5.5 years ago by
Hi. I just wanted to state my personal stance concerting ads. I do not want this to sound too harsh, but I have pretty strong feelings about advertisement. Let's call it playing the devil's advocate. (EDIT: Having a very strong stance on the subject, I am very aware that most people will have a softer or even opposite feeling about it.)
Advertisement is everywhere. I personally find most forms of advertisement intrusive and alienating. It is an uncalled for and unwanted invasion of my thought processes. I find it opposes the idea of freedom: freedom of thought, freedom not to be harassed. Whenever I need something, I fire up a browser, perform a quick Google search, find what I want, and get it.
I find it strange that a group who aims to be a community and whose contributors are not paid would like to pollute its interface with ads. It makes using and contributing to the forum less interesting for me. I'd be glad to be offered an option to opt out of receiving ads. (EDIT: The option was there all along and I had not found it.)
The idea of promoting user work is interesting. Posting a nice How-To in the tutorial section seems more appropriate to me in the context of a forum community.
So, these are just quick thoughts about how I feel about ads on Biostar.