Forgive me, Alan, but NS is not a cookie manager. There are plenty of tools to do that, although I find Fx's built-in cookie management quite adequate.
FoamHead wrote: Since I won't be visiting sites that have all 1,300 tracking scripts,
A tracking script is not the same as a tracking cookie. NS is intended to block scripts and other executables, which a cookie isn't, although undoubtedly a lot of cookies get blocked along with the scripting. I'm with you in using Mode #2.
all I need is a quick and reliable way to determine which sites are worth marking untrusted
There isn't one. If there were, it would be obsolete the minute it was published. Also, one person's trusted meat is another's poison.
IMHPO (personal, not necessarily representing the forum or developer), I use the "Occam's Razor"
test: Only those scripts, cookies, plug-ins, etc. that are absolutely required for the function I want are possibly allowed, even if the rest of the page is broken, regardless of how trustworthy the other scripts might be. Cuts the decision universe enormously. Those that survive that first cut are then triaged by trustworthiness. As for the others, unless I can foresee needing them some day, they go immediately to "untrusted" as soon as I forbid them, using the Fx config described a few posts above. Of course, they can always be retrieved, if needed, by pointing to "Untrusted" and temp-allowng.
I rather like the idea of renaming the "Whitelist" tab the "Whitelist/Blacklist" tab, including both -- might be less work for Giorgio than adding a second tab for "Blacklist", but if he'd rather add the tab, cool. But the combo tab would consist of nothing more than the W/L from prefs.js and the B/L from the same file, with some *********************** type lines in between to separate them. Then, as you say, you could manually make or remove entries to either without either going to the site or digging into about:config or prefs.js.
Thanks for stimulating the thinking process. Anyone else have any thoughts on this possible feature request?
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