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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Going back 10 years
by Barnabyh on Thu 14th May 2009 16:54 UTC
Barnabyh
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2006-02-06

I can't comment if OSNEWS have been running ads that are on-topic and non-intrusive, never saw them in years. However I will unblock now at home, but at work the firewall is still filtering all that out which I have no control over.

Even with ads on I'm not likely to go for any of that. Participated in some focus group research for IBM about ten years ago and consistently avoided even looking at most ads, and did not click on one. They were trying all sorts of different banners, scroll-bys and stuff at the time, but I think I've just got an antipathy to commercialism wired into my brain that subconsciously makes me avoid everything that I did not come for, i.e the content.
So I guess I can deal with that on OSNEWS if that helps the site.

Thanks all, and have a great day!

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