how would you feel if someone stole your product from you? Essentially that's what you are doing by running ad block. You are stealing money from website creators. Many websites and services are free because of advertisements.
Running ad block on gttalk has the ability to do potential harm. The hosts of this webpage make zero money from you posting and charge you zero dollars(unless you choose to be a site supporter) They do however make money from ads being displayed. They dont make money, they close the site.
Aaron, I think you may be missing the point on how and why this site was created. This site was created by a dude named George to share and promote this hobby. It was not created to be a revenue stream. It was built by the members. It grew because of the members. It was attractive to a buyer (Carbon Media, in this case) because of the passion, collective knowledge, and donations of the members. The current ownership of this site had absolutely nothing, nada, zip, zilch, bupkis, to do with building up and making this site what it is today. Arguments can be made that they have been delinquent in the promoting and upkeeping of this site since the buyout, even. So, if we're running adblock we're stealing from ourselves as much as any entity such as Carbon Media.
There is 68 members and 1,095 guests currently viewing the site. The guests are the folks that get the full brunt of the ads displayed on this site, by signing in as a member you don't see as many. I think CM can be happy with the revenue stream coming from the 1,095 guests, and the 68 members can keep on posting and attracting more visitors, new members, and building the analytics up. That way we can teach Google that we are the place to discuss garden tractors.
Edited by Cat385B, April 17, 2018 - 06:08 PM.