There was a large concern about the notification being too annoying/showing up too often. That was mostly because originally I didn’t make it clear enough in my proposal that the notification wouldn’t show up each time the user opened a page. After reading the comments I realized that it is better to even explicitly limit the frequency of this notification across all sites — e.g. to once a week.
Apart from notifications, you may consider adding a frame. Ads blocked will be replaced by a small cross frame (or something which look nice and natural). This won't be annoying and you may switch it off in the option if you don't want it at all.
It's good and it can remind people what has been blocked. Another plus is if you see that frame in a unintended place. Chance is that something non-ad is blocked incorrectly.
Something that was established pretty early in the discussion is the fact that opting out of this feature should be easy (especially if it is shown for all frequently visited websites). Some commenters even suggested that this feature should be opt-in but that would defeat its purpose because it is targeted at users who won’t change any options on their own.
What about setup a wizard for the first time? Present the dialog. Ask them which option before usage.
There were some suggestions to notify webmasters on how their sites are doing. On the technical side, the decisions would have to be sent to adblockplus.org which would count them (no further data stored, not even in web server logs) and forward to the website in question at the end of the day. There are still big privacy concerns here, this needs much more thought if implemented.
Sounds great but not in reality. Despite technical problems, one reason why people are annoyed at ads are some put up tracking ads which invade their privacy. Implementing something like this will raise a lot of suspicious and distrust. Has Wladimir bowed down to the advertisers? Is there any hidden agenda?
There are going to be more headaches than benefits.
There was some feedback on the notification message itself, mostly on the fact that it should be shorter. I think everybody agrees on that but shortening it without loosing important information or introducing ambiguities seems pretty hard. Another suggestion was dropping “Ask me later” button (which has the same semantics as closing the notification) in favor of a “Yes, please” button — accept the question without having to go through the preview phase.
What about shortening the button texts first?
"No" (=Keep enabling)
After all we have different people to cater for. They use Adblock Plus for many different purposes. And most probably don't want to fine-tune their filters.
So I think the best is to offer different filter lists with different purposes. KillAnnoyingAds <-- This is a list which only blocks annoying ads.
Users decide what filter subscription suits them best, ranging from very aggressive to moderate blah blah...