vBAddict and Ads - conclusion
vBAddict is a big project maintaining statistics for thousands of users. It crunches the binary files produced by WoT and gets the numbers behind your gameplay. To achieve this, vBAddict requires fast servers with big data storage. Last year I've moved vBAddict to a new server infrastructure with two servers – a crunching and a storage machine. That works perfectly, but expensive: Each month I need to pay at least 273 Euro.
As I don't own the required funds I need to ask you, who is using vBAddict and its services. Until January this year I had to ask in a notification below the header about some donations – and the funds were collected in 1-2 weeks. Including Patreon and PayPal Recurring Payments.
I'm not sure what happened after this, but almost no donations come in 2 weeks. I had to wait 4 weeks until the required funds were collected.
That's the reason I decided 6 weeks ago to put some Ads on vBAddict. Donators are excluded from viewing Ads.
Now I may ask you again about your opinion.
What's your personal resume from this?
Do the banners disturb you much?
Do you turn on an Ad blocker?
If you dislike Ads, what would you propose to pay the bill?
(Please don't think about subscription based membership – that doesn't worked in the last 2 years)