Sad decline, forced registration

I think it's pretty sad if you can suddenly not look at secondary pictures, or some pages of an instructable, without being logged in, if this pathetic behaviour continues I will have to un-register and stop visiting.

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rredmon6 years ago
I'd just like to say that it annoys me greatly when I've been a member of this site for some time, and all of a sudden it becomes an issue of having to pay for said membership. This isn't the first website that I've seen it happen to over the years, and I'm sure it won't be the last. I just feel that it negates the free for all vibe that this site used to be about. And the popup ads are annoying anywhere you go, but these that I've encountered on the site just tonight really pissed me off. Especially one that my anti-virus software said looked malicious. NOT COOL.
Freedom comes at a price.
And where have you been the last year and a half with these changes?
I get on this site on a daily if not weekly basis...only last night did the ads become overly aggressive. like just now when I was checking your comment, another page pops up over this one.

Freedom comes at a price is a bit of a contradiction of terms. This is a website, not a country or province ruled by a dictator. It seems that nobody understands what free means anymore...especially on the internet. If I have to give my credit card number out in order to get the free gift, then said "gift" is no longer free.

My main gripe is that I signed up to this site so that I could look at all steps on one page... and now I have to pay for that too. I'm sorry... I just don't care for the way the site has gone. I don't mind banner ads, and I don't mind having to sign in to view things. But, I draw the line at making it a paysite when the content therein is supposed to be shared.
> Freedom comes at a price is a bit of a contradiction of terms.
.  Not at all. _Someone_ had to pay a price (quite often with their blood and/or Life), for us to be able to enjoy the freedoms that we do. How could a Texan not understand that - remember the Alamo!
 
> This is a website, not a country or province ruled by a dictator.
.  It most certainly is a dictatorship. Remember The Golden Rule: Them that has the gold makes the rules. If Robot is paying the bills, then Robot makes the rules and is The Absolute Dictator. If you want to make the rules, then you need to start paying the bills.
 
> It seems that nobody understands what free means anymore...especially on the internet.
.  What would lead you to believe that it ever was free? TANSTAAFL. Never has been; I don't expect there ever will be.

> I signed up to this site so that I could look at all steps on one page... and now I have to pay for that too.
.  Ain't Life a b***h? Why in the World should anyone (and especially you) have to pay for something that is of value to them?

> I'm sorry
.  I can't argue with that one.

> I draw the line
.  ROFLMAO. OK. You drew your line. Now what are you going to do?
There was never such thing as a free lunch and you should not expect so. Yeah, as the regular non-paid instructables member, even paid, you get the ever more intrusive advertising, and every once in a while it does seem to overtake your machine. It's the sign of the times and the site must run adverts to survive.

All the content is shared for "free". You just have to pay for the convenience of accessing it without distraction.
. hmm hmm hm nothin' left to lose hmm hm
You don't have to pay for anything. As we have pointed out to oh so many lurkers, all of the content is still completely free, and is all available in the same for it has always been.

If you want value-added features (like reduced advertising, or formattable PDFs), then you do need to pay (and should expect to pay) for that added value. The paid memberships were instituted to offset reduced advertising revenue.
ganglion6 years ago
The one that's starting to put me off is the big increase in the amount of advertising on the site. The autoplay videos on the solar section are pretty bad, but I think adding advertising videos at the top of featured instructables where the content isn't even relevant to what the article is about is just greedy and against the ethos of what I thought this site was about.

Also the sponsored DIY quiz looked pretty naff.

My guess is the company who run the site has just been taken over by a bigger one who want to milk it, but I may be wrong.
No, the guys that run the site have to eat. To pay for that, they have to accept adverts and charge membership. They may need to accept more ads, to offset the considerable costs of running the site.
I know they have to eat, and adverts is one way of doing that, but the way they have done it is so in your face that it's started to annoy me. E.g. the large autoplay videos at the top of the eco section (which seem to have gone now) were just bad web design manners.
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