1. ItnStln's Avatar
    You must be comfortable changing file permissions and editing your Windows host file with something like Notepad++ (free software). If you don't know what a host file is or what it does, either leave it alone or research it heavily first (I promise I'm not being rude, just brutally honest so that you know editing a Windows system host file is not something to take lightly). Always make a backup of your host file in case something goes wrong.

    Don't use their auto installer (it does other things you may not want it to do), do it manually. It's basically a copy and paste procedure;

    Blocking Unwanted Connections with a Hosts File


    This custom host file is a lot like a a virus scanner in that you must keep it updated. I typically check for an update every month or two. Running your browser with an adblocker plugin gives you an extra layer of protection.
    Thanks, I'll look into it!
    03-17-2018 12:53 PM
  2. anony_mouse's Avatar
    I don't see the ads because I use a custom host file that blocks them before I ever open my browser.
    If you block advertisements, how do you pay your share of the running of this site? I assume you are not freeloading from other users who don't block ads.
    03-19-2018 09:31 AM
  3. ItnStln's Avatar
    If you block advertisements, how do you pay your share of the running of this site? I assume you are not freeloading from other users who don't block ads.
    What’s your point? Why are you hating on ad blockers? If the site had a paid feature to disable the ads I would pay, but they don’t. If the site has an issue with ad blockers they should be like some news sites and not let you proceed until they’re disabled.
    I access the forums through Tapatalk, is that okay with you or not?
    03-19-2018 09:54 AM
  4. anony_mouse's Avatar
    What’s your point? Why are you hating on ad blockers? If the site had a paid feature to disable the ads I would pay, but they don’t. If the site has an issue with ad blockers they should be like some news sites and not let you proceed until they’re disabled.
    I access the forums through Tapatalk, is that okay with you or not?
    Hi ItnStln, my point is that if everyone did as you do (i.e. used an ad blocker), this site would not exist.

    Whether using an ad blocker is justified or not depends if you:
    1. Agree with Kant's view that an action should be judged on consequences if everybody did the same thing (i.e. everybody used an ad blocker, which would mean this site closed down)
    2. Prefer the opinion of Marx, who argued that all actions are relative from an ethical point of view (i.e. that it's OK for you to use an ad blocker, but not for me).

    What do you think?
    03-19-2018 10:14 AM
  5. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    Hi ItnStln, my point is that if everyone did as you do (i.e. used an ad blocker), this site would not exist.

    What do you think?
    I'd continue my life without it. Simple as that. If I'm not monetizing from it then I don't care.
    03-19-2018 01:14 PM
  6. anony_mouse's Avatar
    I'd continue my life without it. Simple as that. If I'm not monetizing from it then I don't care.
    Hi BreakingKayfabe, please could you explain what you mean by "if I'm not monetising from it"? Are you expecting the site to pay you to look at its content?

    As you're not prepared to look at adverts when using the site, I am effectively paying for it on your behalf. Please consider compensating me for this - contact me privately and we can set up some kind of regular payment.
    03-19-2018 02:47 PM
  7. ItnStln's Avatar
    Hi ItnStln, my point is that if everyone did as you do (i.e. used an ad blocker), this site would not exist.

    Whether using an ad blocker is justified or not depends if you:
    1. Agree with Kant's view that an action should be judged on consequences if everybody did the same thing (i.e. everybody used an ad blocker, which would mean this site closed down)
    2. Prefer the opinion of Marx, who argued that all actions are relative from an ethical point of view (i.e. that it's OK for you to use an ad blocker, but not for me).

    What do you think?
    I said before if the site had a paid subscription without the ads I would contribute. However I refuse to be bothered with ads so someone can profit from my reading their articles. You never answered my question so I will ask again. I access the forums through Tapatalk, is that okay with you or not? I paid for the premium version of Tapatalk so I don't have to deal with ads.
    I will answer the points you raise even though this isn't the politics section and, judging by your points, you won't like my answers.
    1. If everybody used ad blockers I doubt MoNa would close down. Most likely they would go to a paid subscription service first. If MoNa suffered from ad blockers they should be like certain news sites and not allow one to proceed until the ad blockers are disabled. Further they should look at their articles and find out what they can do to improve their site, including partnering with online storefronts to increase revenue. Don't break your articles down into pages where one must click to the next page to continue reading to drive up your revenue. I am sure you could read between the lines and see that I am a huge supporter of capitalism as well as a business manager and a graduate of business school.
    2. I am going to have fun with this point! Can you show me where I said that it is okay for me to use an ad blocker but not you or anyone else? I wish someone with knowledge would chime in here and tell us how much money MoNa generates from the ads and what the average ad pays them. I think it is okay for anyone to use an ad blocker as it enhances the viewing experience, especially on MoNa sites. Marx and ethical don't belong in the same sentence. Marx was racist, anti-Semitic, middle-class, jobless, and living off his parents and sounds a lot like his current-day followers.
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    03-19-2018 03:11 PM
  8. ItnStln's Avatar
    I'd continue my life without it. Simple as that. If I'm not monetizing from it then I don't care.
    Indeed
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    03-19-2018 03:12 PM
  9. ItnStln's Avatar
    Hi BreakingKayfabe, please could you explain what you mean by "if I'm not monetising from it"? Are you expecting the site to pay you to look at its content?

    As you're not prepared to look at adverts when using the site, I am effectively paying for it on your behalf. Please consider compensating me for this - contact me privately and we can set up some kind of regular payment.
    What is your role in MoNa? You seem like you are being harmed financially when @Sherry_B @BreakingKayfabe and myself use an ad blocker. If @James Falconer wants me to compensate MoNa for my use of ad blockers I will. He can contact me at any time. I have said before I have no problem with a paid subscription service that removes the ads. It would be interesting to see how much MoNa makes from the ads and what the average ad pays them as well as what the average page load pays them. Perhaps some people would be less likely to use ad blockers if they saw the financial harm they do to MoNa. From your earlier post it appears you are a proponent of socialism so you should understand this is a form of socialism, albeit on a much smaller scale. From your posts it sounds like you have a role in MoNa so I am curious what that role is.
    Last edited by ItnStln; 03-19-2018 at 05:00 PM.
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    03-19-2018 03:18 PM
  10. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    Hi BreakingKayfabe, please could you explain what you mean by "if I'm not monetising from it"? Are you expecting the site to pay you to look at its content?
    If I have no interest financially in the site I will use it for myself however I see fit. If I don't want to be bothered by ads I will use an ad blocker.
    As you're not prepared to look at adverts when using the site, I am effectively paying for it on your behalf. Please consider compensating me for this - contact me privately and we can set up some kind of regular payment.
    You personally find value in the site so you are willing to put up with the ads. While the site provides good content it won't hurt me if it was to eventually go away. This is where the part about me not caring comes in. If the site is still running because you're willing to put up with the ads then that benefits me because I can still access it without putting up with ads. If eventually the site goes the Forbes route and doesn't provide what I want to see unless I disable my ad blocker, that's also fine with me. I'll just find content someplace else.
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    03-19-2018 05:03 PM
  11. Sherry_B's Avatar

    As you're not prepared to look at adverts when using the site, I am effectively paying for it on your behalf. Please consider compensating me for this - contact me privately and we can set up some kind of regular payment.

    I control what is shown on my screen. If I don't want to see it then it's not going to be there. However, if you want to pay my Internet bill, and the electricity I use to power the machine I use to view it, then you can have a say in what is shown on my screen. Contact me privately and we can make arrangements for you to pay my Internet and electric bills.

    Having said that; just as an example, I use the WowHead website on a daily bases, several times a day sometimes. I've been using the site since 2009. I also pay a subscription fee because I use the website so much. Not only because I use it but because of the valuable information it offers me as a World of Warcraft player. Because I pay a sub I do not have to look at ads. If iMore wants to offer subs and begin offering articles that are helpful to me, then I will gladly pay for that service.


    If you block advertisements, how do you pay your share of the running of this site? I assume you are not freeloading from other users who don't block ads.
    I volunteer my time freely, when I am able, helping others here at iMore with their Apple devices. I feel like that allows me to use an adblocker if I so desire.
    Last edited by Sherry_B; 03-19-2018 at 05:35 PM.
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    03-19-2018 05:20 PM
  12. ItnStln's Avatar
    If I have no interest financially in the site I will use it for myself however I see fit. If I don't want to be bothered by ads I will use an ad blocker.


    You personally find value in the site so you are willing to put up with the ads. While the site provides good content it won't hurt me if it was to eventually go away. This is where the part about me not caring comes in. If the site is still running because you're willing to put up with the ads then that benefits me because I can still access it without putting up with ads. If eventually the site goes the Forbes route and doesn't provide what I want to see unless I disable my ad blocker, that's also fine with me. I'll just find content someplace else.
    Indeed
    03-19-2018 05:25 PM
  13. ItnStln's Avatar
    I control what is shown on my screen. If I don't want to see it then it's not going to be there. However, if you want to pay my Internet bill, and the electricity I use to power the machine I use to view it, then you can have a say in what is shown on my screen. Contact me privately and we can make arrangements for you to pay my Internet and electric bills.
    Well said
    03-19-2018 05:25 PM
  14. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    Having said that; just as an example, I use the WowHead website on a daily bases, several times a day sometimes. I've been using the site since 2009.
    Nice, another Warcrack addict.
    03-19-2018 08:20 PM
  15. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    I personally go by Newton's third law.

    The action is that I use an ad blocker.

    The reaction is my browser flies on sites like iMore.

    03-19-2018 08:26 PM
  16. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I’m clearly missing something. I understand that the displaying of ads bring revenue to iMore. In addition, I understand that by clicking on an ad and then making a purchase brings a profit to the seller. What I don’t understand is how the mere viewing of ads give a person the notion that he or she should be compensated for that viewing by those who prefer not to view ads. Somebody please help me understand.....
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    03-19-2018 08:35 PM
  17. ItnStln's Avatar
    I personally go by Newton's third law.

    The action is that I use an ad blocker.

    The reaction is my browser flies on sites like iMore.

    Indeed
    03-19-2018 08:57 PM
  18. ItnStln's Avatar
    I’m clearly missing something. I understand that the displaying of ads bring revenue to iMore. In addition, I understand that by clicking on an ad and then making a purchase brings a profit to the seller. What I don’t understand is how the mere viewing of ads give a person the notion that he or she should be compensated for that viewing by those who prefer not to view ads. Somebody please help me understand.....
    I'm lost on that one too.
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    03-19-2018 09:04 PM
  19. anon(10092459)'s Avatar
    Well .. every successful business needs revenue to operate. I think the best choice to have two choices, paid membership with no ads and free but with ads. I personally don't have any issue paying a reasonable price in some time of monthly membership (Hell, I support a couple of You Tubers through Patreon.) I mean, businesses need money to function, right? It's gotta come from somewhere...
    03-20-2018 12:24 AM
  20. anony_mouse's Avatar
    What is your role in MoNa? You seem like you are being harmed financially when @Sherry_B @BreakingKayfabe and myself use an ad blocker. If @James Falconer wants me to compensate MoNa for my use of ad blockers I will. He can contact me at any time. I have said before I have no problem with a paid subscription service that removes the ads. It would be interesting to see how much MoNa makes from the ads and what the average ad pays them as well as what the average page load pays them. Perhaps some people would be less likely to use ad blockers if they saw the financial harm they do to MoNa. From your earlier post it appears you are a proponent of socialism so you should understand this is a form of socialism, albeit on a much smaller scale. From your posts it sounds like you have a role in MoNa so I am curious what that role is.
    Please point out exactly where I said I was a proponent of socialism.
    03-20-2018 07:56 AM
  21. anony_mouse's Avatar
    I’m clearly missing something. I understand that the displaying of ads bring revenue to iMore. In addition, I understand that by clicking on an ad and then making a purchase brings a profit to the seller. What I don’t understand is how the mere viewing of ads give a person the notion that he or she should be compensated for that viewing by those who prefer not to view ads. Somebody please help me understand.....
    I am pointing out that if you block ads when viewing an ad supported site such as this one, you are freeloading. Unless you contribute in some other way, of course. That is obvious, right? What didn't you understand exactly.

    I don't know anything about this tapatalk, so I can't comment on that. But I do think that if you are freeloading from other people, you should look at ways to compensate them. I'm sure you agree.
    03-20-2018 07:58 AM
  22. Sherry_B's Avatar
    Nice, another Warcrack addict.
    I'm retired and an empty nester. I've put in my time. I can play when ever I want.
    03-20-2018 10:18 AM
  23. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    I'm retired and an empty nester. I've put in my time. I can play when ever I want.
    I went back and reread my post, and what I SHOULD have said was:

    Nice. Another Warcrack fellow player.

    My son is 18 and "independent" and I have a 100 meg fiber connection at work and at home so I too play whenever I want. :-)
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    03-20-2018 10:26 AM
  24. Sherry_B's Avatar
    I went back and reread my post, and what I SHOULD have said was:

    Nice. Another Warcrack fellow player.

    My son is 18 and "independent" and I have a 100 meg fiber connection at work and at home so I too play whenever I want. :-)
    Apologies... due to the nature of this thread I was on the defense. Totally jelly over your connection speeds!
    03-20-2018 10:39 AM
  25. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    Apologies... due to the nature of this thread I was on the defense. Totally jelly over your connection speeds!
    Understood and thanks.

    Now, to get back on topic:
    Considering this is supposed to be an apple and all things related website, why is there so much space and editorial time suddenly being given to the Nintendo Switch?
    Nothing on PlayStation, Xbox etc but an absolute shedfull of stuff on Nintendo!
    Are they paying you to give this thing so much coverage?
    This site falls under the umbrella of Mobile Nations, which covers Android, Apple, Windows and Blackberry. As stated by @metllicamilitia, Xbox is covered over on Windows Central, and PlayStation is on Android Central, I believe.

    Is MoNa being paid for this coverage? That I cannot answer. But what I can say is that I love being able to come to this site and find answers to questions or suggestions on issues or ideas on something other than mobile devices. I have Xbox, PS4 and a Wii in our house and the MoNa site has the information I'm searching for. To me is "one stop shopping".

    For now, the Switch is that "next big thing" so yes, we (the supporting folks of MoNa - the users, the mods, admins, and paid staff) are going to have a support forum for it.

    But not only Nintendo, here at iMore Forums we have Google and Gmail, Windows and Linux, Instant Messaging & Social, Photography and Videography, Health, Media, Transport, etc. None of it's related to Apple, but we still have forums for it. Again, "one stop shopping".
    03-20-2018 11:11 AM
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