I recently found out that WordPress was actually using our site to advertise so that our readers had to look at ads at various places on the site.
I can understand why they do it. They need to make money. WordPress offers a great platform to get the message out.
However, Surly and I started this site with several goals, one of which was to bring our readers undistracted and unfiltered analysis and information. Looking at an advertisement, any ad, takes away from the experience. Thus, I just killed the ads. It costs a little bit of money per year but it is worth it. So, in case you were wondering where the ads went, they are dead…and always will be.