Talk about ANNOYING. On the left, under "this forum sponsored by..." when you run your mouse over the Best Buy ad there, run it over without clicking, mind you, a separate pop-up Best Buy ad pops up, complete with audio and video. This a permanent change or just here for the holidays??
When this site was privately owned, there were little or no ads, just a forum and links to other sites. It was sold around 2000 I believe and the current owners made it very clear that they were here to run an ad-driven web site. There was serious talk of eliminating the forums all together because they do not generate revenue. At first the ads were to be kept to a sidebar and not intrude on the actual topics pages; for awhile they did that. Now, things have changed again. Make no mistake, this is a money making venture and the forums could disappear if it drags on revenue.