Yes, I added a couple of ad slots to the site, but the current level of traffic, and with most people having adblock on, they are barely covering the hosting fees. I’m not sure why you assumed I had existing hosting - I didn’t. I set up a new dedicated server on AWS which can grow as the site grows.
There will be other ways to monetize in the future, such as affiliate links, but until there is an automated way of doing that, I don’t want to ask the community and/or the mods to create those manually.
If it bothers you that much, you’re welcome to use an adblocker. There was a thought of having a plugin that would ask you to disable your adblocker, but it was decided to leave that off for now.
Out of the two ad units, one doesn’t show up once you’re logged in. So you only have the one in the footer, which is I think is pretty unobtrusive.
Long term we will need revenue to pay for growing hosting fees, a proper design and developing the plugins to fill in the gaps in functionality that we need for this community.
I don’t want to have to ask for donations when a few ads would cover the hosting fees. Donations are of course welcome, and we can set something up, but I would rather the site earn money by itself, just from ads and affiliate links.
Help with everything is of course appreciated. If anyone wants to help moderate, or has experience as a nodejs developer, or can help with design, please contact me.