Hi everyone. I've gotta say, I'm surprised by the level of hostility. Before you go ahead and throw the baby out with the bath water, I think there are a few things it would help if you understood.
First, I really think that with the "stick it to the man" attitude, you're really only sticking it to yourselves. The bottom line is that it'* your community and whatever I do is with the goal of keeping it independent and healthy. Yes, the ads are necessary, isn't that obvious?
There is no entity with deep pockets supporting this site. Just me. I'm a regular guy, with a wife and kids (this is them http://www.flickr.com/photos/petertdavis/2439622781/
) I live in a regular house, in a regular town. I get by but don't make too much money at it.
When Jeff sold me this website, he was concerned about what happened to it. He wanted to sell to an individual who had experience with forums, and not some corporation. And, yes, there are corporations who buy car forums. I can name two for you, VerticalScope out of Toronto, Canada, and Internet Brands in El Segundo, California. Both probably would have paid Jeff more than I could have afforded to pay him, but that'* not the route he choose to take.
I hope everyone can take it as obvious that we need to have ads to support the site. I'm already thousands of dollars into this, and it does cost more ongoing to keep the site live. As radomirthegreat stated, the Google Ads don't pay that well. Maybe the current mix of ads doesn't work that well either, I don't know yet it'* too soon to tell. But, let me ask you what do you think is better, for us to work together to find the right mix to keep the community independent and healthy, or for you to fight me tooth and nail every inch of the way?
I did add the ads at the bottom of the page. I'm surprised people are upset about those, where else would you like to see ads than at the very bottom? I did not, and do not plan to, add any popup ads. Anyone who is seeing popup ads should consider running a software called AdAware on their system http://www.lavasoftusa.com
because those popups aren't coming from here.
I also changed the color of the text ads from red to blue. That seems to have been the other thing that ticked some of you off. I didn't really think that would be a big deal. Let me ask you, if changing the ads from red to blue helped keep BC independent, would it make a difference to you?
Why do I think it'* important for you to think about what it would take to keep BC independent? Well, have a look at what happened to some of the communities that the big corporations I mentioned before took over....
On the Ford Forums, how many ads do you see before you get to the first posts?
How many ad spots do you see on this thread at Toyota Nation? I stopped counting at ten. They do have an option to pay them $24 for "less ads", though.
Here'* a thread on the RX 7 Club, notice how long that spam has sat there in public?
I don't mean to be rude at all, or insult you guys. I'd just like you to think of this as a problem we can work on together rather than a you against me thing. I don't think anyone wins if we make it a you against me.
Thanks for listening.