Enjoy the new AD-FREE Freethoughtblogs


We’ve snapped the evil capitalist cord. We just deleted all the ad slots on Freethoughtblogs — we hope everything is faster, smoother, and more enjoyable.

Unfortunately, we still have to pay for our server costs, and it would be nice if our bloggers got coffee-money now and then. We’re going to try and figure out as a group how to do all that, so may soon be going the crowd-funding route, or having donation drives, or something. Watch this space, we’ll announce our new strategy soon.

I do have to say that going into the guts of the WordPress machine and savagely murdering all the ad-bot code was one of the most satisfying things I’ve done today. Easy, too.

Comments

  1. brett says

    Nice! I remember I didn’t trust checking the site directly on my tablet because the ads frequently caused issues with site redirects.

    I guess you could set up a Patreon for the site network as a whole. Not sure whether you’d want to do tiers with special awards/early access, or just the subscriber route.

  2. Becca Stareyes says

    Congrats. I imagine a Patreon-style setup might be difficult since one has people who read individual blogs as well as folks who read across the blog network, and figuring out any tiers needed would be difficult.

  3. ikanreed says

    Wow. Even though I was already using an adblocker, the pages here load much faster now.

  4. johnson catman says

    I never minded the measly $30/year for FtB Ad Free. I guess when you get something set up, I could still pass that much along to grease the wheels.

  5. mikey says

    I’ve been enjoying ad-free FtB ever since I subscribed about a year ago… Reckon I’ll just keep it up….

  6. DonDueed says

    I’ve been a subscriber since you started having subscriptions. I’ll continue to support FtB in whatever form you set up.

  7. mikehuben says

    Some how I’ve run my web site for 25 years without advertisements. (Indeed, it was one of the first web sites.)

    Welcome back to the club!

  8. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    I’ve subscribed for several years. Early on, for my work computer and its MS operating system, and for my iPad. I’ll support FtB by subscription if that is your decision.

  9. Raucous Indignation says

    Hey! I’m still signed up for 181 days on my sub!? Do I get a cookie?

  10. efogoto says

    I have the ad-free subscription. I’ll chunk in more at the new year. Thanks PZ.

  11. chigau (違う) says

    I am a couple of days away from renewing my yearly subscription.
    Do I just carry on as usual?

  12. says

    Sure. But if you can’t afford the donation, don’t worry about it.

    Also, another factor to consider: we’re gonna roll out some new mechanisms for supporting FtB, which I’m hoping will include ways to support individual blogs.

  13. Chakat Firepaw says

    @Becca Stareyes #2

    I imagine a Patreon-style setup might be difficult since one has people who read individual blogs as well as folks who read across the blog network, and figuring out any tiers needed would be difficult.

    Perhaps something like what, AIUI, Twitch does with their premium account: You get a number of free ‘subscriptions’ that you can throw at particular bloggers. The bloggers themselves can offer perks for their subscribers.

  14. DanDare says

    Theres the mechanism whereby subscribers see everything and others see 3 or 4 articles a month and the rest are seen only as abstracts.

  15. says

    Well…I guess I won’t really miss them because I’ve been paying to not have ads and so seldom saw them. But they did make me hesitant to send friends links to FtB…especially during days where I remember there being pop-up adds..as I didn’t want them getting that crap.
    I’ll go ahead and keep paying if you all keep allowing me to do so. $30 a year is no big deal; not with how much time I spend reading these blogs.

  16. Johnny Vector says

    Huh. I just came here after a couple days not being here, and thought “Oh how nice, I’m still logged in! They must have fixed the ‘log me out way too fast’ bug.” But no, it’s permanent. Well, in recompense I have resubscribed for another year.

    I might buy some merch too, if there were some merch.

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