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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Tip jar?
by massysett on Wed 13th May 2009 00:23 UTC
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Ads are annoying. I probably won't unblock them. But if you had a "tip jar" sort of thing were I could easily pop in $5, I would. I don't want a subscription; I don't want a tax deduction.

If I popped in $5 with no expectation of anything in return, how would that $5 compare to what you'd make on ads?

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RE: Tip jar?
by Quag7 on Wed 13th May 2009 02:30 in reply to "Tip jar?"
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I think one problem with this whole idea is the "patron" concept on the Internet is half-developed, unfortunately.

A contribution to wouldn't exactly be a donation as this isn't a charity, and it wouldn't be a subscription fee as it would be voluntary.

I, for one, look forward to seeing some kind of middle ground of "patron" become the norm for everything on the Internet, where I can drop bits of money in buckets whenever I see anything of particular interest or insight. It'd be great to have buttons built into mp3 players for this purpose as a way of compensating artists.

For now though, I will turn off adblock. This is the only site I will do this for, or have done it for, in years.

Thanks to the contributions of everyone involved with, even those of you whose opinions I'm not necessarily huge fans of. Gives me something to think about anyway.

If you can figure out some way of putting a "contribute" something button somewhere (along the lines of what I describe above), I'd be willing to do that as well since I've been reading for years.

Edited 2009-05-13 02:30 UTC

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