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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No quality control
by sj87 on Wed 13th May 2009 10:37 UTC
sj87
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2007-12-16

I was well familiar with AdBlock long before I bothered to try it. Ads didn't annoy me until my then-favourite message board site adopted Flash ads that blocked half of the web page for a certain time and you couldn't do anything about it. Also some ad servers were very slow, and Firefox sometimes has problems rendering a single pixel of the page if some bitmap image isn't loading up. Firefox 1.5 also didn't autofill the login forms until the page was 100 % ready.

Webmasters should take the control of advertising to themselves and not just sign with some third party ad broker whose content cannot be filtered out in any way. Many times I've seen porn/adult and gambling ads on a "family-friendly" site due to this third party advertising.

These days I play safe and block pretty much everything that loads up from a different domain than the one I've myself typed in my web browser. The same goes on here OSnews: no adserver.adtechus crap for me, thanks.

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