An LWN reader survey
Posted Feb 1, 2007 16:01 UTC (Thu) by grouch
In reply to: An LWN reader survey
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I would also suggest, if you want to bring in more dough, making the archives open to subscribers only. People can read all the past stuff for free, which would take a lifetime, and never even get around to reading the articles posted "this" week. Provide a bunch of sample articles from the archive to show that it is worth it.
I strongly disagree! In my opinion, such schemes are a perversion. Archives are not "news", they are reference material. The reason I subscribe to LWN (the only online news for which I am willing to pay) is to get at the new stuff while it is still news. I would not continue to subscribe to LWN if the archives became subscriber-only.
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