Re: [Consortium] Advertising Policy - linuxaudio.org

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To: Patrick Shirkey <pshirkey@...>
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Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012 - 10:09 pm

On 04/21/2012 02:53 AM, Patrick Shirkey wrote:

+1

> Do you dislike all advertising or just advertising that is on the web?

/me dislikes all advertisements. They're evil, deception, brainwash,
corruption,..

If I want to find information, I go ask for it; I don't want it pushed
on me by the one who pays most.

Belgium and France have recently banned public commercial ads with the
reasoning that a person has the right to roam the public space free of
[commercial] interest. IOW Everyone must have "equal freedom of opinion
and speech" regardless of funding. The only ads currently remaining in
Paris are for cultural benefit (cinema, exhibitions, TV, language
classes, telco and - of course in France - wine, food & cognac :)
In Paris audience-counting-devices are banned by law and illuminated
advertising of all forms is restricted. This makes the city a much nicer
place!

I hope other countries will follow, and I do oppose public community
sites - such as linuxaudio.org - with ads.

[..]

Bureaucratic overhead.

[..]

There are a lot of perfectly legitimate business practices that I deem
to be immoral or unjust and those should not be encouraged or supported.

..another drop in the ocean.

> I don't see how advertising on *some of the subdomains/content* that we

IMHO it's not about reputation. It's about the ideals and standards that
we want for the LA community. The message to companies should be:

"We don't want your money, we want your support, your cooperation and
compliance. - We're happy to link to your site - esp. if it offers
useful information, specs or software - but we won't sell links."

> Considering the state of the economy and that there are several people in

Love and enthusiasm is the basis for any successful project, commercial
or not. I also seriously doubt that we could even pay half a full-time
developer with advertisement campaigns: our ~35k unique visitors per
month don't wag the tail of any industry.

http://stats.linuxaudio.org/cgi-bin/awstats.pl?config=total

There are quite a few LAO developers who manage to get a steady income
with linux audio -- linuxaudio.org however is a x-project community
portal. The knowledge exchanged on LAO is worth a lot more than
advertising could pay for.

> By the way I don't see anyone complaining when companies like Ableton

As I said before, the support was for the institution that hosts LAC,
not linuxaudio.org itself. In case of LAC, linuxaudio.org provides
hosting for the event which has always been under the auspices of
someone else. In most cases the commercial support was also made by
contributing equipment, bandwidth, etc and was very rarely a monetary
contribution.

nitpicking: the contributions were are also _not for advertising_, but
for _supporting the conference_. - From the contacts that I know they
were paid using HR and/or Support budget - not advertisement-budget - of
the companies in question.

> If anything

[citation needed]

I'm curious. I've been at LAC'07 and while I remember a panel
discussion, I don't recall a keynote with that message.

Anyway why is this bad? It's good to know the POV of others - especially
if you do not agree with them.

> We have a clear track record of allowing advertising and taking money

Certainly not. If anything: we take specs, bandwidth and time as
donations and thank by mentioning the donor.

> Especially if these pages are

I disagree. It'd be a step backwards.
In a commercial context, you'd need to shell out at least 500-5000 times
the money per year of what you have been offered so far to even come
close to what we currently have.

2 cents,
robin
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