I frequent a particular forum (forum X) quite often and when signing up, I have to agree to an AUP (Acceptable Use Policy). Nearly every forum has one, including this TOG forum. The forum is free and is sponsored by ads/banners. Fair enough. Nothing odd about that. I can tolerate that for a free service. Here's the catch. There is this line in the AUP all members have to agree to :- You will not attempt to ..... make use of any hacks, cracks, bug exploits, etc. to bypass or modify the features of the forum software at any <company X> site. Benign right. That's a reasonable request. WRONG. The administrators have threatened to ban members because they have pop-up stoppers that block the banners and prevent tracking cookies from being installed!! They claim that the ads are a feature of the site and by running 3rd party software (pop-up blocker) to disable this feature, they are in breach of the AUP. The members, in defence, claimed that the ads were installing tracking cookies onto their PC's against their knowledge (the AUP didn't mention cookies) and as such, have every right to protect their privacy, security and PC's. Further still, some browsers, like Mozilla Firefox, block such things automatically. With some browsers, sometimes showing ads and allowing cookies is just not an option. Should they be forced to change browsers so they satisfy the AUP? What are your thoughts? Do the administrators have a valid arguement? Can they ban members who use these pop-up blockers? SHOULD they ban them? Will advertisers leave the site if this rule is not enforced? If the adminstrators have a valid arguement, what if the pop-up banners installed spyware (Gator etc) or even viruses? What are your thoughts? Vote above.