At 3/19/04 02:58 PM, WadeFulp wrote:
Pop up blockers are the reason for all these new mailcious ads. If people never installed pop up blockers, or used browsers that blocked them, we whouldn't have all these problems. Even f'ing ISP include software to block pop ups. It should be ILLEGAL. It's like buying a TV that blocks TV commercials.
I doubt that, Wade. I think if there wasn't such a thing as a pop-up blocker, it would be worse. Pay someone a few bucks, and you can spread a virus around the net in one night. It wouldn't matter if your ad got pulled, since there aren't any pop-up blockers, you'd know at least someone got the bug. And then they'd give it to someone else, etc.
And as far as ethics go, what about stuff like TiVo? People pay good money to remove the ads from TV.
I run Ad-Aware and Ad-Watch (pay version). Ad-Watch stops all the malicious installers, but lets the clean pop ups through.
I know NG depends on pop-ups for revenue, and that's why sometimes I disable my own blocker. But I've never liked the idea of pop-up ads. It's not like TV advertisements. Banner ads are more like TV ads. They have their place, they do their job. They don't keep people from enjoying the site. If TV had pop-ups, that block the screen during the action, or change the TV to the Home Shopping Network, I wouldn't watch TV. Period.
I always refer people to NG, whenever the opportunity arises, and some stay and become a part of the NG community. However, countless times I've been told that "there were just too many pop-up ads". And that is no joke.
I'd prefer an option to pay for an pop-up-less account on NG rather than turn off my pop-up blocker.