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kurtr
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rantBlock: Replace browser ads with rants.

Project Type
Open source idea
Summary

rantBlock: Replace browser ads with rants.

Description
You're procrastinating anyway so why not replace ads with something you want to read? This is a proof of concept for an adblock channel that replaces ads with rants. A simple clone of catBlock with a devrant channel added and set to default. Rant with GIF of it in action: https://devrant.com/rants/1015537 Loading of the rant images can be sketchy (I think it's because I fetch the image to get the size). Feel welcome to make a pull request if you fix it / write a better channel.
Tech Stack
JavaScript,catblock, web extension
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Comments
  • 38
    reading summary was enough for me to be convinced
    *removing adblock
  • 36
    Take all my money. Now
  • 28
    wait! what if we used tags so ads would be replaced by rants about ads?
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  • 9
    … or make a tag specifically for rantBlock so those specific rants will come up. good idea👍
  • 6
    @calmyourtities We can use the search enpoint on the api. I actually considered it but it seemed like too much effort for something I wasn't sure was going to work.
  • 8
    FYI here a rant with a gif of it in action https://devrant.com/rants/1015537/
  • 14
    HOLY SHIT THIS IS GENIUS
  • 27
    "No way you can turn a focus tool like adblocker into a anti-focus tool!"

    "SAY NO MORE"
  • 7
    @Joevanne I've gotta be honest... since I installed it I've been spending way too much time reading EVERY page I open in detail
  • 7
    When you fork some other repo and change it's purpose just make an effort to update the README
  • 4
    @afrometal I didn't change it's purpose (still an ad blocker) and I didn't change any functionality. I actually only added a channel as per original spec and turned on the devrant channel by default hence there's nothing to document. If you want to check what I did you can see a git diff on the commit here https://github.com/CatBlock/...
  • 3
    Hmm sad that I have pihole :) I would really usethis
  • 5
    Sign me up!
  • 3
    @kurtr I mean CatBlock and the description about cat images.
  • 1
    @kurtr Is this on the chrome web store yet? I can get it on there if you'd like.
  • 1
    @ldwall this is literally just a proof of concept - as basic as it gets. There seems to be a lot of interest from ranters and some really good feature ideas. I think it would probably be a better idea to add error handling, features, caching etc and then publish for all browsers. Then it will actually be rantblock, currently it's just cat block with the default settings changed
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