To authenticate to
unix.stackexchange.com is clearly reasonable that it is necessary to accept a cookie from
stackexchange.com which I want and accept. It does not seem reasonable that third party cookies from
imgur.com are also set and used (
sstatic.com claims to be a cookie-less site. I do not know what is the relation of
imgur.com. But whichever it is I do not want their third party cookies).
google-analytics.com quantserve.com scorecardresearch.com adzerk.com sstatic.net ajax.googleapis.com
is mindbogglingly extreme. Why should I (also) trust google or adzerk.
All that cookies from
scorecardresearch.com (clear and known ad entities) do is enable ads.
And ads are finally appearing on the stack exchange network.
As demonstrated by this image extracted from the site:
That an user (like me) which is clearly authenticated and that makes useful contributions to the site is now going to be (also) subject to ads seems just too much to me.
If I were an un-identified user who does not contribute I may understand the need to show ads. But the strange fact is that an un-identified user may block all that crap and still see the site content.
That raises the question of why should users like me need to be subject to ads?
It also raises the question of Why should I authenticate?. It may be a lot simpler to "not contribute" and read the content without authentication.
Maybe that is the reason of so many "look but not vote".
It may seem something very small today, but ads will only grow and get worse with time.