Through the benevolence (ie money) of site founder Gazraa and myself.
Through the incredible dedication and devotion of our Admins Rob and AScot.
Through the tireless efforts of our moderators.
Through the camaraderie, knowledge, and community spirit of our members.
You're right, we are happily ad free. We have tried ads at various times, but the negative impact of spoiling the look of the site is not justified by the small income they bring in. I don't think we've ever asked for donations, but I don't rule that out as a future option, if need be.
Mainly we want the site to be useful and friendly