White List Request Denied

White Listing is handled so poorly by some websites that I refuse to do so.

First, the typical scenario is that I am following a link that some other site that I do support has suggested/provided me with. It is background information or supporting viewpoints and even occasionally opposing views.

Today I was following a link based on the Airbender story. Not a story I am all that familiar with, but the article (on Medium) was interesting. I did not follow the original article to its end as the story wasn’t particularly compelling to me and, more importantly, it warned of spoilers. It does warrant further inspection if I follow the idea that the storyline is worth watching. I am not an anime fan, as such. But the seed is planted. Spoilers warnings are appreciated.

Upon arrival at the tab with the provided link I found the now typical whited out page with a pop up requesting that I white list their site, so ‘they can keep doing this’. Of course, my cynical side wondered if they used ads to fund their blocking of articles, but I digress.

I will not white list a site wholesale because of one link. Or four. I do not know that site, I do not have an understanding of what they feel is appropriate for ads and until I do they will not get white listed.

I need to step in slowly. Mostly because of ad agencies or their surrogates.

Ad agencies have destroyed my trust of anyone demanding ads be watched. I don’t watch commercial TV anymore. Also, I do not enable Java, Flash or anything else that consumes my resources without permission. I still am appalled that supporters of Adobe Flash still cannot realize that while its use as content creation is fine by me, there are many that still insist that ads be watched in the unique security hell that Flash provides.

My worst case scenario for the white list abusive behavior is Wired.com. I subscribed to them but, at that time, they sort of had a web version but focused primarily on print. Monthly their out of date and rarely read donation to my recycling effort grew and I opted out of the renewal. My wife thanked me.

Of course, wired.com was still on my short list. I visited them and used them as a reference. They provided many interesting reviews of equipment I would never want much less own but they were always done in style. I appreciated their style. I enjoyed their wide variety of subjects.

Then Wired decided that adblockers would the death of them. So after having not been there for a week or more I came back to find a white page with the request that I disable my adblocker. Eh, what the hell, it’s Wired and I would like them to stay around. So I disabled the blocker, refreshed the page.

They covered the page with a white screen again. Thanking me for turning off the blocker. They did not let me see the page itself. I re-enabled the adblocker and have never returned.

Today I refused. I will refuse tomorrow. Until they are polite and respect my time, my attention and my resources I will stay the course. I know this is a difficult problem, but ham fisted solutions just confirm that I don’t need to visit the site. They got the information from somewhere else. I can find it, this is the web after all.