Everyone would like to get rid of ads, but it likely won't happen. We could try a donation button, but I'm not sure how many people would donate enough to make it work. I started the forum with custom software back in 1994 when I was a full time composer. I've left it out there as a public service for all the years, but it's not free. It's just not. We've tried to keep the ads as out of the way as possible. Yes, there is ONE inline ad and for some people it's annoying. We've tried to set the inline ad to be text only, but sometimes an image is served.
The main issue for me is time. I don't have a lot of it to spare. I was going to shut the forums down and finally decided to get some moderators. They've been great! I'm perfectly happy to continue providing the forum, but unfortunately, it's just not a top priority when it comes to upgrades. We have no tolerance for spam and get to it as soon as we can, but beyond that it's really a challenge.
We used vBulletin for awhile, but it was a mixed bag. Those who like it like it, and those who don't, don't. At some point we will likely upgrade the forum software again, but it takes time...a lot of time. There are a lot of custom mods in the software and going through all of them is a challenge. At this point, the only critical component I'd like to gain is a mobile version. The flexible tables make the forum visible on mobile, but it doesn't have the correct viewport setting.
I've increased the attachment link to 250kb. I see Ronald J. Brown makes reference to server "space allocation" but that's not the issue. Space is cheap. Bandwidth is the issue.
The attachment limit is 3 per post.