I operate a blacklist for ads
I'm OK with ads on a website - especially on topical sites they sometimes do show me something I'm interested in, and it's good they benefit for showing it to me.
However, I have absolutely zero mercy for ads that get in my way. Ways to get on my banlist are:
- resizing my browser. I scaled that browser for a reason, so thanks for f*cking it up
- playing music the moment I land on the site. First, a home page must be as small as possible, secondly you may make me disturb a quiet office. It's the same reason I disable all the logon and startup sounds from Windows - I'm not paid to advertise for them, thanks.
- popup and especially popunder: it means I have more to close and you get in my way.
- flash based home pages and overlays. Apart from the fact that it slows me down, I have yet to see any flash animation (and navigation) add something sensible to a site. An exception are (for me) fashion sites which are all about design and specific layout. And even there it's very annoying, pretty as it is. They're not all as talented as the Tokyoplastic guys with their drum machine.
- fronting videos with ads. This is one that is caused me to stop using BBC - fronting the video with an ad without the ability to skip it. Although it's quite lovely (in a sarcastic way) to see a major airline flaunt its stewardesses just before you then get the video of a major disaster zone, it slows things down. I have patience, but not for ads (a reason why I have stopped buying especially Disney DVDs as well).
As for installing a covert bypass, WTF? What happened to talking to each other, privately as well as via forum? The guy has ruined the most precious thing you can have as a coder and human being: trust. Mea culpa's come AFTER the facts, how could a user be certain he won't do this again some other time? More to the point, how come he could add code without the segment showing up as owned by someone else (and thus flag it for attention)?
We all make mistakes, but it will be a long time before someone trusts this guy again. That was a heroically moronic thing to do.