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Look, I respect Instructables.com's right to make a buck as much as that of any other site that proffers user-supplied content, so please don't misunderstand this comment. I'm not decrying the presence of ads on Instructables.com.
I'm bothered nonetheless. Until recently, when I landed on the Instructables.com home page, I would see two columns of fascinating, deliciously creative projects. When I visit the site now, I find that the page is dominated by ads. Dominated? Yes. Now I have to scroll before I see *any* actual Instructables. Now in the interests of full disclosure, I'll confess that I've got a mere 800 pixels of vertical resolution to work with, but come on folks, no Instrucables above the fold? Really? And I've noticed with some dismay a growing number of featured projects from external commercial sources like This Old House (of which I am a *huge* fan, btw).
I'm not calling for a moratorium on ads on Instructables, or anything absurd like that, but I do feel that the kind of projects that make this site truly great (those from individual makers, crafters, and builders) is beginning to get crowded out. Keep the ads, by all means, but please keep the spirit of personal creativity in focus as this amazing site evolves.