[Board] Fwd: Bronze sponsors who seek SEO improvements

Anita Graser anitagraser at gmx.at
Wed Apr 5 23:49:36 PDT 2017

​​Hi Andreas,

On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 8:24 AM, Andreas Neumann <andreas at qgis.org> wrote:

> Hi OSGEO board / officers,
> I would like to investigate about the OSGEO sponsors policy. Especially in
> the light that we had and have similar requests from "dubious" sponsors in
> the QGIS project. Also maybe to align our policies.
> I am relating to the bronze sponsors listed at
> http://www.osgeo.org/content/sponsorship/sponsors.html
>    - ChameleonJohn
>    - Apps4Rent
>    - Dealslands
> These companies are not active in the geospatial domain. The sole purpose
> of their sponsorship is to get search engine optimizations by getting
> increased trust from a popular Open Source project. They are willing to pay
> such small sponsorships and get an awful lot of value from it. It is simply
> advertising for their business that has nothing to do with "geo".
> I would suggest the OSGEO board to not accept such sponsorships in the
> future and remove the existing "dubious" ones completely, once they expire.
> Since they are 2016 sponsors - maybe they can be removed already?

​Thank you for reminding us about this issue! You'll be happy to know that
the OSGeo board already voted to not accept this kind of sponsors anymore,
see https://www.loomio.org/d/RmDdysre/update-sponsorship-

Concerning removing 2016's questionable sponsors, maybe Jody knows if
removal now is ok with our agreements.

Best wishes,

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