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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by Traumflug on Tue 12th May 2009 17:54 UTC
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Uh oh. This sounds like the advertising companies start to realize putting a few flashy pictures on community sites doesn't solve the age-old problem of getting a user's attention. How do they measure their success? By counting downloaded images/flashs?

Now, how about another round in this arm's race? Craft a plugin which downloads the imagery, but doesn't show it to the user. Advertising companies will see their downloads rising again, users will stay happy as well.

Adblock is dead, long live Adhide.

P.S.: Please don't tell the advertisers.

Edited 2009-05-12 17:55 UTC

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