Yes, the new ads are VERY annoying. Just one more reason why I like the anything-sailing dot com forums - no advertising!
I'm only seeing the annoying Expand-O-Ad when I first come to the site. No big deal. It's kind of like one of those annoying games where the button you're trying to click moves away from the cursor. As long as i don't have to deal with it on every page - no worries.
Make your money SN. I appreciate what we get in return.