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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by xybre on Wed 13th May 2009 11:31 UTC
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I have an allergy to ads.
I really think I do. Same for TV and bad movies. And pollen.

Seriously though, I don't mind text ads or even the occasional interesting static or click-interaction-only ad.

I'm blocking OSnews becasue I tried it without and it was.. painful.

There's a web-IM service called Meebo that I use, they have ads that link to embedded video (you have to click on it for it to play). I usually would think this is lame (not annoying, just lame) except some of the video ads are actually kinda amusing. I still wouldn't want them playing automatically, but at least it's something, you know?

Also, I've been lurking via RSS for a while and never registered. I'll try to be more active from now on. ;)

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RE: Ads
by xybre on Wed 13th May 2009 23:38 in reply to "Ads"
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I have an idea. Why don't you have a selection on every registered user's profile that lets THEM chose the types of ads they want to see?

Section 1:
what are your interests? (titanium eating utensils, power tools, flying monkeys, ruby..)
What are you really NOT interested in? (viagra, power wheels, goldfish, visual basic..)
Combine with context sensitive ads. If they don't put anything in the boxes, nothing changes.

Section 2:
What kinds of ads do you prefer (choose at least one)?
Flash ads?
Attention grabbing audio ads?
Attention grabbing motion ads?
Javascript ads?
Click-to-expand ads?
Animated gif ads?
Static-Image ads?
Text-only ads?
Display only those types of ads selected. Default to all. Result: People won't need to run adblock or flashblock to remove annoying ads, since ads will not be annoying to that person.

If this isn't good enough, then they are going to block the ads anyway.

I will take the time to read text-only ads that interest me, and sometimes I will click through, and sometimes I will buy the product. But I will never click through an annoying ad.

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