Linked by David Adams on Fri 19th Mar 2010 21:07 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Online advertising has been a hot topic for the past week or so, with Ars Technica trying out an interesting, somewhat desperate experiment wherein they blocked access to their content for people using Adblock. Of course, if this were to become some kind of movement among publishers, it would probably just spark a technological cat-and-mouse game that would surely be reminiscent of DRM cracking or iPhone jailbreaking. But in their post-mortem, Ars states that it was a worthwhile awareness campaign, and I hope that's true. But I thought it would be a good idea to try to bring the collective OSNews brainpower together and crowdsource the idea of how to raise money for a web site in an age where advertising is increasingly un-viable.
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by Pyramid on Fri 19th Mar 2010 22:15 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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Good luck with alternatives to ads. For the time being, I can at least whitelist OSNews.

Ars Technica got a redirect into oblivion in my /etc/hosts for their utter contempt.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by pandronic on Mon 22nd Mar 2010 07:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
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Why do you think that you are entitled to free content? How would you feel if you did your job for free?

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RE[3]: Comment by Kroc
by oiaohm on Tue 23rd Mar 2010 13:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Kroc"
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Why do you think that you are entitled to free content? How would you feel if you did your job for free?

I am not entitled to free content. I don't expect it.

What entitles websites to risk my privacy or the stability of my browser?

Nothing really other than a stupid believe I should have to do what ever they want. Really if we demarded that every author per article put up some private information about themselves every time. They would be screaming foul as well. Ie if you are not prepared to do it you self don't ask others todo it.

Using script based and non referral based systems is risking both. There is no requirement to make profit todo either.

Have a look around there is no a single donation button for me to give OS News or arstechina money directly for a service well done. Basically don't expect to get paid if you don't give me options to pay you.

At least by giving money directly I could be sure that some middle man has not eaten it.

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