Re: What about ad blocking?
Unless ad blocking is automatic, I won't be using it *smile*. The point is that I can go to a page, and there is the information I was looking for (or not), and it isn't overlayed by 2 or 3 large ads that I have to remove. If ads were less intrusive, I wouldn't care, I could just ignore them. And there is the "Atomic" browser that's been around for a long time that removes ads. It costs a nominal amount, but iOS doesn't allow the level of integration for a third-party browser that Safari gets by default (like being used for email links).
Oh yeah, I also got it a little wrong in my original posting. You need to find and install an ad blocker app, and then the "content blocking" setting becomes available in Safari's settings. Then you can enable the ad blocker as a content blocker. One of the ad blockers that I tried used a VPN, a different approach that raised some serious privacy issues, and for that one you didn't have to touch Safari's settings.
I really don't want to stop people who're paid to create or deliver ads from earning a living. However, the people that create ads are trying to make them eye-catching, which to them, means intrusive to purpose of the web site that's used. If some restraint was shown by the ad writers, and they didn't use overlays or flashing stuff, or whatever, I could easily live with ads. I already do live with ads in some contexts, and it isn't a problem. So it's one of those cases where these guys bring this on themselves. It seems like when there are no limits, these guys just go crazy competing with each other to see who can come up wtih the most intrusive ads.