[OSM-talk] advertising

Andy Allan gravitystorm at gmail.com
Fri Jul 6 15:05:51 BST 2007

On 7/6/07, David <thewinch at gmail.com> wrote:

> If there are enough people that don't like the ads perhaps we could
> pool funds and donate enough money to replace the funds the ads are
> expected to generate. Surely with an alternative source for the money
> the ads would be removed.

I can see where you (and others) are coming from with this, but if you
step back it's a bit of a daft way to run things. Currently we should
be searching for *any* way to raise money, so if we were getting £1000
from the adverts (unlikely!), and could scrape together £1000 from
contributions, it would be nice to have £2000 to spend. Also, assuming
that the grand from contributors was only because we didn't like the
adverts, then maybe OSMF should get into habit of pissing people off
as a good way of raising money? :-)

The ads should stand or fall on their own. And we should try to
fundraise irrespective of whether there are ads or not. It's daft to
link them together.


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