Re: Fund raising advertisement on the DPN (Was: [Publicity-commits] r2683 - /dpn/en/current/index.wml)
Am 07.10.2011 20:10, schrieb MJ Ray:
> > If Dell started to sell computers with Debian pre-installed, would you
> > also not cover this?
> Yes, but would that be worded as "Dell has started to sell computers
> with Debian pre-installed" or "<a ...>You can buy Dell computers
> here</a>"? I think it's pretty sure to be the first style.
Let's see, what one could write:
0) Nothing at all.
Well, I always thought the DPN should cover interesting events of the
wider Debian universe. So I'd really like to see that covered, as I
think our users / readers will find that information interesting.
1) Dell sells Debian Computers.
That misses quite some information. Where? How? In what countries?
2) Dell sells Debian computers. <a href="link">Buy them here!</a>
IMHO that's clearly to much advertisement.
3) Dell sells Debian computers. More Information on <a
That makes it very clear that more information is available, that it's
not our information. Seems to be quite neutral / objective to me.
4) <a href=link>Dell</a> sells Debian Computers.
IMHO not enough information, and could be seen as "hidden
advertisement", while the previous formulation makes that a bit clearer.
So, I agree with Zack here: There is a difference between informing and
advertising. I consider the Job of the DPN to inform our users, in a
neutral and objective manner (which also covers "Debian Internals", the
DPN should not praise Debian, but inform about it).
So, now the bonus question: Let's replace "Dell" with
"$some_hardware_vendor". How big does $some_hardware_vendor needs to
get, so we consider it important enough to be part of the DPN?
Or if that's to abstract, let's take a look at the upcoming "AmigaOne
X1000" which will (optionally?) come with Debian presinstalled (taken
from the Google News Alerts on the publictiy-aggregation list ). Is
that okay to be mentioned?
I think it will be very difficult to find a fair and working "policy"
which to cover that. I also think we'll do our users a disservice with
"don't mention it at all" policy. So the best thing I can think of is
to continue our current "common sense" approach of discussing it, until
we are all satisfied with the result.