You don't see? Do I need it to spell it out AGAIN?
Running a site creates costs.
Running a forum creates costs.
You have to cover them.
People who block ads create costs but act to prevent creating income.
You actively(!), willfully(!) harm the site.
You don't want to pay nor ads? You are free to go AND NOT USE THE INTERNET. I am sure there will be many, many free, big sites left if everybody acts like you. Exactly one:
a site made by a parasite whining around that only paysites are left.
There is no such thing as a free meal.
Last edited by Michael; 12-14-2011 at 12:52 PM.
Or I can just continue using the Internet THE WAY I LIKE IT. And you can stick your petty morals someplace where the sun don't shineYou don't want to pay nor ads? You are free to go AND NOT USE THE INTERNET.
Should these forums go away, as well as every other HTTP based forum, the Internet would simply revert to NNTP discussions, on servers either hosted by your ISP (of which you have already paid for in your monthly fee) or on a third party server that may charge you for an account. The Internet will not die, the corporate (ab)use of the Internet would die.
The ads show products that the typical visitor of your site might click through and buy something from. I doubt most people here want to pay for a $2,000 Windows Server license when they came to get news about Linux.
The ads are not 5634523453e1 by 13423523456346567775477e3
The ads are not in Adobe Trash. If I remove Flash, am I stealing from you? Do tell.
I'd be somewhat more sympathetic towards your argument if those conditions were met.
This is kinda real funny...
Why can't people get that there are people which simply don't want to see ads at all, it distracts...
Energyman, for instance, it tells the same a lot of times and there is smth that I can agree on, I mean - yes, site is generating costs, everything is generating costs, it's the fact of life, but that doesn't oblige me to turn off the stupid adblock for whatever reason I turned it on, what the hell. Calling them parasites is utterly stupid. How much of linux users pay for linux kernel development, a? Gnome? Epiphany? Netowkrmanager? Networkamangement plasmoid, a? Xorg, Evolution, pidgin, samba, ... Want me to go on? So please don't drive into that "gray zone", everyone is using smth at expense of smth else, most likely they don't contribute to it in any way!
Site owner decides what to do to maintain the site, put on paywall, detect adblock and don't show content, put in some other smart technique, whatever. If someone feels this is what he'd contribute to, he's free to contribute (money, no adblock, whatever) others just use it the way it can be used. Free content is FREE content, FREEWARE is FREEWARE, use as You can/want/whatever. PERIOD.
There are a lot of people around who doesn't know what adblock is or so, bad for them, I know it, there are a lot of people smart enough to separate content they want to see and what not. I will do it until the day I won't be able OR I would like to support that in some way.
P.S. I have turned adblock off for this site just because I saw this post and have no reasons to turn it on again, but hey in general, I won't turn it off because I just don't want to see ADS, simple.
Detect Adblock with a script, adblock user will block your script. This costs you more bandwidth because they have to reload pages that don't work right until they find and block the right script.
Put up a paywall, 98% of your users will likely leave and then the 2% that came for all the user generated content that has vanished will follow them shortly.
Accept that some users will block ads and there's nothing you can do to stop it without destroying your site, then you will always have at least a few users who come here that don't bother blocking ads that are drawn in, at least in part, by user generated content being produced by all the "parasites".
You attack adblock users it doesn't work, you put up a paywall and you throw the baby out with the bathwater, you accept that people blocking your ads wouldn't have bought anything anyway, life goes on.
You could take Michael's argument to the logical extreme. Anyone who views this site without buying something from clicking through an ad (which pays him nothing if you don't) is "stealing", but that just shows how absurd he is being.
Lets apply the situation to a real world example.
I don't like the police. The police siphon a disproportionate amount of my tax money for how much "good" they do for the community, and usually actively harass me or at the very least don't do anything that benefits me. I tolerate them because they're not going away and if they did, there would be anarchy which is slightly worse.
Last edited by DaemonFC; 12-14-2011 at 03:10 PM.