If you’ve visited the BlockAdblock.com blog with an adblocker on recently, you’ve probably seen something that looks like the web circa 1989.
Here’s what it should look like on a normal day without Adblock Plus: (If you’re not seeing any images… you’re using AdBlock Plus. See the problem?)
And here’s what Adblock Plus does to the BlockAdblock.com blog with it’s default installation: (No images. No layout. Hideous.)
This is a perfect example of why sites need BlockAdblock.com. Adblock Plus can render a site nearly illegible — removing necessary images, charts and graphs along the way.
I’m sure someone will rush to the defense of Adblock and say that this is just the result of ‘domain-level blocking’. And that’s true. That’s exactly what this is. But why use domain blocking? That accomplishes absolutely nothing other than making the blog less readable. Or was that the point?
One must note:
- We don’t have any ads on this site.
- Nor do we serve ads to other websites.
- Nor do we even serve our anti-adblock script from this site to other sites.
In other words, blocking absolutely everything on BlockAdblock.com’s blog accomplishes nothing other than just making it look like crap.
An act of malice? You decide.
“But, Filter Lists…”
Now of course, some of you are have already told me that AdBlock Plus doesn’t actually decide which sites to block anyway. It’s the “filter list operators” that make those decisions. AdBlock Plus on it’s own is just a platform. It’s the actual “third-party” lists of domains that do all the dirty work. (I remember when Pirate Bay said something similar, but that’s another conversation). In this particular case, the #1 list “EasyList” is the culprit. Ok, fine.
But how separate are Adblock Plus and EasyList?
When you install Adblock Plus, the first thing AdBlock Plus does is recommend EasyList.
And when it’s time to get EasyList, you’ll note it resides on (you guessed it) Adblock Plus servers.
…and when you get to the EasyList website, they note that Adblock Plus developer Wladimir Palant even helped make the EasyList website.
If someone is attempting to make the case that Adblock Plus and EasyList are wholly separate entities, they’re going to need to try a lot harder. As far as I can tell, they’re two sides of the same coin.
So back to today’s kerfluffle: The BlockAdblock blog looks like absolute crap now, that is — if you have AdBlock Plus installed in it’s recommended state. If you want to actually see anything that looks like a website from the past two decades you’ll need to disable Adblock Plus.
You may be wondering why we don’t just use our anti-adblock technology to stop Adblock users from reading the blog altogether. [UPDATE: We did just that]. But here on the blog we were hoping not to. Now Adblock is essentially forcing our hand. It’s either have a blog with no images (not easy) or block adblockers. So it looks like we’re going to have to block Adblock here as well. The blog is a place for articles, conversations and opinions about ad blocking that we share with both Adblock users and those who abstain. Perhaps our frank discussion of Adblock Plus led a certain entity to make this blog as jumbled and utterly unattractive as possible?
Certainly seems to make sense.