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


On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 8:13 AM,  <sb73542@libreofficeforum.org> wrote:
Hi again,

Thanks to everyone who has expressed a balanced, objective opinion about
this.

I don't want to spend a lot time here arguing about ads. I understand that
it's a sensitive subject, I'm sorry that some people disagree, and I
respect their opinions. But I would like to mention that I don't really
have any control over the ad content, that is determined by Google. That
being said, It seems rather strange to refer to Microsoft Office as
"competition" and to show such a level of contempt toward it. I personally
do not own, use, or even like Microsoft Office. But it isn't a taboo,
shady, spammy, startup job. Like it or not, it's the industry standard
still, and will continue to be so for a long time. Irrational hatred and
attempts to obliterate all references to Microsoft or any other commercial
project are counterproductive and don't seem to agree with the free spirit
around LibreOffice. I have made a conscientious, informed, intelligent
decision to use LibreOffice instead of Microsoft Office, and no amount of
forum ads will sway me. I would hope and expect that most other users of
the forum will likewise have the presence of mind to make a rational
decision based on their own needs.


How about the issue that I mentioned earlier?

At http://www.sitedossier.com/ip/174.121.218.38 it shows that there
are 858 websites
hosted at the same dedicated server as LibreOfficeForum.org.

Examples include:
http://www.1dayacuvuemoistreviews.com/     Ad website for Acuvue
products (contact lenses)
http://1dayacuvuereviews.com                        (ditto)
http://www.acuvueadvanceforastigmatismreviews.com/
http://www.acuvueadvancereviews.com/
http://www.acuvuebifocalreviews.com/
http://www.acuvuecontactlensreviews.com/
http://www.acuvueoasysforastigmatismreviews.com/
http://www.acuvueoasysforpresbyopiareviews.com/
http://www.1luv2ya.com/        (I have no idea what this is about)
http://proxyblind.org/               (Free Anonymous Proxy)
http://www.chinatradestudy.com/   (Unnamed website carrying Reuters stories)
http://carsbuysell.ca/                      (Classified ads, almost
empty website)
http://www.awm-search-engine-optimization.co.uk/   (redirects to SEO website)

And LibreOfficeForum.org is at No 238 in the list.

Apart from the ads that you have on LibreOfficeForum.org you also benefit
from the increase in the ranking by Google for all the websites, due
to hosting LibreOfficeForum.org.

What's the business plan in running the dedicated server at
174.121.218.38 and how does LibreOfficeForum.org
fit to all these?

It makes it quite uncomfortable to host a free and open-source project
on an ad-supported platform.
With what I currently know, I would opt for no association to
LibreOfficeForum.org.

Simos

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