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Re: Google ads on debian.org

On Tuesday 14 December 2004 15.17, Andrew Suffield wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 14, 2004 at 01:12:51AM +0100, Alexander Schmehl wrote:

> > Or maybe we should just draw a line and say: No ads.
> That would involve the difficult problem of defining what is an
> 'ad'. Too hard, no point. Easier to deal with them as they come up.

I don't think this is a difficult line to draw for 99% of the cases.

 - We will acknowledge sponsors who provide infrastructure/services to the 
Debian project.
 - We will not sell acreage (on the web, wherever) just to generate income.

The important word above is 'acknowledge': a small banner on the web linking 
to the sponsor is ok.  Plastering every list message full with 
advertisement of the sponsor hosting the list server is, imho, not 

Obviously, there will always be grey areas, and these must be handled on a 
case by case basis, but I feel that rough guidelines that can be used as a 
reference when those grey-area cases come up are useful.

There is, also, one important difference between the two categories 
'acknowledging a sponsor' and 'selling ads': in the first case, Debian has 
full control: we can chose if we want to work with a sponsor.  Ads are 
typically just sold, and often are syndicated - as, for example, with 
google ads.  Debian has zero control about what ads will appear.

-- vbi

(Imagine a pr0n vendor booking ads with 'Debian Linux' as keywords, because 
he's heard about hot-babe and porn-view...)

/me runs away fast

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