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11391 clicks; posted to Main » on 02 Oct 2002 at 1:54 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-10-01 07:58:12 PM  
If the Onion starts, is FARK soon to follow?
2002-10-01 08:57:20 PM  
*sigh* I still have Golden Words and Fark... They'll never go away!
2002-10-01 09:09:51 PM  
This is an outrage! I will never pay for content from a website!...Nevermind. Look at my spiffy TotalFark Tag.
2002-10-01 09:25:53 PM  
I used to love the Onion, but they have definitely fallen in the past couple of years. Unless they got much funnier, I won't be paying.
2002-10-01 10:24:38 PM  
The internet started free and it has to stay free!~~11
2002-10-01 10:32:06 PM  
"While The Onion won't start charging for the site's existing weekly content, the publication might begin adding additional content for a fee."

2002-10-01 11:31:47 PM  
Why can't Al Gore stop this? I mean he invented the internet. Help us Al. Help us.
2002-10-02 01:58:48 AM  
I can't believe somebody would pay money to a website.
2002-10-02 01:58:50 AM  
like TotalOnion, Man...
2002-10-02 01:59:42 AM  
Is that all content or some?
Drew has it just right - basic site is free, premium stuff is extra. Thats how its done - DREW DA MAN
2002-10-02 02:00:25 AM  
so yeah - i read the article
nothing wrong with it - its the Fark model
2002-10-02 02:00:26 AM  
noooooooo! i'm just a poor college student!
2002-10-02 02:00:39 AM  
Very sad indeed ...
2002-10-02 02:01:38 AM  
SLAYERSWINE: would it be called PartialFark?

I have noticed that the Onion, while ass-blowing funny, has a pretty limited website. None of the side-columns have links to further content. Maybe Al Gore cal brush-up on his html there, then help Drew with the newly launched PartialFark.
2002-10-02 02:02:08 AM  
You mean those clickable ads ain't paying off!!!!!!

2002-10-02 02:04:38 AM  
The Onion starts to charge, where is my cliche "In a related story they lose half their audience" or something gay like that.

Thats why I stopped going to IGN. It was a great site, til they started charging, now I hate them.
2002-10-02 02:06:41 AM  
What can I say, I've lived in Madison my whole life and I'm at student at the UW ... I get the Onion in print for free every week! :D

Oh, DrLearned, those side stories ("Other Stories") are /always/ just one liners, even in print - so don't worry about further content! >D
2002-10-02 02:07:13 AM  
What's next? Paying for sex? ah!
2002-10-02 02:08:06 AM  
Yeah, like others, I refuse to pay for any website.

err, umm, wait, nevermind. But, if theOnion does start charging, I will just sit around until someone starts, and just mirrors the content. One banner ad alone would probably pay for a single Onion subscription. Besides, what would they offer? Porn?
2002-10-02 02:08:28 AM  
i only go there for redmeat and geek stories comics. the toque is where its at lately
2002-10-02 02:09:44 AM  
nevermind i went there just now to read the comics and all the articles are good but im stoned so im biased
2002-10-02 02:11:10 AM  

Just think: I'll pay my 20.00 and be:


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2002-10-02 02:13:24 AM  

Also, for those that don't like to read the articles:

"While The Onion won't start charging for the site's existing weekly content, the publication might begin adding additional content for a fee."

Meaning: Everything that you already see on the website will REMAIN free, but you get extra stuff at a cost.

So, what is everyone biatching about again?
2002-10-02 02:14:19 AM  
... and please never let me post again without reading all the above comments ... X_x;
2002-10-02 02:14:47 AM  
Chibi_geo: Well, no one has ever accused me of being a genius. I first heard of and read the actual paper Onion when in Madison (2nd best city in the US, by the way, only after the Bourogh of Manhatten) and I noticed that. I just hoped the website would utilise the techology available on the fancy-pants internet and have more for me. Because I am important to the Onion and it's website. As it is, the hard-copy publication has WAY more stuff each week than the web version. I know a lot of it is local ads, articles pertaining to Madison itself, etc; but still.
2002-10-02 02:16:57 AM  
Eh, who gives a frigg.
2002-10-02 02:17:28 AM the irony of the totalfarkers complaining.

Yeah I'm going to go smoke another pipe of crack now. Later.
2002-10-02 02:19:49 AM  
Several people have alluded to Fark's policy of offering a tremendous amount of free humor and information, while still offering decent additional services for a nominal fee. It's a combination that can't be beat. The free stuff gets the people to see the ads; and the paid stuff gets the loyal subscribers who provide feedback.

The Onion could learn a great deal from this model. Keep the Onion free, but allow some behind the scenes look at rejected ideas and maybe guest writer space for 5 bucks and you've got something there.
2002-10-02 02:21:55 AM  
mmm onions...
2002-10-02 02:22:11 AM  
the fact is - totally free sites either suck, don't last, or bombard you with popups.
And most people wont join an all-pay site.
So this is the way of the future - basic site free, pay for premium content.
2002-10-02 02:23:32 AM  
DrLearned The Onion also publishes in Boulder. The extra stuff is made locally and is mostly relevent to Madison or Boulder or whatever. Where else does the Onion publish?
2002-10-02 02:23:38 AM  
I already buy The Onion in hard copy. Of course I feel guilty about being a cheap muoch. "mouch" I know that's not right. Hold on...

or mooch.

*hopes doesn't become pay site*
2002-10-02 02:27:10 AM is mostly free but for a small fee you get an extra seven words.
2002-10-02 02:27:17 AM  
Sometimes, just sometimes, it's good to live in Wisconsin.

2002-10-02 02:43:36 AM  
Who cares, the onion has become nothing more then a weekly dose of dissapointment.

It used to be funny, but I can't even remember the last time it made me laugh.
2002-10-02 02:43:55 AM  
"The Oonion may start charging for content."

I may stop reading the Onion.

Touche. :-)
2002-10-02 02:44:44 AM  
I would pay for The of the most consistantly funny and entertaining sites on the internet IMO.
2002-10-02 02:46:56 AM  
I think that content providers should follow the model used my cable networks. When the cable networks began scrambling their sattelite signals, you had to subscribe to each channel you wanted. Pretty soon, a clearing house offered packages of channels for one price.

Web content sites may soon follow that path, if they want to survive.
2002-10-02 03:06:06 AM  
They should just charge royalties to police departments and TV stations that steal their "exclusives."

"Um, yeah, Al-Qaeda has infiltrated ... um ... United States weather patterns, and ... uh ... the FBI is issuing winter storm warnings in Hawaii.

"Hell yeah, it's true. That'll be $1,000."
2002-10-02 03:10:43 AM  
I have never liked the Onion, so oh well--let them drop off the net for all I care..
2002-10-02 03:16:26 AM  
the onion online is already a piece of crap. Littered with tons of popups, ads, and very little actual content. It used to be one of the better sites online - not any more.
2002-10-02 03:27:26 AM  
Chach "Sometimes, just sometimes, it's good to live in Wisconsin."

True dat.

I live in Milwaukee, and I get a local paper copy of The Onion every week for free. I very rarely have to go the web site. They deliver piles of 'em to every music store, coffee shop, college building, etc on each and every Thursday. I went to class today and probably passed about 5 different piles of them in 3 different buildings.

It's hard to believe how it's a nationwide thing now. I've been geeting them for free for like 6-7 years now!

I started in Madison-Milwaukee. Now the main office is is NY.
2002-10-02 03:28:07 AM  
Holy farking shiat!
2002-10-02 03:40:54 AM  
The quality of the writing really has fallen off in the last couple of years, sadly. I think it must've undergone some change of management when they started publishing books.

The current online content is exactly the same as the print content. I'm surprised they didn't create some kind of charge already.
2002-10-02 03:45:03 AM  
oh and this best headline ever:
2002-10-02 04:06:19 AM  
Seems fair enough to me, I love the Onion but everyone's got to make money, and if it's the only way they can keep the site running and if it doesn't affect the free content that we have loved for so long there ain't no problem.
2002-10-02 04:10:19 AM  
Lol, Who gives a hoot? Come on guys, Go outside and get some fresh air.
2002-10-02 04:14:55 AM  
New Republic was pretty freaking hilarious until they starting charging for content.
2002-10-02 05:18:01 AM  
Let them charge. Tons of sites started charging and have failed. The most embarrassing part is when they have to uncharge.

Let Fark charge too. It may succeed. - It will also create exclusivity.

The people will speak, and if people pay to read Onion's fake news, well, that's what they choose to spend their money on.

Don't complain.
2002-10-02 06:27:20 AM  
I'd pay for The Onion. It's one of the consistently funny sites on the web. Most other satire sites would dearly love to be The Onion on a bad day. Pity, SatireWire was right up along side them until it folded.
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