If you use Ad Blockers, you must be seeing a message that Winaero doesn't function properly with it. Some readers think that after all these years, I want more ad revenue and want to force them to disable ad blockers. Let me assure you that it's not true.
The only problem here is a defective malformed rule implemented in EasyList, a popular subscription that is enabled by default in each and every ad blocker.
A few days ago I received several reports from readers that the front page is "broken". I was surprised to find that any ad blocker with EasyList literally wipes out everything from the front page, recent posts, popular posts - ALL. I had no choice but to inform my readers that the site is not broken, and that is not my fault. Here is how it looks without my message.
See the yellow area. It is empty, while it was supposed to look like this:
The malformed rule erases the generic markup from the page, and can easily turn the whole web site into a blank page - exactly what you see now.
Please don't get me wrong. I am OK with ad blockers
I personally use uBlock Origin everywhere. I also think if users want to have ads blocked, then they should have that choice. And you have always had that choice on my website, even though my revenue goes down if you use blockers. Until it was only blocking ads, everything was fine.
But breaking the site's look and its features for no reason is not acceptable. The blocked content had nothing harmful and didn't contain ads. There were links to my internal pages.
The EasyList maintainers should review their rules and fix this, and restore the original appearance of the front page on Winaero.
Here is the link to the commit that breaks my site: GitHub.
So I prefer to display a message here instead of having visitors constantly reporting that the site doesn't work.
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