Posted Feb 1, 2007 14:07 UTC (Thu) by lysse
Parent article: An LWN reader survey
How many subscribers short is LWN from achieving self-sufficiency?
How about, for those articles which are freed from embargo or mailed to other users, posting a little bar at the top of the article (say, between title and body) saying "We are X subscribers short of self-funding - subscribe now?" or something? Nothing too obtrusive, but it gets the point across. (I'm not sure the embargo actually helps anything; it didn't make me subscribe - having some spare cash did that! but before that I could actually live with the delay quite happily... because what I read LWN for - and what I believe LWN's unique selling point to be - is the editorial, not the N; and that doesn't age. But having a target to aim for...)
Also, I'd like to add my voice to the pleas for comments to be a subscriber-only facility... admittedly only because of one particular commenter, but hey. ;) It's also a relatively easy (but visible, and surprisingly effective, psychologically) point of differentiation.
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