[maemo-community] Banners on maemo.org

From: Attila Csipa maemo at csipa.in.rs
Date: Fri Apr 29 13:49:44 EEST 2011
On Friday 29 April 2011 13:10:32 you wrote:
> This is a very, very misguided decision and ought to be entered into only
> with consensus from the wider Maemo community.
> Look at any Open Source project's web site, i.e. MeeGo, Fedora, Debian, you
> won't see any banners.

? I'm not sure I follow. Fedora is littered with RedHat and other sponsor 
banners, MeeGo has half a dozen textual banners (supported by Novel, 
Telefonica, etc), hell, even Debian has an ISP sponsor banner in the visible 
section of it's very first page. IANAL, but it doesn't seem to be a problem for 
any FOSS projects. maemo.org sported (and still does) a Forum Nokia banner on 
the first page for years and nobody got hurt. The bottom line is - this is not 
about ads, but cross-promotion. I'll leave the wording for the legally more 
inclined folks, but what the Council wants is that if you have a 
project/initiative that you think would benefit maemo.org and vice versa, cool, 
let's do something about it, but we will not do spam ads, SEO schemes, pills, 
and silly stuff of the sorts. To reiterate, this is nothing new, it's just that 
there was an initative to make some more formal guidelines of what kind of 
stuff we want there (and yes, we do get completely bogus requests/spam, which 
we currently dismiss ad-hoc - I don't see how that's better than the 
proposal). That said, wording clarifications and such that make the 
goals/workings of any present or future banners are more than welcome.

Best regards,
Attila Csipa
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