https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slimnexus

Adblock Plus and Duolingo

Anybody else use Adblock Plus and notice that on the Duolingo website the "ads blocked" number just keeps going up, like 10 blocked ads per second! What's going on? Anybody have any clues?

September 11, 2016

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/General5409

use uBlockOrigin, adBlock Plus uses a lot of memory

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slimnexus

It worries me seeing the number just keep going up, on most websites it's just a static (or fairly static) number. But just a little while ago before I refreshed the page I had over 9000 (I'm not joking) blocked ads according to Ad Block Plus!

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OopsThatsWrong

For me it looks like at the least where the mouse is located is being tracked. To test, go to the home page, put the mouse in white space, and the Adblock count seems stable, then move it over the icons and watch the counts increase. The page inspection suggest its may be getting sent to Amazon analytics, but I've not confirmed it. I've not tried anything else on the site, but anticipate it will be slightly more than the home page.

September 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slimnexus

Hmm, seems to be something different for me, I tried refreshing the page while the mouse was out of the window and still within seconds I had hundreds of "blocked ads".

Thanks for the suggestion though!

September 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LICA98

I had the same thing on Google maps a while ago

September 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/John00625

I was experiencing that too, with Duolingo. It appears to be a glitch with the ABP program on Duolingo.com, there are no actual ads on the page. Just don't have it enabled on the site and it should be fine, you won't see 9000 obtrusive ads on the page

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slimnexus

That makes me feel a bit better, thanks! Hopefully, someone can confirm this. I'm not sure where to look.

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pj1506

Also Adblock prevents you from sending your Duolingo certificates to LinkedIn.

September 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/slimnexus

Thanks for the comments everyone! I appreciate it. I feel better about this weird ABP thing now.

September 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Daya280474

Getting spammed by blocked requests from a mobileanalytics so badly that my browser is actually slowing down and becoming unresponsive.

I use ublock origins.. seen it going past 40k blocked requests while simply doing my daily lessons. This is getting rediculous, it needs to stop trying after a few dozen failed attempts for a few seconds at the very least. Not just carpet bomb the client into crashing when it doesnt work.

September 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pentaan

I use Adblock Plus and Ghostery, but I have never seen any counts on the Duolingo website. Neither on PC (Firefox browser for Linux) nor on Tablet or Smartphone (Firefox browser for Android). I do not use the Android App.

December 12, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PotatoPlays

Yeah your right, but hey that how they make money! :P

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/hughcparker

I don't think there can be any actual adverts. There isn't a lot of money to be made with adverts that no-one can see.

September 11, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wombatua

No, it's not how they make money, to the extent that Duolingo makes money at all (which is debatable). They have quite a bit of venture capital.

September 11, 2016
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