posted on Jul, 15 2012 @ 10:58 AM
I own, operate and develop (for others) websites. Some of them rely on advertising for some, and some rely on advertising for all of their income. I
do not work on any sites that pop-up advertisements, force you to click through or pop-up when you try to exit. Nothing obnoxious...but advertising
none the less. If it weren't for the ads, the sites would not exist as there would be no income.
So...for example...if regular television couldn't display commercials, or ads at the bottom of the screen, or if you could simply block them...the
"free" TV would go away. Now keep in mind, back in my youth all there was, was free TV with commercials. Then in my late teens, there was paid cable
without advertising. Now there is paid cable with advertising. Without the advertising, the stations would not exist. There is no income and
therefore no staff, no shows bought, etc.
I use AdBlock in Chrome but mostly because I want to block the obnoxious advertising on some sites. I don't mind the static, non-invasive banners
here and there. But in my opinion, any method of blocking all ads, all the time will either kill internet commerce, or require paid memberships to
visit sites. I don't think anyone wants that.
The solution is fairly simple...a code of conduct requirement. Simple display ads taking no more than 25% of the screen at any given time and
displaying only products related to the site you are viewing. If these "rules" are broken, the site is moved to another category that is flagged in
all search engines as...well...obnoxious. You can still visit, but you have been warned. At least that would work for me. But I don't want it run
by Microsoft, Google or the government. And finally...each site should have an option to pay/donate and if you do...no ads will be displayed. But
only as an option. Much like the software that removes their banner if you buy the application.
Now...how to accomplish and manage this is beyond me.
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