Look, obviously this is just my opinion, but I find it very rude to complain about something that's free to me particularly when the person providing it is doing it at great cost of time effort and money, and haven't asked you're opinion.
But this is a thread that asks for people's opinions!
And separately, I don't think it's rude anyway if it is less a complaint and more of a suggestion. We obviously differ on what we think of what peristaltor was doing, but assuming it's thoughtful and respectful feedback I think it's beneficial for people to provide it as long as they don't expect their wishes to be granted simply because they expressed them.
Thank you, sir or madame. I did try to make my contribution a constructive suggestion.
I don't know why ads bother me so much, just as I don't know why I like the taste of potato chips or bubbly water, or hate certain foods. Maybe I have a mental affliction, I honestly don't know.
But, much as those afflicted with prosopagnosia cannot see faces, very few who can see faces don't get that the face blind aren't being rude or stand-off-ish in not recognizing friends or family in the room. I find that there are many out there, like Sea Otter, that absolutely cannot understand why someone would want to live in a world without commercial ads. They don't feel the rage, so they don't know what is so upsetting about ads.
I do know that I am, however, far from alone. I know there is a market for ad-free content, even if this content comes with a yearly charge of some modest amount. Again, my money goes where my mouth wanders. I gave over $400 this year alone to podcasters to support their efforts. These podcasters also know that if ads crept into their format, even a little, my money would disappear. They get it.
One either accepts ads or one accepts contributions, but never