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May 20, 2013, 09:28:54 AM
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The latest version of the EasyList filter subscription for AdBlock Plus is blocking the ads on this forum. This is the filter in question:
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bitcointalk.org##.middletext[style="border:inherit;background-color: #E5E5E8; padding:1.5pt 5pt; text-align:center"]

So if anyone using AdBlock Plus is wondering what happened to the ads, now you know. And knowing is half the battle. (The other half is disabling that filter because I don't think the ads here are that annoying.)

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May 20, 2013, 09:52:52 AM
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Awesome, right after I bid for ad slots..
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May 20, 2013, 12:19:21 PM
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Not anymore. Wink

They tried this once before with the same simple blocking method. I have a bunch of obfuscation techniques in mind if they try anything more fancy. It's much more difficult for them to block the forum's ads because they're 100% inline and not images.

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May 20, 2013, 12:29:31 PM
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Yeah, last October.

Inserting a space stopped the filter from applying, lol
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May 20, 2013, 01:53:10 PM
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Sorry theymos. I don't agree on being forced to see something, I think the users should have a decision.

If you like to block them again, add

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bitcointalk.org##.middletext[style="border:inherit; background-color: #E5E5E8; padding:1.5pt 5pt; text-align:center"]

to your addon.

If you disagree, remove this post. And hope you don't ban me for this.
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May 20, 2013, 02:36:51 PM
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Sorry theymos. I don't agree on being forced to see something, I think the users should have a decision.

But you're happy to use the service for free?  Ads are how you "pay" for using the forums.
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May 20, 2013, 03:13:06 PM
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Sorry theymos. I don't agree on being forced to see something, I think the users should have a decision.

But you're happy to use the service for free?  Ads are how you "pay" for using the forums.

So are you saying this is mandatory?

There won't ever be a mandatory fee. That would significantly reduce the forum population.

I like donation only, but more effort should be made to gather donations.  Maybe those most concerned should but a bitcointalk.org donation link in their signatures?

The forum is far from low on money. Donations are appreciated, but no one should feel obligated to donate.
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May 20, 2013, 03:13:36 PM
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But you're happy to use the service for free?  Ads are how you "pay" for using the forums.

What about all the the donator's and VIP members that pay up to $6,000 for a line of text?

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May 20, 2013, 03:33:08 PM
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I'm just playing devil's advocate.  I can understand using adblock for things that get in the way, but seems a little silly to use it here where the ads aren't big and flashy.
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May 20, 2013, 04:12:21 PM
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I'm just playing devil's advocate.  I can understand using adblock for things that get in the way, but seems a little silly to use it here where the ads aren't big and flashy.
The ads are actually bearable here + the blazing fast loading times of the forum.

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May 20, 2013, 05:32:52 PM
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I don't agree on being forced to see something

Is someone holding a gun to your head and making you look at the ads? Tongue I'm free to send you whatever data I want when you request a page, and you can interpret it however you want.

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May 20, 2013, 05:41:05 PM
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I don't agree on being forced to see something

Is someone holding a gun to your head and making you look at the ads? Tongue I'm free to send you whatever data I want when you request a page, and you can interpret it however you want.

That's the great thing about freedom of speech. I'm glad you didn't ban me. Just let me know if I am treading in thin water with you.
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May 20, 2013, 07:20:19 PM
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Sorry theymos. I don't agree on being forced to see something, I think the users should have a decision.

If you disagree, remove this post. And hope you don't ban me for this.

Personally I think the ads are very reasonable. No more distracting than a signature. Anything that helps to keep the forums free and ensures longevity while being nothing more than minor disturbance is more than fair. When I think about it though I prefer to have the ads as they display some interesting businesses and often some cool quotes/tips.

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May 24, 2013, 07:05:06 AM
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Bump, ads are now reblocked.
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May 24, 2013, 03:44:38 PM
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Fixed.

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May 24, 2013, 10:08:30 PM
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Fixed.
what do you mean by fixed? they are blocked as of last easylist update.

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May 25, 2013, 12:36:04 AM
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It looks like Bitcoin Forum has annoyed the Temple of Adless's priests, who view it as their holy commitment to block bitcointalk ads. Cheesy
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May 25, 2013, 02:31:56 AM
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Let's see 'em block this. There's now a random number of invisible "posts" before and after the ad, and they're all (I think) indistinguishable from real posts if you're limited to just CSS selectors. Hopefully the filter maintainers aren't careless or they'll end up blocking random posts.

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May 25, 2013, 10:46:57 AM
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If you just posted simple text based ads or ads that don't flash and annoy the fuck out of me then I wouldn't even need adblock, I actually quite like most Bitcoin sites because they seem to have gotten the idea.
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May 25, 2013, 11:33:31 AM
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If you just posted simple text based ads or ads that don't flash and annoy the fuck out of me then I wouldn't even need adblock, I actually quite like most Bitcoin sites because they seem to have gotten the idea.

Isn't this what they are?  I don't think I've ever seen anything flash, it's just colored background/text in some of them.
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