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Mozilla Working On In-Page Popup Blocker For Firefox (androidpolice.com) 53

Firefox is working on a blocker for annoying in-page alerts that often ask you to input your email address to receive a newsletter from the site. "The feature is still in the planning stages, but Mozilla is asking users for any examples of sites with annoying pop-ups," reports Android Police. "Mozilla wants to make Firefox automatically detect and dismiss the popups." From the report: If you know of sites that use in-page popups (whether it be newsletter signups, surveys, or something else), you can fill out the survey here. There are also Firefox and Chrome extensions that make the process easier. I'll be interested to see how Mozilla pulls this off, it will no doubt be difficult to detect the difference between helpful and not-helpful popups.
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Mozilla Working On In-Page Popup Blocker For Firefox

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  • I love the "whitelist us" adblock popups. As if I am going to whitelist any site so they can show me ads that can contain god knows what malware.
    • Sometimes I submit a support request that a website mistakenly detected the tracking protection built into Firefox [mozilla.org] as an ad blocker. I tell them that I see ads hosted by the publisher,* such as those on Daring Fireball [daringfireball.net] and those on Read the Docs [readthedocs.io], and sometimes I click ads hosted by the publisher. But I don't blindly accept scripts that allow third parties to insert arbitrary proprietary scripts that track my "click-stream" from one website to another in order to build an interest profile and try to sell me

    • by Anonymous Coward

      My criteria for whitelisting ads in the 90s
      - Don't be distracting

      My criteria now
      - You cover any data bills incurred by downloading your ads. With interest.
      - Static image. Jpg or PNG, no larger than 45,000 pixels total.
      - A one-click function that brings up the ad network, the provider, and whoever paid for the ad. Names, home addresses, and phone numbers.
      - National vetting and region locking for all ads. so that I can sue for bad ads under the laws of my country.
      - The status bar shows where it goes to on mou

  • Be Brave (Score:1, Interesting)

    by movdqa ( 1122661 )
    I'd love to get the best of Brave and Firefox. Bring back Eich!
  • Helpful Popups (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mentil ( 1748130 ) on Tuesday March 13, 2018 @08:41PM (#56255949)

    it will no doubt be difficult to detect the difference between helpful and not-helpful popups

    There is No Such Difference! Kill 'em all, let FSM sort 'em out.

    • Virtually every image viewer on the web uses an in-page pop-up.

      The alternative is to resort to "old fashioned" pop-up tactics, like drawing an element off-screen and moving into place on cue, using z-order tricks, making them 1-pixel wide and widening them, etc. There's no way to distinguish between ads and image viewers.

      For now, the only way to detect ads is to weigh the amount of scripting from 3rd-party sources. Whether the element is presented as a pop-up or not is irrelevant.

    • I've been blocking those elements with uBlock for a couple of years now. It takes a couple of filters, to get both the popup, frame, and overlay, but once done for a site it's done.

      I don't see them often now, unless I'm wandering far outside my normal haunts.

      • I've been using adblock for ages, but it's modern incarnations mostly lack the ability to list lockable elements.

        With that, I am completely unable to block those stupid little players on news sites, such as foxiness, that pop up partway down, and stick around, partly obscuring the test.

        The chances of my walking a video on a news site are about the same as being struck by lightning. Safari is fully successful in blocking them from playing but I want them *gone*.

        While I'm at it, the other lost art is the b

  • notifications (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Already can be done with about:config. Works about 95% of the time.

  • How about an option to:
    * disable display of anything with absolute positioning
    * disable remapping of keys
    * disable remapping of mouse buttons
    * disable redirection (optionally with confirmation)
    * start pages with javascript disabled with an easy access button to refresh with scripting enabled
    * have a fast/secure mode where all of the above (and more?) are disabled and after a page is fully loaded, a menu with all these worst practices violations would allow you to enable them individually either
    • by ruir ( 2709173 )
      add disabling of videos and anti-cut and paste measures, and I will buy whatever you are selling.
      • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

        add disabling of videos and anti-cut and paste measures, and I will buy whatever you are selling.

        Well, in Firefox there is an about:config option to ignore AutoPlay settings so videos do not play by default.

        Also, Firefox does allow shift-right-click which bypasses any javascript disabling of right-click menus so you can copy/paste (and do anything else).

        This is one of the key reasons why HTML5 is better than Flash - because a browser is free to disable those features that are annoying. You can't disable aut

        • by ruir ( 2709173 )
          I indeed enjoy how much you can mess up with the setting in Firefox and have indeed disabled autoplaying and image animations, not so in love with it being largely bloated nowadays.
  • Excellent! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by bazorg ( 911295 ) on Wednesday March 14, 2018 @06:54AM (#56257869) Homepage

    A while back I started to get pop ups of this type that clearly identify when I'm about to close the tab (they probably check the mouse movement).
    I imagine it's highly effective in getting attention, but once again (for the millionth time), being inconvenient is not an acceptable way to get attention. Being user-unfriendly like that only leads to continuing an arms race, and I'm happy to see Mozilla working on this sort of thing once again.

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