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A small success: LWN Supporter Option.

I was delighted that Jon Corbet pinged me to say he was finally implementing a supporter option for LWN.  It’s been about 12 months since I started asking about it, and 6 since I started asking publicly.  When it finally arrived, in classical FOSS brand-suicide style, it was named the “Maniacal supporter” option.  I don’t think Jon believed anyone would actually pay more “for nothing”, but curiosity finally won out.

But he’s wrong: people want the consistent commentry and in-depth analysis that only dedicated experts like Jon can provide.  And we know that if they don’t get enough money, they’ll have to stop writing and take day jobs; this is not some abstract charity.  I want Jon to be comfortable and LWN financially secure and able to concentrate on what they do best, which seems to be a rare skill in our community.  This is a start in that direction; I welcome your suggestions on what to do next…

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3 Comments for A small success: LWN Supporter Option.

Paul Bolle | May 12, 2011 at 4:37 am

My personal pet peeve is that LWN don’t offer real subscriptions. Ie, they only offer subscriptions for, say, twelve monthly payments, whereas I’d really like a subscription of indefinite length, that will continue until I someday decide to cancel it. Other US based organizations (in the Free Software field) offer it to people abroad, so why don’t LWN?

And, yes, I specifically asked for it and they politely refused to offer it.

Author comment by rusty | May 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm

ISTR that they do not want to retain credit card data.

Paul Bolle | May 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I can’t remember the issue of credit card data being mentioned by the people at LWN. A quick check of my mail archive suggests it’s also not mentioned in the few messages LWN and I exchanged on “real subscriptions”.



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