A New Year's Idea: Pay For Some
December 27, 2001 6:10 PM   Subscribe

A New Year's Idea: Pay For Some
So, slashdot says A Great New Year's Idea is to Pay For Some Freedom, eg. BSD, EFF or MozillaZine to name just a few, but what else can we do?
Metafilter, OddTodd, IMDB [Aren't they already owned by Amazon?], lots of good places to spread the holiday cheer. Seems like there is no shortage of Folks who are looking for something.
I like the idea of Getting Something In Return, not sure if that makes me greedy, or scroogey.
Seems like the web has really given us a new list of worthy causes...
posted by Blake (5 comments total)
I'll pay to IMDB once the check for my portion of their buyout cash, based data I contributed to the independent IMDB, clears.

It's been a couple of years now, still waiting...
posted by NortonDC at 6:47 PM on December 27, 2001

They've been Amazon's property for a long, long time, if the ad load hasn't proved it for you. And, the submission processing time has been steadily dragging. I wonder where all of that money is going.
posted by Samizdata at 9:46 PM on December 27, 2001

It seems to me that the EFF will be the org that needs the most financial assistance and is probably preparing for quite a long battle this year.
posted by sarosh at 6:44 AM on December 28, 2001

The gall of IMDB is amazing. They built a resource on thousands of volunteer contributions, the organizers made money selling it to Amazon, Amazon makes money selling videos through the site, and they're asking for donations as a volunteer effort. Yeesh.
posted by rcade at 7:00 AM on December 28, 2001

I'd hate to see them go down, with the currently reduced ad revenues and all (because they've been handy more than once), but you can't wade through all the ads anymore, the server has apparently gotten slower than ever, and one could die of old age and decay before getting information such as goofs verified and added. We all know Amazon can burn cash like no one else, so, why can't they burn through some more now?
posted by Samizdata at 9:51 AM on December 28, 2001

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