Till wrote:Yes, the average user wants to install ABP and have it configured automatically to block ads reliably based on filters created by people they can trust. Why shouldn't this apply to whitelisting a well? The majority of users want to support websites by accepting unobtrusive ads so we have to give them an automatic feature that does the job for them just like we do with the blocking rules. The same reasoning applies here due to the technicalities involved.
See, read here:
"Don’t get me wrong: Google Chrome is a great browser and it is easy to get excited about it, argue about benchmarks, brand-new standards and such. But sometimes you get a reminder: this is a Google product and it has to benefit Google. It isn’t merely about making the web better, it is also about promoting Google products and giving them an advantage over competing services. Google may speak out for net neutrality but with their browser the own services get prioritized. Even if it requires violating your privacy."
http://adblockplus.org/blog/google-chro ... d-web-apps
Now change "Google Chrome" with "Adblock Plus".
Chrome is very popular. Same ABP.
The "average user" seems to either don't know anything of the above or to not mind of it.
Do you think people's dumbness makes it "acceptable"?
Personally I don't see how a software that gets payed by advertisers can still be a tool for my own personal freedom.
Besides, how long before the advertisers get in control of ABP development so the "whitelist" becomes hardcoded and cannot be opt-out?
Now, all this plan makes sense only if you consider that there aren't real alternatives to your product/service, so you can enforce any sort of annoyance over "average users" and they must stay with you. Regarding this, ABP users are probably in a worse condition than Chrome users. When you are in a monopolistic position, it seems the way you look at things and "values" do change in order to "monetize" the monopoly.
Don't get me wrong, I appreciate all the work made over ABP along the way. Thanks folks.
Pity life is taking this turn.