Quadrille - 10:38 am on May 26, 2010 (gmt 0)
So long as ads are labelled "Ads" (as Adsense and others usually do), there is a limit to how much mothering visitors need. Those interested in SEO should not be considered internet naive, and text ads are everywhere.
The only issue to worry about for WebmasterWorld is the page layout (ie not dominated by ads), and taking the wheelbarrow to the bank.
I don't like ads any more than the most negative person in this thread - but realistically, it is the only viable business model for 99% of web sites, including this one. I don't even see most ads; but once in a while I do spot a good one and click - which makes the whole thing work for me.
And those who cannot tune out of ads can get the appropriate browser tool and make 'em go away. In the 21st century, web ads are really not a problem, they are part of life. Go for it.