Originally Posted by Raven.7
What do you people think websites like this run on? Unicorn juice? You get rid of internet advertisement, you lose websites like Overclock.Net
Overclock.net makes a profit for the owner... I don't agree with that since it doesn't sell anything. The value of OCN is in it's users, and they don't see the money.
My friend runs a Android ROM download site. He currently runs at a loss, but has a donate button. However, it's now starting to get more popular and he's going to start a premium feature which will make him a little bit of money and keep the site going. He just enjoys running the site.
So, he has the potential to make money, but first and foremost, he just enjoys running the site. He wishes only to break even and he sells a product in the end. That's a respectable way to run a website.
Decrying ANYONE for blocking ads is contemptible. We are advertised to in every walk of life and the ONE aspect of it that you get to choose on should remain free of vilification.
If a website like OCN wants to make money, I would rather have premium accounts, and products/merchandise to purchase rather than being snarled at for blocking their ads. I don't care about any of the ads on the website (I don't want to be an ad impression, I don't want third aprty cookies tracking my behaviour and posts on here or anywhere. I will not become a product)... but case stickers, t-shirts, branded items I would happily purchase. OCN has this but they're quite rare.Edited by Rubers - 3/27/13 at 4:38am