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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by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 20th Mar 2010 10:21 UTC
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Some random replies.

I) Paywall, pay-for content, whatever:

I don't like that at all. I write this nonsense because I want everyone to be able to read it - not to jiggle a few coins out of your wallet. On top of that, I'm simply not a good enough writer or a knowledgeable enough person to have people pay for what I write. I'm no Jon Stokes, I'm no Siracusa.

II) Delayed publication for non-subscribers (LWN method)

No. Again, I don't like this. For the same reasons as listed above, but also because we are a news blog/site, and news is only interesting the moment it happens - not a week later, when the paywall is lifted.

III) Internet should be free, fcuk off with your ads, I don't care about websites, internet used to be free

It's fine if you feel that way, but it does have its consequences. We're volunteers, and we're doing our best, but there's a limit as to what we can achieve. Using ad blockers indiscriminantly is your prerogative, but it can and will affect the sites you visit. If you don't care about that, then fine - but then don't come a'knockin' on site owners' doors with demands or feature requests either.

IV) ads served via JS are dangerous, they're going to eat my computer, etc.

This, for the most part, is a lame excuse. When you click on a Google link, you have no idea where that link will take you, or what JS it might execute. When you click on a link in an OSN story - same thing. People have no problems with that.

However, when it comes to ads, it's suddenly a problem? So, what, you trust random Google links, you trust the sites that we link to in stories - but no the ads? This one always felt like an excuse of convenience to me.

Again - you have every right to do it - but at the same time, I have the right to call a bullshit reason when I see one.

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