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12:41 am on Dec 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Is there a way to redirect or block Norton users?
1:25 am on Dec 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Not only that, Norton's software violates the terms of use of my web site which is to 'not copy, modify or alter the content in...

Users use sites for their own purposes and, as much as possible, care not a whit what the TOS might have to say about these subjects. Only with extreme rarity is a TOS actually promoted as important, or in any way showcased. They are typically only trotted out as an ineffective weapon for the argument of the moment. The pendulum will forever adjust to the topics of the time.

Frankly, I think that the sites that have the most to lose from having parts of their site suppressed, generally have the least to offer anyway. People recognize content that exists only for ads. (Not knocking ads. Ads have been very very good to me:))

...and I agree that Norton is just awful, but their product is now facing some brutal competition. There are a lot more sources for their most mainstream products. I wish them ill.

1:44 am on Dec 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Well, this thread has proven one thing to me that there is yet a new possible business model available for some enterprising person.

I think it's time to find a business partner! ;)

12:36 pm on Dec 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Has it occurred to anyone that people who block ads, but regard the site content as being valuable may choose to create links to it?

Those links may create additional traffic, or even PR. Should they be calculated into the equations?

This is of particular relevance for webmasters who wish to cloak their sites from people who block scripts, cookies or advertising sites.

8:56 pm on Dec 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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"I think it's strange that Google is promoting firefox now. It's only a matter of time before Mozilla users switch onto the idea of blocking all Adsense (via extensions).

Any thoughts on this?"

Yeah, I'm doing it. I already have all the adSense ads blocked and, reading through this, got the idea to block the urchin.js script - ran over to segway.com, fired up adblock and voila! I'm invisible!

I just don't like google tracking me.

9:50 pm on Dec 7, 2005 (gmt 0)

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as an aside to all of this: that segway thing looks really cool.
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