I'd like your feedback on this. Let me know if you think it looks like crap.
I was just taking another look at the front page and if you really want the ad at the top of the page, it might look better if you moved it to the right column where you have the VGC News. MSN has been doing that for years and I think it looks better than having the ad at the top center of the page.
I might just leave it up for a week to see if it makes a significant difference. Otherwise I will ditch it or move it.
And no, didn't intend for people to accidentally click on it.
On reading this a week ago, I thought MG had a good idea as it would put the ad alongside the forum frame and use up the star background. I am normally a mobile user, and when seeing the full site for the first time today with the side ad, it seems like amount of star background has been grown instead of replaced, and the side ad has instead taken up space from the forum frame itself.
Maybe its just an illusion, but whether true or not, the immediate and lasting perception is 'wow, lots of ads now', and that's not a good thing.