After much discussion on this forum, and after getting approval from you guys+gals, we have incorporated google ads onto the website.
We thought a lot about whether this would be a good or bad thing, and we're still not 100% sure, but it did some like something worth experimenting with.
We had one major requirement before even considering the ads, and that was that donating(charter) members and honorary members, should not have to ever see such ads.
Hopefully we have accomplished this, and assuming you're recognized via your forum login, you should not notice any difference in the website, and you should not see any ads. [of course if you are curious, just log out of the forum and browse around].
I look forward to hearing feedback from people about the new system.
As per requests, we will try to set up a system so that those who are members who want to enable ads for some unholy reason will be able to.
To our supporters - please keep in mind that the ad system we are using, Google Adsense, is very aggressive about detecting people who are clicking just for the sake of generating clicks and revenue for the site, and they will probably not only ignore you if you start clicking on all the ads, but count it against you and the site.
So please do not start clicking on ads like crazy in an attempt to help us, because it won't help us.
One of the things we are really excited about with the new ads is the possibility of being able to easily and directly reward people who want to add content to our site, by sending them all of the revenue generated from their page. We are committed to fairly compensating people who add value to the site and our intention is to send 100% of any ad revenue from a review or program page to the person who created that page. I only regret we didn't have such a system set up in the past.
We look forward to any suggestions, comments etc.