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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Ads are ok.
by m1cro on Fri 19th Mar 2010 21:55 UTC
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Ads in the form of static or unobtrusive animated GIF are fine. Ads are everywhere in real life, so one is used to it.

However, don't forget one of the most important features of modern online ads: Tracking. Tracking ads, tracking pixels, tracking cookies, tracking scripts. Google Analytics and all the rest. I find this really concerning and it's what makes a big difference from "classical" ads like those in magazines, on billboards or TV.

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