If you’ve visited any tech-orientated web site recently you may have heard about Why Firefox is Blocked, a campaign by some webmasters who obviously got out of bed on the wrong side one morning and decided to ban all Firefox users from their sites. Their reasoning? Firefox users can install an extension called AdBlock Plus which blocks all internet advertising on their sites.
In other words, webmasters (well, one webmaster at least) are preventing around 10% of web users from visiting their sites because some of those users (someone said 5% of Firefox users) may have an add-on installed which blocks ads. Yeah, that’s totally logical.
The web site claims that the Mozilla Foundation and/or the Mozilla Corporation is actively promoting AdBlock Plus, probably due to the fact it is featured on its recommended add-ons page. This is despite the fact that the page itself says that the addons listed upon it are the “most popular” add-ons and so its featuring is more to do with its popularity than anything.
Of course, by the argument presented by the site, any browser that has an add-on which allows ads to be blocked should be banned. I notice that Microsoft is ‘promoting’ Super Ad Blocker on its Windows Marketplace web site, so surely IE should be blocked too?
Disclaimer: This web site carries advertising from Google AdSense, and the author of this article is a Firefox and AdBlock Plus user. Decide for yourself whether that makes me biased or not.