Introducing TechSpot Elite: an optional subscription to remove ads, plus other benefits

dms96960

TS Guru
Cannot log in to paypal with either of my email addresses because they each also ask me my favorite author, and I can't remember it! It gives me NO other choices.
 
Thanks for considering me a regular. I've been reading your excellent articles, but never signed up an account till recently when I had to reply to comments and throw in 2 pence whenever I wanted to. :D

It's a bit sad that adblocking ought to be done by default because it is difficult for ad-servers to curate their ads for malware. So really happy that a site like Techspot is being proactive using the subscription model.

Dark mode is great and tasteful. (Can there be an Auto mode like what neo***.net has?)
 
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Adi6293

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I see myself paying for it... I visit this site every single day so why not... And I don't know what it is but something is changing in me lol the other day I subscribed to a Patreon to support a youtuber that I watch everyday it's a small fee to support the content I enjoy so let's go for it...
I'm guessing youre a working man, and as you get older you appreciate others work more, I used to pirate games and movies and now I buy blue rays, pay for Netflix and support 2 YouTubers, were growing up : - )
 
I've experienced the same. No way am I paying for the "privilege" to view someone's opinion. There are tons of sites like this out there already. Even if they all went to this model, I would find another way to spend my time/money. Many paying citizens have already had their personal data and browsing habits thrown around with no compensation, so hell no.
Here you go, buddy:

Your new home.
 

Daniele 00

TS Enthusiast
...so according to your logic, I'm already supporting Techspot by "not" blocking ADs. I see them all ! ... and they are not so bad.
 

treetops

TS Evangelist
I turned adblock off for you guys a few months ago, the embedded link adware thing you guys infected me with, what 10 years ago was why I had it on for so long, although you allowed a member to assist me in taking it off....
 

3ogdy

TS Rookie
What if I ad block?

I see no ads while using the website. Not even the ones deemed "acceptable" by somebody.
End of story. No payment needed.
Even if you put your content behind a paywall, I'd switch to other websites.

Ask people over at Forbes how the paywall for adblock users was going for them.

Find a different revenue stream or die - there are plenty of other websites out there.
 

cliffordcooley

TS Redneck
No payment needed.
The subscription is voluntary, so yes that is correct.

From the site operator standpoint, which I can understand. Their time is not void of value.

But then neither is ours. We may come here to waist our time. That doesn't mean we want someone else deciding how we waste our time just by visiting. If the site can't use that which is a value to others (the reason for visiting) as a value to them. Then they fail in finding a prosperous balance of value for both sides.
 
What if I ad block?

I see no ads while using the website. Not even the ones deemed "acceptable" by somebody.
End of story. No payment needed.
Even if you put your content behind a paywall, I'd switch to other websites.

Ask people over at Forbes how the paywall for adblock users was going for them.

Find a different revenue stream or die - there are plenty of other websites out there.
I'm betting you think college education should be free because look how well free high school education worked out. I'm old enough to remember when not everyone could afford to get a 'free high school degree' because the family had to eat and boys could work.

And I used to have a sub to Forbes. They went a bit coastie and it became less valuable so I don't buy it. I'm thinking of resubscribing to WSJ since someone in Editor decided that 'coastie view' sales are down and the articles have become less slanted. It's going to be a while before they earn my trust again, but they have posted some stuff that's journalism.

Journalism is swinging back to reporting the facts. Techspot never had that problem of social movement opinionating the facts (unlike Ar and Cn, and others).

You go ahead and lamprey and express your opinion about other's failing because Techspot is not employing the paywall methods of sites where people make lots of money off their research and writing. You apparently have no idea of the difference between research investing for making money and tech enthusiasm but that is to be expected from single view outlooks.

My 'troll post' holds true for all those who think informed opinions (not info addled Twitter posts) are worthless and should be free to them.

btb - 'coasties' are big city by the water people who think their sewage don't stink because they're moral.
 
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I was going to sign up for the paid service, but it appears that you FORCE the use of PAYPAL. When you make it so that I can pay directly with my Credit Card, please let me know.
 
I see people have taken issue with the subscription model of this site. I'll admit I'm not crazy about some web sites charging subscriptions for their content, but Techspot has always been straight up when it comes to reporting news, and that's more than can be said of other sites.
Well they aren't charging for anything. All their content is still free. They are simply offering an option for readers who want and are able to give a little financial support.

The unhappy folks should just ignore the option and continue reading the site - with ads - as they have been doing all along.