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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what aboot StackOverflow?
by akavel on Fri 19th Mar 2010 23:51 UTC
akavel
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2009-10-27

Um; I'm a bit confused why noone mentioned StackOverflow's ads yet. I'm not well aware how successful are they with their model, but it seems they are very firm about not allowing Flash & animations. So I'd personally be highly interested in reading some comments on SO's ad system in such a "case study" article like the one above ;) And did you consider contacting them? maybe there'd be even some place for cooperation, with your ideas?

Now, regarding OSnews whitelisting: when using Firefox, I'm running NoScript. And I cannot imagine disabling it. Unfortunately, AFAIK it doesn't allow whitelisting scripts based on the URL where the JS is embedded; the rules are set depending on the server the script originates from, so I can't enable OSn ads without enabling whole ad servers.
On the other side, I'm recently using a Chromium variant more and more [namely: SRWare Iron - they claim it has spyware code removed], which unfortunately doesn't support NoScript... man, how complicated this world is...

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