I have to say, I'm in the "no ads under any circumstances" camp. I really
think we need to avoid using ads to pay for anything. At all. Ever.
If that means this can't go forward, so be it. Looking into free or donated
options is worthwhile, I think. I've had good experiences with Googlepages,
so that might be a good starting point.
From: Andrew Whitworth [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: December 5, 2007 3:42 PM
To: Wikimedia textbook discussion
Subject: Re: [Textbook-l] Website for Wikibookians
On Dec 5, 2007 2:00 PM, mike.lifeguard <mike.lifeguard(a)gmail.com> wrote:
At this point, anyone who asks can probably be
I'm not kidding) But yes, this could be very
useful, if only for email
aliasing and the IRC client. I also like the idea of hosting WB-specific
tools, though I don't think we currently have any.
How would this be paid for, though?
The issue of pay is a tricky one. Veropedia uses some advertising to
offset the cost of hosting, mostly unobtrusive book links from Amazon.
I think we could go a similar route, using advertisements from Amazon
or Google to try and offset costs a little. We certainly wouldn't want
any crazy flashing banner ads or anything. A small hosting package,
with a basic HTML-based site, some blog software, and email aliasing
would not cost too much to operate. I would need to get some quotes,
and I would also like to see if there were ways we could get hosting
donated. We could use a free site such as google pages or geocities or
something to start.