[Mailman-Users] list sponsorships

Chip Davis chip at aresti.com
Mon May 15 15:13:39 EDT 2017

All of the Mailman lists I host/admin are provided free of charge, as 
a value-add to the members of various non-profit groups.  Insofar as 
the actual costs of providing a discussion or announcement list are 
hard to tease out, the best I could do would be to apportion the total 
costs of the servers they are on across all the other services I get. 
The income would be nice to offset my expenses but administering it 
would be nearly as great as that of adminning the lists themselves. 
So I treat it as my contribution to good causes.

Also, I have a philosophical/ethical problem with charging for simply 
providing a FOSS service.  I know it's allowed but still...


On 5/15/2017 1:53 PM, Mark Sapiro wrote:
> On 05/15/2017 07:29 AM, Matt Morgan wrote:
>> Has anybody experimented with (or succeeded with) any form of mailman list
>> sponsorship? A nonprofit professional assocation I work for asked me for
>> advice about it. If there are current examples I'd be curious to see them.
> I'm not sure if this is anything like what you have in mind, but if you
> look at the bottom of any of the https://mail.python.org/mailman/* pages
> (e.g. <https://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/mailman-users>) you will
> see s DigitalOcean logo and a Hosted by DigitalOcean link. DigitalOcean
> is in a sense a sponsor in that they provide the VPS that hosts
> mail.python.org and we get a little bit of credit for click-throughs on
> that link.

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