@Wladimir - Thanks for taking the time for answering, I appreciate.
Wladimir Palant wrote:
1) I don't think that we get anything yet but we indeed hope to get some income this way to make the project sustainable. This doesn't mean that paying us is the requirement to be added to the exceptions list - the requirements a formulated here
and they will probably become more precise as we gain experience (suggestions are welcome).
That clarifies it, ok.
As a long-time user, the main issue I see with it then is the conflict of interest this creates. I think you'll agree that, as the revenues from advertisers grow, it will create pressure on the project that won't always be aligned with the users' interests. AdBlock can resist those pressures, but history has shown that ad-driven businesses often have to do compromises that are detrimental to their user-base.
This is likely to remove a part of the trust that people placed on this project, or at the very least put a lot of doubts on the goals driving the decisions you make. A lot of the comments about this change aren't very civil, but they are pretty revealing imho of the reaction a lot of people are having right now around the net. Adblock's reputation is being badly damaged.
If I can give you an advice, it would be to try to allow for a lot more discussions before making this change. Make sure everyone understands your intentions, make the requirements of the ads you'll show more detailed, discuss it a lot, and take the time to find good solutions for the criticisms that are voiced. To limit the damage to Adblock's reputation in the meantime, I'd pull off the feature until then, as it will probably be very hard to have a sane conversation with the community if people feel that their hand is being forced.
2) We made some bad experience when asking people to make a decision, quite frequently people would ignore the question on the first-run page for one reason or another and then wonder why Adblock Plus "isn't working". In fact, that's the reason why the first-run page was reworked - rather than asking, we now subscribe people to a filter list automatically and allow them to revert the decision easily
I can relate to that, as this happened a few times to me in the past - the window would get in the back and I wouldn't see it. The choices given were also a bit geeky, and meaningless for the average user. Definitely not something to reproduce.
However, these are design & technical issues with the way these choices were being asked. There has to be a way to make it more straightforward to the user, especially considering how angry a lot of people are to not being asked this question.
My 5 cents - good luck with the storm...