[Foundation-l] Attempt at a compromise (Re: Advertising)

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Sat Dec 30 00:23:05 UTC 2006

On 30/12/06, The Cunctator <cunctator at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 12/29/06, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On 29/12/06, The Cunctator <cunctator at gmail.com> wrote:

> > > How about sponsors get listed in the order of the percentage of their
> > > net worth they contributed? So some guy who makes $15K a year and
> > > donates $100 gets listed higher than some guy worth $6 billion who
> > > donates $200K.
> > > Yes, I recognize that's not actually feasible, but I think you get the idea.
> > > You shouldn't get to pay to get higher placement on some donor list
> > > just because you're richer.

> > That idea has some heartwarming qualities, but it doesn't get us more
> > of the cash. Because the second guy gave us more *we* can use than the
> > first did. Which is, after all, the point of the exercise.

> Ah, but there are more of the first guys.

Yeah, but you need both. As I said earlier, donations almost always
follow a power law, like Alexa ratings or whatever. And you don't get
the first without the thank-yous, because they're used to them.

- d.

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