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post #51 of 397
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Originally Posted by leetmode View Post

That's the things, I'm not sure Weird really has that content that's worth paying for. Every once in a while they have a good article. But I have no problem living without them, so this "you better unblock/pay or leave" is just making it easier for me to leave. Honestly, I left a long time ago anyway.

I don't read Wired but a monthly fee really does require them to put up some exclusive content for the people paying that amount, but that kinda requires that there's enough of said paid subscribers.

The thing about these "fine, it's not like that site was important to me anyways" comments is, it doesn't change anything from the point of view of the site in question. Readers who block ads provide nothing, so them leaving doesn't change anything except lower bandwidth costs.
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If they wanted people to turn off adblocker, how about they turn off the 6 pop up ads, and the 15 animated ads that take forever to load and then start playing audio randomly.... Also, they need to stop with multiple page articles... It's the internet, you don't need to make each paragraph a page so you can have 80 ads per article.
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Ads suck. They are giving people a different way to support them and suddenly they're evil. It makes me angry.
Edited by Mrip541 - 2/9/16 at 6:13am
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Im more than willing to support sites i believe in. I pay for a couple subscriptions even though i already get access for free through my job. All you entitled freeloaders are the reason we cant have nice things.

So you're saying you're just fine with a world where we have to pay $5 for every site we want to visit?
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Ads are really something these days. Sometimes they take up an entire page. You can't proceed until you click on it. Or you have to fill out a survey. It's ridiculous.

I work in publishing - In fact, we have this discussion almost daily.

You really can't have it both ways.

Wired only makes money per click when you SEE the ads. This is how they exist. Adblocker essentially is eliminating their revenue stream.

No views, no ads, no wired.

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Ads suck. They are giving people a different way to support them and suddenly they're evil. It makes me angry.

See above.

Ads are a necessary evil if you want publishers to survive.
post #56 of 397
It's not that they are evil for wanting people to support, it's that ads are out of hand. They are a huge burden on the site when there are 15 per page. This site has ads, but not tons of them and no pop ups for mobile. So it's bearable

I don't buy magazines because you get 10 pages of content and 60 pages of ads, and you had to buy it
Edited by ejohnson - 2/9/16 at 6:21am
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I work in publishing - In fact, we have this discussion almost daily.

You really can't have it both ways.

Wired only makes money per click when you SEE the ads. This is how they exist. Adblocker essentially is eliminating their revenue stream.

No views, no ads, no wired.
See above.

Ads are a necessary evil if you want publishers to survive.

I agree with you Masked. For the majority of sites to survive and pay authors to write content and sys/network admins and webmasters to maintain the site, you need a revenue stream. And ads are one of the most readily apparent ways of doing so. I do not have a problem with ads on a webpage.

What I object to is ads on "legitimate" websites executing malicious code in my browser and compromising my security. That is an unacceptable risk and one that I will go to any lengths necessary to prevent for both myself and the users behind the firewalls that I maintain.

I also reject the counter-argument that "The sites have no control over the ads themselves, they just sell a spot to a third-party ad network." This brings up the question of why are you as a webmaster loading third party content into your site that you don't trust?!
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I've ignored many websites which demand ad blocking be disabled. Wired will just be another dusty carcass in the history of places I might have cared to go before.
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It's not that they are evil for wanting people to support, it's that ads are out of hand. They are a huge burden on the site when there are 15 per page. This site has ads, but not tons of them and no pop ups for mobile. So it's bearable

I think people either vastly exaggerate the intrusiveness of ads or only visit stream porn sites or other very questionable sources. For the vast majority of sites I visit the ads are perfectly acceptable, and there's no "threat to security" or whatever some people seem to think ads on respectable sites are about. Sure there's places where the ads are overblown or even have malicious content, but for the most part with adblockers people throw away the baby out with the bathwater and block everything regardless if the ad content is reasonable or not.
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Why would anyone pay $3.99 a month? That amounts to substantially more than the yearly subscription is worth. I guess this means the ads are worth more than the content of the magazines articles.

Technically the yearly subscription is worth $114.76, but since you can find it multiple places for $5-$12... I feel bad for anyone paying full price.
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