M0PHP wrote:But what is your view on the ads?
I know they're not popular, but they're needed to keep developing the site. Those of you who were around in April 2005, when this site was relaunched, will have seen how much it's grown since then -- newsletters, blogging, a wiki, archives, interviews, more regular news and busier forums.
It's my job to add these new features and run the site day-to-day, and the money has to come from somewhere. (Oh, and then there's the bandwidth, especially when we get Slashdotted every few months
) As much as I love the community around this site, some things take a fair bit of work and time to implement, so ads are a necessity.
The alternative would be to have an ad-less static page with just the 'Latest issue' box on -- no forums, no archives, no 'sub-sites' or anything else. So I hope it's worth having a few ads! Especially with a couple of things we have lined up...