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I've never understood ad-blocking.

#1ebj767Posted 5/3/2014 3:55:16 PM(edited)
I was talking to some guys at work today who were talking about Ad-Block and I said I don't use it because that's how free sites generate ad-revenue.

They looked at me like I was stupid, ad's are annoying, ad's are stupid, blah blah blah.

I find commercials on TV and Radio as annoying as the next guy, because they interrupt content, but internet ads are different.

I get it if you go to 3rd party file hosting sites a lot with those spammy pop-up ads that redirect you or create new windows. But other than that, ads on the internet are incredibly overblown on how negative they are.

If you have a slow computer or slow internet, I can see saving bandwith or processing power being an advantage. But all of these guys had high end gaming PC's and we all have 100Mbps connections. They have this complete negative attitude towards ads but really just sit there on the sides, I don't look at them, I don't notice them, and the site makes a few cents if that. They want to complain when a site isn't free, but they don't want ads that will hang in the peripheral vision to be there. I don't notice them, hell even when I visit the piratebay, the ads are big and flashy, but they don't cause pop ups with ruin the flow of browsing. I don't mind because TPB is a huge website and I appreciate it, so I let them display a few ads around the edges of the screen.

Whats with the all out vendetta against internet ads? If it doesn't pop up on my screen, take control of my browser, or block the content I'm viewing. I don't care. This is how websites remain free. What if TPB required payment to view (legal reprecussions aside), because they weren't generating enough views from their ads. Which while big and noticeable, don't block the content and don't disrupt the browsing experience?

I feel like I'm the only tech guy who doesn't block ads, its the only way I can support a website without paying from my pocket.

It's like the ads in the newspaper, they kinda sit there...and you ignore them, they don't bother you...they are just there.

Again, I'm talking about us power users, with the powerful rigs and the top of the line internet connections, whats with the ads are evil mentality? Ads make GameFAQS free to use.
#2DiviDudePosted 5/3/2014 3:57:37 PM(edited)
ebj767 posted...
mmercials on TV and Radio as annoying as the next guy, because they interrupt content, but internet ads are different.


Pop up ads, especially of the in-screen variety, show otherwise. Ads with sound, too. And that's exactly the sort of thing that lead to adblock. Not to mention the ads that trigger all sorts of antivirus software and malware alerts and so forth.

Most people are fine with simple ads. Advertisers are not content with simple ads. Thus, adblock.
#3ebj767(Topic Creator)Posted 5/3/2014 3:59:05 PM
I don't really visit websites that have those kind of ads, they are shady and usually for piracy and illegal file sharing.

Which if you're gonna do, fine that's your deal, but trust me, there are sites that aren't like that which you can use. Private trackers and the like.

Also, I am not talking about tracking, which I DO BLOCK using Ghostery, I do not believe in online-tracking for advertising purprose or otherwise.
#4PsythikPosted 5/3/2014 4:02:34 PM(edited)
I use Adblock mainly for security purposes. Many ads consist of malware, fake download buttons, and fake Adobe Updater ads. Even as someone good with technology it's easy to accidentally click on a malicious ad.

Secondly, I'm currently on limited data and Adblocking helps save bandwidth. Lastly, I always disable it on sites that are owned by the little guy who relies on ad revenue to make a living. Webcomics, blogs, and whatnot.

ebj767 posted...
I don't really visit websites that have those kind of ads, they are shady and usually for piracy and illegal file sharing.
This is not true at all. Just about every legal download site has fake download button ads as well.
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#5DiviDudePosted 5/3/2014 4:00:08 PM
ebj767 posted...
I don't really visit websites that have those kind of ads, they are shady and usually for piracy and illegal file sharing.


...can't tell if serious.
#6ebj767(Topic Creator)Posted 5/3/2014 4:01:33 PM
Even Youtube ads, which I hated at first, I realized...some of these guys are spending their entire day making these videos, spending a whole 8 hours a day (which I would spend working), editing their videos. I will watch the first 5 seconds of the ad and skip it. I get they have to make some money and they work hard on making these videos. (Or some are LPs, but still). I don't think they make as much money if you skip after 5 seconds, but still, it is something for all the time they put into making these videos (which does vary I will agree).
#7ebj767(Topic Creator)Posted 5/3/2014 4:07:54 PM(edited)
Psythik posted...
I use Adblock mainly for security purposes. Many ads consist of malware, fake download buttons, and fake Adobe Updater ads. Even as someone good with technology it's easy to accidentally click on a malicious ad.

Secondly, I'm currently on limited data and Adblocking helps save bandwidth. Lastly, I always disable it on sites that are owned by the little guy who relies on ad revenue to make a living. Webcomics, blogs, and whatnot.


I can agree with this, this is responsible ad-blocking. The guys at work had this all out BLOCK ALL ADS MENTALITY.

I've never used ad-block. I don't visit sites with internet browsing unfriendly ads very often and eve if I do, I know how to spot a fake download button-link from the real one. I will agree, these ads are very annoying, and take advantage of noobish internet browsers by faking them into downloading malware. I would install ad-block on my moms computer in this case. But I also see that rapidshare/uploaded/insertfilesharing site here need to make money with all the server and bandwith costs and these ads are the only ones they can get to host their site. There are TERRIBLE sites where you have no clue where the real download button is, and I don't support that. But there sites that have the ones that are clearly fake, and make clear which the real one is. These guys know no one wants to pay for their subscription service, so they have to host these ads. Most people visting these sites are techs savvy, they know how to spot a legit link.

Aside from these types of websites, ads aren't that bad.
#8aak57Posted 5/3/2014 4:18:32 PM
You've obviously never used the mobile variant of this sitHOMEDEPOTHOMEDEPOTHOMEDEPOT
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#9KillerTrufflePosted 5/3/2014 4:45:31 PM(edited)
ebj767 posted...
I don't really visit websites that have those kind of ads, they are shady and usually for piracy and illegal file sharing.

Which if you're gonna do, fine that's your deal, but trust me, there are sites that aren't like that which you can use. Private trackers and the like.

Also, I am not talking about tracking, which I DO BLOCK using Ghostery, I do not believe in online-tracking for advertising purprose or otherwise.


Sorry, but that's not true - you're reading/posting on one of the worst offenders I've seen right now. Before I permanently put GFAQs on my s***list, I'd seen just about every type of ad you can imagine. Auto-play Flash ads with video and sound. Pop-up ads. Porn ads. Ads that pop out and overlay your entire browser screen if you accidentally roll over so much as one single pixel of the ad with your cursor.

GFAQs is one website that has absolutely lost any chance I will EVER unblock ads here, thanks to its awful history of using just about every trashy advertising scheme in the book.
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#10Skul_Posted 5/3/2014 4:29:34 PM
I disable adblock on sites that i like and want to support.

I disabled adblock on gamefaqs a while ago, but then there was ads with sound so its blocked again.
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