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28 Aug, 2013 05:23 AM

This is seriously dangerous territory you guys are treading in. If this campaign works as you plan it's going to be detrimental to all forms of ad blocking software. You already have some serious backlash going on with content creators rallying viewers against Adblock and petitions popping up asking Google and Mozilla to step in and eliminate the ad blocking addons. If some people are smart enough to figure out they can block ads, that's great. It keeps the number of users low and keeps the lost revenue small enough that most corporations and content creators don't make a fuss about it.
Don't even give me that cookie cutter response 'It's the user's choice to install Adblock' that you've given everyone else who voiced concern. You are campaigning for Adblock to be brought to the masses and I'm going to go out on a limb here guessing you'll not be going out of the way to discuss in the campaign the effect it's going to have on ad revenue.
I always cringe when I see a Youtube comment preaching the glory of Adblock, worried they might cause this very problem, but now it seems you guys want to do it to yourself. I can easily see this turning into a similar situation as with corporations cracking down on torrent websites, and if you think it won't be an issue because of the legality differences you've got another thing coming.
You said in a similar discussion you are looking into a way to work with both sides of this problem, which would be an acceptable answer if you figured it out before starting the campaign.
You need to start supplying some real answers here because so far you seem to be playing blissful ignorance about what you might cause.

  1. 1 Posted by Tomáš on 28 Aug, 2013 02:11 PM

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    We are just developing this extension but user has always the choice, if he will block ads on all sites or not.
    We implemented this feature called "Don't run on this page" and "Don't run on pages on this domain" for this situation.

    We are looking for option, how both sides can benefit from this.

    Best regards,
    Tomáš Taro

  2. Tomáš closed this discussion on 28 Aug, 2013 02:11 PM.

  3. Andrew Horobin re-opened this discussion on 29 Aug, 2013 07:47 AM

  4. 2 Posted by Andrew Horobin on 29 Aug, 2013 07:47 AM

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    Was this an automated reply or did you not actually read anything I wrote?

     From: tomasko126 <[email blocked]>

  5. 3 Posted by nathan on 29 Aug, 2013 12:04 PM

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    We certainly do read the support issues that are submitted to us. We hear your concerns, but we think that letting more people know that they can block ads is a good thing and we don't think it will destroy AdBlock or the advertising industry.

    We're working on some articles addressing these concerns. I'm not sure whether our reasoning will be convincing to you or not, but we have thought about the issues you mention. Be on the lookout for a some new Knowledge Base articles here.

    In the meantime, I'm going to close this ticket, since it's not a support issue and we need to focus on helping users for whom AdBlock is not working correctly.


  6. nathan closed this discussion on 29 Aug, 2013 12:04 PM.

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