tl;dr - We’re going to try turning off ads. To keep them off, we need 2.5% of players to become new site supporters by the end of October.
Recently we put forth a proposal, in exchange for adding some more ads on the most lucrative parts of the site, we’d be able to improve the service around the world. You all are amazing, the results were more positive than we had hoped for. But then again the OGS community has always been exceedingly supportive as we try and figure out the best way to help the site and community flourish.
So we put forth the proposal, the general consensus was “Go for it”, and we did. Then we used our site, like we do every day, slept on it, and re-realized we really hate ads. They’ve been a “necessary evil”, but we got to thinking about it, and their necessity is shrinking. Currently, 75% of our revenue comes from site supporters, while only 25% comes from ad revenue. Mind you, that 25% is necessary, it is the difference between myself being able to work full time on OGS, and having to go get a different job, but if it can be made up a different way, then that would be terrific.
The new plan is as follows: We’re going to try and turn off ads site wide for everyone until the end of October. We will be able to keep them off if we can get 2.5% of our non-site supporters to become supporters in that time frame. Once we hit that target, we can bring up servers in Asia, Europe, and elsewhere for a 1% increase for each location.
There’s definitely a risk that we won’t be able to hit that 2.5% and that we’ll have to revert to utilizing ads starting in November, but until then, we hope everyone enjoys the site how it was meant to be and if you’re not a site supporter already, please consider being part of the 2.5%! Thanks!
P.S. Yes I think we’re finally going to add support for one time donations and more payment options, although it will most likely be the end of October before this is active.
P.P.S. For those interested, you can now specify a custom amount on the supporter page.