AdBlock and MetaFilter (and NYROB)
August 23, 2018 12:05 PM   Subscribe

Since yesterday-ish (so, since 8/22), there's apparently been some sort of change in either my installation of AdBlock (Safari, current MacOS) and Metafilter. When I load MeFi, I get the text, but clearly none of the CSS.

I thought perhaps Safari was just confused, so I quit it and restarted; not only did the problem not go away, but it's spread. For a while I've had a NYROB article up, as yet unread, and when I relaunched Safari it, too, had the same (apparently) no-CSS problem.

Disabling AdBlock resolves the issue, but I'd like to know more about what's going on here. Does anyone here know what might be causing this change in behavior?
posted by uberchet to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The CSS is loaded from and if you are using Dark Mode more CSS is added by a JavaScript after the page is loaded. This is probably confusing the ad-blocker into thinking the site is trying to inject ads, even if you have allowed.
posted by CyberSlug Labs at 12:10 PM on August 23, 2018

Is this a new change? Because it's definitely new behavior.
posted by uberchet at 1:03 PM on August 23, 2018

Cloudfront they’ve been using at least a few years — cf my 2012 metatalk post "The page is still loading, please wait to add favorites.”
posted by Celsius1414 at 1:24 PM on August 23, 2018

Should this be in MetaTalk?
posted by AugustWest at 1:38 PM on August 23, 2018

Anything that looks relevant in your browser developer console?
posted by dilaudid at 1:44 PM on August 23, 2018

Should this be in MetaTalk?

it's also NYT Review of Books so figured it might be better here.
posted by jessamyn at 1:49 PM on August 23, 2018 [2 favorites]

It seems to be due to a faulty filterlist.
posted by Kosmob0t at 2:01 PM on August 23, 2018

Yeah, that bad filter, by the way, blocked everything with the letter “n” in the url.
posted by rockindata at 2:47 PM on August 23, 2018

This comment, specifically, shows what you need to do to fix it.
posted by jessamyn at 3:02 PM on August 23, 2018

Brilliant. I knew I could count on MeFi.
posted by uberchet at 4:20 PM on August 23, 2018

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