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61. Re: Metaverse Mar 8, 2010, 12:42 Prez
@ Beamer

I don't know how many times I have to say it, but I'll say it again. It is not the consumers problem that most webmasters decide to try to make a living by annoying their user base with ads. Any reasonable person will have a natural predilection to not be annoyed and a desire to block the ads. This does not make them a "dick".

The internet is a public place (with an entry fee to be sure - you are paying your ISP). Posting information on there on a website that gives access to all users is making it freely available. It's basically a bulletin board. Now, you have the right to make it a behind a paywall, which makes it more like a book store, where you have to pay for the information. Some non-profit businesses work on a "donations-only" principle. This is an option as well.

Whether or not either model makes for a viable revenue stream is the business owner's problem, not the consumers. Does anyone have a "right" to make enough money off running a web page to make it their full time job? Hell no. It is incumbent on them to make that work if that is what they wish to do. In cases like Bluenews, which is only one of 2 websites of which I'd consider myself a "regular", all it takes is for him to ask and I'll unblock him.

On a related note, I took Blue posting to that article as just such a request. So I whitelisted him. I used to have him whitelisted but the ads were so obtrusive that given the choice of coming and being bombarded with crapware or not coming at all, I easily would have chosen the latter. Now, here's the thing. I got a headache last night trying to read the site because of the animated flashing of that Dawn of War 2 expansion advertisement that was a HUGE distraction. (Yeah, I'm old). I am very close to going back to blocking, otherwise I doubt I would be able to use the sit nearly as much as I usually do. The consumer has choice, just like the webmaster.

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