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From the article:
Adblock Plus is listed on a Mozilla Web site as the second most popular add-on for the open source browser. PC World, which is owned by IDG, named the extension one of the best 100 products of 2007...
[edited by: martinibuster at 7:23 pm (utc) on Aug. 25, 2007]
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The article contains several quotes from Wladimir Palant, the author of AdBlock Plus.
Mr. Palant, a 27-year-old programmer in Cologne, Germany, is not an ideological opponent of online advertising. For example, he counts himself a fan of the ads that show up with a Google search, saying they are useful and unobtrusive. That does not mean Adblock will not block Google’s ads, however. It means Mr. Palant has to customize his own version of the program to allow them in.
Right on, Mr. Palant - let's sympathize with a large company while killing all the small ones.
Another telling quote describing his perverse moral justification:
“There is only one reliable way to make sure your ads aren’t blocked — make sure the users don’t want to block them,” he wrote. “Don’t forget about the users. Use ads in a way that doesn’t degrade their experience.”
Ok, that doesn't even make any sense. Or is he implying some sort of collective responsibility of advertisers?
Some of the quotes are so eerily similar to what people have been saying here that I became convinced Mr. Palant reads this forum as well. For example:
One response by Web sites would be for them “to serve ads from their own servers,” Mr. Palant wrote in an e-mail message. “For them, this has the advantage that they will probably escape common filter rules, which are usually targeted at large advertising servers.”
[edited by: jatar_k at 1:00 pm (utc) on Sep. 4, 2007]
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