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 coreyography on Sat 20th Mar 2010 15:37 UTC in reply to "Random replies"
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IV) ads served via JS are dangerous, they're going to eat my computer, etc.

This, for the most part, is a lame excuse. When you click on a Google link, you have no idea where that link will take you, or what JS it might execute. When you click on a link in an OSN story - same thing. People have no problems with that.

However, when it comes to ads, it's suddenly a problem? So, what, you trust random Google links, you trust the sites that we link to in stories - but no the ads? This one always felt like an excuse of convenience to me.

It's not "suddenly" a problem for me, since I leave NoScript on all the time. It's not 100% protection, I'm sure, but better than nothing.

I do agree that Flash is a bigger risk, though. I removed a virus from a friend's PC after he got tagged by a malicious Flash ad when visiting The presumptuous thing didn't wait 5 minutes before redirecting his browser and generating popups.

I only use NoScript, though, so non-script/non-Flash ads from the site I am viewing do get through. I don't mind them generally, and even click on the ones of interest. I must show appreciation that OSnews still mostly works when I have NoScript on, unlike many of the "major media" sites (I have OSn whitelisted, but one doesn't have to in order to see content).

In the end, I'm afraid I have no new ideas here. I would probably donate (where _is_ that button anyway?), but casual visitors would likely not. I'll use the shopping link next time I'm on Amazon, tho.

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