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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it's a slippery slope...
by niemau on Tue 12th May 2009 17:49 UTC
niemau
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2007-06-28

i'll start by saying that i make a point of blocking ads at home, no matter what.

when i browse from work (which is when i read osnews most often) i do not block ads completely, only pop-ups.

that being said...

it's *never* acceptable for an ad to:

- stream video (or audio of any sort) without viewer authorization. especially considering the looming threat of bandwidth caps all over the place. i realize that video-based ads really don't use *tons* of bandwidth... but, for people with low limits, every kilobyte counts. period. not to mention, it's distracting and annoying. which is sort of the point, probably.

- visually obscure the content the viewer is trying to access. if i have to click it away, i usually just leave the website.

- flash and blink, or physically move around the screen. no matter how relevant an ad is, if it's blinking, it's taking my concentration away from what i'm trying to read.

keeping it simple and relevant works wonders. right now, the unobtrusive System76 ads on this page are not bothering me at all, for example.

edit: just remembered another doozy... i really hate those ads masquerading as hyperlinks that give a little pop-up when you hover over them. so freaking annoying.

Edited 2009-05-12 18:02 UTC

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