Linked by David Adams on Tue 12th May 2009 16:43 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes As you may know, the global economic depression has hit the media hard, due in large part to the fact that ad rates are in the toilet. OSNews is in the same boat. Despite the fact that we still have good advertisers, our income from advertising this year will only be a fraction of what it was last year. We probably won't make enough to cover our costs. Other news sites, as they've seen revenue decrease, have responded with more, and more intrusive, advertising. We don' t want to do that. We feel we have a covenant with our readers. If you'll be respectful of our need to run ads, we'll be respectful of your need to read the site without having ads shoved down your throat. Please read on, for more discussion of our ad "covenant," and a plea for help, including a plea to all Adblock users to please unblock OSNews.
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RE: subscription
by David on Tue 12th May 2009 17:36 UTC in reply to "subscription"
David
Member since:
1997-10-01

We still officially have the membership, but we haven't updated the design of the Ad-free OSNews site in a while, so it's lacking in functionality. At most, we had less than 200 members, so it was a nice way for people to support the site, but the effort that it would take to bring it up to date probably isn't worth the benefit.

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RE[2]: subscription
by Adam S on Tue 12th May 2009 17:51 in reply to "RE: subscription"
Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

It's worth noting, though, that subscribers do get ad-free pages and enjoy a slew of other features, such as additional HTML in their bios, non-"no follow" links to their sites, access to an "ignore list", and several other things I can enumerate if people are interested.

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RE[3]: subscription
by fretinator on Tue 12th May 2009 18:47 in reply to "RE[2]: subscription"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm glad you mentioned that - I was starting to think I was being wierd to subscribe. I really don't do it to block ads, but just to help the site. I beleive in paying for stuff I use - I've purchased box sets of Redhat (when it was still a desktop-oriented OS), Mandriva, even Ubuntu at Best Buy. All of these I could also download (and usually already had), but I like to support products I use. I use OSNews daily. You could even make the ads show up, I wouldn't care. Of course, I do want you to continue to put 25,986,385.0 for my average comment score. It makes me feel important...

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