What if we would add advertising to the site?
I think advertising is perfectly acceptable on forums as long as the advertising is related to the forum topic and is of value to the members.
Where? Along one side in a column
Banners?Better than text
Text? There is enough text on a forum
Flash? Really slows the upload time of the page
Animated?Slows it down
Left side - right side - top or bottom? Left or right side, but bottom will not be viewed.
Sell them ourselves or use a network? Doing it yourself will be cheaper
Does it hurt our quality?If related to the forum it should not
Do you trust sites with advertising? Depends on the site. Forums and Directories, yes. Retail, no.