Let your clicks ring loud

As you all might have noticed yesterday, Silence is the Enemy is spreading like…only something on the internet can spread. It’s even made the NY Times! It’s wonderful to see something like this capturing so much attention.

But this is not just a single day initiative. This is an ongoing, month-long drive to raise as much money as we can for Doctors Without Borders. If you are a poor grad student or post-doc, you don’t have to starve. All you have to do is click. Click on the Intersection, on Aetiology, and Isis. Click here! For this month, all donations from the above blogs, and several others (listed on the Intersection) will go to Doctors Without Borders. We may be poor, but we can all use a mouse. Sure, you can pass on the latest LOL, or you can pass on help to millions of women.
Or, on this blog, you can do both.

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The latest LOL for a good cause. Get clickin’!

5 Responses

  1. Don’t advertisers generally consider this to be click-fraud? I thought that most ad contracts prohibit authors from exhorting their readers to click ads for reasons other than interest in the stuff being advertised. Is Seed Magazine different in this respect? Or is the operative theory that the advertisers won’t be willing to raise a fuss in this case?

  2. I’m not telling ANYONE to click on the ads, Jacob. Ignore the ads. Think not of the ads. We get paid per 10,000 hits on a monthly basis. We are donating our pay for the month, so the more hits we get the more that gets donated. Is this still bad? It’s clicks on my personal content and the content of other bloggers, not ads. Does that make a difference?

  3. Which “Silence is the Enemy?” Two different people in the Scienceblogs network published two separate editorials under that name on that day.

  4. Ah, ok. That clarifies things. I don’t know what sort of contract exists between you bloggers and Seed, but I doubt it prohibits this. If Seed is paying you per-hit then they probably don’t care too much about how or where that traffic originates. (At least, assuming actual humans are viewing pages, not, say, click-generating robots. They would care about that.)

  5. That’s a cordless hamster, unless I’m mistaken.

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