tedster - 7:36 pm on Apr 14, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: tedster at 7:54 pm (utc) on Apr 14, 2011]
"Ads above the fold" may be a slight red herring for a description. Better to say "minimal content above the fold." If the ad blocks still allow a couple solid sentences for the average visitor right when the page loads, that is a pretty standard use of visual space.
blogcritics.org bothered me because my eye was not immediately drawn to the content. I don't care whether the distractions are ads or navigation or artwork or social media buttons - they are still distractions.
[edited by: tedster at 7:54 pm (utc) on Apr 14, 2011]