I am an occasional Techdirt reader, but this article got me to register.
I'm a long time reader of ArsTechnica and a "Premier Subscriber" but the attitude of the staff angers me and I don't think I'll renew my sub. I know I won't be missed, but I will miss Ars and some in the community.
I guess Conde Nast has decided enough time has passed and it's time to shake this asset they spent a lot of money on and see if some cash falls out so they can recoup the cost. It also wouldn't surprise me that this is their approach to put their own people in place and get rid of the legacy "management."
I aggressively block ads and scripting because of the security risks inherent in allowing untrusted code to run. The staff at Ars didn't even seem to accept that as a reasonable response.