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[-] Rob 101 points 11 months ago* (last edited 11 months ago)

One thing that’ll need serious consideration:

I feel like it’s inevitable that Lemmy will get an advertisement module that admins can enable. Alternative monetisation methods can also work, such as subscriptions. But users will have to realise that servers aren’t free.

If you’re an admin for a small community and are willing to carry the burden: great. If you’re hosting a community that can support itself by donations: also great. But sooner or later we’ll need some ways to make servers sustainable.

(Not a fan of advertisements and would prefer to be a paying user, but as Lemmy takes off we shouldn’t look down on admins trying to mitigate their expenses).

Edit: sorry if you saw this comment two or three times, posting can still be a bit buggy…

[-] croobat 41 points 11 months ago* (last edited 11 months ago)

I will tell this nonstop, online advertisement (as a form of monetization) is pretty damn dated nowadays. You could give them literally a dollar every year and they would make more from you than serving you ads.

Unpopular opinion: I kinda feel like a reason ads are so popular nowadays is because it gives the user a way of feeling they are supporting a product/creator by doing pretty much nothing.

[-] Rob 10 points 11 months ago

I think pitching in a dollar every year is preferable. Heck, I even pay much more to Youtube to get rid of advertisements. But it does pose a significant threshold for new users.

A hybrid model doesn’t sound too bad to me, where you can pay for an ad free server.

[-] cucumberbob 3 points 11 months ago

Get a VPN to India or Turkey (there are likely a bunch of other countries too). It’s a lot cheaper: I pay around £1.50 (RS129) a month

[-] scrux 2 points 11 months ago

They could do an annual fund drive, I'd gladly pitch in a few bucks

[-] Freesoftwareenjoyer 7 points 11 months ago* (last edited 11 months ago)

They are popular, because it's a way to squeeze out extra money out of the users (often in addition to paying for the product) and since the software is proprietary the users often can't do anything about it.

Btw notice how most youtubers turned into salesmen that want to sell you something in each video and their sponsored segments are often minutes long.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 11 months ago

your post is very interesting for me to consider

[-] [email protected] 3 points 11 months ago* (last edited 11 months ago)

The ad industry is really secretive in general. There aren't many studies proving that targeted advertising even works. If the data was even slightly in the ad industry's favor, they'd release it. Their entire job is spinning things to look good.

I suspect that targeted advertising was invented to justify the existence of advertising companies as middlemen. Take for example the ExplainXKCD wiki. They just serve their own ads which are usually for tech products trying to reach Sysadmins. If every company did this, the ad industry would wilt.

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