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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fluxy
Member since:
2008-01-30

It's not only about expenses. The web has grown a lot from the early "everything free" days. The quality has improved considerably and a lot more attention/time is being devoted to the preparation of articles (although not for everyone, and even if cms make life easier), such that I get a lot from surfing on the internet. It's fun, informative, allows me to socialise...etc

Meaning that all the content does have a value, what's wrong with contributing a little back if you can? That will provide better incentive and might increase the quality. If it doesn't, stop visiting or stop paying (if it is subscription-based).

And ads aren't really so evil, if they are respectful of my computing environment (screen space, bandwidth..etc), after all don't we have ads on other forms of media like TV or Newspapers?

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goffster Member since:
2007-11-24

The time/expertise spent on preparation of the material
for OSNEWS can be considered an expense. I'll grant you that.

However, I want to know what that expense is before I
pay it. Transparency.....

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fluxy Member since:
2008-01-30

Transparency about what? I mean does any reader invest in this site? No.

Sure you see ads, but you also have access to articles. It is all about give and take. If you feel the deal is not fair - i.e. Articles are of poor quality or Advertisement overly intrusive, you can either speak your mind (to the OSnews staff) or leave.

It is like buying a chocolate. Is the chocolate tasty or nutritive enough for me to pay for it? You decide.

It might be appreciable that OSnews provide details about their expenses, but, personally, I do not feel there should be any liability whatsoever in this regard.

And, personally again, I am here, despite also being a reader of other blogs/sites, because OSnews provides me with things I need and enjoy, not because I am doing them any favour.

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