Well, here is the deal, it makes money. But the site has no admission charge. So its okay, at least.
But it doesn't cause a loading problem like the other big "online gardening community" that I'm sure almost everybody is familiar with.
So ads are no problem if the page can load.
I'd suggest updating with a newer monitory and higher resolution for anybody who seems pinched on reading space.
I just bought a 19" flat screen from Costco, and I'm reading everybody's replies in blocks that are 8" to 9" wide.
If you are using Internet Explorer, you want to make sure and eradicate the SIDE explorer bar. All that stuff is in the top menus anyway - no need to loose 2" of viewing space.