My 2 cents and a question.
1) Putting the blame (or part of the blame) for this on Ares2 is imo quite dishonest.
People that have ABP installed (me included) expect it to block ads and tracking (Cedric´s tracking filter et al).
And if someone tries to work around this filters, I for my part am grateful that people like Ares2 and others try to block specifically the site trying to do this. If it is my decision to block ads, and someone tries to break my fences I find it completely justified to hit his fingers with a wooden hammer. If the site does not work anymore, well their fault, play fair and it will !!
(Just like I find it obnoxious behavior to put flash cookies on peoples computers because they delete (or don't accept) normal cookies, hoping that they won't notice and continue tracking them.)
If the site working around the filters would have been amazon or google or yahoo or some such, would you even think of telling Ares2 to back off, or would you applaud him for his good work?
noscript .net and Giorgios other sites are in no way different.
2) I understand that Giorgio needs or wants some revenue (from ads or whatever). Just explain it on the homepage, ask people to load a whitelist and respect their decisions. Otherwise I don't see any ethical difference to those I installed ABP against in the first place.
Giorgio needs to make a living, yes he does. On the same argument the ad companies also live from advertising, shouldn't they also be excluded from the filters?
About braking ABP and installing lists that can not be deleted, there has been a lot said here to what I wholeheartedly agree and don't want to repeat. Considering the ethical implications alone ...., well it's staggering.
3) The new versions of noscript eliminates this. Ok, the least to expected. An apology and an explanation (in the heat of the fight, etc). Not really convincing, but well ... maybe understandable.
Then I visited noscript.net, added it to the whitelist, and found something I did not expect.
ghostery was not working like it should. It was red, but no display. So i looked around an found this :
display: none !important;
in file http://software.informaction.com/data/oss.css
And that's where my question comes in.
directly @ Giorgio
Why do you block ghostery's display ?
ghostery does not block your ads, it does not break your page and it does not impair functionality.
It just informs visitors about tracking scripts on the page.
Are you trying to stop an easy way to let visitors know who's tracking them?
Why should you do this?
Somehow it casts doubts about the sincerity of your apology.
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