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garfi
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ad blocking

Postby garfi » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:22 am

hi,

as of lately lots of feeds are incorporating ads in them, making them quite difficult to read (ads distracting and confusing).

Any chance adblock or similar could be integrated into greatnews ?

TIA,

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Re: ad blocking

Postby MysteryFCM » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:29 am

Regards
Steven Burn
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garfi
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Re: ad blocking

Postby garfi » Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:10 am

MysteryFCM wrote:;)

http://hosts-file.net



thanks, but I don't get it: if GreatNews was to render webpages using FireFox I could install and use http://adblockplus.org/en/ to save me from reading ads.

Would you mind explaining a bit your answer ? How does that URL add adblocking capabilities to GreatNews ?

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Re: ad blocking

Postby MysteryFCM » Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:45 am

hpHosts is a HOSTS file, as such it is not browser specific (it will block connections to known adservers/malicious servers, for all programs, including Great News). In addition, it also blocks malicious (malware, phishing etc) websites.
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garfi
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Re: ad blocking

Postby garfi » Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:28 am

Thanks MysteryFCM.

It's a bit overkill for me, I just want GreatNews to block feed advertising. I don't see the need to add a hosts file that someone else maintains that could block legit sites (you know, different opinions on wether a site fits a certain category and so on).

And besides I just want ads to be hidden by the filter, but downloaded. That way advertisers still get the notion they delivered the ad, although they won't get back no clicks from it....

Anyway, thanks again.

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Re: ad blocking

Postby MysteryFCM » Wed Feb 04, 2009 1:40 am

No problem :)

You *may* (and I stress may), be able to hide them by modifying the GN stylesheet thats used to display the filters, but this assumes the feed hasn't already set the styles itself.

You'd need to play with the CSS files to see if this would work (doubtful, but worth a try), or use one of the plain vanilla styles that only displays the actual text of the feed, and not any graphics (though of course, this would still allow for text based ads and still isn't guaranteed to work)
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