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[edited by: martinibuster at 1:27 pm (utc) on Mar 8, 2016]
[edit reason] Added link to a news report. [/edit]
On Monday morning, some visitors to the Times’ website who had ad blocking tools enabled were greeted with a message stating “The best things in life aren’t free.”
The company also plans to explore technology-based solutions to counteract the effect of ad blockers, and is also considering legal avenues, the spokeswoman said.
“The goal is to inform users of the harm of ad blocking and to encourage the whitelisting of nytimes.com. Ad blockers do not serve the long term interest of consumers. The creation of quality news content is expensive and digital advertising is one way that The New York Times and other high quality news providers fund news gathering operations,” the New York Times spokeswoman wrote in an email.
Oddly enough (running ad block plus and NoScript) I just visited the site and got a "normal" experience. Normal in that there were broad areas of white space (where ads might live), divs that were floating here, there and everywhere, but the content was there.
But I also agree with toidi. Most news sites are crammed with a ridiculous amount of beacons, tracking scripts, popups, scripts for paid "related content" and video ad scripts.
I applaud the NYTimes for what they're doing and hope they take it all the way. I'm also glad they're exploring legal options.I agree, however the pop-up notice failed terribly for my main site. It increased bounce rate so after 2 months I removed it. I'll let the big guys make the imperative.
joined:Mar 9, 2016
And that's ok occasionally, but blocking ads just because you don't want to see ads is irresponsible
joined:Mar 9, 2016
Is there a free newspaper without ads?
A descent internet visitor will never have the need of installing this kind of plugins.
The Interactive Advertising Bureau is ready to make a DEAL with people who use ad-blockers:source: [motherboard.vice.com...]
Detect ad-blocking, “in order to initiate a conversation”
Explain the “value exchange that advertising enables”
Ask for “changed behavior,” that, to disable the ad-blocker, to maintain an “equitable exchange”
Lift restrictions or Limit access in response to “consumer choice”
The Interactive Advertising Bureau is ready to make a DEAL with people who use ad-blockers
The only problem is that a sizeable portion of adblock users have been convinced (or convinced themselves) that all ads are evil. No matter what you say or how you say it, they'll happily use 10 pages of your content while not loading a single ad.
I think a lot of these ships have sailed, and they aren't going back to the harbor.
Don't blame the users for inventing and using something to block spam, bait-clicks, forced redirects, pop-up ads and the rest of the BS created by money hungry publishers