Wild idea to combat pop-ups

90% Crud: Making sure pop-ups are click fraud

Basically he's proposing a plugin that would auto-click any sneaky pop-up ads (the ones designed to bypass pop-up blockers), thereby costing money to people who clearly are disregarding the user's wishes. Good idea.

....On second thought, bad idea. This would actually provide a good way for scammers to bilk legitimate advertisers. Scammers place legitimate ads onto their pop-ups, everyones plugin bots start auto-clicking and the users are none the wiser. The advertiser now owes the scammer money for the clicks, and it came from what appears to be a legitimate users at a legitmate IP addresses. Bad bad idea.

Posted March 17, 2005 5:44 PM