Hey guys, I do appreciate the feedback. Obviously the ads are there for a reason/ balancing act, but some of your experiences sound considerably worse than what is intended. What we want is a good amount of sponsorship that pays all the bills but does NOT interfere with your ability to use the site (other than a general distaste for ads, of course).
For me, I get the top banner everywhere (about 20% of the screen on mobile, maybe 30-40% on desktop but scrolls away.
Then, there is a "footer" which is the one with the fixed positioning that sticks to the the bottom of the page. Not my favorite personally.
Finally there are the two spots in the right panel.
I'm honestly not sure what the "scrolling" ad is if not one of those.
Can you guys do me a favor and forward me screenshots of the worst offenders, to admin@(this site)?
I'm also open to ideas. We've mulled over having an ad free/ paid version of the site, but I'm really reluctant to suggest anyone should pay for access to a forum as-is. Seems like a big ask.
One thing that IS in the pipeline is a mobile (and iPad) optimized version of the site, which should help to a degree with all of this. Just taking some time to get all of that done.
Thanks again for speaking up, I'm not bothered by complaints as I could rant for days about the state of online advertising and simply want the best for the site!