Nice thoughts, well put as well, any chance you can get to an F2F in Dublin
in the next month, we really should hash these things out, as well as plans
for LAID2 in the very near future, before we lose the steam / momentum.
Not quite what I was thinking of, although we could adopt something like
that, as well as the compulsory payment (as necessary) to ward off [OT]
commercial emails (anyone remember socks!)
Kate, you were trying to get heads for a Dublin Event, anything moving ?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Hanafin [SMTP:mike.hanafin at ul.ie]
> Subject: RE: Spam and the [ILUG] Constitution
>> Hi all,
>> Keith Dawson has a good model for soliciting donations to
> . He has a TBTF Benefactors scheme where those who gain value from his
> Bit of The Day and weblog services can contribute a sum of money. There
> various scales of contribution: friend, associate, affiliate etc. with
> corresponding $$ amounts.
>> I like this. It's like shareware - use for free and if you like then
> pay... -
> but with no explicit moral obligation to send money...
>> If linux.ie had even more content and ILUG had an appropriate constitution
> place to handle accounts (*) then this would be an idea.
>> (*) Nothing fancy please - I'd be happy just knowing that persons X, Y and
> are authorized to spend the cash as they see fit. In the interests of
> openness, a quarterly/annual breakdown of expenses incurred _could_ be
> published if desired...
>> However, a refinement of this model to suit our particular case might be
>> If expenses are occuring due to one off events such as LAID, rather than
> ongoing operating expenses, then the Benefactors model could be applied on
> event-by-event basis. So, LAID2( The Wrath of Kwm? The Temple of Quake?)
> could have both corporate sponsors (as LAID did) and individual sponsors
> would have their names mentioned somewhere, maybe get a free LAID2 T-shirt
> s'thing and would be able to bask in the warm glow that benevolence
> such an endeavour would bring...
> Surplus funds could go back into the coffers and fund something else.
>> Going back to the once-off-benefactors scheme, if costs are more
> than discrete, then the application of the TBTF model as is wouldn't be a
>> Of course, with ILUG and linux.ie there is more than one way to contribute
> code, website design/content, equipment donation, adminstrivial tasks etc.
>> This is okay too - someone who contributes intellectually mightn't see the
>> need to donate a fiver whereas someone like myself who just benefits from
> mailing list and website might like to offer a token of our appreciation.
>> A full-on benefactors model might generate too much cash for something
> isn't a commercial concern which is why I would tend towards an
> model. As Irish business awareness of Linux grows, sponsorship for ILUG
> ILUG events] should be getting easier to procure so we mightn't need as
> cash as that which might be generated by a Benefactors scheme...
>> *phew* a longer than intended delurk, that...
> m i k e
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