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Ars technica blocks AdBlock users

qvatch (576224) writes | more than 4 years ago


qvatch (576224) writes "Ars technica stops displaying articles for users browsing with AdBlock. No error is displayed, nor was any warning given.

  Clintology ( Developer / Proj. Manager )
            | tbradshaw wrote: I'm guessing that these responses mean that this is "behavior by design"?

Yes, its meant to annoy you into outing yourselves so I can guilt you ;)

If you're not willing to unblock our ads, we're fairly happy for you to not read the content we work very hard on, or to just stop visiting the site altogether."

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Really? (1)

stonedcat (80201) | more than 4 years ago | (#31378884)

Are you sure about that? Because I have both hosts level blocking and AdBlock and can read everything on their site just fine.

Re:Really? (1)

qvatch (576224) | more than 4 years ago | (#31379096)

The link I included is a comment from the developer that added it to Ars. Some of the later comments are fairly aggressive.

Also from the comment thread (note the job titles of the commenters):

Kurt ( Tech Director ):You guys should whitelist Ars in your ad blockers. Blocking ads makes my foster baby cry.

Clintology ( Developer / Proj. Manager ): Please whitelist ars in your ad blockers.

We make nearly all our money by selling campaigns which are promises to deliver a set number of ad impressions. Ad blockers make it increasingly hard for us to meet those (you can imagine with a site full of technically inclined people we have a lot of ad blockers), which makes it harder for us to sell campaigns in the future.

Thus we make much less money and we have to fire our employees and friends, obviously can't pay for high-quality authors, and can't add cool features to the site, which really sucks (I presume you read Ars because you appreciate the scope and quality of our articles).

We don't run annoying ads and we don't run very many ads.

Another alternative is to purchase an Ars Subscription which removes ads and gives you lots of other cool stuff too.

Wow, this is seriously stupid.. (1)

schon (31600) | more than 4 years ago | (#31378920)

Not only do visitors *still* use all the bandwidth (the full text is still in the HTML, just not displayed), it's trivial to disable their "adblock detection" and still block the ads.

Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

Re:Wow, this is seriously stupid.. (1)

Deuxsonic (828456) | more than 4 years ago | (#31379408)

Do tell, how do I go about doing this?


mxh83 (1607017) | more than 4 years ago | (#31379516)

Yes they are blocking Adblock users. You can fix the problem by opening Adblock rules and searching for "" and disabling that rule. Let's see how long ars can keep this up.

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