Freethought blogs, I love them all. Ok, almost all of them… or something and some more than others, but you get the idea. I read many of them very often and of course it’s where PZ is found now and god (heh) knows I enjoy his writing. And let me say this right from the start, I don’t have a problem with advertising as such. I realise hosting servers costs money; I have… a couple of my own and I realise the hardware and bandwidth one needs to run high traffic sites like freethoughtblogs.com is substantial.
While I hate banner advertising, I can live with it. I don’t want to live with it, but I can and will because I realise that those banner adverts are paying for hosting and distributing the content I like to read. But pop-ups? I freaking despise pop-ups and the evil little bastards that have found its way onto freethoughtblogs.com drives me freaking mental. Chrome doesn’t block them. Why? Because the sneaky advertising agency makes them load on a click. So only when you click on the page does the damn thing load. Mental, it drives me that.
Anyway, it seems the script that creates the pop-up adverts on freethoughtblogs.com are served from a single domain at the moment: c5.zedo.com (I have no doubt that this domain changes regularly and I might put a little script together that polls freethoughtblogs.com to check for changes).
To block it I have added the following to my hosts file:
It seems to be working for now – at least until they change the domain the script is loaded from (or if my shoddy early morning testing missed something…).
To the awesome people at freethoughtblogs.com, I’m sorry, but pop-ups are a gigantic pain in arse of epic proportions. Use ugly banners and bland AdWords and spurious DoubleClick and stuff but please, are the pop-ups really necessary?
Everybody else should really go around and have a look at the quality blogs hosted at freethoughtblogs.com, you won’t be disappointed. Except, perhaps, by the pop-ups.