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Authored by: jca on Sep 15, '03 03:33:51PM

Speaking as another webmaster/designer, this seems like a bad method for trying to remove web advertising. Looking at the CSS file, it seems many legitimate content could get snagged by this broad approach - and considering no browser/site handles CSS the same way as the other, there is sure to be some problems.

Besides, with great sites like MacInTouch struggling to survive, why take away the only thing keeping them alive? This sort of thing will provoke more sites to pull a dreadful ign.com McDonalds style ad makeover.



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Authored by: La Shampoo on Sep 15, '03 05:25:34PM
As Rootpot said: " With CSS methods, you're still downloading the ad files. The webmaster has no idea that you chose not to display the ad. "

Ad stats are not based on ADS display but on ADS downloads. So the ADS stats remain the same and the revenues won't disappear. There is no way to guess what CSS file visitors are using, no way for the AD agencies to guess if the downloaded file will be display or not.

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Authored by: jca on Sep 18, '03 03:49:51PM

No, this is incorrect. Revenues and ad stats are not based solely on "impressions" - that's not how most ad programs work. Simply "downloading" the ad will not bring any revenue to the publisher, in fact, it will hurt them greatly, because it will throw off the stats/ratios, and they will move on to other methods, such as pop-unders, or the aforementioned "site makeover" a la IGN.com.



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