Our help says that questions about "websites or web services like Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress" are off topic. What about web browser add-ons, specifically configuring adblockers?

We've had several great questions on the site about adblockers, and have a few tags about them. That said, my question was just closed and migrated to WebApps SE for being off topic here. So are questions about adblocking on-topic or off topic?

  • I would agree it shouldn't have been migrated, but only because, the question itself isn't clear.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Nov 10, 2018 at 22:04
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    I don't think this should have been migrated. However, if your goal is just to block HNQ, that was asked and answered a couple of years ago. See superuser.com/questions/1157967/….
    – fixer1234
    Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 4:14
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    To this post, questions about software installed on your computer, including browsers and installed add-ons, are on topic. Questions about web sites and web content generally aren't. Neither are requests for recommendations for software or add-ons So questions about blocking web content have to be carefully worded to clearly focus on using your installed software.
    – fixer1234
    Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 4:20
  • The migration has been rejected and your question reopened and closed as a duplicate.
    – DavidPostill Mod
    Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 9:19
  • @fixer1234 That question is about blocking the HNQ sidebar, whereas mine is about blocking the full-page HNQ list at stackexchange.com. Similar motivation, but none of the answers to that question are applicable to mine. Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 17:25
  • @g.rocket, the full list is a dedicated web page. Just don't go there. Blocking a web site or suppressing the content of a web site is different from blocking ads. It also isn't clear how landing on a blank page is acceptable, where landing on the same page with its content is a problem (when you can simply not go to the page). Why go at all to a site you don't want to see? Better explanation might help. What problem are you trying to solve?
    – fixer1234
    Commented Nov 11, 2018 at 21:32
  • Are you sure you want to blank the whole page of SE homepage instead of only HNQ? Personally, SE homepage is my navigation page to All Sites & Filtered Questions, which is still useful. On the other hand, have you tried the "block element" when right-clicking the specific element you want to block?
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 11:10
  • @Andrew Any solution that blocks the HNQ list from that page is a good answer to me. Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 16:30
  • @Andrew I tried that a while ago; IIRC there's no clear selector to use to pick out the list (it's just an unlabled div or something). Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 16:38
  • It's stackexchange.com###question-list (not really selectable from the picker, but stackexchange.com###main-area is close enough, if only it also breaks the layout)
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 16:46
  • @Andrew would that also block the list of questions from tex.stackexchange.com? Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 16:54
  • @Andrew if you post that as an answer on my question, then if it works and doesn't block other stuff I'll accept it. Commented Nov 12, 2018 at 16:55


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