joined:July 25, 2005
no native english speaker here, quite a few words are taken from dictionary. so chill and don't be too hard on me.
@incredibill: that's all correct - we have no contrary opinion here. but perhaps i should clarify
no moral scruples
which you and @samizdata have taken out of context (and maybe go back on topic after that, as this thread is not about the reasons of ad blocking, but the shady practices of one adblocker provider).
i just think most people lack of moral integrity. in this case, i wanted to point out, that in general, if a product is cheap or good enough, most consumers won't consequently boycott it, even if it's made by known exploiters or extortionists. and so people will still use adblock plus regardless of this story.
but it doesn't concern the usage of adblock plus in particular, you can see this consumer behavior everywhere (for example, we still buy cheap t-shirts even if we know they are produced in sweat-shops by child workers etc.)
apart from that, it seems to me, that adblock users in particular show by means of usage of this product, that they don't care too much about other people's (webmaster) problems - in this case how a product they consume for free is monetized and how a free web service is kept alive in order to still provide it for them in the future. if you don't know the underlying issues, i suggest you let the whole discussion in german media concerning eyeo gmbh and adblock plus run through a translator in order to comprehend the story as i'm too lazy to sum it up for you.
I didn't suggest that they hate ads, I suggested they are not interested in them.
and i didn't suggest that they are necessarily interested in them, but that they don't mind unobtrusive ads. i don't know on which side you are (reminder: this is the adsense forum), but as far as i'm concerned i'm a webmaster and publisher. i'm dependent on making money with advertising. so this is a critical point for me.
again: the fact that people block ads completely no matter what is in many cases not motivated by complete advertising aversion, but by the technical issue that it's simply the most practical solution to block everything everywhere by default. even if most of the people don't feel bothered by certain advertising forms, they will get blocked anyway. yes indeed, they will never know if there is something interesting for them.