Open Letter on Peace

Let me start out by saying I do not know you. I like many listen to ATP and read your blog and even had a short twitter conversation with you, but that is a far cry from knowing someone. I write this letter because I know you are having a bad day and I just wanted to say thank you for all of your hard work.

When it comes to content blocking I have very mixed feelings. I use them because the web has become user hostile. On the other side of that argument I am self employed and support all of the indie people out there and I know that is how many of you eat.

I knew iOS 9 had add blocking capabilities and to my delight you had an App for this purpose. This delight was based on my experience with your other Apps and the attention to detail you bring with you. I knew you would value usability over blanket add blocking and offer a mechanism to allow sites customers felt inclined to support the ability to whitelist them.

I read about your plans for an update to sync the whitelist and perhaps even allow certain rules to be skipped all together and cheered because I knew you just got it. Then you announced you pulled the App with the statement “I don’t feel good making one and being the arbiter of what’s blocked” I was immediately disappointed.

After a few moments of reflection though I fully support your decision. We all need to be able to sleep at night and having that type of responsibility would weigh on anyone with any morals in their makeup. These types of decisions are why I use your apps and why I choose to support your work. I especially applaud your mapping out how to receive a refund but will not be partaking of that. The sheer number of hours I have used Overcast more then makes up for the very little investment in Peace so thank you.

I am sure you are being hit with a mixture of internet hate and applause today (interesting side note I was listening to the latest Ted Radio Hour in Overcast today and that very subject came up) but in the end I appreciate that you took the hit for doing what you believe is right. It takes a big person to do that and I believe you will be judged positively in the end for acting on your beliefs.

I hope tomorrow brings a better day.