[Board] Fwd: Bronze sponsors who seek SEO improvements

Jody Garnett jody.garnett at gmail.com
Thu Apr 6 05:55:57 PDT 2017


I have sent out a reminder to Astun and Boundless who are scheduled to
renew this month.

Many of the foss4g and foss4g-e sponsors qualify to be listed on our
website, I do not know if it would be rude to contact them and ask if they
would like to be cross-posted?

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Jody Garnett

On 6 April 2017 at 05:42, Jody Garnett <jody.garnett at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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/RmDdy
>>> sre/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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