Ad blocker circumvention

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  1. ErikGrim macrumors 68040

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    I have noticed that you are using delayed insertion / obfuscation to insert ads that ignore ad blockers. I strongly suggest you do not do this. Many of us use ad blockers for privacy and security concerns. We of course understand that nothing is free, but if you decide that people who deliberately block ads are not welcome here, tell us or shut us out completely. Deceitful forced insertion of ads is not the solution.

    This is not meant for a discussion on the merits or morality of ad-blocking. It’s simply asking you to respect your user’s choices.

    If I’ve blocked your ads – whether I don’t like them, don’t trust them, or both – then blocking me from your site unless I agree to unblock those ads seems perfectly reasonable.

    If we can reach a willing buyer/willing seller compromise, then we will both end up happy; if not, then neither of us will end up with something at the expense of the other.

    But forcing ads on me, especially if I’ve blocked your ads because of of security concerns and yet you are tricking my browser into displaying them in a way I won’t notice until it’s too late…

    …how is that going to win me over?​
    --- Post Merged, Oct 8, 2017 ---
    Note that this can be Google doing the circumvention and not be a change you specifically have made. Point still stands regardless of where this is coming from.
     
  2. rpmurray macrumors member

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    I'm not seeing ads when I use ad blockers here. Maybe it's your ISP that's inserting them, or more likely, you've downloaded and installed a program that installed "something extra" behind your back.
     
  3. ErikGrim thread starter macrumors 68040

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    They are gone again now. It happened on all Google ads sites with uBlock, but an update has now yet again banished them.
     
  4. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    Would you be willing to pay a monthly fee to a website for no ads ?
     
  5. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Yes, I would.

    I loathe ads, especially those flashing ones that used to feature a lot; they can trigger migraines.
     
  6. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    I do too but these sites need revenue.

    You support MR and I think that people who use AD block should too (either accept the ads or support directly).
     
  7. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    To be perfectly honest, I use Adblock, too, because I really grew to loathe the irresponsible intrusiveness of some of the ads that used to appear on sites (some of them quite respectable sites) - the sort that disabled computers, crashed sites, and gave me migraines.
     
  8. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    But you donate to MR and I can't see you complaining on sites where you don't donate that their ads are getting through :).

    I just think it's ironic when people who don't donate complain to the admins that their ad block isn't working.
     
  9. Scepticalscribe, Oct 12, 2017
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    True.

    I block their ads, and, if I think highly enough of the site (or source) in question - even if it doesn't always or often coincide with my own political perspective - I will subscribe to it.

    Thus, I subscribe to a fair number of publications, not all of them 'liberal'.
     
  10. ErikGrim thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I already do, so yes.
     
  11. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    The two are intimately intertwined, though.

    And if you want an ad-free experience, it is $25 a year: Account Upgrades
     
  12. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Actually, thinking back, (these days, I had AdBlock, so it doesn't rise), there were sites where the flashing ads (and crashing sites) were so bad, that I simply stopped visiting the sites in question completely.
     
  13. BillGates1969 macrumors regular

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    For those technically minded and with a spare Raspberry Pi, I use this on my network:

    https://pi-hole.net

    I set it at network level so all devices on my LAN get it. Absolutely excellent, blocks nearly all ads and is not detectible by websites as being used. It has sped up my browsing no ends.
     
  14. ErikGrim thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Huh. I was not aware of this. Will consider.
     
  15. Dr.SL macrumors member

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    Erik, I'm using KA-Block! and I don't get adds here.
     
  16. ErikGrim thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Either Google realised their mistake in overstepping the boundaries or uBlock circumvented the circumvention. Either way I am no longer seeing ads here again. I apologise for putting this on MR.
     
  17. Dr.SL macrumors member

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    At least you're lucky now.
     
  18. Beachguy macrumors 6502a

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    Now to find ways to block autoplaying video. I used to have several tools which worked for that, but in the last couple of months, I get jammed with crap- and I don't mean ad videos, but other content, especially on news or sports sites. Since I am often tethered and using my phone's data, it eats it up.
     
  19. ErikGrim thread starter macrumors 68040

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  20. Phil A. Moderator

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    Mod Note
    I have closed this thread as discussing ad blocking against MacRumors is in contravention of the site rules
     
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