Hard to justify
Posted Sep 26, 2002 14:22 UTC (Thu) by kbee
Parent article: A new era for LWN
I have read with sympathy about your struggle to find a way for LWN to pay for itself. I sent a donation at the end of March because I think you provide a valuable service, and I'm a fellow supporter of free software. However, I can't justify the subscription terms you've set up.
I agree with what some posters said - that you are playing 'not to lose' by offering subscriptions on a monthly basis in case you go under. For me as an individual, should you go under, I would just consider it a donation to free software.
I think $60 is too much to pay annually when I can wait a week and get the news for free. PC Magazine is going for $35/year. I know it's not a clean comparison because they are print, and they offer free access via the web site.
I would suggest $40 on an annual basis, tops, and make me wait a month to get the free version. Make it hurt a little. Or only make part free immediately and make part subscription only ala Salon. The second suggestion is less in the spirit of free software though.
Keep trying, and thanks for the open discussion.
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