Reminds me of this tweet I saw this morning: https://twitter.com/mattbuchanan/status/644403254269448192
The logic here is … absent.
The problem with ads is not that they are capitalist, that they make somebody money. The problem is that they are annoying and slow down your browser.
I think there is some logic within the comment. Yes, advertising on the web can be extremely detrimental to the browsing experience, however advertising done right doesn't.
For example, this very web page has one advert, 1. It sits in the top right sidebar and makes almost no difference to the browsing experience.
The problem isn't adverts themselves, it's the way advertising is presented.
Peace uses Ghostery. Ghostery sells it's data to advertising companies...
Man, the speed of browsing is on a whole new level. I can't lie, it's really brilliant.
block ads? fine. webfonts, comments and social widgets? slippery slope.
It's an option, you don't have to use it.
Options indeed. I actually wish the Ghostery desktop extensions offered the option to hide comments.
Peace just uses Steven F's "shutup.css" to hide comments; it's not included with Ghostery on desktop, but you can install it yourself alongside.
Those options are not ticked by default.
FYI - Disabling comments will not allow you to get to the discussions on DN.
You can obviously add DN to the "unrestricted site".
Slippery slope toward what, though? If enough users vote that webfonts or social widgets aren't valuable enough to warrant blowing through their mobile bandwidth, that would probably just suggest that designers out to rethink what they place value on when they design responsively.
I'm really doubtful that most regular users will ever find out about content-blockers, so you'd rarely end up in a situation where a majority of regular users faced a degraded experience without recognising exactly what they were missing out on.
(TL;DR: I think everything's going to be ok!)
I lazily tested it against Purify on a few local news sites and found Peace was allowing banners through. Instant nope.
Very upset about web font blocking. This will even block things like icon fonts. Looks like svg sprites are the future.
It looks like that might be external web fonts. So if you hosted your web fonts with your site, you should be fine.
Seems to be any font which is not present on the device. Fonts hosted within the same site are also blocked.
Check out Purify. You can set an option on whether to block fonts or not. It doesn't block them by default.
They really should be, anyway. Icon fonts are easy to use, but the icons themselves re usually blurry and display differently across browsers.
I was initially concerned about this but it doesn't block all external fonts by default. It also doesn't hide comments by default. It does block ads, trackers, and social widgets (though I don't feel too bad for widgets since we have the Share Sheet for that.)
Interesting. Thanks for the info! Definitely don't feel bad about social widgets gone.
Marco addressed why he chose to block The Deck, the ad network he uses to make money on his own website. But I haven't seen him address the fact that he is also charging for this ad-blocker.
Why would or should he not charge for this utility?
Opinions aside on whether or not he should be charging for this, my point was that in his explanation for why he chose to block the ad network that he and some of his friends/colleagues rely on for revenue, he did not acknowledge the fact that he personally could be making a bigger profit for doing so.
He spent time and resources to make something. And now he is selling it.
What more justification does he need to sell something?
Why would he be obligated to justify if this software is more profitable than his ads? You're looking for a conflict of interest that simply isn't there.
Agreed. Also, I like your DN pixel avatar a lot!
Honestly, I think out there are way better & more customizable content blockers than Peace:
Don't fall for this one only because it was made by "Marco Arment" or whoever. Just compare and chose the one fitting you best.
Tip: 1Blocker has a pretty decent "try before you buy" option that lets you chose either to Block Ads or Trackers .. if you want both, only then you need to $.
Has anyone tested this against 1Blocker?
Works really well. Once installed, ads in Safari are no longer visible.