War is never the solution

An email I got:

Chris please make a video on how to detect ad blocker software (Like ad block plus firefox extension) with JavaScript or PHP and do something to show ads because this days over 12 million internet user are using ad block plus and many other ad blocking software.

My response:

I think if people run an ad blocker they shouldn’t see any ads, that’s the point. It’s not them being rude, it’s them reacting to there being so many awful, overwhelming ads on websites. What would be rude is for front end developers to disrespect that wish and force ads anyway.

Starting a war of front end developers trying to fight ad blockers and ad blockers trying to fight front end developers isn’t the solution. The solution is for websites to be more tasteful with ads and so that users aren’t driven to ad blockers out of frustration.

2 responses to “War is never the solution”

  1. I agree Chris, people should resort to using more tasteful advertising such as the ads I see on your site rather than those obstructive adds that seem to be there purely to annoy people.

    I hate using pop up blockers, because there are many sites out there which use pop ups for a legit reason and not to spam you with ads and using the pop up blockers prevents it. THAT would be an ideal place to use such a script to get around pop up blockers.

  2. I’m amazed someone would even think of trying such a thing. It’s kind of like asking “how can I force people to eat my food even though they hate the taste of it?”

    In addition to your solution of having more tasteful ads, I’d say that it never hurts to politely ask your readers to whitelist your site in their ad-block software, and then provide a list of GOOD reasons that they should do this (supporting the site, feeding your children, yadda yadda yadda).

    Trying to circumvent the user’s web-browsing decisions is EXACTLY why people hate advertising to begin with. It would leave a bad taste in my mouth to even visit a site like that.

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