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Posted Sep 6, 2012 10:36 UTC (Thu) by krake (subscriber, #55996)
Or one could just allow to switch it off. Users who'd like to support you would keep it on, user who don't or prefer direct donations could just treat it like adblock for browsers.
Anyway, the question was if there are technical reasons prohibiting ads supported Free Software
Posted Sep 6, 2012 10:42 UTC (Thu) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
But even for me *some* ads are tolerable. Google's text ads are of the same density as the text and are clearly delineated so I can skip them. Ads on the special-offer Kindle are acceptable because they're only displayed when the device is off and thus not displaying text I want to read anyway. And because the latter ads, at least, are actually targetted to some degree, sometimes those ads *are* useful, in that they tell me about things I would have wanted if I'd known they existed. If you'd told me three years ago that I'd avoid paying to turn off ads because the ads were useful I wouldn't have believed you. But no, it *is* possible to do advertising right enough that even someone with biological reasons to loathe advertising can like them. It's just that most online-ad people are so far from that that it is hard to believe.
Posted Sep 6, 2012 11:37 UTC (Thu) by njwhite (subscriber, #51848)
You're not as strongly against ads as me, then ;)
I'd argue adverts are never ever truly useful as recommendation agents. They are inherantly driven by who has the money to run them. So they work against small, new, innovative players. Let's not forget, our contemporary problem is *not* that we have too little information about new, interesting things. Advertising serves to shift the balance of the things we hear most about to those of entrenched interests.
Then there's the whole not wanting to be manipulated by said interests any more than you can avoid (and people tend to underestimate the degree to which marketing works, even on them.) Or surveilled by them.
Any business model that relies on ads is one I disapprove of. It pushes the initial economic cost to the reader down to zero, but at too great a cost.
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