I find the tracker and ad-blockers useful, Noscript/turning off JS less so…so many comment, gallery and submit forms use JS, JQuery etc.
I’d love a plugin or way of blocking all those annoying Opt-In popups - you know ‘Email to subscribe!’ or ‘Did you enjoy this article? YES/NO’ type things as you scroll to the end, usually covering the last bit of what you are reading…and completely lethal on mobile as of course they make the close button tiny. Aaaargh!
Can’t block them since they are actually in-page DHTML/JS/CSS, not true window popups, but irritating.
I run with JS blocked by default in NoScript, with a few domains whitelisted (including, as described above, BB and discourse, allowing me to type this!). It’s mostly pretty great.
Sometimes I have to make exceptions for a one-time site visit, then I have to judge and decide. If I hit a page that’s completely blank without JS (a lot of those are links from Hacker News, so-called “single-page sites”, people showing off their JS package skilz) I just close the tab and move on.
I think I wish BB used a subdomain of boingboing.net for their discourse material, like discourse.boingboing.net rather than just plain discourse.org, so I didn’t have to allow discourse globally. I guess I could look into Request Policy; I have the impression it’s for handling this kind of thing.
(Also: just from a user perspective, I think Discourse rocks.)
By delivering content, obviously. The actual question is “Why does coding sites that inconvenience and annoy the end-user benefit the content-deliverer?” because all of the ills of JS are intentional decisions on their part, not some inherent and inescapable condition of it being used.
I don’t have any other add-ons that should have any impact (unless HTTPS Everywhere or AdBlocker is doing something wonky). I often notice that if I manually allow all the individual scripts on a page, when it reloads there are a whole new batch of scripts (that when I allow them, load a third group of scripts, etc. - what a mess), so I have to wonder if scripts are loading other scripts (etc.) until it hits something somehow not covered by “allow all scripts.”
I wonder how many paywalls I’ve gone right through without being aware of them? I do notice a number of papers/magazines that require scripts to get to the content, though - with scripts turned off, you get stuck at some interstitial page.
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The day I realized I could use Adblock to remove the “Trending” feature on Facebook was a good day.
[/quote]The day I removed myself from facebook was a great day.
Pale Moon is for knee jerk folks who hate modern browser interfaces and want a browser that is ancient code + some security fixes (not all) until the end of time. You’d be better served by the current version of Firefox or Chrome. Pale Moon has to hand port any current security fixes to a code base that gets more crufty with every Firefox release away from it.