Yo. I think there are some mixed up ideas here.
The supporter program has offered an ad and tracking cookie free version of the site for over a year now.
When a YouTube video loads, however, or when you search on Google, that places a cookie on your computer. More recent regulations - or more strict interpretations of existing regulations - require consent from the user before that cookie can be played, and therefore before we can load YouTube embeds. Our site search runs on Google, so that also places a cookie upon loading.
We don’t currently have a system in place for people to opt-in to some cookies and not to others. It’s a non-trivial thing.
We strip out all ads and cookies for supporters. I don’t know what happens if you’re a supporter and you press the button to allow YouTube embeds - as far as I know, ads and their related tracking cookies still won’t load, so you’d only be opting in to the Google stuff. I’m not 100% sure however.
We hope to have some tech work done on the supporter system in the next few months, but the schedule is, as always, likely to change.
In any case, there’s no money grab here. I don’t see what money we’d make getting supporters to accept a YouTube cookie, and the number of non-supporters who’ll opt-in to tracking cookies to see a YouTube video but aren’t otherwise running an adblocker would be… small.
Since being bought by Gamer Network, we have:
- started showing fewer ads on the site.
- implemented an ad-free version of the site to supporters
- all but done away with 50-page long gallery features with lots of ad refreshes.