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[4]: Comment by Kroc
by pandronic on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 14:29 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Kroc"
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I am not entitled to free content. I don't expect it.

I was responding to the OP. He said he blacklisted the ads on Ars. That's kinda like stealing from them, especially if he's a regular reader.

What entitles websites to risk my privacy or the stability of my browser?

Their site, their rules. You are free not to visit them.

Have a look around there is no a single donation button for me to give OS News or arstechina money directly for a service well done. Basically don't expect to get paid if you don't give me options to pay you.

You can't rely on donations to run a successful business.

At least by giving money directly I could be sure that some middle man has not eaten it.

Middle men are useful. Let the site owners do what they do best - make sites, not sell ads.

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