Originally Posted by mfergusonjr
Thank you for making me a normal user again.
I'm sorry you feel this way but wanted to let you know that the ads for unregistered members have been there for quite some time and all these things help keep the board up. Software, hosting, programmers, security - they all add up. Social Knowledge is the company that owns AA and it's not a big company. It's owned by one guy Andy R. Over the years Andy has worked to improve the forums features, speed and stability.
In many ways a forum is a partnership. Members are the topic experts and the site team guides the path of the community growth and structure. But as you have pointed out participation is not mandatory and in fact most forum users register (or not) and enjoy the content and get help from other members - all for free. Members helping other members continues to be the mainstay of Aquarium Advice.