Thanks for the responses, Steve and Amanda...
I am one of those who has become so frustrated in the last 24 hours that I am about to leave until someone tells me it's safe to come back. I completely understand the need for income to sustain the site, but I also question the need for all of these extra toys at this forum. This is a tennis forum and people come here to talk about tennis. Some of those same people like to talk about other things, and we have areas for them. Although I do like the photo galleries, I'm not sure video hosting would be necessary since so many people here just use youtube and usendit already (and it could open you up to serious liability, couldn't it?).
I use Internet Explorer (updated) and AOL to browse the forum, with a DSL connection. The forum is noticeably slower since yesterday. Also, it's just plain annoying to see one word in someone's post turn green as I'm reading it. Even though I have all kinds of protective software on my computer, there is no way I'm going to click on any of those links (and how smart are they anyway if they think the word Gambill is a verb?).
Please reconsider this, there has to be a less invasive way to find income for this forum and keep it the biggest and best tennis board on the 'internets'.