[LAU] poll : Advertising vs Linux Audio

Patrick Shirkey pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Mon Apr 23 11:57:33 UTC 2012

On Mon, April 23, 2012 1:48 pm, Dan S wrote:
> Hi Patrick,
> Firstly, if this is indeed a poll of general LAU members, my vote is
> for the position articulated by Robin Gareus. Seems like quite a few
> others agree.

Sure, I know that there are plenty of people who agree with Robin. I am
wondering how many people feel that there is room for advertising and it
turns out that I am not the only person who thinks there is a place for

> Secondly, if it is a poll, it is extremely bad form to summarise the
> positions in terms where you deliberately describe one side as having
> extreme views about "evil blight on humanity" and "plague" and the
> other side as being much more moderate.

You may have missed some of the earlier thread on the Consortium list
where a couple of people did say pretty much exactly what I wrote and a
bit more than that too.

> It's also bad form to initiate a "poll" and then reply to criticise
> people who vote.

If you had been around here long enough you would pretty much expect that
there was gonna be a lengthy debate on the topic ;-P Also that I have a
certain provocative style when I want to.

IMO it's what makes this list so interesting. So many bright people with
so many points of view who are not afraid to share their opinions with
anyone who cares to read.

> Best
> Dan
> 2012/4/22 Patrick Shirkey <pshirkey at boosthardware.com>:
>> Hi,
>> Some of you may know that we are having a discussion on the Consortium
>> mailing list at the moment about the role of advertising in the Linux
>> Audio Community. Specifically the discussion is focused around the
>> possibility of having some paid ads on a *couple* of the subdomains that
>> are hosted at Linuxaudio.org.
>> The views for and against appear to be very polarised. I would like to
>> know what other people who may not be monitoring the Consortium list
>> have
>> to say about this topic.
>> One camp feels that advertising is an evil blight on humanity and should
>> be avoided "where ever" possible. Although that appears to be a flexible
>> "where ever" due to having supported advertising by some supportive
>> companies in the past.
>> The other camp thinks that advertising can be a useful way for the Linux
>> Audio Community to promote brands that support Linux Audio and by
>> association increase the general public awareness of the viability of
>> using Linux Audio as a business platform and another way to potentially
>> raise funds which can be used to advance the entire platform.
>> Do other people here have any strong opinions on the usefulness of
>> advertising in the Linux Audio community?
>> Should it be avoided like the plague or does it have some value that can
>> be integrated provided we set some boundaries?
>> Cheers
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>> Patrick Shirkey
>> Boost Hardware Ltd
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