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Unable to edit Ancestry tree

Discussion in 'Ancestry problems' started by peter, May 1, 2018.

  1. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    A problem reported by a LostCousins member who was unable to edit her Ancestry tree turned out to be a problem with her adblocking extension (Adguard Assistant paid version). I'm just mentioning it in case anyone runs into a similar problem.
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  2. Susan

    Susan LostCousins Member

    I had a problem with Ancestry pages not loading properly. That turned out to be Privacy Badger suddenly blocking a cookie which had not been blocked before. Changing the slider from red to orange solved the problem.
  3. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    Oh no, yet another way to take money out of the pockets of small independent websites and put it into the vaults of big companies like Findmypast and Ancestry!
  4. Bryman

    Bryman LostCousins Superstar

    Sorry, I don't understand. Please explain.
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  5. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    Add-ons which stop tracking prevent Ancestry and Findmypast from paying commission to the websites - like LostCousins - from which their customers come. The net effect is to increase their profits and reduce the income of the smaller sites.
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  6. CarolB08

    CarolB08 LostCousins Member

    So it would be better to white list Ancestry then you would get your commission Peter ? Thats no problem to do. :D
  7. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    I'm not sure whether you'd need to white-list Ancestry or LostCousins, or both.
  8. CarolB08

    CarolB08 LostCousins Member

    I can do both ;)
  9. Rhian

    Rhian LostCousins Member

    From my experience you do need to whitelist both sites for commission to be paid, once the sale is made you can go back to the safe zone of no tracking. Of course after tomorrow sites will need to find a better way of paying commission than using tracking. I used Ancestries tool for third party cookie removal yesterday and there were 286 cookies that they removed for me, which is a lot considering I hardly ever use their sites.
  10. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    Why? The people who run the companies that act as intermediaries between advertisers (eg Ancestry) and publishers (eg LostCousins) clearly don't think so, as their systems aren't changing. The money they make is a percentage of the commissions paid, so they are highly motivated to maximise the commissions, unlike advertisers who are only too happy if a customer has disabled tracking.

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