Please allow me to chime in here for a sec. The decision to advertise or not in this case is not Board's decision but Virginia Tech's decision, or rather Commonwealth of Virginia decision. This is because the server resides on the VT infrastructure which is in turn at least in part paid by the taxpayers' money. VT is also a Land Grant university which means we need to work towards bettering the community we service and who essentially at least in part provides funding for our everyday expenses. Therefore, we cannot advertise and collect funds when that will be in direct competition with external entities who essentially foot our bill through their taxes. In other words, we as non-profit Land Grant University cannot be in competition with external for- or non-profit entities. This is why we cannot advertise unless we move said sites off the University servers. Personally, I have little interest in advertising as the benefit of practically unlimited bandwidth, free backup, and hosting space far outweighs amounts one could get through ads such as the one being discussed here. For this reason, I would simply suggest that we move your sites off VT servers if you wish to pursue the ad revenue and leave it at that.
Another thought is to finally go ahead and do 501c3 for the linuxaudio.org and seek ways for us to fund our own hosting space in which case we'll be able to put as many ads as we like. I am simply reluctant (apart from the fundamental questions such as where to find funding to do this, who will do this, and just how much money we could earn through ads) to do this since LAO efforts have been by and large based on copious amounts of volunteer work by Robin and I. The community has expressed little to no interest in helping in the process or providing resources to do this on a larger scale and as such the current situation seems to be by far the best under given circumstances. I'll gladly entertain thoughts of those who would like to prove me wrong as far as the 501c3 matter is concerned, particularly those who are interested and willing to join our rather thin pool of volunteers.
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