Ok, so next month (sometime between the 1st or the 3rd) we will begin to roll out ads on the forums. As discussed we will be using Google Adsense for this. We will test ads for 3 months keeping an eye on user feedback and revenue generation. To assist with this we have created a new subcategory #forum:ads which will be used for feedback, discussion, and reporting ads that users think should not be on the site.
We are setting the bar fairly low and will define the experiment as successful if we can meet the minimum payout threshold of $100 a month. If we do not meet this requirement we will not run at least generic ads on the forums and reserve the ad system for community ads only.
Ads will only be seen at the top and bottom of the site. We debated also having in topic ads that show every 25 posts but we feel this would harm the user experience to much and we are just looking at supplementing our income, not optimizing our revenue.
Patreons of $5 teir or above will not see ads as a new benefit.
Finally, we plan on sharing as much data about this experiment as possible with the community hoping that even if it fails we can provide some valuable insight and data to those who may be looking at doing an ad driven game of some sort.
We would like to thank everyone who provided their feedback on this to us! Many great insights where shared with us and we where happy to see how many people wanted to help support the site in any way they can.