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Originally posted by Barbaricfellow
Not a single thing from this site sending data.
My configuration of addblock plus (with "antisocial"subscription) , no script and siteblock did a great job.
Great add on to test if anything slips trough though. THX for posting!
Originally posted by amethystmoon
Can someone tell me how ads and cookies are in the same boat. Blocking cookies doesn't get rid of the ads, that I have seen. I am sure ads have cookies too but one doesn't seem to affect the other. . Please correct me if I am wrong.
Originally posted by el1jah
I have no problem with ATS finding reasonable ways to pay for itself. But I think they have gone beyond that into making profits a pretty central goal. Obviously I have no concrete evidence, but the censorship on this site has gone up noticibly in the one year as a contributing member. It is obvious that this website doesnt want us to talk about certain things (ie.drugs) not because it ruins the integrity of the site, rather it hurts profits. If we talk about drugs, it comes up in searches, it comes up in tags, it links to other pages, basically it hurts the chances of advertisers wanting to be associated with the site. Call me crazy but some of you know this to be true. If it was not the case, the complete banning of all talk, educational, conspiracy, medical, - non promoting sharing of knowlege would be allowed. Im tired of hearing the 'few bad apples we tried it' nonsense at least put us in the know.
Effectively the cookie is sent to their advert server each time an advert is loaded allowing them to generate a profile of websites that the user is interested in. So after a bit of browsing, say you went to an astronomy forum, and a telescope store which contained the same advertising companies adverts... they will start offering adverts related to telescopes and astronomy.
The same goes for if someone visit's several car manufacturers websites that happen to host adverts from the same advertising server, when you visit a site about gardening you will most probably receive adverts about cars.
It's a dirty tactic.