Has anybody seen the kickstarter that Penny-Arcade started yesterday?
They are asking for funds and in return they will make the site ad free for a year. It currently works in stages, if they raise $250k then they will lose the main ad at the top of the main page, $525k and the whole of the main page will be ad free, $999k and the whole site will become ad free. There are a load of other promises/rewards(?) should they hit certain other funding goals but most of them are hidden at the minute. They've only revealed two of them so far.
They have said that if they don't have to worry about selling ads and making promotional comics for games and stuff then they can concentrate on more content for the site such as special series of comics and the like.
So what do people think about this? Personally I didn't think the PA ads were that intrusive anyway, especially seeing as they are hand picked to suit what they think the readers would like to buy, on the other hand I would like to see more content as I've been reading for about 10 years now. At the moment I've not backed them but who knows.
At the time of typing this they have raised over $134k in less than 24 hours and they have 30 odd days left. I'm pretty sure that this will destroy the current most backed kickstarter by a long shot.
Perhaps a viable option for other sites to follow?
Check out the Kickstarter page here