Thank you for the feedback everyone. I am putting this thread back into the feedback forum, as this discussion is actually important to me.
A few things I'd like to say -
We have every possible filter in place on campaigns. The one that was off was the audio/video one, and I have added this one as well now. We have the system auto-filter using every filter they offer. That includes filtering tobacco, Alcohol, Excessive Animation, Suggestive, Dating/Romance, Gambling, Expandable Banners, Political and Male Health, and now Audio/Video as well. These are all high paying ads that we turn down automatically, in an effort to keep ads on the site in line with the nature of this site, and as acceptable as possible.
We also have the pop-up campaigns set up to deliver up to one pop-up per use every 24 hours in the forums, and up to 2 pop-ups every 24 hours in the other sections of the site. No more than that. I am glad that people reported the mass of pop-ups, because that is certainly not our intention and I will be looking into the matter.
I confess, I am not a huge fan of pop-ups myself lol. And that's an understatement
I am a surfer, much as any one of you, and pop-ups are somewhat annoying, that's for sure. That said, although I have 4-5 programs installed that are fully capable of blocking pop-ups, I always turn them off. Two reasons for this -
1. These applications often block legitimate pop-ups as well, such as messages from the site you're browsing.
2. More importantly, I realize how much more pop-ups pay the site owners (compared to in-page banners) and it's my way of paying something back for sites that I am using.
As for the cost of a paid membership here - we are currently looking into setting up a multi-tier membership plan, where we will offer 2-3 levels of membership at different price levels and different privileges. Again, feedback here is appreciated, as it's possible that we will be offering a basic paid membership plan at $2-$3 a month where members will only get the option to switch advertising on and off.
One more avenue that is already being pursued, is finding cat-related companies that will become sponsors to the forums. I'm sure TCS members will show their support to our sponsors as well. I can tell you that should we be able to fill in all the 20 sponsorship spots on the forums, there may be no need for pop-ups on the boards anymore. I do prefer having pet/cat related advertising here, rather than random flashing pop-ups. I'm sure you do as well.
I thank you again for your support
We get so used to getting things for free on the internet, that we forget that they come with a price to the people supplying them. One way or another, you pay for these things, or these sites simply don't go on existing. It's not only hosting costs by the way. There are other costs involved in running the site as well and the site needs to be profitable to sustain itself. I promise to try and do my best to keep it pleasant around here, even with ads on the site