I am an Ad block Plus user and will never disable it for the sake of your site. The tracking that ad-serving companies do is unacceptable to me and to anyone who understands the ridiculous invasion of privacy involved.
I only recently discovered your site and added the RSS feed, reading the occasional article and sharing it with friends. If you would rather not have 'scum' users like me on the site, just let me know in a reply to this thread and I will remove your feed from my reader and never return.
I'm a premium user who has to visit the main page in order to click "Forums" so I can login every 15 minutes, so you're damn right I'm going to use AdBlock or other "scum" to block the ads that I paid to get you to take away in the first place.
Even if I didn't pay premium though, I'd continue to do whatever the hell I damn well please with my computer, thank you very much. Thankfully the Internet is not (yet) a DRMed platform where content moguls can force unwanted advertisements down your throat; the freedom we have to decide what content we want to see (and waste our bandwidth on, because many of us are capped due to the same aforementioned content moguls) is in the hands of the users.
You'd think a site that promotes an operating system driven by free culture would understand the importance of allowing users the freedom to choose to opt out of shit like this. And frankly, even on a good day when you don't have full-screen HP ads, the remainder of the ads on this site are still extremely damn annoying.
How's that for a cuss-filled rant, Mike? Grow up, seriously.
There's some truth in that...
Flash ads suck up bandwidth and system resources and Michael should be reminded not everyone has a broadband connection. Many a time a page filled with Flash ads has managed to crash my browser..NOT a good thing if a site wants to keep the goodwill of visitors and members.
Also ads within articles should be small and static and not breaking up the flow of the articles.
I don't know what you are talking about. By the time one of those ads loads over my dial up line I've already shut down the computer, left the house, and am half way to the office