Neowin's top 10 Firefox Add-ons you can't live without

Neowin and its members have compiled a list of their favourite Firefox add-ons they can't live without. The list was compiled out of the top 10 add-ons members have installed.

#10 IE Tab: Even when users still use Firefox, they can't go without their beloved Internet Explorer. This add-ons allows users to view web pages right inside Firefox as if they were using Internet Explorer, or link externally to IE itself, creating a quick shortcut to opening the current page or highlighted link in Internet Explorer.
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#9 Glasser: This add-ons allows users to customize their browser with a transperant Windows Aero look by making the Firefox toolbars turn transperant. This add-on does require Windows Vista or Windows 7 to properly make use of Aero.
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#8 British English Dictionary: Spelling mistakes are far too common on forum posts, so this quick add-ons spell checks as you type preventing you from making typos and errors while posting on the Internet. The Dictionary underlines your errors for better visibility and even showing the correct spelling of the word when right clicking on the error. This add-on will work on any web page form field or text box.
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#7 Hide Menubar: If you're looking to get a better view of a web site without all those useless toolbars at the top of your browser, this add-on will hide your main menu toolbar at the top, giving you that extra bit of web space. Holding Alt will make the main menu reappear.
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#6 Tabs Open Relative: Such a very basic annoyance to some Firefox users is opening up a new tab, where the newly created tab will open after the very last tab, regardless to what tab you are currently on. This add-on opens up the new tab right beside your current tab, even if your browsing on the first tab and have multiple tabs open, your newly created tab will appear beside your active tab.
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#5 Xmarks: If bookmarks are your forte, Xmarks allows for bookmark backup and syncing across multiple computers and multiple browsers including Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari (Mac OS). This smart add-on also allows for password sync, preventing others from browsing through your bookmarks.
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#4 Greasemonkey: Greasemonkey script lets users customize visited web sites by adding in their own javascript to adjust the way the web page is viewed. Users can use hundreds of scripts found on the Internet allowing for endless possibilities of customization. This add-on is mostly for experienced users who are familiar with javascript.
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#3 Download Status Bar: This add-on allows users to view active downloads right inside their browser without an external popup window. Information about each download will be displayed across the bottom of the browser window with a progress bar and detailed information about remaining time and file name. This add-on also comes equipped with loads of extra options for ultimate customization. A must get add-on.
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#2 Stylish: If web site customization is what you're into, this add-on is perfect for you. Users can customize the look of any web site by adding in your own CSS across web sites and the browser itself. With a gallery of user ready scripts found on the Internet, it is easy to customize boring and ugly web sites with a few clicks. A must get add-on.
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#1 Adblock Plus: The top rated add-on by Neowin is of course, Adblock Plus. The name says it all, blocking virtually every single ad online preventing those horrendous advertisements from getting in your way. This add-on allows for users to block some images, all images flash elements and even text advertisements. This add-on has built in filter updates to keep up to date on latest advertisement blocking techniques, and also comes with an option to disable adblock on certain web sites, like Neowin.net. A must get add-on.
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I agree with other posters I never install Firefox without installing Ad-Block, No Script and IE Tab immediately so I am surprised the No Script wasn't in the top 10. And I am not sure why: British English Dictionary is #8 or even on the top 10 since Firefox already spell checks.

Can I ask why do so many of you use AdBlock? I think if you are visiting a site you should pay your respects and view the ads just like everyone else. Am I wrong?

Shadow_Theif said,
Can I ask why do so many of you use AdBlock? I think if you are visiting a site you should pay your respects and view the ads just like everyone else. Am I wrong?


How about a couple of links that I accidently ran uppon that opens so many popup ads that you wold need to end task your browser

Shadow_Theif said,
Can I ask why do so many of you use AdBlock? I think if you are visiting a site you should pay your respects and view the ads just like everyone else. Am I wrong?

Respect has nothing to do with being bombarded with images, links, and pop-up windows that were not requested by the user. The user should only see the contend he/she deems appropriate, and the site owner should take this into consideration before placing such crap on their site. If they don't want to pay out of pocket for their site's costs, then they shouldn't run a site. Period.

Adblock Plus
AutoPager
Download Statusbar
Flashblock
Flashgot (for KDE's KGet download manager integration)
JavaScript Options (To get rid of those few popup windows that get through the default popup blocker)
Nightly Tester Tools (To change the horrid 'Shiretoko' title to 'Firefox')
Stylish (Wikipedia Grey Lady II)
Ubuntu Firefox Modifications (apt support)
User Agent Switcher
Plasma Notify (If I don't use FlashGot/KGet)
*GreaseMonkey (I no longer use this much so I disabled it)

this is my list
Generated: Mon Aug 17 2009 17:20:40 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 6.1; en-US; rv:1.9.1.2) Gecko/20090729 Firefox/3.5.2 (.NET CLR 4.0.20506)
Build ID: 20090729225027

Enabled Extensions: [50]
- 1-ClickWeather 1.1.8
- Adblock Plus 1.1.1+.2009081302
- Adblock Plus: Element Hiding Helper 1.0.6
- All-Glass Firefox mod, based on Glasser 2.1.2
- Auto Copy 1.0
- AutoPager 0.5.2.2
- BetterPrivacy 1.29
- << circumvention code >> 2.1
- Cookie Monster 0.98.0
- Cooliris 1.11.1
- CoolPreviews 2.7.6.0623
- Craigslist Image Preview Ext 3.0
- CuteMenus Classic 0.7.4
- DownThemAll! 1.1.4
- Extended Statusbar 1.5.4
- FireNes 1.2
- Fission 1.0.9
- Flagfox 3.3.15
- FoxTab 1.2
- Hide Menubar 1.0.20090705
- IE View 1.4.3
- Image Zoom 0.3.1
- Inquisitor 1.1
- KallOut - Accelerators for Firefox 1.1.21.26
- Linkification 1.3.6
- Locationbar² 1.0.3
- meebo 1.1
- Menu Editor 1.2.6
- Menu Icons Plus 1.3
- Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant 1.1
- MR Tech Toolkit 6.0.3.4
- Password Exporter 1.2
- Paste and Go 3 0.8.1
- PopupSound 0.1.6
- ReminderFox 1.9.1
- SkipScreen 0.1.07102009
- Sothink Web Video Downloader for Firefox 5.4
- Spamavert.com 1.1
- Speak It 0.2.0.2
- Stylish 1.0.5
- Tab Mix Plus 0.3.8.1
- Tabs Open Relative 0.4
- Targeted Advertising Cookie Opt-Out (TACO) 2.0
- Tiny Menu 1.4.10
- translator (fixed) 1.0.4.4.3
- Unhide Menubar 0.0.14
- User Agent Switcher 0.7.2
- VideoSurf Videos at a Glance 0.50
- Weave 0.5.1
- Xmarks 3.3.3

Disabled Extensions: [4]
- Glasser 1.1.1
- LastPass 1.51.2
- TrashMail.net 2.0.2
- Winfox 1.0.2

Total Extensions: 54

Installed Themes: [4]
- Default
- Firefox 3.7 Mockup Redux 2.0
- MacOSX Theme 0.6.6
- Strata40 0.2

Installed Plugins: (14)
- Adobe Acrobat
- Cooliris embedded in a tab
- DivX Web Player
- Java Deployment Toolkit 6.0.150.3
- Java™ Platform SE 6 U15
- Microsoft® Windows Media Player Firefox Plugin
- Mozilla Default Plug-in
- QuickTime Plug-in 7.5 (861)
- Shockwave Flash
- Silverlight Plug-In
- SOE Web Installer
- Turner Media Plugin 1.0.0.9
- Windows Genuine Advantage
- Windows Presentation Foundation

Adblock Plus really is the best enchantment to a web browsing experience ever made. It saves bandwidth, removes google adds, removes flashy adds, removes in movie adds, removes "Hello!!!! Click Me!!!!" adds, removes scrolly adds, removes retarded adds, removes porn adds, removes any crud that might have came from them, (with EasyPrivacy) removes trackers and things like that, etc. And you can disable it on places that don't suck, like neowin.

I would recommend SkipScreen for those that download a lot of files from sites like rapidshare.

For plugins I would recommend Foxit.

Yeah, let's all get rid of all ads in the whole world. t never crossed your mind what kind of negative effect that has...duh! We might no like ads, but often they are a good thing for us indirectly.

That's weird. Firefox has a built-in dictionary, but this person lists a dictionary as a must-have, but doesn't list NoScript at all.

My picks:

Adblock Plus
Adblock Plus Element Helper
NoScript
Glasser w/ 3.5 mod
some CSS fixes in userChrome.

Neowin and its members have compiled a list of their favourite Firefox add-ons they can't live without. The list was compiled out of the top 10 add-ons members have installed.

When / Where exactly was this compiled? I didn't have a clue about this census.

Look at the bottom of the article, it has a link to the topic.
I took everybodies add on they used, put it into a list and ordered them by number of votes for each

Andrew Lyle said,
Look at the bottom of the article, it has a link to the topic.
I took everybodies add on they used, put it into a list and ordered them by number of votes for each

I noticed that. Didn't made exactly my point. Lyle, if you're going to make a census, at least have the consideration to announce it on the frontpage or took over the "Stay up to date with all of our Windows 7 news right here!". That's what is made during census. They're announced and everyone is aware to participate.

My Add-ons are:

1) Adblock Plus
2) Cooliris (Great way to view a bunch of images from various sites especially Google Image Search)
3) Shareaholic (Great Social Bookmarking App, Since there is still a lot of sites that don't have the "Share This Icon")

I certainly couldn't live without the dictionary.

And i've just installed Adblock - Can someone point out how to whitelist Neowin ? And a few other websites !

Ferret said,
I certainly couldn't live without the dictionary.

And i've just installed Adblock - Can someone point out how to whitelist Neowin ? And a few other websites !


Go to the neowin page, then right click on the Adblock icon and choose "Disable on neowin.net"

Anyone that needs 10 addons to surf the net, shouldn't be using the internet anyway!

Cripe,
Those addons simply mentioned in post right above mine sound about rediculously useless and stupid!!

In Seamonkey and K-Meleon (don't and won't use Firefox) all I use is adblockplus and flashblock.

cork1958 said,
Anyone that needs 10 addons to surf the net, shouldn't be using the internet anyway!

Cripe,
Those addons simply mentioned in post right above mine sound about rediculously useless and stupid!!

In Seamonkey and K-Meleon (don't and won't use Firefox) all I use is adblockplus and flashblock.


It's hard to take seriously the opinion of

1. Someone who does not use the browser in the article.
2. Someone with horrible spelling.
3. Someone that is obviously closed-minded and unwilling to take into consideration the opinions of others.

You might consider all this before posting again, as it makes you look like a very ignorant person. Take this as constructive criticism and please alter your actions accordingly.

wow, you guys are missing out if you don't include these into your list:

downloadhelper - easily download any media files from any site, such as youtube.
customizegoogle - adds ridiculous amount of options to google sites.
urlbarext - adds useful tools to help you handle URLs, such as making tinyURLs with a single click.
firegestures - best mouse gestures for FF
tab mix plus - adds more options to control your tabs.

some personal favs:
woot watcher - monitors woot.com for new items
uppity - move up directory in an URL.
pict uploader - quick image uploader to the web, great for posting screenshots.

with no order
adblock plus
fxif (to view exif from shots)
glasser
image zoom (zoomfox is dead...)
nightly tester tools
personal menu
russian spellchecking dictionary
stylish
webdeveloper
wlmbrowser

I'm quite surprised NoScript isn't on there. I thought that was the de facto for keeping Firefox more secure.
And while Styish is quite neat, I think most people would be able to live without it in :P

I'm surprised that most of the add-ons posted are to change how fire-fox looks, no relation with enhanced browsing experience.

Mine are

1) Adblok Plus
2) Yesscript(better than noscript)
3) Paste tab and go
4) Flashgot
5) Morning Coffee
6) Downthemall
7) All in one gestures
8) Betterprivacy
9) Google Preview
10) Linkinfication

sezgintezel said,
Mine are
2) Yesscript(better than noscript)

After I install NoScript, I check off "Globally Allow Scripts". That switches NoScript from a whitelist system to a blacklist system, which makes it a lot more useful in my opinion.

Unless I'm missing something, YesScript simply duplicate's NoScript's Blacklist mode. NoScript should make it more apparent that they even have a Blacklist mode (and aren't Whitelist only).

If I'm wrong about YesScript being a blacklist extension identical to NoScript's blacklist mode, please tell me the real differences!!

Thrust said,
Hitting F11 does the same thing as #7.

Erm no it doesn't. #7 just removes te File, Edit, View, etc menu bar. F11 removes that, but also removes the Status bar, the address bar, the tab bar and pretty much all other bars leaving just the web page itself. It also makes the browser full screen and covers your windows taskbar. Pretty big difference.

"...and also comes with an option to disable adblock on certain web sites, like Neowin.net." -- LMAO Especially neowin.net. heh

heh... Maybe people will disable adblock on Neowin.net :)

The extra revenue helps pay the water bill for the hampsters, without them, there would be no Neowin

Adblock Plus
Bug-me-not
Cookie Swap
Ctrl Tab
Greasemonkey
Hide Menu bar
IE View lite
Paste and Go 3
Tab Mix Plus

I use all these all the time.. Sort of must have for me

1, 3, 5 and 10 make my list. The others, eh.

Every time I've installed Greasemonkey, my browsing goes in the basket. It seems that I may be installing it too late, and I'm in need of a reinstallation at that point. So I've decided I'm just hexed by it. :-p

Wait, Web Developer didn't make it on that list? It has everything a web dev could ever need!

Other really good ones are:
- Colorzilla
- DownThemAll!
- And as I said, Web Dev.

yottabytewizard said,
Wait, Web Developer didn't make it on that list? It has everything a web dev could ever need!

Other really good ones are:
- Colorzilla
- DownThemAll!
- And as I said, Web Dev.


Well if the majority of Firefox users were Web Developers, then yeah your addition would be valid. As they're not, it's not.

TCLN Ryster said,
Well if the majority of Firefox users were Web Developers, then yeah your addition would be valid. As they're not, it's not.

Do you have sources to prove that the majority of Firefox users aren't web developers? If not, then you should retract your statement immediately, as it's a generalization based on no factual evidence. Thank you.

1.Adblock Plus (this is pretty much 'standard' i think for just about everyone using Firefox. )
2.TabScroller (this don't officially work on v3.5 yet but you can make it work anyways... this basically makes it (once setup right) so that you can hold down the right click on the mouse and use the mouse wheel to instantly scroll through tabs that are open. this is MUCH more efficient vs manually clicking the tabs. the only drawback to this is if you don't typically have many tabs open, then this extension is fairly useless but since i have a lot of tabs open in Firefox on any given day this is a 'must have' for me... but anyone who typically switches between tabs in Firefox fairly often this is pretty much is pretty much a MUST HAVE, especially once you get used to it like i have, it's almost 2nd nature to use the rightclick/mouse scroll for me to switch tabs as i don't even really think of manually clicking the tab anymore like everyone else usually does.)

3.(optional) NoScript (extra security as it's nice to have but the sad part of this, and the primary reason i cant really recommended it for the average joe, is that most average joe users dont want to spend time configuring crap when using a webbrowser as they just want to go to there website and be done with it.... so that's the major turn off of this extension. but for those people who don't mind some easy configuring then i would recommend this)

that's pretty much the only 3 extensions i use myself.

I like how #8 is a dictionary and yet the one before it has the word transparent spelled wrong. I guess the poster doesn't believe in his own list.

Rohdekill said,
I like how #8 is a dictionary and yet the one before it has the word transparent spelled wrong. I guess the poster doesn't believe in his own list.

I like how you don't read the article. The list isn't "his", it's a compilation from many Neowin members.

Glasser is such a poor addition to the list. Firefox is always available for OS X and various Linux distributions, which don't need Glasser because it actually fits the operating system better than it does on Windows.

True. Firefox integrates perfectly with Ubuntu as it uses the GTK toolkit. I think the problem lies with windows itself, because of a lack of interface uniformity. Few applications look alike in windows.

Great list and all, but dayum FF update has cause some extensions not to work. For example, Greasemonkey. The developer seriously needs to update this extension. He just ignores the community...how lame is that!

WebMail Notifier
Smart Bookmarks Bar
NoSquint
Image Zoom
FoxyProxy
Context Search
Add to Search Bar
About:Tab

Couldn't switch to a browser without them now.

Could someone explain how the functionality of Tabs Open Relative isn't a built-in option? There's PLENTY of space for it in Options/Tabs, but if not there, how about with the 5,000 other settings in about:config?

its still in its early stages... there isnt many extensions out there for chrome at the moment. only one worth using is adsweep.

Can I be the first to say I definitely couldn't live without:

1. Tab Mix Plus
2. QuickDrag

Being able to drag links and they'll go into a new tab is a must - i'm lost without that on other's computers. And Tab Mix Plus' undo tab... and tab history. Gorgeous.

Kreuger said,
A lot of these are useless to me.

Thanks for the pertinent information, we will be sure to update the article to reflect what is only useful for you. Please forgive us for our failure.

I don't agree with the title. I can live without nine of these extensions, just fine.
This is what I can't "live" without upon new Firefox installation:
AdBlock Plus
NoScript
FEBE
FireGestures
FlashGot

Most underestimated addon ever?

Lazarus Form Recovery.

Any time you've entered text, and the browser has went down for any reason (user mistake, power outage, browser crash), and you've lost the text you entered, you needed this. Forms like this very text area I'm typing in now, your blog posts, practically anything is saved without user intervention. It's a well thought out addon too, supporting passworded and encrypted forms to recover, so not just any user borrowing your computer will be able to see what you have typed a day before. The time information is saved is also configurable.

Well there are two that are not listed that I find should be in the top 5 or easily the top 3. The two not listed are FireFTP which is sweet if you do a lot of ftp'ing like I do to web site and ftp locations etc. The other being Weather Enhanced, you can set it for the 5 day forecast, it has a radar you set to your liking, and you pick it for your city and it's just part of the bottom bar and does not intrude on the screen what so ever, unless you want to see the radar image.

I'd like to add to that list linkification, auto pager, nightly tester tools, searchbar autosizer, compact menu, check4change, and add to search bar.

daftperception said,
I'd like to add to that list linkification, auto pager, nightly tester tools, searchbar autosizer, compact menu, check4change, and add to search bar.

Add to that Locationbar2 (that 2 is in superscript), it linkifies your address bar to make it easy to go back to the root domain, or any folder within it. Also highlights the domain name. Check out my screenshot in comment #2.1 to see it in action.

icooo said,
Although it's a must-have for developers, it's pretty useles for the average user...

Maybe, maybe not. If you know a little bit about html, it can remove some annoying ads, and make it easier to extract information from a page. A really useful tool, I don't just use it for web development/testing.

firebug's the only add-on that justifies keeping firefox on my quicklaunch list

the latest version is a little buggy though...

The Teej said,
Excellent list :)

I'm not sure about the rest, but Glasser doesn't work with FF3.5 :(


I'm using one called "All-Glass Firefox mod, based on Glasser" which is at version 2.1.2. This IS compatible with FF3.5. I've also got the Firefox 3.7 Mockup Redux theme installed, the end result being a really nice looking browser in Windows 7 :)

I wont post a screenshot here in the news comments, because thats just so annoying isn't it? If anyone wants a look, clicky here:
http://www.tcln.com/images/misc/firefox37onwin7.jpg

Since all glass requires glasser in order to work(it's heavily based on it). It would be safe to assume that glasser works with 3.5 perfectly?
I'm using it right now without any problems.

TCLN Ryster said,
As I said Memnochxx, but thanks for linking to it.

Sorry I took time to read the article and then the comments and didn't reload the page to make sure you hadn't said the same thing only two minutes before me.

I'm really surprised that #1 in this list is 'Adblock Plus' considering Neobond's and other Administrators/Mods views on that specific add-on..

Were not going to sensor the results because neowin doesn't like adblockers, we just ask you whitelist the web site, the ads are inline with the design and really aren't annoying

Andrew Lyle said,
Were not going to sensor the results because neowin doesn't like adblockers, we just ask you whitelist the web site, the ads are inline with the design and really aren't annoying

The starship Enterprise has sensors, I think you mean censor :)

Edit: Rather than making a new post, I'll add to this one:
The top and side ads are tolerable. However the Intellitxt ads as well as the huge stonking ad in the middle of the page are ultra-intrusive and intolerable, no matter what you say Mr Lyle. Thats just my opinion on them. Just wish I could pay to remove them rather than having to block them, I don't begrudge Neowin some money, it's one of my most read sites.

Andrew Lyle said,
Were not going to sensor the results because neowin doesn't like adblockers, we just ask you whitelist the web site, the ads are inline with the design and really aren't annoying

I wouldn't say that really I've seen posts removed in the forum for discussing or recommending Adblock previously when Neowin had not even been mentioned. I don't have a problem with the policy itself just like some consistency.

And I don't mind the ads on Neowin.

Vice said,
I'm really surprised that #1 in this list is 'Adblock Plus' considering Neobond's and other Administrators/Mods views on that specific add-on..

I tried adblock once and didnt notice the difference in most websites. My mind does a good job at blocking ads, it seems.

I thought it was the clicking of the ads that made money?

Coming from someone who's used adblock plus for probably 2 years or so, I've recently been using Chrome and I haven't really noticed that many ads, although I have noticed neowins - although they are perfectly tolerable now. The most annoying ads are ones that flash or move, or them ones that hijack keywords in comments/articles...

Andrew Lyle said,
Were not going to sensor the results because neowin doesn't like adblockers, we just ask you whitelist the web site, the ads are inline with the design and really aren't annoying

The bloody ads which highlight certain words in articles sure is annoying.

I also agree with all the hate of the intellitext ads. In all honesty, they're what is stopping me from whitelisting the whole site.

TCLN Ryster said,
The starship Enterprise has sensors, I think you mean censor :)
.

Bah.. shoot me. I was using my iPhone :P Still no reason to not make typos!

TCLN Ryster said,
Just wish I could pay to remove them rather than having to block them

You can, thats what the Subscriber2 tier offers...

Andrew Lyle said,
Were not going to sensor the results because neowin doesn't like adblockers, we just ask you whitelist the web site, the ads are inline with the design and really aren't annoying

do you guys get revenue based on clicks, or based on loaded ads

Vice said,
I wouldn't say that really I've seen posts removed in the forum for discussing or recommending Adblock previously when Neowin had not even been mentioned. I don't have a problem with the policy itself just like some consistency.

I knew a dude on here that got banned because he posted in the desktop thread and his screenshot had this site without ads.

Neoauld said,
do you guys get revenue based on clicks, or based on loaded ads

I expect both.

iamwhoiam said,
I knew a dude on here that got banned because he posted in the desktop thread and his screenshot had this site without ads.

Sure he did... >_>

iamwhoiam said,
I knew a dude on here that got banned because he posted in the desktop thread and his screenshot had this site without ads.


Bit unfair. His router might have been blocking ads. His shared router that is administered by someone else.

lunamonkey said,
Bit unfair. His router might have been blocking ads. His shared router that is administered by someone else.

I've seen comments deleted and posts censored too because of the whole adblock thing. I thought it was just clicks that generated revenue. And randomly clicking ads just to 'support' the website is just fraud. So what are we supposed to do? I've been mentally blocking ads since.. 1997!

Neoauld said,
do you guys get revenue based on clicks, or based on loaded ads

I *believe* it's a mix of the two, obviously it takes a lot of views to get the same revenue as a click, but we get a lot of views/day, so it works out.

DaveLegg said,
You can, thats what the Subscriber2 tier offers...

I've looked for that in the usual subscription places, but I can't find it. Perhaps it's because I'm already a level 1 subscriber? Do I have to wait for this one to expire before I can buy level 2? Also I must have missed the announcement about this new subscription level, because the first I heard about it was when I saw a different subscriber badge next to somebody's name.

Andrew Lyle said,
Were not going to sensor the results because neowin doesn't like adblockers, we just ask you whitelist the web site, the ads are inline with the design and really aren't annoying

Neowin has Adwords. That is the most annoying type of ads out there.

Andrew Lyle said,
Were not going to sensor the results because neowin doesn't like adblockers, we just ask you whitelist the web site, the ads are inline with the design and really aren't annoying

I like your attitude. I have now whitelisted neowin.net in adblock plus As long as the ads aren't too invasive and flashy, then I'm fine. I have left flashblock enabled though because I hate flash ads; they hog cpu power and sometimes crash the browser.