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Re: [Debconf-discuss] [Debconf-team] Thanking our sponsors

On Wed, May 26, 2010 at 12:00:16AM -0400, Jimmy Kaplowitz wrote:
Hi Micah,

On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 06:31:40PM -0400, micah anderson wrote:
My guess is the great DrDub, who has been doing an amazingly significant amount of work in discussing with sponsors and potential sponsors has discussed with them the relative merits of donating, and perhaps the perk of the logo on the shirt is part of that sell.

It would be interesting to know if he has heard one way or the other From the sponsors, if cared about that or not. I'm certainly no monetary sponsor, and probably should not use myself as a model, but if I were, I would be sponsoring Debconf because my company benefits significantly From Debian as a distribution. Either because it is a core business, or makes up critical internal infrastructure. The existence of a logo, or not, would not matter to me because I saved 10 gazillion dollars because we switched to Debian, and I want to keep that savings around.

I can assure you that, while you accurately describe the motivations and desires of some of our sponsors, other actual and potential sponsors do care about seeing their logo displayed on the shirts and in other cases. For them it's about getting publicity for their organization to an audience that might care about them, instead of giving back to Debian per se. Both types are useful sources of funding.

How about then explicitly selling that advertising space?

If only some of the sponsors are (highly) interested in their logo promoted on that t-shirt, then leaving out those who don't will make the logos of the others bigger :-)

...and we won't hide that this is what it is: a billboard for sale!

I believe we already at other places document who are big and who are small sponsors, so I guess we need not have the t-shirt be representative of that.

Just sharing an idea here. I am not grumpy about the status quo, and highly appreciate the great work of the organisers!!

Kind regards, and looking forward to see you all soon,

 - Jonas

 * Jonas Smedegaard - idealist & Internet-arkitekt
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