Ads Block and Ads Topic
1. Do the ads distract you or do you not even notice them at all?
I have seen only one or two that I would say have really distracted me at all. The one that comes to mind is a rather large square add. I can't remember what it was exactly now but it seemed larger than most and seemed to be a brighter array of colors.
2. How likely are you to read one of these ads between (1-10) with 10 being most likely?
I do actually read the titles on them a lot of the time. I am even guilty of clicking on one of them.(Testing of the PS3 add I believe)
3. Does the ad's color co-ordination with the Skin make it look like part of the message?
Some of the smaller text Google adds in some cases do seem to blend a lot with the medieval scheme a little bit. Mostly because it is on a darker brown background I guess. Not that it doesn't look nice but it doesn't accent the ads much. *Suggestion: Maybe a something with a greenish tent to it, still dark and with a brown content, but it should look nice as well as give it more depth.
4. How likely would you want to Upgrade your Membership if you knew that it would remove these ads from in between the messages?
Personally I do not believe that if they are there or not make a lot of difference in the use and appeal of the community. Even an upgraded member might find something they would like to read about or look over on one of these ads. I do myself anyway.
Rather off topic, but...
Are a number of these ads affiliate programs of sorts? If they are any upgraded member can understand that income other than contributions helps to keep the price of upgraded membership down. This is always something that I consider myself.