- However, Slashdot will have trouble generating the cash they think they'll get because:
- Slashcode Developers See None of the Money: Unless they are employed under Slashdot, looks like they get none of it. I guess a lot of Napster users won't understand it, but if they put the time in helping out the system, you'd think they'd get some of the cash?
- VA Lin^H^H^HSoftware Conspiracy Theories: I could start some conspiracy theories here, but they all will have some common traits. Is VA in such bad shape that they need to help out slashdot? Sure, it's probably not true, but with the amount of paranoids on slashdot, people will start finding secondary sites in case slashdot gets the boot.
- Other Webloggers Will Take Advantage: Yeah, I'm trying to be one of them, but someone can start up another weblog, similar to slashdot, offer only banner ads, and pull users away. Maybe not all of them, but its still a hit to slashdot. Especially, when they offer better features (like more stories, more original content, deleting trolls, etc...)
- Angry Submitters: There will always be people that will submit news. But some common submitters (like myself) are a bit angry about the whole subscription thing, and won't submit news anymore. This is more of a minor point, but what about on those slow news days? The days when you count on your trusty sources?
- Why Do They Get The Money: Lets face it, their jobs are to be editors, correct? What do they edit? Look at the stories, some have bad links, most have spelling/grammatical errors. They don't seem to be doing a good job, so why pay them?
- Metered Pages: Its just an odd way of doing it. It'll make people uncomfortable with reloading stories to see more comments. It'll make people uncomfortable with accidentally hitting "submit" to quickly (and don't even get me started on lameness filter on legit posts). They'd need to add some incredible logic in the whole system to make it work with metered pages, and I don't see it happening.
- Nothing But Regurgitated Stories: (And the occasional Jon Katz post) Why would I pay money for stories that users submit? Why not just go to the most common sites where the articles are found? If you say that you like the comments after the article, look at the point about other weblogs taking advantage.
- What will the Ad's companies think?: Think about it. Who are you targetting? The geeks with money? But those geeks are already not seeing your ads. The only people seeing your ads are the ones that couldn't even afford a little subscription fee.
- Adbuster: Here's an analogy for all you slashdottes: Telling slashdot users to have a subscription to avoid ads, is the same as telling a Linux user to pay to use the "K-Menu" (or whatever the startmenu-like menu is for Gnome & KDE). 99% of Linux users know how to use consoles to do everything, just like 99% of slashdot users know how to avoid ads like the plague.
- 2 Words, Jon Katz: What? Every poll against slashdot always ends on Jon Katz! OK, so that's a bad choice. Here's the real choice:
What do they think of their users: Find out yourself! I really don't point this post out enough. Michael calls a user (me) someone that needs a life. I could directly (now, indirectly at the time) line his wallet. Because of that post, I'll never show Slashdot a dime.
Although, this isn't the best research, this poll says a lot. Now keep in mind that a lot of people that subscribed, did so for slashdot, not to avoid ads. They probably would have been better off with a "Donate to Slashdot" link, instead of a "Subscription to Slashdot" IMHO.
Whatcha think? Have anymore to ad? Should I delete a point?