Veign: I'm not sure I could classify a website posting Google Ads as being (or becoming) commercial.
Well, I must respectfully disagree with that.
Raising revenue from advertising is, by definition, a commercial venture.
I make my living from advertising and there is just no other way to describe it.
What do you
call those intervals between TV programming that tout products and services?
Whether or not that commercialism is inappropriate or discordant is an entirely different matter.
For me, the very concept of DonationCoder is tightly bound to a stated philosophy that eschews commercialism,
and that concept is very much a part of the unique standing that DonationCoder enjoys. Remember, once something
like that standing has been compromised there is no guarantee that it can be repaired.
If the objective here to is make profit (nothing wrong with that -- we all do, I hope) then that aim seems out of step
with the stated ideals and goals of the community. It is the misalignment between advertising and the
DonationCoder philosopy that strikes me as dicordant.
Perhaps the issue is one of context. The whole idea here is that this is a sharing
community and it worries me
that the spirit of altruism that pervades it will be diminished. I submit that how people perceive
will not be enhanced by the advent of advertising.
Veign, I must add that what I say here is in no way meant to denigrate your obvious desire to create a benefit for DC.
Edited to correct a mistake with italics