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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by merkoth on Sat 20th Mar 2010 03:26 UTC
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LWN has been doing this for ages so, why don't you guys write a few specially elaborated articles each month that require a subscription to be read? I don't know, maybe articles about web development by Kroc, maybe about UI design by Thom. But make sure to make those articles something else, fill them with your opinions and ideas. Leverage the community: If we want to take part of the discussion regarding these premium threads, we'll have to pay. Removing the ads could be a nice bonus too. If you manage to get a few bucks each month you could even use even a little to pay authors for more premium-oriented content.

So I imagine something like this: Those who come here for a handy OS-related news aggregator, get these news for free with a few ads. And those of us who come here for the discussion and in-depth articles, need to pay up. And we get an ad-free version of OSnews.

I, for one, would gladly pay for this as long as you don't charge a leg and an arm (not everyone's paychecks come in euros or dollars).

I whitelisted OSnews from AB+ a long ago, but you guys need to get your act toghether: I can't find for the life of me the subscription link!

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