Regarding the cookie popups - it's actually quite the opposite - this popup allows you to manage the tracking cookies and the privacy settings. And no - there aren't any new ones.
Regarding the ad-blocking popup - OK I might have lost my nerves a bit here and I may reverse at some point, but I found out that 1/4 of my visitors are using ad-blocking software. Everybody likes free stuff, while my hosting bills are getting higher and higher.
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!