Blocking access to those with AdBlockers

Discussion in 'Finance and Traffic' started by Mouth, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. Mouth

    Mouth Enthusiast

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    I see that some news publishing sites are now blocking access to any browsers using AdBlockers.
    What are other thoughts on this? Something you'd do on your community site? (obviously only pertinent to those using/relying on advertising to pay the bills).
     
  2. The Sandman

    The Sandman Administrator

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    I think blocking them ultimately does more harm than good.
     
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  3. zappaDPJ

    zappaDPJ Administrator

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    Is it the larger, mainstream publishers doing it? I'd say it's preferable to installing a pay wall.

    I think that's certainly a possibility but I would like to see some evidence to support it.
     
  4. LeadCrow

    LeadCrow Apocalypse Admin

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    Anyone who uses ad blockers, or faces issues browsing our sites from ads or scripts, help yourselves just as we do ourselves.
     
  5. haqzore

    haqzore Habitué

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    I think it's hilarious.

    Rather than adapting, let's force.

    :rolleyes:
     
  6. Anton Chigurh

    Anton Chigurh Ultimate Badass

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    Lots of sites do ask you to turn off the adblocker if you want to continue browsing, that's not new at all. I've never seen any major site outright block access to browsers yet, would love to see some examples of this.

    Statcounter has a unique "screw you" to adblocker users, it's entire CSS is purposely done under the third party advert provider they use, so that people using adblock don't get any of the CSS loaded and the resulting rendered page is pretty much unusable unless you white list that provider, or turn your adblock off. They offer a paid subscription though, if you don't want the ads but do want the CSS. THAT's at least, something new.
     
  7. MarkFL

    MarkFL La Villa Strangiato

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    If I visit any site, and they have anything to say about my use of adblockers, I simply leave. :tup:
     
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  8. Steve

    Steve Administrator

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    forbes.com
     
  9. we_are_borg

    we_are_borg Moderator

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    Instead of looking why people block ads make people more pissed off by blocking users. Take a look at this site https://www.alternate.nl/html/index.html is a computer store on a monitor it looks good if its 1920x1080 but on iPad and i think on other tablets the space is scaled down to fit it all. By doing so you can read the product information as clearly as without. If i need something i go to another store where i can read everything in one go instead of zooming. So they just lost a sale only by showing an add that does not fit. Same with sites that use video commercials that start playing automaticly i block straight away, not only cist it more battery power but the hard sounds. So why not look for ads that play nice but instead sites kick you off.
     
  10. Digital Phoenix

    Digital Phoenix Coffee Ninja

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    Because people are greedy and go with crappy ads that offer more bang for the buck, these are the ads that tend to be the most annoying and obtrusive. Videos and flashy banners that tend to cause brain seizures.
     
  11. Anton Chigurh

    Anton Chigurh Ultimate Badass

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    Ummm.... No. No blocking going on there, reading it just fine.
     
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  14. Anton Chigurh

    Anton Chigurh Ultimate Badass

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    My adblock filter blocked that, see? Because I keep it up to date and stuff.

    ausmessageboards_com_myimagehost__e3ab1d76708566c92d36c355a7ce8f1f._.jpg


    Cursor pointing to indicator of how many adverts/objects were blocked on load.

    At any rate, forbes is an example is what I described, a offer to whitelist - NOT what the OP describes, a total block.
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2017
  15. Steve

    Steve Administrator

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    What Adblock are you using?
     
  16. Alfa1

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    uBlock/Privacy Badger.
     
  17. Mouth

    Mouth Enthusiast

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    In what way?
     
  18. Mouth

    Mouth Enthusiast

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    Or ... rather than pay the bills, let's pay personally.
     
  19. Mouth

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    Is there a method to determine percentage of site visitors using AdBlock functionality?
     
  20. haqzore

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    by forcing users into an experience they don't want...

    We all know why it's done.

    It's easy to plaster ads and try to force users to view them, so that's all many sites do rather than adapting/innovating new ways to monetize.
     
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