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[3]: How much do you need?
by WorknMan on Tue 12th May 2009 20:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: How much do you need?"
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Right, I'm saying do away with page 2 entirely, or else switch them around, cuz as another poster pointed out, the more interesting articles are usually on page 2. OSNews has always been one of the sites I go to in order to keep up with tech, not to read editorials.

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RE[4]: How much do you need?
by Adam S on Tue 12th May 2009 20:38 in reply to "RE[3]: How much do you need?"
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RE[5]: How much do you need?
by averycfay on Tue 12th May 2009 21:24 in reply to "RE[4]: How much do you need?"
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I guess you're arguing that defaults don't matter?

I mean, it shouldn't be surprising that front page articles get way more attention than page 2 articles. For most visitors, page 2 is a list of links like a blogroll or something that a lot of people just filter out.

I guess what bugs me about the split though is that the distinction that you're using (read more content) is really not a very good one. Just now, Thom posted about the new minor release of Mac OS X 10.5. Now, there's nothing wrong with that; it's most definitely OS news. But... it's really not the most interesting article. It's a minor release with a few bug fixes. Almost any article in page 2 right now is more interesting and would lead to more discussion.

I guess what I'm trying to say is that putting 10.5.7 on the front page because Thom summarized the changes is dumb when you have so much more interesting content in page 2 that no one ever goes to.

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