Hosting of the forums.
If the forums are sustainable (can make money), that's great. It is a fine example of making money from the FLOSS ecosystem.
However, does this affect the forum policies and has this been the reason for censorship and harsh reactions to controversial topics?
Ubuntugeek mentioned a new hosting plan starting in April. Does the kind of hosting of the forums affect the editorial direction of the moderator or user guidelines?
Can you elaborate on the plan a little? Is it still going to cost you something. Why that plan instead of having Canonical pay? What are Canonical's directives on the matter?
I am asking because of the above reasons (how does it affect the user?), and not to try to tarnish you. This is a controversial topic to some.
I take a strong stance that it is good to make money from free software. So does Canonical. I am sure many people would encourage you to pull in a profit, if you had the chance to.
Please feel free to answer in as much or as little detail as you feel is appropriate. I realise that the ads that were displayed to non-registered users were a bug in the template system and has been fixed. (Happy to help!)