[OSM-talk] advertising, Money: for which purpose and how much?

80n 80n80n at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 14:30:52 BST 2007

The very short answer is to keep the servers running.  Everything else is

But, to be more specific there are things that funds can be used for that
accelerate the growth of the project and help to ensure its success.  For
example, if vandalism becomes a problem there might be a pressing need to
get some of the long anticipated wiki-like functionality implemented.  Money
can be used to stimulate development in specific areas that would not
otherwise get much priority.

There are also things that require specialist skills that are not readily
available in the community - for example addressing some of the legal
questions and grey areas.

Let me ask you, and more generally, the community, what would people like to
see money being spent on (both large and small items) that would most help
the project?

I'll get the ball rolling by suggesting that, personally, I think a remote
console capability for the servers might be useful.


On 7/3/07, Joerg Ostertag <openstreetmap at ostertag.name> wrote:
> Am Dienstag, 3. Juli 2007 11:31:27 schrieb Frederik Ramm:
> > Hi,
> >
> > > I understand the need to generate income
> >
> > That "need" should perhaps not be overstated.
> >
> > Firstly, we don't need income for everyday operation, as we all work
> > for free and we incur only neglibile cost by running the servers
> > because badnwidth, power consumption etc. have been donated. We may
> > need income for cool things beyond that, but we *can* operate the
> > most important things without.
> Getting Money sure is a nice Idea.
> But ...........
>         can someone please tell me:
>                 - what for does the OSM Project currently need Money?
>                 - how much money do we need for this?
> I haven't found any real answer to this question yet; so
>          ... I'm still waiting for the answer ...
> -
> Joerg
> Who by the way really really really hates Advertisements!!! And puts them
> on
> almost the same level as Spam!
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