Wednesday, September 16, 2015

If you will become a RESPONSIBLE ADVERTISER, then I will see your ads.

(While this post was inspired by The Guardian, it applies to all advertising supported internet content providers.)

With the volume turned all the way up, and with two sets of amplified external speakers, I could not hear dialog from your commentary on drug laws:…/i-hear-voices-in-my-head-but-i…
Since I have no trouble hearing sound on other websites, and I don't see others making similar complaints, I suspect my difficulty hearing audio has something to do with your comment that I blocked your advertising.
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You posted a comment that I use ad blocking software, asking if I want to support your website some other way. My thought was, if you want to stop your ongoing attempts at breaking and entering my computer equipment with malicious software, maybe I would allow my computer to display your advertisements. (Actually, I already allow and make a point of viewing responsible advertisements, because I know they help pay for online content.)
I don't block all advertising. I only block irresponsible advertising that follows unsafe practices that cause malware to be installed on computers, such as advertisements that link to external sites, that employ user-level tracking (as opposed to classification tracking such as used by Google), or that runs scripts on local machines. Responsible scripts run on servers. Client-side scripts install malware. There is NO LEGITIMATE NEED for client-side scripts on websites, unless the goal is to spy on individuals, or to install malicious software.
Until websites like the Guardian employ responsible non-invasive advertising methods, I will continue to block your advertisements. It would be irresponsible to do anything else. If you will stop breaking these common-sense standards for safe computing, and if you will become a RESPONSIBLE ADVERTISER, then I will see your ads.
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1 comment:

David Lloyd said...

The consequences of NOT employing ad-blocking software include identity theft, financial loss due to malware, ransomware, damage to equipment, loss of speed, and ongoing loss of productivity. I allow ads that do not link to external sites (where the content provider has no control or responsibility over what damage might be done to their clients once these links are followed), that do not track personal information (that can be traced to an individual, and used by third parties to commit crimes), and that do not run scripts on local machines (because scripts that run on servers cannot install malware). The good intentions of content providers offer no guarantee their attempts to gain advertising revenue won't expose clients to these risks. The only way content providers can protect their clients is to refuse advertisers that would create links to external sites, refuse to run client-side scripts, and refuse to track personally identifiable information.