Members do not see them. Guests do. I actually don't mind them, because this forum is free, and I like it that way. If that means there are a few ads sprinkled in to keep this forum alive, I don't see a problem.
The ads are no longer showing up. Like I said, if they return, I don't care. As for this forum being slow, I don't mind that either. It's got a wealth of information, content that transcends who I am as an individual, and dialogue can be cheap.
Nobody - I mean nobody - pulls the wool over the eyes of a Gambini