Well, I hate ads, they are often intrusive, completely distracting and irrelevant. But Free meals does not exist. So for blender and related website, ad blocker is off cause it is the only way I can contribute.
Now, for blenderartists specifically, the current ads at the top and the bottom are well integrated, they aren’t aggressive “in your face”. They do not feel out of place on the website. I’m not sure the content is very relevant to blender though, so the Friends of Ba ads might a better idea.
Having an ads network around the Blender ecosystem should be more efficient though I have no idea about the metric involved. As long as you stay clear from the trash ads practice, it should be fine.
I’ll precise what I mean for trash ads cause it can mean couple of things.
I meant practice that break the flow of your website. All the ads that break the way you use the site.
Pop up, auto-play, sound are all a big no-no, it’s annoying to be interrupted when you want to read/post something.
As long as they are used responsibly, why not?
I still wont like seeing ads, but I would like not seeing Ba around even more.
Necessary evil I guess ?