Page crippled by Better?


#1

https://www.imaging-resource.com

Edit: on this site Better is doing nothing, the crippling comes from KA-Block which block the advertisement but leaves empty frames.


#2

I’m a little confused by what you’re reporting as an issue? Better blocks seven trackers on the homepage…

Content blocker prevented… from loading a resource from https://stats.g.doubleclick.net/dc.js
Content blocker prevented… from loading a resource from https://secure.quantserve.com/quant.js
Content blocker prevented… from loading a resource from https://asset.pagefair.com/measure.min.js
Content blocker prevented… from loading a resource from https://asset.pagefair.net/ads.min.js
Content blocker prevented… from loading a resource from https://dnn506yrbagrg.cloudfront.net/pages/scripts/0023/2478.js?431026
Content blocker prevented… from loading a resource from https://www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js
Content blocker prevented… from loading a resource from https://www.googletagservices.com/tag/js/gpt.js

#3

Hello Laura,
now I’m a bit confused.

Better is blocking only trackers or trackers AND advertisement?

In case that Better is not blocking advertisement my query is irrelevant.

I have installed also KA-Block! for advertisements blocking, so everything is a bit complicated…

Best regards

V.


#4

Better focuses on blocking trackers. However, because most ads use tracking, Better will block most ads.

We don’t block first-party ads which don’t use tracking. (We wouldn’t block a banner on a site advertising a product by that company with a harmless tracking-free link to another webpage.) But these types of ads are incredibly rare as most sites use tracking for all kinds of advertising.


#5

If you use KA-Block alongside Better, there shouldn’t be any bad effects. Though I don’t know how KA-Block works and if they track you, so I recommend using all extensions with caution!


#6

Thank you for the explanation Laura.

The KA-Block is a very efficient add blocking app, but sadly in the last period it is rarely updated.

I think the app is open source, why do not beef up the Better with high quality add blocker function?

But I’m proposing this without having an idea what are open source software legal implications.

Thank you for support

V.


#7

Two reasons:

  1. We don’t want to be an ad blocker. Ads are not the problem (as annoying as they can be), tracking is the problem (from a human rights perspective.) There can be ads that are fine, and we don’t want to block ads that make legit rights-respecting organisations from making money.

  2. The more rules we have, the slower the browser will be. Right now, Better is effective because so many sites use the same (centralised) tracking scripts. One rule blocks a tracker across hundreds (or even thousands) of sites, making Better very efficient. We try to avoid making too many site-specific rules because we could end up with loads of rules that only have an impact for a very small number of people. The same would be a problem if we added rules for hiding every element on a page that is labelled with some permutation of the word “ad” (this is how most ad-blockers work—they should probably be named ad-hiders, not ad-blockers.) You end up loading so many rules, it really slows every web page down. (This is a notable criticism of many ad-blockers.)

Hope that makes sense! Please let me know if you have any further questions.


#8

Dear Laura, your explanation is from logical and technical point of view perfect. No other questions.

Best regards

V.


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