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Ads that you're required to interact with?

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23 Aug, 2015 01:22 AM

Hi. I was recently at an airport with quasi-free wi-fi. I say "quasi-free" because in order to gain access, users are required to watch and interact with an ad, for example by selecting which product they like most or which way they are most likely to want to use the product. I spent a long time trying to figure out where to click on the page in order to gain wifi access before, on a whim, allowing ads on that page, and then I figured it out.
I wonder whether there is some way to let AdBlock users know that there might be a "useful" ad on a page that they are missing? I have no idea whether such ads are coded differently, but I imagine it would be useful to lots of people to know when they're blocking ads that they actually need for some reason.
On the other hand, it was great for me to actually have to interact with AdBlock. I paid for the software when I first loaded it on my computer years ago, and I love it so much precisely because I never have to do anything with it... but that means I haven't paid you nearly enough, since it's something I forget I'm using. (NPR reminds me on a regular basis that I need to pay for their services, but you guys don't--not that I'm complaining. Just means you haven't gotten your due.)

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Rhana on 31 Dec, 2015 03:21 PM

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    Hi Sharon,

    Going through our outstanding tickets as part of our year-end roundup, I came across your lovely thank-you note/suggestion. I never told you, and I apologize for the oversight!, that I passed your note to our entire team, who loved it. It also sparked a lively and ultimately very productive discussion about ads that are actually useful, which may eventually lead to our taking AdBlock in a new direction.

    My apologies for the very late response. Have a happy new year!

    AdBlock Community Manager

  2. Rhana closed this discussion on 31 Dec, 2015 03:21 PM.

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