[wp-hackers] Mike Little's Blog...

Robin Adrianse shorty114 at shorty114.net
Fri Dec 22 08:39:35 GMT 2006

Im sure you can disable or hack it out. But i agree - that shouldnt be
part of a rss parser.

On 12/22/06, Computer Guru <computerguru at neosmart.net> wrote:
> I just absoloutely hate it when something so nice has a "feature" that
> drives me mad.
> There's a reason why AdBlock isn't built into Firefox: ads are there
> for a reason.
> We're all bloggers. I spend 22 hours a day writing software and
> posting for my readers - all for free. I make a tiny bit of money from
> the ads - enough for now.
> So when a feed aggregator's "big feature" is:
> /*********************************************************************\
> "Advertisments be Damned"
> SimplePie has limited support for stripping ads from feeds. We hate it
> when people put ads in their feeds—it's so distracting when you're
> trying to read.
> We decided to go after some of the big guns first—Pheedo, Google
> AdSense, and certain Doubleclick ads. In the future we'll definitely
> expand on these efforts to the best of our abilities.
> /*********************************************************************\
> That's certainly not a nice thing. I mean, WTF. Just because *their*
> developers have people buying them things from the Amazon wishlist and
> donating money to the project, it doesn't mean that everyone else
> does.
> Ads on a site that makes money off you anyway (like eBay or Real or
> something) are one thing, but ads on websites that devote themselves
> to their readers are another.
> Two minutes ago I was about to rip MagpieRSS out of my code, now
> though, I'm not so sure. I can easily remove the ad-stripper (I don't
> even think it blocks my FeedBurner ads), but it's a matter of
> principle. Don't they get it???
> -CG
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