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Shut Up and Don't Take My Money!

So a phenomenon has emerged recently, of the Pop Up Whining About Your Ad-Blocker. Sites such as Wired.com, TheMarySue, and probably dozens of others I just don't go to, if they can't serve ads at you, shove a giant "PLEASE SUBSCRIBE OR TURN OFF YOUR BLOCKER!" message in your face.

They're perfectly within their rights to do so. And I can't speak for anyone else, but my choice will almost always be, "I don't want to look at your site that badly."

"But! Moneys!" scream the website owners. "Hosting is expensive!" etc. Well, yes. I understand that. But you know what? I don't care.

Sometime during (or leading up to) the dot-com boom I remember seeing an ad for some corporation trying to market to middle managers, which had graphic design like a merchant bank and the header, "Finally, the web is good for more than UFO theories and pictures of cats."

My reaction then is the same as my reaction now: FUCK. YOU.

UFO theories and pictures of cats is what I want from the internet. Personal blogs, dorky little vines, silly memes? That's what the web is good for. The world needs another stream of commerce like I need another hole in my head. People making connections? That's what the world needs.

So people not being able to make money on the internet? That's all to the good. I want money out of the internet as much as possible, the same way I want it out of roleplaying games and conventions and universities and libraries and public TV and almost every other thing really worth doing. The relentless drive to prioritize short-term profit over doing the core thing that you're about has destroyed everything it ever touched.

The current crop of websites flailing around trying to block the ad-blockers may be a harbinger of the collapse of "Big Website," which would mean a lot of potentially-good content might be lost. On the other hand, it also means that a lot of clickbait garbage will also be lost, and I can live with that. I was perfectly content with grunky mostly-text webpages and very, very personal blogs. I have absolutely no problem with the internet being the realm of the hobbyist, now and forever.

-The Gneech


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May. 3rd, 2016 12:45 pm (UTC)
Website users HATE this ONES SIMPLE TRICK... *click* bye.

The New York Times webpage has some absurdly small and arbitrary number of articles they'll let you read per month, and after that, it's paywall city. Hint: You aren't making me subscribe, you're just sending me elsewhere for my news.
May. 3rd, 2016 01:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a proxy website :)
May. 3rd, 2016 01:20 pm (UTC)

Over on the Book of Faces, one the biggest funnellers to click-bait sites is George Takei with his husband Brad. Or their media managers... nevermind. One of the sites they send their followers to has videos on it, but they can't be seen if you have a blocker enabled. The great thing about AdBlock is that it will show you how many ads there are on the page. In the previous case...40+. I have a fiber internet connection, and fairly good computer, but these loaded websites slow even that down. I can imagine someone on a rural connection or a limited bandwidth and their frustration.

If you have a page I like, and a forum to ASK me to disable the blocker, I will. I understand that you are dependant on views and revenues, and this is a small inconvenience for me to see your "free to me" entertainment.
May. 3rd, 2016 02:47 pm (UTC)

I think a lot of these sites don't understand why people started using adblockers. Users got tired of the pop-ups, pop-unders, auto-playing video, tracking cookies, javascript mischief, and malware. If they could guarantee that they would only display text and plain graphics with no dirty tricks, I'd stop blocking them.

May. 3rd, 2016 04:46 pm (UTC)
"But! Moneys!" Buttmonkeys.

Forbes actually goes as far as it'll redirect to a page that reads,"We see that you are still using an ad blocker. Please disable it to continue to Forbes's "Ad-Light" experience." Yeah, how about we just don't go to Forbes's site anymore and fix that problem for good?

I refuse to feed the ad machine, period. Makes me wish I could program an "ad reflector", a program that'll take incoming ads and bounce them back to pop up on those who serve up said ads.
May. 5th, 2016 06:23 am (UTC)
This exactly. I don't go to Forbes for anything since they started that nonsense...
May. 7th, 2016 11:41 am (UTC)

You're better off not visiting. Apparently, Forbes has been serving malware to anyone who disabled their adblocker for the site.

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