I wanted to let everyone know of a few changes on the site. I'm testing out a new ad provider, ezoic. As part of this new integration, you may temporarily notice some extra ads - in some cases quite a lot - depending on your area of the world. This is part of the integration process as the machine learning figures out the optimum placement and type of ads for the audience. I'd like to extend my apologies for the temporary inconvenience. I'd mentioned this in the forum but wanted to ensure folks knew about this more widely.
For users with visual impairments or similar issues who normally allow us through their ad blockers, please know that re-enabling your ad blocker during this process is completely understandable.
As part of this setup, the site is now served via Cloudflare for better performance. Logged in users shouldn't notice much difference from this, but there have been occasional hiccups here and there.
I'm also experimenting with having PA.c Plartform download apps via our own servers rather than SourceForge. This is due to performance issues for users in some areas of the world with their closest SourceForge mirror. I'm unsure how well the server will cope with the additional bandwidth and load, so I'm testing it out on a Sunday first as it is typically our lightest day.
The reason for the new ad provider testing is due to a loss of about 2/3 of our ad revenue from Google AdSense. I had hoped it was temporary and would stabilize, even taking a loan to cover the shortfall, but it has not. So, I'm hoping that the new provider will help stabilize revenue without having too many ads once the testing/machine learning process is complete.
Thank you again for your support and understanding.
John T. Haller, head portable app-type person