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Can it be justified to use Adblock plus here?

Postby Getafix on Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:01 am

Aaah, may be its because I am old and I still care for good people. Is it a decent thing to use Adblock plus when visiting Linux Mint forums?

Yes! you know the forums make some money with the help of Ads. It is like having my magic fluid and not caring to say 'thank you'.
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Re: Can it be justified to use Adblock plus here?

Postby Matt267 on Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:03 am

I have adblock plus turn off while visiting the Mint site and forums. I even click on the ads from time to time (mainly the ads for System76). I feel like I'm helping the servers stay powered.

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Re: Can it be justified to use Adblock plus here?

Postby Getafix on Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:05 am

It also needs to be mentioned that .. even though I am old, I have feelings you know. I would also prefer not to see these girls smiling at me in between posts.
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Re: Can it be justified to use Adblock plus here?

Postby Getafix on Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:10 am

Matt267 wrote:I have adblock plus turn off while visiting the Mint site and forums. I even click on the ads from time to time (mainly the ads for System76). I feel like I'm helping the servers stay powered.

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That is kind of you Matt. I too disabled Adblock a few days ago on both my browsers.
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Re: Can it be justified to use Adblock plus here?

Postby xenopeek on Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:04 am

Ads help fund the project, along with sponsors and donors. Your support makes a difference; letting the Linux Mint developers work full time on Linux Mint. You could do as some other users have decided to do; block ads but become a sponsor or donor :wink: http://www.linuxmint.com/donors.php
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Re: Can it be justified to use Adblock plus here?

Postby dee. on Wed Mar 13, 2013 4:10 pm

I have a policy of not turning off adblock except for sites where I can be sure that there's no malicious and/or obnoxious ads. If the Mint forum can guarantee that the ads displayed will not be like that (ie. no silly flash animations that take up CPU resources, no pop-ups, etc.) then I can turn off adblock. Otherwise, I'd much rather keep it on and donate some money to Mint when I get the chance.
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Re: Can it be justified to use Adblock plus here?

Postby Getafix on Thu Mar 14, 2013 11:18 am

Right. Donating some money and switching off Ad is a good idea.
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Re: Can it be justified to use Adblock plus here?

Postby BrowserXL on Thu Mar 14, 2013 1:25 pm

I think that it is ok to use adblock. The ads come from Google adwords and if I am not mistaken they do not pay PPV (Pay per View) but PPC (Pay per Click) or even worse expect qualified leads. Meaning that seeing those ads won't wash money into the pockets of the dev team. My time with the German Altavista Ad department is gone some years now, but I gues the revenuestream of such campaigns hasn't increased significantly as well as the conversion rate of such banners. With a man in the middle the money trickling in on the mint side is most likely not really significant.
I would advocate to eliminate the man in the middle and directly give the money where it belongs to. At least thats the way I intend to go, once my final test is through.

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Re: Can it be justified to use Adblock plus here?

Postby InkKnife on Sat Mar 23, 2013 2:03 am

I always turn off my blockers on sites for things I support. I like Mint and I like these forums so when I am here shields are down.
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