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 10:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Random replies"
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Because ad agencies join the dots.

What do you mean? I don't get this saying. All I know is that it's apparantly okay to trust random Google links and the random stuff we (and any other site) links to - but not ad agencies, which are, in fact, chosen by us too - just like the sites we link to. It's inconsistent.

And let's not get into Flash cookies.

Flash has nothing to do with ads. I block Flash too because Flash in and of itself is an inherent danger and a CPU hog. There's nothing inherently wrong with JS, just that it might possibly be used to attack your computer.

At which point I ask you the same question: what makes you trust Google, Wikipedia (random links inserted by total strangers!), OSNews, and every other site and the JS they link to - but not the ads we run? It is highly inconsistent.

Again - you have every right to, but I still believe it to be a reason of convenience.

Edited 2010-03-20 10:48 UTC

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