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Hello. =)

2011/9/1 webmaster for Kracked Press Productions <

This was brought up a few months ago, and I do not remember the answers.

For those who will be selling copies of their distribution DVDs, or coffee
mugs, tee-shirts, etc., there could be a listed line stating something like
the following: "A portion of this purchase is donated to The Documentation
Foundation and Marketing teams to help the pay for the cost running their
servers and the marketing items for the technology shows."  Then there would
be something saying about TDF/LibreOffice people and the marketers are all
volunteers, and would benefit from donated funds to offset the cost of the
marketing materials.

So the question is, how do people who sell items, that are LO based, get
the donations to TDF and/or get it into the hands of the marketing people to
"help offset the cost of doing business"?

Now that there is LibreOffice documentation for all the modules [except for
Base]  It may be the time to start looking into the process to sell the
distribution DVDs [NA-DVD and others], plus any mugs, shirts, hats, etc.,
etc., that some individual or group will be offering.  I think I remember
seeing a "donation" statement on Drew's "test" merchandising page,  Plus, I
remember seeing it somewhere else.  So, if Drew, and others, collect
donations, where does it go and who gets it?

NOTE:  I do know that TDF/LO is in the process of chartering [making sure
it is done completely and correctly for all the various government
regulations involved], so there may not be an "official" TDF/LO banking
account in their name till that is done.

I'd like to include some other issues to this thread:

1 - Where/When/How will the accounting on this financial resources be
publicly displayed, including donations made via TDF website? (This question
was made by an young man who was watching my last lecture about LibreOffice)
2 - Most of people who really contribute to LibreOffice are willing to
participate of great events like FISL, CONSEGI, Campus Party, and others
(just to say some local events) and have no money to do it. Why can't they
support their costs with such events obtaining resources from LibreOffice
stuff they could sell?
3 - What will be the criteria to support local community representatives
(i.e. the local marketing teams, events organization, marketing stuff, books
printing, etc.) with part of those resources? Or are those resources only to
support international activities or TDF (the organization) activities?
4 - Will money contributors have some kind of advantage than those who don't
contribute with money? What should it be? How should it be?

My questions are only to clarify some issues that certainly will arise in
the near future. At least one of them has just arose in my last lecture and
I couldn't answer to it objectively because I had no information on that.


Paulo de Souza Lima
Técnico em Eletrônica e Administrador
Curitiba - PR
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