hide but still download ads

Postby greiner » Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:02 pm

Ok, sounds good. You seem to know better than me what should be said. Could you please write a text for that? :)

As soon as I have that I can then upload it to the FAQ.
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Re: Add to FAQ: hide but still download ads

Postby Gingerbread Man » Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:04 am

Okay, I'll give it a go. I think this captures the gist of what Wladimir was saying in the aforementioned thread. If it meets with your approval, I suggest adding it after the "I sometimes want Adblock Plus to be disabled" question, since it's related.


Can I support my favorite website by downloading but hiding ads?

No. Most advertisers pay per-click, so if you hide ads, you won't actually support the site in question. Additionally, downloading but hiding ads to trick advertisers into paying would be akin to fraud.

In short, if you want to support your favorite websites, you'll have to whitelist them to disable Adblock Plus on those sites.
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Re: Add to FAQ: hide but still download ads

Postby greiner » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:46 am

Great text, thanks! One suggestion I have: What about mentioning that advertisers are able to detect if the ads are hidden and therefore not pay for those views even if their ads were downloaded. This would emphasize even more that it doesn't help anyone to simply hide the ads.
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Re: Add to FAQ: hide but still download ads

Postby Gingerbread Man » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:35 am

Like so?

Can I support my favorite website by downloading but hiding ads?

No. Most advertisers pay per-click, so if you hide ads, you won't actually support the site in question. Even in the off-chance of payouts per-view, it's trivial for advertisers to use JavaScript to check if the ads are visible. Additionally, downloading but hiding ads to trick advertisers into paying would be akin to fraud.

In short, if you want to support your favorite websites, you'll have to whitelist them to disable Adblock Plus on those sites.
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Re: Add to FAQ: hide but still download ads

Postby greiner » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:33 am

Done, you can find it at: https://adblockplus.org/en/faq_basics#hide-support

Thanks for writing the text!
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Re: Add to FAQ: hide but still download ads

Postby Gingerbread Man » Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:21 am

Thank you for adding it.
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