Those of you not seeing the ads are probably running the latest version of Norton. There's a feature there that blocks out ads. It also blocks out other content that isn't necessarily ads. That means you are missing on some content when you're browsing. It also means you are denying webmasters of their income... In the long run if everyone were to block out banners (I'm not talking about the annoying pop-ups - I block those myself and would never have them here), then there will be no free websites on the internet.
Just to clarify - the dilemma is whether to add an option of paid subscriptions so that those who choose to do so can pay a monthly fee (probably $5) and get an ad-free version. Everyone else would still be able to access the site only they would get ads. Paying members may be eligible to other benefits such as a larger PM box etc. Non-paying members would still get everything they get today.
The reason I'd like to know is that I don't want to go through the hassle of arranging the subscription option if most people won't be interested. If I know that there are at least a dozen or so of members who are willing to pay - then I will look into implementing this option. Seeing as these are the results, I will thank you for your comments and participation and we'll keep things just as they are for now
I'm moving this to the feedback forum now. If anyone is still interested in a paid subscription for an ad-free forum, please pm hissy about it. She will take down the names and if the list is large enough, we'll do it.
Thank you again everyone for your pariticipation in the poll and thread! It's been very helpful.