"We have detected that you are using an ad blocker. The Joomla! Project relies on revenue from these advertisements so please consider disabling the ad blocker for this domain.
We all need to pay the bills somehow.
However I will not disable ad-blocking to support Joomla (JED). That's because JED serves third party ads which put my computers at risk from malware and certainly invade my privacy.
Combined with self-serve ad software that would allow the ad-buyer to purchase an ad based on context, it seems likely to me that JED, a directory of third-party (commercial) software would have no problem selling ads - and collecting 100% of the revenues, unlike third-party ad sales which usually offer poor returns for great privacy giveaways.
Or space could be made available to "JED sponsors", displayed proportionally to the amount they donate.
One reason I have used Joomla (just as it forked from Mambo) and other F/LOSS is because it gives me the ability to protect my own readers from surveillance capitalists. My site, which just celebrated it's 10th anniversary, is ad-free. We have not had anything to do with Google or Facebook for 8 years. Along with Joomla, I also use Matomo in-house analytics, and phpList in-house mailing software to protect my readers' privacy. We don't use Facebook anymore, and have not done so for a good part of a year, and largely ignored it for years before that.
With this approach, I received $10,000 in solicited reader donations this past year for a small regional publication about jazz. Independent websites are not dead in the age of Facebook!
Instead of asking Joomla administrators to give up their privacy and risk their computers being compromised with malware, please consider providing alternatives to ad-blockers including self-served ads, or asking for a donation (and justifying your need with a financial statement). I have donated to Joomla in the past.
I do not see any advertising component in the JED 4 Specifications Summary. Is advertising not being planned? Where would this be further discussed?
Thank you for your volunteer efforts to provide an excellent CMS and related infrastructure like JED.