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RSS and AdBlock Plus [UPDATED]

Posted Jul 13, 2010 by Michael Bitton and AdBlock Plus [UPDATED]

Hi everyone,

It has come to our attention that a recent update to the Firefox extension AdBlock Plus has caused off-site links on to cease displaying. We first want to take this opportunity to reassure you that nothing has been done (or changed) on our end here at to reduce site functionality for users who make use of this add-on. What appears to have occurred is that the add-on is now looking for the target="_blank" string at the end of our off-site links (this opens up off-site links in a new window/tab, something we have been doing for years). Off-site links are formatted this way to reduce the likelihood of readers clicking away from our site and not returning. Unfortunately, we cannot at this present time do anything regarding this issue without dropping the link formatting for off-site links which is not an option for us, but I can assure you our tech team is investigating possible alternatives.

In the interim, we ask that you please add as an exception (white list) to AdBlock Plus in order to maintain off-site link functionality on our site. In order to do this, you can simply click the ABP button drop-down on Firefox (it should be red) and click Disable on and reload the site (the button should now be green).

If you are experiencing this issue with the site already white-listed in AdBlock Plus, please delete the exception by clicking the drop-down on your ABP button in Firefox and clicking Preferences and then right clicking the exception "@@||^$document" under My Exception Rules and hitting delete, then return to Firefox and uncheck Disable on in the ABP dropdown (the button should be red now). Finally, click the ABP button drop-down once more and check Disable on again (the button should return to green) and reload the page.

At we hold ourselves to high-standards in advertising, and our policies are designed to ensure that ads on the site are relative and non-disruptive to your browsing experience. We’d like to take this opportunity to provide you with a few examples of how we do this:

  • We do not allow "road block" ads (ads that bar your entry into the site without waiting or clicking to proceed)
  • We do not allow pop-up ads
  • We only allow gaming related advertising
  • We do not allow our ads to expand outside the assigned ad space/size
  • We do not allow audio ads
  • We do not allow contextual ads (words highlighted in articles that pop up ads)

Advertisements keep this site going so that we can provide you all with the experience you expect, and while we promise to you that we won’t ever deliberately make it harder for you to enjoy our site while running ad-blocking programs or add-ons we hope that you will white-list our site to show your support.

If you are still having issues please let us know by contacting us at or

We appreciate your understanding in this matter.

UPDATE: The EasyList developers have contacted us to inform us that the target=blank check (which was what was messing up off-site links) is being removed from the EasyList subscription for AdBlock Plus in an update that should go out to users within the next five days. This issue should now be considered resolved.

Thanks for your continued support and patience.

Michael Bitton
Community Manager,
Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB

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