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You might want to reconsider your stance on the Scarlet Blade ads (and any future ads like it). I specifically whitelisted you guys with Adblock Plus a few months ago, but recently went back to blocking them again. I know hosting this site isn't free, and it's not a charity service for the community. I also know you guys, like most other content providers, probably hate ad blockers as much as we hate ads. I've read through your ad policy which, seems to be about 5 or 6 years behind the reality of the internet today.
There is a solution, however! All of these sites, including yours, that simply throw up whatever ads they can only to complain that people are blocking them, don't seem to realize that there are better ways of handling the situation. Maybe some of you already visit these sites, but on the off chance that you aren't aware of their advertising methods...
1. Penny Arcade. They actually don't do ads at all anymore since moving over to a fundraising model, but I'm talking about what they did BEFORE that. They basically made it clear that advertisements were a necessary evil and that, if they had to use them, they'd do so with class and dignity. Rather than just plugging in some AdSense code and letting google provide the rest, they chose ads based on quality of not only the product in question, but the quality of the ad itself. If they thought a game wasn't very good for reasons beyond personal preferences, they wouldn't sell ad space for it (no matter what was being offered in payment). If they thought a particular advertisement was misleading or inaccurate, or NSFW, they'd reject it.
Basically, they had standards which were clearly communicated to advertisers and readers alike. They understood that good ads can actually contribute to a site, visually, when standards are laid out. You guys are close to this, with your ad policy restricting things like flashing banners and stuff, but the Scarlet Blade thing has shown you aren't actually all that selective.
2. Slashdot. They have a "normal" ad method, in that they have various ads spaced around the site, serving up ads relevant to their readers (tech, science, some gaming, etc). What makes their system worth mentioning, is that people who contribute to the site by making well-regarded comments and posts (judged by other readers), have the option to disable ads by clicking a check box on the front page.
Basically, they reward people who are contributing something to the site in the form of high-quality comments, with the ability to hide the ads. The whole thing resets after 3 or 4 days, so if you stop contributing, then the ads show back up, which I think is a great way of rewarding people. You guys could do something similar with the "rank" status of each user. I don't know what the metrics for rank are, and I suspect they'd have to be tuned to reflect quality rather than quality of postings, but it's one possibility.
3. OKCupid. This is site that I've been following for a long time due to the statistics and mathematics they report about human behavior related to dating (blog.okcupid.com -- it's seriously interesting stuff). Anyway, a few months ago the ads that I normally block were replaced with generic boxes that basically said "since you're blocking the ads, and we can't really do anything about it, we'd like to offer you chance to disable ads entirely for a $5 donation." There was no popup box trying to get my attention or anything; just a simple recognition of the problem and a fair solution, which I gladly took them up on.
Your site already has the user account infrastructure in place to do something like this. As long as privacy issues were addressed (don't store CC info at all), you could probably do nicely with such an offer, even if it "expired" after a year. I know I'd pay you $5 right now to disable ads for a year. I don't know what kind of advertising details your program has, but unless it's based on a metric like Monthly Page Views, rather than Per Click, you're getting nothing out of me when I block them.
I know this will probably just get locked like the others, but I guess I just really don't care. I think you guys are handling ads wrong (along with a large portion of the internet, really), and wanted to voice my opinion on it; there ARE better ways of doing it. I'd love to see you guys actually address the issue head on, because the whole adblock thing is only going to get worse for you otherwise.
You make me like charity