I'd be interested in hearing your opinions on AdBlock and similar mechanisms. Given that AP is supported at least in part by ad-based revenue, how does one make the decision of which ads to block, if any? I've heard arguments that state that the system of ad-based revenue is a poor one and thus should be subverted to force developers to improve their business plans, and more that it simply doesn't matter for sites such as YouTube (in that Google already has tons of money, why give them more, et cetera). I appear to be in the minority of people who don't like using AdBlock, so where do you all stand?
It's really pretty simple: Adblock hurts those that rely on advertising revenue to run their sites. Hurting a service, even if they are already making a lot of money, that you are using -- is, imo, wrong. The cost to run YouTube is in the millions.
(I use it selectively on, and only on, extremely
(I prefer a model that allows those that don't want to see ads at all to pay a website operator to have them removed. )