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On Mon, 2011-04-25 at 12:27 +0200, Christian Lohmaier wrote:
Hi Drew, *,

On Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM, drew <> wrote:
On Mon, 2011-04-25 at 10:44 +0200, Christian Lohmaier wrote:
On Mon, Apr 25, 2011 at 5:38 AM, Augustine Souza <> wrote:
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.


I do see a difference, 

Fair enough.

It is not about that they get money, it is
/how/ the money is collected. 

Also fair enough.

It is the impression that the user will
get. Clicking a donate button is a voluntary choice by the user
clicking that button. Being presented/forced to view an advertisement
is not an optional thing.

Was not the user forced to view the donate advertisement, that is what
it is after all, an advertisement.

The user of a display ad is not forced to click on it.

A user could user an ad blocker to keep themselves from being 'insulted'
by the advertisement (I assume as I do not use one), but if I understand
correctly this would not turn off the donate advertisement. (I'm not
really sure on that.)

What would you do with the forum at
In or Out?

I wonder why this can not be clear - (did you forget to turn off your

Again, I don't use one, so I see all those ads.

It is a definite "Out". it has animated, blinking banner-style adds.
That's just annoying and way too much. The adds are at the top, at the
left, at the right, at the bottom. That's way too much.

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.

Not really. Either you want to support the project, by donating your
server or your time, or you want to get revenue by having ads.

After all setting up a forum is not rocket science, 

@Hagar, guys - I'm done.

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