Thanks for taking the time to address our concerns.
As I initially said, I can understand the need to showcase sponsors. However, I think the response from members in the last 24 hours shows that the side banner is not well received. Top or bottom, no drama. Having it on the side clutters the screen, regardless of res (I adjusted mine to 1152 x 864 to try it and it's still annoying).
I've got a pop-up blocker at home, but not on my work computer (don't ask me why they haven't installed one). Anyway, pop-ups I can handle. Click on them and they're gone. The new side banner is a whole different ballgame. The constant downloading of ads, while one page is open, means that I will not be using the forum when I'm at home.
The prizes you guys give away are incredible but, no offence, are of no use to me since I live in Aus.
I'd be willing to pay a yearly
subscription fee of, say AUD$50 (US$42), but that's about it. Much as I love this forum, I really have more important things to put my money into.
Anyway, thanks again for taking the time to explain things...