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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Ugly and slow ads
by tux68 on Tue 12th May 2009 18:41 UTC
tux68
Member since:
2006-10-24

Just unblocked ads here and found rendering and scrolling slowed down significantly on this little netbook. And having two big _animated_ ads on each page from a company whose products don't interest me is just too annoying for words. So unfortunately my answer is no, I won't unblock osnews.com ads as long as they are of the animated variety. Surely there are lots of other people who won't feel the same, but there ya have one opinion.

So this leads to the obvious question, does Osnews still want visitors here that aren't interested in ads? Or would you rather I (we?) just go away?

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RE: Ugly and slow ads
by David on Tue 12th May 2009 19:03 in reply to "Ugly and slow ads"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

We still want you, and understand that there are valid usability reasons for wanting adblock. The most important thing you can do to support OSNews is to read and participate. If you need to block the ads, hopefully some of the other ideas we're cooking up can help you support OSNews in other ways. But for now, read, submit stories, comment, and try not to flame people too much. :-)

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RE[2]: Ugly and slow ads
by sbergman27 on Tue 12th May 2009 19:13 in reply to "RE: Ugly and slow ads"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Surely there is some sort of browser extension or something that gets the ads but does not display them? There is exactly one site that I visit with ads that are tasteful enough to persuade me to lower my shields, and that's lwn.net. OSNews.com's ads are already too annoying for words, and my guess is that is only going to get worse.

Edited 2009-05-12 19:18 UTC

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