it's basically the same principle. You either live with the ads (aka commercial TV) , or pay not to have them (a la BBC). I realise we don't actually have a choice as to whether we can subscribe to HWC and lose the ads, but I doubt many people would do it anyway.
But the ad would still be on the side. We put the rss feed and the forums links to fill out the column. The ad can no longer go on top because it isn't a constant length anymore. Some of the ads double and even triple the length of others.
Yes the ads on the right are much less intrusive than other boards I frequent, some of which have ads placed by others, and few even contain viruses! I'd recommend staying with it, especially if it helps keep this site up.
On alternative would be members could donate money (through paypal or other means). I've done this on other boards, so it's not an issue for me, but I'm not sure how other members would react. Just one idea.
Yup. And if they get any bigger we MAY even have room left for a forum. Keep things going this way and you'll have nothing but ads. And if you do that there will be no HWC forums. Then, what good will the ads do?? No one will pay for an ad with no hits on the site.