Originally Posted by jfriend00
It would be more effective and more ethical for you to avoid using sites that have ads that annoy. What you're doing is analogous to pirating cable TV because you think their rates are too high. In both cases, you're refusing to pay for a service, yet consume it anyway because you don't like how they get paid.
So, you have no qualms at all about using this site while denying them any source of revenue to pay for running the site? Do you realize that if everyone did that, this site would either disappear or only be available only to those willing pay a subscription fee (more likely, it just wouldn't exist)? In fact, the revenue model for probably 90% of the web would be busted entirely.
For years DirecTV wouldn't let me get local network channels, said I was close enough to get them via antenna. There were network feeds from east/west coast affiliates, but I could not access those because doing so would deprive the local station advertisers of views. At the same time this was going on (it's since been resolved) DirecTV was running ads describing how to get a DVR so you could skip annoying commercials. Go figure.
So me getting feeds that cut the local ads out of the loop was a no-no, but me skipping the ads with a DirecTV DVR was encouraged.
I pay DirecTV a monthly fee (roughly $200/mo, so it's not like I'm skimping by), and I use their DVR to skip commercials. There are not very many programs I watch that have commercials in them, so I DVR every show, watch it later, and skip every commercial. I even know how many 30 second skips is required per commercial break for each program.
Right now Ublock Origin shows 23 blocked domains. Before the VS takeover, it usually was around 7. I could whitelist the site back then, and actually clicked on some ads, now there's just no way.
It's been a year since the change in ownership, I went from being a fairly regular poster to only about 25 posts in that entire year. So who makes more money - 25 posts a year with 23 ads/trackers, or 25 posts a week with 7 ads/trackers?