Linked by David Adams on Tue 12th May 2009 16:43 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes As you may know, the global economic depression has hit the media hard, due in large part to the fact that ad rates are in the toilet. OSNews is in the same boat. Despite the fact that we still have good advertisers, our income from advertising this year will only be a fraction of what it was last year. We probably won't make enough to cover our costs. Other news sites, as they've seen revenue decrease, have responded with more, and more intrusive, advertising. We don' t want to do that. We feel we have a covenant with our readers. If you'll be respectful of our need to run ads, we'll be respectful of your need to read the site without having ads shoved down your throat. Please read on, for more discussion of our ad "covenant," and a plea for help, including a plea to all Adblock users to please unblock OSNews.
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RE: Survial of the fittest
by David on Tue 12th May 2009 18:14 UTC in reply to "Survial of the fittest"
David
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I don't want to give anyone the impression that OSNews is in danger of ceasing publication. We do pay for a hosted webserver and we keep a sysadmin on retainer to help with managing it and keeping it running smoothly. We're paying less than the industry average for those services. most OSNews content and labor is provided by volunteers, though we usually have a budget for our key contributors to get new computers and other hardware from time to time, as well as cover travel expenses to conferences and communication expenses. We would also like to be able to compensate the contributors of feature articles. Having our revenue dry up won't make us take OSNews offline. I'll pay the hosting out of my own pocket if I need to. But it will make us have to scale back our plans for expanding our original articles, and make us unable to reward major contributors with the modest payment or hardware perks we'd like to.

I'd prefer to keep OSNews free and not ask for donations. But we hope to have some t-shirts and other merchandise we can sell soon to allow people to support the site directly.

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