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Re: [tdf-discuss] Re: Forums... again


On Mon, 2011-04-25 at 10:44 +0200, Christian Lohmaier wrote:
Hi Augistine, *,

On Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 5:38 AM, Augustine Souza <aesouza2008@gmail.com> wrote:
I have no issues with a forum that is commercial presumably to [b]cover
costs[/b]. As Andy says, the ads are easily blocked (in that I had no need
to take specific steps to block ads from that site).

But the point was about listing forums as "officially approved" or
somthing along those lines, and then I don't want the forum to list
ads.

Hi Christian.

It is OK if it has a paypal or whatever donate link to explicitly
cover the costs of running the server (but it must be clear that this
is different than to donate to TDF/LO itself), but no google-adwords
or even worse graphical ads.

In general I would like to see the ads limited and focused, but out
right banned in favor of a donate button - I don't see the difference,
do you really think that a donate button means that the money doesn't go
to the owner or that they will stop taking donations as soon as the cost
is covered.


Also perfectly fine to list the sponsor (the one who hosts the
forum/runs it/pays for it) the header or footer.

compare http://libreoffice-forum.de/ with http://libreofficeforum.org/

I don't have a problem with listing the first, but I don't want to
link the second one as approved forum because of the ads.
(Not to mention the lack of subcategories that has been mentioned before)

I do not like the ads and the number of them on libreofficeforum but I
would not feel so strongly is they where focused, as is it is a bit too
commercial for my taste. (actually I was totally against ads, at all, in
the beginning but I've started to change my mind on that)

What would you do with the forum at http://lo-portal.de 
In or Out?


And it doesn't matter whether you or others don't see it because you
got adblock installed. 

Actually it is not adbolck, it is that if you register then no ads,
IIRC.

The other visitors that follow links from the
lo website don't have that enabled, thus they do see the ads.

Yup that is the rub.

So bottom line is: If you want to have your forum listed on the LO
webpage, you must not have ads, neither textual nor graphcial
("sponsored by" is OK). That is my POV.

Bottom line - I think that is too stringent, but it is a close call IMO.

Thanks

Drew


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