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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Comment by lurker1
by lurker1 on Tue 12th May 2009 20:49 UTC
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"There are levels of survival we are willing to accept" Hate to quote a so-so movie, and I don't have an answer for your income issues. But until advertisers learn that screaming at customers, or carpet bombing customers with ads, or having all this goofy flashy junk all over the web page(this site perhaps an exception) there will be absolutely no way I can put up with whatever the internet has become.
I guess web sites have no control over what their sponsors can put up on a site as an ad, but seriously would it be too much to ask to have just a simple link to a sponsor.
Hate to put this site in jeopardy, really I do, but between popups, popdowners, flyovers, scootups, epileptic seizure ads, and everything else, advertisers just get more and more clueless every year.
I realize this web site is much better that most, and mostly I am just venting but seriously the ad world must be populated by a bunch of complete idiots. If I go to a site and I see something I want to buy, I click. If I don't want it there's nothing that will get me to buy it.
Stepping off of soap box. Nothing to see here move along.
Love the site. Ignore everything I said please.
Lurking since 2002

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