i haven't read the whole thread, and have no desire to, as i fear i won't be spending much time here anymore, except to bookmark links from my favorite forums...
but i did want to add my 2 cents to the coffers (which apparently must be in dire straits if we're having to resort to this).
1.) even though it may be possible to block the ads by downloading software, it may not be an option for many who log on here (ie., those who use work/library/internet cafe to log on). and what about people first coming to the site, who don't know they have the option, and see the ads, and are confused by the apparent hypocrisy (AP/NFL threads, mainstream ads)?
2.) so the ads use keywords, and the solution to keeping certain ads out is to *censor* our words by placing asterisks in the word, as in c*irc and br*east? how many people are going to want to do that?
3.) speaking of hypocrisy...we're told that certain language and topics are not allowed because this is a "family-friendly" site and children might be reading over parents' shoulders...what do you think the conversation will be like when johnny asks his mommy "why does that say you can find big penis on ebay?" it's not okay for us to talk about dildos, but we can feel free to click the link to go buy them...
4.) and speaking of clicking links...i know i personally don't have the time or energy to click on or copy and paste "questionable" links and report them, and i doubt many others do, either, so i don't see this as a viable solution to getting rid of them (i know this was a solution suggested in earlier discussions about the ads being placed; whether it's still being suggested or not, i have no idea. again, no time to look).
all in all, i think this is going to turn a lot of members away, old and new. this can't be the only solution to the site's financial issues, can it? or maybe it is...less members posting, less bandwidth being used, less money being spent...
either way, i'm disappointed. not only with the site, but the magazine itself (which has also become quite ad-heavy of late; what does the band Bare Naked Ladies have anything to do with AP/NFL?).
i do hope some kind of solution is reached, and i'll keep checking back in the hopes of seeing that happen, but until then, ladies...good luck.