Originally Posted by Rubers
However, as some people were saying "by not viewing ads you're damaging sites like OCN" have said is totally false, because you were committed to putting this site out regardless of a monetary return, right?
To some extent you are correct.
The site was created to fill a need. It was not created to make a lot of money. We would have done things differently if not. However, ads allow us to do more. We are overclockers. More charity, more contests, more content etc.
The better way to look at it, at least from my perspective, is "taking away stuff sucks". We have always progressed as a site. Reducing funding to the things we love most would be a painful experience for all. So ads do matter in that regard.
I think it comes down to a natural truth. Everything has to be paid for in some way or another. You can either pay with your time or your money. We don't ask you to pay with your money of course. We try not to even ask you to pay with your time (i.e. we try to keep the ads as respectable as possible).
Without ads though, sadly, there would be no OCN as we know it. We would have been hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt many years ago.