Edit: Ad-free code now up! viewtopic.php?f=7&t=3553&p=63365#p63365
Well folks, we crunched all the numbers.
Registered users only make up around 1% of our users (I think it's more like 0.5%, but IPs change and it gets hard to track). But after looking at all the data, it seems that the registered users use up a whopping 10% of the server resources. A registered user makes 10x as many pageviews and level load requests, and bunch of other strain on the server. But we decided to remove ads anyway!
We are getting the code moved into place ASAP and the registered users will no longer see ads! (please give it a bit - we have to make changes to the flash and the HTML to make it work right)
Thanks so much for the loyal fanbase who has stood strong through this longer-than-it-should-have-been ordeal. We'll have some exciting things in store to make up for it soon, I swear.
The FC Team