Contrary to the title, I think the ads don't take away from the site. But why can't there be a new theme? The colors are really bright and contrasting. Maybe that'* the point of ads to some extent. That'* why we have picture ads rather than text, though. I'm cool with the pics.
If this has already been debated, sorry. In that case, I'd just like to ask when the change occurred and if it'* permanent. Thanks!