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Advertisements on some websites are extremely annoying, they can envelope occasional pages like a swarm of locusts. No wonder then that regular web users install ad-blockers. This is, of course, can be aggravating if you rely on advertisements as a source of income.

If you're an ad-blocker, you're bound to have seen messages informing you that a page can't be displayed because you have an ad-blocker active; you may even have been whisked away to a completely different page, or you may have seen a polite request to deactivate your ad-blocker.

Jeroen's AdblockDetector stack allows Weavers who rely on ads to display a LightboxMe lightbox with any content they please when an active adblocker is detected; it can display a floating text message; it can display the content of a child stack at the top of your page or it can whisk your visitor away to a different page entirely. The latter solution might sound a little harsh, but if you're offering free content and rely on ads to finance that content, you can usher your adblocked visitor to a page with paid content.

I personally don't have the LightboxMe stack from Marathia's Stacks, so I was unable to test this solution. This left me slightly disappointed that the 'Redirect' function wouldn't accept a javascript to allow me to activate one of my many other lightbox stacks. I'm hoping that this is simply an oversight. EDIT: Jeroen has, in the meantime, added a further option "Simulate a Link Click" which will allow you to run a javascript and open a 3rd party lightbox.

The redirect solution works as expected when an URL is entered and redirects almost instantaneously to your page with the paid content. The child stack displaces your page content to display whatever content you've added to it.

AdblockDetector – Marathia's Stacks
The AdblockDetector's 'Generic Alert' displays a page overlay with a text message of your choice alongside a 'close' button. A not unattractive solution if you don't have Marathia's LightboxMe.

AdblockDetector is not your run-of-the-mill 'pimp-my-page' stack that adds bells here and whistles there, it is an extremely useful stack for those Weavers that actually display advertisements to finance their publications. As such, I would classify it as a 'specialised' stack and recommend that you grab it as quickly as possible — before the price goes up!

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