High time for notification popups to disappear. I'm disappointed with how long it took Google to do the right thing, but glad they ultimately did it.
Google Chrome to hide notification spam starting February 2020 https://t.co/gIl7hOFGJW
Am I the only one who blocks all website notifications? No, you cannot collect my data, no I won’t allow you use my location, and absolutely hard pass on your website notifications. Thanks, but no thanks.
I only have it for Slack, WhatsApp, and Google Messages. And Outlook (work e-mail) and Gmail, but those notifications don't always come in, it seems like. But it's ridiculous that I see news sites and the like asking for notifications. And also stuff like Reddit and Facebook I can understand the desire, but I don't use them there either.
It is useful for *certain* applications. If you have a browser based chat application it's extremely useful to be able to enable notifications and what-not.
The problem of course arrises from the fact that this feature allows *any* website to throw up a pop-up *asking* you if you "want" to enable notifications.
Ultimately it needs to be opt-in or something more appropriate than allowing *any* website you browse to, to throw up a prompt. If you had to "install" the chat application or manually enable the notification feature it would be a whole lot less of an issue.
The whole "app" system in chrome wasn't a bad way of doing things, but they seem to have abandoned that whole mechanism ..
Honestly having some sort of "app" style mechanism across all of the browsers would be a nice feature. I guess electron "apps" have mostly taken over this niche, but that entire stack is pure fucking garbage ... and 99% of those apps are an absolute abomination.
.. and still the "holy grail" of developers is to have this ultra-low barrier to entry where they can just go to a website and be instantly using an "app". Though I really don't understand how that is supposed to work in a real-world use-case.
Oh yes, stuff like this does have conceivable good uses. But when you design the browser, you've gotta take into account how stuff will be misused (by naughty sites) just as much as how it will be used (by good ones). Design carefully and accordingly.
Not quite the usual fare for the sub but this is important from a security standpoint. Firefox beat Google to the punch by several months in helping mitigate problems with an all-too-commonly abused in-browser push-notification function that's only becoming more frequently used/abused as time goes on.