About

This is the official website for the EasyList subscriptions for Adblock Plus. The project may be contacted in the forums or via the internal mailing lists; there is one available for subscription issues and another for blog and website comments.

History

EasyList was created in Spring 2005 by Rick Petnel, better known in the community as rick752. His goal was to write a "simple, effective, easy to understand [and] easy to edit" subscription for the Adblock extension, which had been practically abandoned by the project owner, rue, and the forked derivative Adblock Plus. In January 2006 Wladimir Palant took over Adblock Plus development and in the following April the significant 0.7 release of the add-on was published. The major change was that large lists of simple rules were, for the first time, processed more effectively than regular expressions; EasyList consequently became the top recommendation within the extension because of its emphasis on comprehensible filters.

Adblock Plus soon rose in popularity, which resulted in an increase in the number of EasyList users from approximately 40,000 in July to 600,000 at the end of the year, by which point the add-on had become the most popular extension downloaded from Mozilla. In November 2006 filters that removed web bugs were split from EasyList to form the affiliated ABP Tracking Filter, now known as EasyPrivacy.

Development of both projects continued steadily for several years, with Adblock Plus retaining the title of most popular add-on and EasyList attaining a user base of approximately four million by January 2009.

Rick passed away in April 2009 and was succeeded in the post by Ares2, then author of EasyList Germany. In December of the same year Michael and Erunno became authors, and in Summer 2010 MonztA, previously author of the independent Filter von MonztA, and Khrin also joined the project at the request of Michael, who had recently become the lead author of EasyList and EasyPrivacy.

Famlam became an EasyList, EasyPrivacy and EasyList Germany author in September 2011, and soon afterwards MonztA took over from Michael as lead author.

On 17 May 2013 the merger with Fanboy's List was finally done after several months of manual optimisation and tweaking. Fanboy is also the main author since then.

EasyList, EasyPrivacy, EasyList Germany and EasyList Italy are dual licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike and the GNU General Public License. Website content, including images, blog posts and coding, is available under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike. Material should be attributed to the person listed in the credits section or, in the event of no specific reference, "The EasyList authors (https://easylist.adblockplus.org/)". It is requested, but not required, that anyone who wishes to use the logo contacts the EasyList authors and does not use it to represent any other organisations without prior consent.

Credits

EasyList and EasyPrivacy authors
fanboy
MonztA
Famlam
Khrin
EasyList Germany authors
MonztA
Famlam
Khrin
Adblock Plus developer
Wladimir Palant
EasyBlog author
MonztA
Translators
MonztA
Khrin
Crits
Website developer
Michael
Assisted by Wladimir Palant
EasyList logo graphic artist
Peewee
Converted to SVG by Lain
Locale icon graphic artist
Mark James
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