[Consortium] Advertising Policy - linuxaudio.org

Robin Gareus robin at linuxaudio.org
Thu Apr 19 19:56:18 UTC 2012

Hi *,

Personally, I am against any commercial for-profit advertising on
*.linuxaudio.org domain and sub-domains. I suggest to use your own
domain-name for doing so.

As Ico already pointed out: "we cannot make money off the site unless we
move to private hosting" -- private hosting equivalent to what vt.edu
offers us incl. unlimited traffic, 3 hourly, 7 nightly and 4 weekly full
backups of our 300GByte volume plus 24h support is probably >= $300 per
month. I guess Ico could find out the exact numbers, though i suppose
it's better not to ask :)

Besides, linuxaudio.org is a not-for-profit organization. As soon as we
receive money - for any subdomain -, someone would need to spend the
money and take care of accounting.  Daniel who pays the DNS registration
for linuxaudio.org every year would be on top of the list to receive a
few beers from our first revenue.


PS. some lac.linuxaudio.org pages do indeed feature links to sponsors
which and may fall under the category "advertising". However, none of
those is for-profit. The "sponsors" are institutions or companies who
directly support the Linux Audio Conference - mostly with non-financial
contributions: e.g. this year: LWN ran an ad-campaign for us; Stanford
sponsored location, coffee, Nando & Bruno's time, etc; CiTu.fr allowed
me to co-organize LAC while being employed there,..

For the record, the LAC is under the auspices of the institution that
hosts the conference, linuxaudio.org is providing free hosting for the
conference site to the benefit the LA community.

Besides, all external links on lac.linuxaudio.org and
wiki.linuxaudio.org are marked as rel="external" which defeats SEO to
some extent. If you find some links on *.linuxaudio.org to commercial
sites that are not rel="external", please let us know and I'll see to
remove them.

On 04/15/2012 02:36 AM, Patrick Shirkey wrote:
> Ok,
> I'll coordinate with Daniel to get the dns for those subdomains pointing
> at my server.
> --
> Patrick Shirkey
> Boost Hardware Ltd
> On Wed, April 11, 2012 5:23 pm, Ivica Ico Bukvic wrote:
>> Redirecting paid things to your own server will be the easiest and fastest
>> solution to this if you are interested in having this done quickly.
>> HTH
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: consortium-bounces at lists.linuxaudio.org [mailto:consortium-
>>> bounces at lists.linuxaudio.org] On Behalf Of Patrick Shirkey
>>> Sent: Monday, April 09, 2012 6:16 AM
>>> To: consortium at lists.linuxaudio.org
>>> Subject: Re: [Consortium] Advertising Policy - linuxaudio.org
>>> On Sun, April 8, 2012 3:29 am, Ivica Ico Bukvic wrote:
>>>> On 04/07/2012 09:16 PM, Jörn Nettingsmeier wrote:
>>>>> On 04/08/2012 01:38 AM, Patrick Shirkey wrote:
>>>>>> Easter Greetings to the list.
>>>>>> I have been contacted by a reputable audio company who would
>>> like to
>>>>>> sponsor the "audio quality howto" by placing an advertisement on
>>> the
>>>>>> page
>>>>>> for a one year period.
>>>>>> http://lau.linuxaudio.org/audio_quality_howto.htm
>>>>>> Do we have an advertising policy for Linuxaudio.org?
>>>>> why would anyone want to advertise on a page that has been
>>> bitrotting
>>>>> for 12 years?!
>>>> Bitrotting or not, the site is hosted by a land grant university for
>>>> free which I believe (translation: I am 99.99% sure) means we cannot
>>>> make money off the site unless we move to private hosting. I can
>>>> double-check with the powers that be if anyone needs a 100%
>>> confirmation
>>>> on this one.
>>> They have offered $50 for a one year placement. I'm still deciding if
>>> that
>>> is a fair amount.
>>> I am happy to host paid content on my own server if we can redirect the
>>> DNS to that location. I suggest that all content under the "lau" and
>>> "quicktoots" subdomains are hosted on my server.
>>> That way we are able to have paid content and free (as in beer)
>>> content so
>>> we are Libre in the true sense of the word.
>>> The next step will be to figure out a policy for advertising placements,
>>> how to deal with any income that is generated and how far we are
>>> prepared
>>> to go down that path.
>>> Personally I would love to be able to pay people to contribute to LAO
>>> and
>>> if advertising in a respectful and tasteful way helps make that possible
>>> then I think it is a reasonable topic for discussion.
>>> Cheers
>>> --
>>> Patrick Shirkey
>>> Boost Hardware Ltd
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