One year ago I wrote a film review about 'United 93' the movie about the plane in which passengers fought back against the terrorists on 9/11. Even though it is only a film review, I decided before publishing to set the advertisement content to 'none' - the only one of my 79 hubs that I have chosen to do this for. I therefore feel in a good position to speak on this subject.
I don't have a huge moral objection to adverts being carried, just as they are during TV documentaries about the event, and I totally agree that an ad-ban policy - if applied to 9/11 - could also be applied to any number of other reports or articles about tragedies or human sadness, and that would seem a bit excessive. My decision to bar adverts was purely based on the fact that there is no control over the nature of the adverts which appear on the hub, and I didn't feel it right for some happy, cheerful ad, or some inappropriate subject matter, to come up on screen in what is - I hope - a sensitive assessment of the film and the motivation behind the making of it. It's not for me about the ad making money - it's just about the appropriateness of the ad content in the middle of a poignant and sensitive review.
I have remained of that opinion, and have never changed the ad level on this particular hub. I believe this however, should be a matter for the individual, and should not be a policy by HubPages. Though perhaps as a wider question, one wonders if hub writers, or HubPages staff, should have some control over the nature of adverts carried on particular hubs?