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Old 11-05-2004, 02:40 AM   #1
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While I do not agree with boycotts I do believe everyone has the right to know about information and discuss a situation. The thread was closed on the grounds that the issue should be addressed with the site owners and that M$ was in fact funding Linux.
I do not believe that the reasons are valid. The site is owned by Jupiter media corporation. I can find no information that indicates that they donate a portion or percentage of their income to Linux development. They are a business and have seen fit to take paid advertising from M$ for their own benefit.
Their official stance is that they provide news to users of Linux systems which is the foundation of this branch of their business. Given that the facts in the advert are questionable in the first instance one must question the integrity of the people that run this site and whether anyone with rational thoughts actually thought bigger than the $$$'s they were putting in their pocket. Its up to individuals to make their own decision on this.
If you want to also close this thread do so but I still believe people have a right to discuss it and make up their own minds.
 
Old 11-05-2004, 04:02 AM   #2
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Look at it this way:

People here who DON'T visit LinuxToday can't boycott it, as they don't use it. Right?

People here who DO use it will see the M$ ads, right?

They will either:

- Think this is fine, and not boycott LT even when asked on LQ

- Think this is not on, and automatically boycott it without being told to by some bloke on LQ

So however you look at it, posting to tell people to boycott LinuxToday won't do any good. Right?

In fact, it will probably result in making a bunch of people curious enough to go and look at the site, thus generating MORE ad revenue for them instead of less.

So howsabout we just drop it here?

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Old 11-05-2004, 07:14 AM   #3
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This is closed. For a couple of reasons:
1. This is not a Linux technical question. Normally it would be moved, but it's also been posted here before today
2. We at LQ do not condone boycotting any legal site. LQ, as far as I remember, also used to have Microsoft advertising - advertising is determined by the advertising company's server, not by the site.

Peple, if you are unhappy with anything about a website, don't tell us, tell the webmaster of the site. And don't go telling people not to visit the site, especially not on LQ.
 
Old 11-05-2004, 08:34 AM   #4
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Just for the record, we at no point in the past had Microsoft ads. I have made a personal decision that forgoes this revenue as a result of some Microsoft ads being complete FUD/smear campaigns. I have heard some good arguments on both sides to be honest, but in the end the decision is up to the site owner. As for LQ, you'll continue to not see them.

--jeremy
 
Old 11-05-2004, 02:47 PM   #5
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My apologies - I thought I remembered vaguely hearing something or other about having had MS ads. Since we didn't, you can safely ignore that part of what I said. The rest still stands though

Thanks for clearing that up Jeremy
 
  


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