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EmberQuill145045dI hate that sort of thing. Especially since I've stumbled across three or four NY Times articles in the past week and can't read any of them without subscribing. But I can just get my information elsewhere for free.
This type of sites should be punished by using ad block. They don't deserve any penny.
Zynorthis545dI feel this on a spiritual level
rutee07279445dI just started blocking sites like this last week including those fucks who divide the content into 10 pages and you have to click next all the time. The block is a reminder for me to fuck off, this site is shit.
EmberQuill145045dI currently don't have adblock ony phone because the one I used to use ended up killing my battery life. Even idle it was draining way too fast. Trying to read articles without adblock is absolute hell. I found one site that put three separate ads between every single paragraph.
I read maybe 30% of the article and then gave up out of frustration. Even after I start blocking ads on my phone again, I'm never going back to that site.
mksana27144dI can understand the reasoning why those sites do it, but my reaction is generally the same.
One thing I can't help but wonder about is if the dwindling ad revenue is remotely fair.
Sure, in the web, you can track the exact clickthrough rates and stuff, but I don't know if anybody sees a Porsche billboard - or even a Coca Cola billboard - and runs off to buy the product immediately. It's all subtle "brand building". Online ads could be just the same, but noooo, here advertisers expect people to actually click on the ad to immediately visit the website of the coca cola company...
Then again, those news sites made their bed and now have to lie in it. They were greedy and didn't care one bit if they inconvenienced their readers with side banners and popup banners and layer ads and whatnot, upt to the point where ad blockers gained widespread traction.
And now they think they can strongarm people to subscribe - to each site individually, no less.
Never gonna work, imo.
Personally I just right click the popup and inspect it, deleting the html from the DOM. If they hit me with a scroll freeze as well, I hunt down that class and burn it with fire.
It's not just the ads. Then there's also the slow animation into a pop-up for their newsletter. And if you're living in the EU, the GDPR notification.