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Hi, I've been using Diversion almost since the beginning, when it was called AB-Solution. I love it and works very well. However, I have not seen any updates for well over 6+ months. I was just wondering if this is still active or no longer be worked on. Thanks
and that ^ doesn't mean that NOTHING is happening...it just means that things are moving much more imperceptibly than before.
that said, I'm concerned that things will progress past the point of "catching up" but have faith that @thelonelycoder knows where that is and will step in (or ask for someone to take over) before it becomes an issue for the rest of us
If there was a fork that is actively kept up to date and published by a third party, then that would mean the end for my involvement in that years long hobby.
In other words, I would not appreciate a (however worded) takeover of my brainchild.
Just be patient folks, I will push an update for Diversion and amtm eventually.
In my humble opinion, of the 3 things you pointed out, only the 3rd is something that we might be patiently waiting for thelonelycoder to implement (whenever it is ready)...
1. ads making their way through. Nothing to do with Diversion and everything to do with the blocklist. Unlike browser add-ons like uBlock Origin (which occasionally need coding improvements by the developer to handle anti-blocker scripting in webpages and similar such mechanisms), Diversion is just about making a "hosts" file with a list of advertising/tracking hosts all pointing to 0.0.0.0 (or to pixelserv-TLS IP) and then having the Asus Router's DNS server (dnsmasq) to use that hosts file.
So, the "hosts" file used by Diversion needs to be kept up-to-date. That's entirely up to the hostsfile maintainer, nothing to do with Diversion.
Maybe its time to try a different blocklist? Or manually search the web for a good one and configure it in Diversion.
2. YouTube ad blocker just never worked. The YT ad blocker initiative came about because a member of the PiHole project believed he discovered a "trick" to fooling YT ads using a hosts-file based mechanism. Since he claimed it worked well for PiHole, it should work well for Diversion. My understanding is thelonelycoder implemented in Diversion, the same thing that had been implemented for PiHole.
However, the fact remains the "trick" that was the root of the YT ad-blocking mechanism was not particularly reliable. It's quite possible that YT/Google wised up to that trick after the PiHole forums publicized it, and that's why it doesn't work now (and IMHO it was never particularly effective).
I do not expect a HOSTS file based YT ad-blocking solution to be of much use in the current era.
3. WebUI. OK, while this would be a wonderful addition to Diversion, it's not essential (i.e. Diversion works perfectly fine without it) but I'll definitely be a happy camper once it eventually comes out
It's not really a big deal to me... I see it as an example of people feeling like "they need to do something to help with human rights/social justice" but they can't (or are unable to) help directly (maybe because they're a software dev / I.T. person?) so the best they can do is engage in renaming terminology on an Open Source project they are on, thus they feel like they have "contributed" or "done their part".
It's there because some Amazon/Google services refuse to work without it, I guess. Diversion is still useful for TVs, consoles, etc. For browsers I find uBlock much more effective. Diversion often causes ad-block notification screens. uBlock doesn't trigger the "protection" on most sites and it blocks YouTube ads.