[BALUG-Admin] O'Reilly Discount Banners for BALUG.org; web site/design layout, etc.

Michael Paoli Michael.Paoli@cal.berkeley.edu
Sat Aug 2 20:29:47 PDT 2008

Just my opinion ;-) but ...

There are also many other publishers (e.g. Apress) that
also are willing to send free ("review copies") to BALUG,
extend User Group (UG) discounts to BALUG member(s),
and would like us to also display their banner.
That (and other sponsors or major sponsors) going - at least
on the main home page, I think is generally not a great idea ...
can end up looking too cluttered/commercial/"noisy" and/or like
BALUG's "sold out" to our supporting interests ... or something
like that (well, different folks tend to interpret banners and such -
especially on main home page - differently).

I'd be much more inclined to put any applicable such banner(s) (with
links and other relevant information) on a separate
contributors/contributing/sponsors page, e.g. something roughly like
what I've drafted / mocked up here:

I was sort of hoping for a site redo (at least first major phase) before
LinuxWorld, but been a bit too busy, ... perhaps by September or so? :-)
Feel free to have a look around:
and let me know what you think ... or maybe hold that feedback until
about Monday 2008-08-11, as I'll be pretty busy until about then (as
will many that are rather involved with LinuxWorld, Picn*x, DEFCON,
Debian Camp, etc.)

Quoting Andrew Fife <afife@untangle.com>:

> O'Reilly treats BALUG pretty well with free copies of pretty much any book
> we want.  Does anybody object to helping them out by displaying one of
> their discount banner ads?  In addition to helping O'Reilly, members may
> appreciate knowing about the 35% discount.  Here is a link to the various
> banners.
> http://ug.oreilly.com/promote/discount/
> P.S. If there is an O'Reilly book that you want, and there is at least a
> reasonable chance of doing a review, please let me know that I can request
> if for you.
> --
> Andrew Fife
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