As you may have noticed, some web advertisements have been added to the forum and to YSFHQ.com. The purpose of these advertisements is to help pay for hosting costs and domain renewals. I, like many of you, are not rolling in cash and so do not have the resources to support the site on my own. However, adding these advertisements is a way to distribute the cost among the community. Note, we get paid for each time someone clicks on the ads, not just when people view them. If you would like to know the exact cost breakdown of how the revenue will be spent, send me a PM and I can get that information for you.
A few things to note:
- Please do not keep clicking on the ads in an attempt to increase our click rates. Google is aware of these tactics and will suspend the AdSense account for unusual activity, which means more trouble for all of us.
- We please ask you to turn off ad-blockers on all YSFHQ domains. If you are able to see the ads, you are contributing financially to the success of the website.
- While the ads are non-intrusive for the most part, I am working on something that eliminates ads for those who donate a certain amount. It seems only fair, as those who donate are already making a significant financial contribution.
If you have any objections to this change, please feel free to voice them here. I do not want to put a feature in place that does not have the support of the community.
Chief Technology Officer, YSFHQ