If it wasn't for google targeted text ads, I might not know about system76. I'm probably going to buy my next machine from them.
Image and animation banner ads eat brain power, cpu power, and network bandwidth, and they can burn in hades. All of them.
Michael, you're being a <australianism>tosser</australianism> about this whole "asking people to chug down ads that aren't even served by phoronix". Google text ads are good, but not good enough for me to go in and specifically exempt from an extension that just plugs into my browser and does everything.
Then you go off and accuse people of stealing when they're technically incapable of viewing the ads you don't even serve? That is NOT "Good Business Sense"...
And these aren't just your run-of-the-mill drop-by casual browsers, these are returning members that actually ADD value to the site! How much less would the site be worth if the forums went dead? All that content for FREE - we should be asking Phoronix for a commission on our posts.
Having said that, I just went and paid for a subscription. That's AU$50 for something that's sold as a way to stop seeing ads. Which I don't see. And you've previously asked people to go to some sort of effort to see.
The main technical reason I got it is to get the full-page articles, which I think is nice. The main warm-and-fuzzy reason I got it is to support the site and the forums. It's cool having the AMD guys there (you have Bridgman to thank for a lot of that), and there's a lot of value throughout it.
But being hostile to the people that form a part of that isn't cool, so STFU about the ads. Adblock is Good, and people that use it tend to be orders of magnitude less affected by ads anyway.
Question: do the bulk of story views/forum views come from logged-in returning users?
Filled it out and submitted it. With the exception of the ad in the first post of every thread they generally don't bother me. Lesser of two evils, deal with a few ads and at least help out a bit financially to a resource I regularly use or start looking for a site that tries to be as useful without the same ads which is pretty hard to find.
us&canada only - I call that discrimination. Like always. So not impressed.
Actually its not discrimination, its racism.
What phoronix has ads?