Here, here! I hadn't been to my site for a while because I built it and maintain it for non-profit local history group - I came back and was horrified to see the page distorted by ads - particularly those at the top and then a huge flashing poop-up on my, previously uncluttered, contact page.
It appears that after encouraging content investment - and syntax and tool development - through promotion as a free site host - now that you've reached a 'critical mass' wikidot is going the way of so many other money makers and reducing optons while increasing charges.
It is sad to see this happening and, I believe, disregards the substantial amount of time, effort, and expertise that has contributed to wikidot being what it is. I think the charges are excessive - particularly for those of us who've been around and invested in wikidot for so long.
Wikidot has now lost much of what made it great in the first place and, it seems, doesn't care as long as it can make more and more money. That's a real shame. I certainly believe that it is fair for Michael to get adequate recompense for his initiative and effort, perhaps even to become rich as a result, but to destroy the ethos of the community and what made it in the first place is a real bummer.
I am now looking at Joomla and other open source options as an alternative for providing my sites - all of which - bar one personal offering - I have built and maintain for others as non-profit community interest and education offerings - as such, I can't afford to pay what is now being charged for 'pro' offerings.
I'm sorry if this sounds unduly negative for I respect what Michael did in founding wikidot but I believe these recent changes show that it has lotst its way.