TGP has continued to grow beyond anyone's expectations over the past 11 years. Costs have risen as use and growth have evolved. We know that how we address those costs matters to us and to our members. We have to face the fact that TGP needs to add a financial resource in order for us to put some improvements into place, including: Replacing our servers with the latest servers Introducing new member requested features: Adding a feedback system for emporium deals, Adding a totally new software package to handle business ads that are currently in the emporiums so that they are in their own area Making an archive of sold items from the emporiums to help members research prices (adding hardware for storage of these archives) Adding a new user review feature After much discussion of how to afford these improvements, we are both opposed to placing the burden on those who are already helping TGP through their supporting memberships. We do not want to pass those increased costs onto our members. Instead, we have decided to try out two banner ads. One at the top of the forum in the header and one at the bottom in the footer. We have resisted doing this for years but times and needs change. We expect that the ads will cover the expenses and members can expect a roll-out of the new features before the end of the year. This was a decision that was not taken lightly. Although we have resisted the idea of advertising banners for over 10 years, we need to address how to keep up with the cost of increasing traffic growth, without increasing supporting membership costs. We realize the magnitude of this decision, given our reluctance to consider this option over the years. Speaking frankly, it is time to try this as a means of keeping the costs down for those members who already support the forum.