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[–] EarlPoncho 0 points 124 points (+124|-0) ago 

“I really believe that commercials and ads make content better,” she said. “The experience on the Web [without ads] becomes a lot less rich in my experience. I personally think it is a mistake.”

hahahaha

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[–] anticlutch 1 points 18 points (+19|-1) ago  (edited ago)

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Content per ad with ad block is infinity because ads are zero and content is some number greater than zero. I'm unsure she knows how to not talk out of her ass.

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[–] EarlPoncho 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

she's been a monumental failure at yahoo. the only thing saving her is getting lucky with alibaba

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[–] Procinct 13 points 4 points (+17|-13) ago  (edited ago)

I actually agree with this sentiment. If people and companies weren't getting paid for the content that they are putting online then they would have no reason to produce good content. The alternative would be online subscription services with the content behind a paywall. If that were the case, I would probably miss out on a lot of great content that I enjoy now because I don't want to have to pay a subscription service to 20 different websites.

Edit: I should clarify. I only think it makes the content better if the ads are unobtrusive, static and silent. Obviously ads that take up the full screen or start playing a video make the content consuming experience worse.

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[–] curomo 1 points 13 points (+14|-1) ago 

That's a good point. I appreciate this well-written comment. I hope you were well paid for your efforts.

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[–] tribblepuncher 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

A lot of people believe the Internet got actively worse by a considerable margin when commercial interests started to drown out the volunteers with their content.

While I do not agree with this sentiment 100%, I also think it has a very large amount of validity to it.

And, lest anyone ask "would you contribute content for free?", I suppose the fact that I typed this up should show that yes, I am, and so are you, if you're typing up something to reply to me with. And less trivially on a larger scale, the tens of millions of lines of free software processing the messages going through this web site (which is also free) indicates that I am not alone. In fact some of the largest web sites on the planet essentially have almost all of their content dumped on them by users for free, and said users not only have their content perpetuated, but for their trouble they get to be scanned, analyzed, aggregated, and have their personal information immortalized in countries they've never even heard of and then systematically sold to the highest bidder.

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[–] revdrmlk 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

If people and companies weren't getting paid for the content that they are putting online then they would have no reason to produce good content.

I put content online that I don't get paid for simply because I think it is good content and should be shared for free. And yes I foot the monthly server fees myself.

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[–] chakan2 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I really don't understand how a CEO of a .com company can say something that ignorant and keep their job...It's like the CEO of Angel Soft toilet paper saying people would enjoy their product more if they didn't have to shit first.

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[–] NikoMyshkin 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

“I really believe that commercials and ads make content better,” she said. “The experience on the Web [without ads] becomes a lot less rich in my experience. I personally think it is a mistake.”

Translation: "The adverts make me tons of money which makes me really happy because money makes me really happy. That's why everyone else should love my ads too."