Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Apr 2008 17:38 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Regular OSNews readers will notice we've had a drop-off in original articles over the past year or so. That's something we'd like to change. We'd like to encourage OSNews readers to submit articles by staging a contest wherein the best articles will be judged by OSNews staff and readers, and the winners will receive valuable prizes. All submitted articles that meet our submission guidelines will be published at OSNews. In addition to wanting articles to publish, this is also a talent search of sorts. We're hoping to identify talented OSNews readers to fill the ranks as editors and regular contributors. If you think you have the skills and desire to be a part of OSNews, please enter the contest, or just contact us. Read more for details on the contest.
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This topic comes up with reasonable frequency. Have you thought about publishing some sort of financial statements? Nothing of GAAP quality required. Just some basic "we got this much from advertising, this much from subscriptions, and this much of it went for web hosting and bandwidth, this much went to something else, and we have a balance of $x.xx.

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miscz Member since:

Hear, hear! Then we'd redistribute profits among users! ;)

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

Have you thought about publishing some sort of financial statements?

Can't expect us to cater to stupidity.

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sbergman27 Member since:

Can't expect us to cater to stupidity.

I was thinking more along the lines of factoring this particular information out to a separate page that we can just link to when the topic comes up again. And you know that it will... repeatedly.

That said, I'm not sure I'd call it stupidity, out of hand.

Are you saying that the money from advertising and subscriptions exactly balances the expenses? If so, that's quite remarkable. I'd have thought that they wouldn't happen to be exactly equal. If you guys are supplementing OSNews out of your own pockets, step forward and receive due credit. If OSNews has a positive cashflow and staff are getting compensated for their work, be honest about it. Otherwise, it just makes it appear that you have something to hide. A simple periodic statement would avoid that whole issue.

Edited 2008-04-19 17:08 UTC

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averycfay Member since:

Some people would argue that asking for donations to a for-profit entity is pretty stupid.

If you're "in the red", post about it and I'm sure no one would have a problem donating original articles.

If you're "in the black", you should really be paying for original content like everyone else in the publishing world does.

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cipri Member since:

"Have you thought about publishing some sort of financial statements?

Can't expect us to cater to stupidity.

Yes, that's true.
And perhaps you are right, if you give "the others" the priority to be stupid.

Just out of curiosity... what do you think is the current value of this site ( (let's assume that you would like to sell it)

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