Too many ads?
At Libervis Network (parent of Nuxified.org) we have a tradition of allowing the community to provide feedback on advertising that they see on the site. It is you who make this site matter and hence you should have a say.
That said, I'm experimenting with some changes as you may have noticed, and I've put up a skyscraper on the right sidebar of the site (which is still pending to show any real ads for now).
Now.. recalling back when we were just getting started, one of the motivations to start was the take over of LinuxForums.org which we usually called, among other things, as having too much advertising bloat. So naturally when I make changes to the way ads display on Nuxified.org, I tend to compare it to LinuxForums.org just to make sure we're better, less annoying to visitors.
Interesting thing I'm seeing is that LinuxForums, in number, don't actually have that many ads.. basically two leaderboards. It's just that their positioning is a bit more intrusive than ours.
But nevertheless, I'm wondering what you have to say about having a skyscraper in the sidebar, plus a banner at the bottom of the site, in addition to those text link blocks in the header.