The ads if we went that way would probably look similar to the ones on Drudge:
My AGV popped in to warn of tracking cookies at both sites.
I’d have no problem with ads such as that.
I wouldn’t have trouble living with those ads. On other forums of interest, I don’t even notice them anymore.
I would consider a combination of 2 approaches. The ad’s and also some sort of marker for monthly donors.... “Gold membership” with a bit more access.
I guess I might have to come up with a code word for “bastard”...... damn!