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Ad Blockers

A 3-post collection

I just permanently removed all ad network code from my blog

I don't mind ads on websites as a concept, that is I don't mind the idea of a message appearing somewhere that helps the producer of said content earn a crust. However, there are other things about ads that I do mind enormously and most of them are due to the ad networks themselves. I don't like the overhead of a whole other website being embedded into an iframe. I don't like the total irrelevancy of much of the ad content. It could be tailored to my browsing habits, but then I'm not overly fond of the tracking. Oh - and I definitely don't like being served either malware or really obtrusive behaviours such as ads viewed on iOS redirecting...

Ad blockers are part of the problem

Earlier this year, I wrote about bad user experiences on websites and foremost among these were the shitty things some sites do with ads. Forbes' insistence that you watch one before manually clicking through to the story, full screen and popover ads and ads that would take over your screen after you started reading the article were all highlighted. Unanimously, we hate this experience. Because the aforementioned experiences are shit, people run ad blockers and I get the rationale: if ads are going to do crap like this then let's ban them. Except then you get the likes of Forbes denying access to their content if you run them and you get into this nasty cycle of advertisers trying to...

Fixing ghoulish HTML behaviour after Ghostery breaks the web to block Disqus

I had bit of feedback on my last post I hadn’t seen in the past. For example, this one on Twitter: 0% of this page renders with Ghostery turned on. I'm not sure if this is irony, or which... And then reinforced by Mikko Hypponen: I noticed the same thing. Troy, you might want to check out your blog against Ghostery's default settings. And repeated on Hacker News: I got Ghostery installed, the page loads and then suddenly the text of the article is removed. I know I know, I just shouldn't use Ghostery but I like to have a little privacy online. Sorry I won't return to your site...