[Board] Fwd: Bronze sponsors who seek SEO improvements

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Thu Apr 6 05:42:04 PDT 2017

I double checked, two of the organizations is question have now been
removed; the last one get's removed in June.

Jody Garnett

On 5 April 2017 at 23:54, Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am waiting for their year to be up before removing, they did sponsor for
> a year and we took their money.
> On Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 11:49 PM Anita Graser <anitagraser at gmx.at> wrote:
>> ​​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-
>> instructions-to-restrict-search-engine-optimization-companies
>> Concerning removing 2016's questionable sponsors, maybe Jody knows if
>> removal now is ok with our agreements.
>> Best wishes,
>> Anita
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> Jody Garnett
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