On the future of LWN
Posted Jul 30, 2002 14:59 UTC (Tue) by jhouchin
Parent article: On the future of LWN
I too have been a long time reader of LWN.
It is one of the few sites I actually consistently go to and read every week.
I too would subscribe if LWN went subscription based.
I would not object to value-added feature for subscribers, but would not be for subtracting current content for non-subscribers.
I think it is important for readership to remain at a high level.
I believe advertising will recover at some point in the future.
I have no problem and in fact encourage a combination of subscription/sponsorship/advertising for revenues.
I would be in favor of voluntary subscription/sponsorship being heavily promoted. Create various levels of sponsorship/subscribers. Have an understanding of how may subscribers/sponsors at the minimum level would keep LWN running. Keeping us informed of number of subscribers/sponsors. I personally don't believe we have to know exactly what your financial position is beyond any understanding of funding need. We don't need to know if and how much you surpass the minimums. We should not feel bad or poorly if you become blessed beyond the minimums. Nor should our willingness to help subside, because after all you have enough. It would be nice even, if you could put back into full time service those who have been cut do to economics. Or add to those are part time but would like to be full time. Expand the vision of LWN and be blessed.
I am for finding funding for the people who are producing LWN now. Not in finding ways of cutting costs and people. The people behind LWN deserve to make an honest salary. We all who have been regular readers have benefitted from their time and effort. The laborer is worthy of his hire.
I hope you are able to continue publishing for a long time.
Thanks for the priviledge of commenting.
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