Linked by David Adams on Fri 19th Mar 2010 21:07 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Online advertising has been a hot topic for the past week or so, with Ars Technica trying out an interesting, somewhat desperate experiment wherein they blocked access to their content for people using Adblock. Of course, if this were to become some kind of movement among publishers, it would probably just spark a technological cat-and-mouse game that would surely be reminiscent of DRM cracking or iPhone jailbreaking. But in their post-mortem, Ars states that it was a worthwhile awareness campaign, and I hope that's true. But I thought it would be a good idea to try to bring the collective OSNews brainpower together and crowdsource the idea of how to raise money for a web site in an age where advertising is increasingly un-viable.
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by google_ninja on Fri 19th Mar 2010 21:54 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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Wrong. You are running a restaurant where the food is free, and on every table there’s a pot of leaflets advertising other restaurants. You are claiming that when people don’t walk out of your restaurant carrying those leaflets that they are stealing from you.

You are so, so wrong.

It is more that you have a restoraunt where each table is a billboard, and people are walking around with giant black covers that they put on the table before they start eating.

There is no signed contract, but there is an obvious implication that you are paying for what you see with ads. Even if the site doesn't want to make money, they probably don't want to do work and provide content for free, PLUS pay for the cost of you to see it.

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what you think or what I think. If ad blocking continues growing, we will see ad based sites continue to shut down, since most are done with the assumption of it generating SOME sort of revenue.

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