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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To cut the craps
by twitterfire on Sun 21st Mar 2010 16:11 UTC
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I don't like ads. I don't click ads. I don't make any buying decision based on ads and I have all the rights in the world to decide what goes in my web browser and through my internet connection. I have all the rights in the world to use ad block and no one can deny it.

On the other hand, the webmasters have all the rights to try tricking me to see the ads either by trying to block content when detecting ad blockers or by trying to write smarter code that goes through ad blockers (harder, if not impossible).

Then I have the right to either cease visiting that particular website - after all here is no site I can't live without - that's more likely or try to modify ad blocker's code to pass through detection.

Either way, he doesn't get publicity money from me, so he have to come up with another idea if he wants to see money from myself. I don't know, maybe offering some exciting new feature, that I'll think I can't live without and buy it.

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