Originally Posted by ChvyVele
I always get frustrated with people that use Adblock and such. Ads, when done right, are not that intrusive and they give us some amazing services for free. Facebook, YouTube, Google, etc. would not be free without ad support, so blocking their ads is a bit lame in my opinion.
That being said, telling people to click your ads is stupid. If nobody is clicking your ads, there are things you can do to increase clicks other than begging.
Indeed they are; and for such sites I disable adblock, however for the masses of web sites that have ads that are obnoxious and annoying I run it on by default and only turn it off if I really want to bother checking. The element hiding helper is really useful too, when a site has some "related news" thing covering the actual meat and potatoes of a slide show for example. (This
site had that problem last night! No problem, just go into 3D mode for element inspecting and block that box)
Originally Posted by lattyware
To be fair, Adblock Plus actually has a bult-in feature (enabled by default) to automatically allow 'unobtrusive advertising', and it also allows you to use a whitelist to unblock adds, or not use a pre-made blacklist and simply build up your own of adds you find annoying - so I think it pretty much follows your idea. The problem is, most ads are not done right.
It's even enabled by default I think.
Originally Posted by Telimektar
If everyone in the world used Adblock there would be no Internet tomorrow, people don't work for free, they need a source of revenue coming from somewhere. If you don't like the way a site manages its ads don't visit it, you're not entitled to read/watch the content of said website without giving something else in return.
Exactly! No-one does anything for free, everyone expects some sort of payment! Even with gnu project!
And if everyone ran adblock, advertisers would soon realise we don't want their damn flash ads with sounds that make the webpage take longer to load or popups/unders and are just fine with a still image or text, and people would allow the unobtrusive ads through.