Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jul 2007 11:07 UTC
Bugs & Viruses A lot of people have been emailing us about an issue we are having with one of our ads taking over OSNews. Thank you all for emailing us, the information provided is of good use to us. We are currently working on the problem, and will let you know once it has been fixed. We would like to apologise for the inconvenience. Update by DA: I think that I've tracked down the offender. Read more for details Update 2: This time I think we really fixed it.
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Stop blocking ads!
by aent on Sun 29th Jul 2007 02:38 UTC
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I really hate that mentality. Ads are your form of payment for this and other websites and services. Its what makes it so they can afford to pay their employees, pay for the servers, and a big part of what makes the world go round without you having to pay for each site individually. While some people may be willing to pay $10/month out of their own pocket for owning a website, many others are running a website and don't want to have to pay for it themselves, for understandable reasons (it can get expensive).

Is it better for this site to be around with ads, or not to be around at all? People like you who block ads has already hurt a lot of OTHER people. I remember the days when there were free ISPs that would give you dialup service, no charge, in exchange for some real estate space on your screen. They ended because people decided "its my screen" and my free ISP can't tell me what I need on my screen while I'm using the internet. Of course, the free ISPs could have stayed around and paid for the service out of their own pockets, but they obviously decided not to, and now if you temporarily need dialup service, you're out of luck.

Now you all are helping to kill more websites that are offering free services and information. Instead of using adblock, why not just avoid visiting sites that have a free, advertising supported revenue stream and restrict yourselves to websites that don't display advertisements. You can still visit OSNews without ads by subscribing, and if you don't think its worth the price of A) your screen real estate, bandwidth, and other related costs of displaying the ad, or B) the cost of the subscription OSNews offers, then you ultimately are stealing the website's content, and you should just stop, and go somewhere else without advertisements for your information (don't ask me where, not that many people maintain a site like this at their own cost and time).

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