On the future of LWN
Posted Jul 28, 2002 1:45 UTC (Sun) by BryceK
Parent article: On the future of LWN
The situation is as I feared. The problem is basic market economy stuff. LWN is simply of too hiqh a quality for the market to bare. When the LWN donations page went up, I did a back of the envelope calculation of your economics and donated $100. I figured that if 1/4 of your readers did the same, you would be able to continue for a year. It seems my calculations were correct, but your donations fell way, way short.
The problems of LWN (free journalism) are the same as those of free music, free publishing, free software and etc.. They may be better and more efficient than their commercial counterparts, but we (humanity in general) simply must find a way to increase the demand ($) side of the equation if we are to continue to reap their benfits and efficiencies. The internet infrastructure has provided a jumpstart, but it is simply not enough to allow them to thrive longterm.
It breaks my heart to write this, but my advise is to continue with your plans to end LWN unless donations increase about 5x. The staff of LWN has my absolute best wishes. LWN is/was wonderful.
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