... Who's Going to See them, Am I Going to Allow Opting Out, and Should I Just Remain Advert Free and promote the hell out of it" thread.
(It didn't fit as a title)
Have to admit that this has stirred up a big of (I'll be polite here) discussion my way over this plugin. I haven't passed it down to my clients yet but I did mention that it was something to think about. I gave a bit of advanced warning as the question of policies on who gets what needs to be decided.
Most of the installs that I host are planning on remaining forced - advert free and plan on promoting themselves as such. Mind you, all but the large setup are on shared hosting at $7.95 a month.
I do have a couple who plan on going the wp.com way and, let's be honest about this, hide them from the causal viewer.
One plans on adding them in but being very upfront about it and offering a $5-15 a year opt out upgrade. (Once I figure out how to do that with the premium.) He's also planning a non paying method for those bloggers who request opting out for specific reasons. (ie nonprofit, mature content, child bloggers, a-holes, etc)
My big setup seems to be happy with the 75/25 split on google adsense although she hasn't gotten back to me on this. (I think she's taking a few days off. Must be nice.)
The LJ method of trading adverts for extra features has also come up but I've got to admit that I don't see how this method would work.
One issue that came up right away is the question of backlash. Seems like 95% of the wp.com bloggers don't realize that adverts appear on their blog. We've had a number of heated discussions on the topic over in wp.com land when folks discover adverts without their knowledge. The idea that bloggers who aren't in the know are going to head to greener pastures only to wind up somewhere where it's worse.
I'm suggesting to my clients using the filter of inbound search engine folks only with a max of 3 pages containing adverts and being up front on the issue. That and allowing an optout upgrade as well as the nonpaying method as noted up above. (Actually had a client come up with that. I think it's a good idea actually.)
edit: Just had a thought with reading this. Having blogs marked as mature and therefore not displaying adverts may be a good idea.