For me is a way to meet prospective new patrons who have leave me some IM that they would like to connect when I am not AFK, and yes sometimes I am actively around and will respond to "hi, are you here?" type IMs. A bit of some passive income and maybe just some variation of adboard since they can see avatar not just pictures. But to address topic, it's not dead but not lucrative like it was in the past, still maybe enough tips and contacts to keep at it, at least enough to sort of think it is worth it. Payoff is about as much as I got in past from adboards, and here I am not paying for the board, and can be AFK and peek in now and then.