Posted Feb 1, 2007 9:55 UTC (Thu) by dune73
Parent article: An LWN reader survey
Most of the things have been covered above, but i'll add my 2 cents nevertheless.
Every LWN edition is an example of good journalism. I seem to be among the many subscribers unwilling to pay for content, but making an exception for LWN.
LWN is best at analysing issues with a long term dimension and of adding this depth to a new story, that is also covered elsewhere, but without the deep insight. I think the voice of LWN is heard in the community and many high profile commenters underline this fact.
Revamping the site visually would make it more appealing (no drums and whistles, but a clean, modern layout. Right now it is a clean old-fashioned layout).
The subscription rate is growing slowly. You have tried hard to improve that, but without much success. So maybe this is just the way it is. LWN is not for the masses, it's not for those reading tabloids, but it is for those who enjoy a good newspaper.
What you could do is trying to make yourself more heard outside of LWN. Marketing, stronger presence at events, guest pieces elsewhere, cooperations with other online media with the aim to bring more readers
to LWN. This costs time and energy, so a patron sponsoring this would help.
Without undermining the independence of LWN of course.
Otherwise: Just keep going. You are on good tracks.
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