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Thanks for taking away my income, you single handedly proved that one needs Ads to support the business.

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24 Aug, 2013 01:25 AM

I am a small time website owner. I used to get business because people would be redirected to my website. But now all thanks to Ad blocker we are starving. In addition the hosting is very expensive for me to maintain, I went from 6 websites to support my family to one. What next? If you want something for free, we need to get money to maintain the system. Currently your service does not provide any solution for small time businesses which damages the whole economy. To the shame you are using your service for Ads for yourself. You single handedly proved that one needs Ads to support the business.

  1. 1 Posted by Tomáš on 24 Aug, 2013 02:06 PM

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    Hi David,

    I want to say, that user is the part of blocking ads. We are just developing this extension and user has always the choice, if he want to block all ads or only ads on some pages.
    Yes, this extension blocks all ads by default and I think that many people who want to "unblock" ads they will do it.

    But we are looking for option, how both (user of AdBlock and maintainers of servers) can live with ad-blocking software.

    Best regards,
    Tomáš Taro

  2. 2 Posted by Toby on 26 Aug, 2013 06:20 PM

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    Hi tomasko,

    please do share your plan on how you are trying to find a fair solution for both sides.

    I'm not sure how much you are involved in it, but this recent "campaign" to make adblock super popular all over the internet is indeed quote: "going to change the internet". What you don't realize is that all great content that comes free on the internet is in one way or another sponsored and paid for by ads (or donations). There is no such thing as "free" not even on the internet.

    Apart from the hypocracy of you guys creating an ad to promote adblock, you are also breaking your word to find a solution for both sides. Instead you go on to make a youtube video and a crowdfunding campaign to increase the amount of internet users blocking ads that pay the very people that run the website these users are on.

    Since you are probably not comprehending this, or frankly not caring about content providers in the least bit, at least make a compromise:
    Keep AdBlock off by default and just give the option to block ads for certain sites.

    Either way, if your campaign succeeds, that precious internet of yours will deteriorate as those responsible for its content can't even pay their bills... I'm not talking out of my a** here since i am one of these people and i know the amount of people using adblock. It is only getting worse. Thanks for that

  3. 3 Posted by nathan on 27 Aug, 2013 09:05 PM

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    David and Toby,

    I understand that you feel that AdBlock is harmful to the web. We obviously feel that it is a good thing or we wouldn't be working on it.

    We hope to be able to find ways to make everyone happy, but our first commitment is to give users control over their browsing experience, just like content creators also have control over what they give away and what they charge for.

    Thanks for your honest feedback, and we wish you well.

  4. nathan closed this discussion on 27 Aug, 2013 09:05 PM.

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