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Below is an e-mail from Lance Merker, the President/CEO of OmniUpdate with a proposal for this site. Given this is a community site, it's only appropriate that the members decide on this proposal. Please provide your feedback by this Friday (May 16).



We at OmniUpdate would like to give a free coffee mug with the University Web Developers emblem to all 700+ subscribers of the ning group. The proposition in simple. We would like to replace the google ads on the right side of the page with the attached banner. The banner (and the free mug offer) would remain for one year. We'll pay all the costs to remove the google ads, and pay for the mugs and shipping to members who request one during the year.

That's it. We won't replace the banner with any advertising nor put our advertising on the mugs!

Members of the group get a symbol of their association with the social network -- hopefully building some camaraderie and group spirit -- and we get brand recognition from the sponsorship.

Regards,

Lance

Lance Merker
President/CEO
OmniUpdate, Inc.

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Hey, I like being a "website hero." Go for it!
Sounds fine--I have no problem with it, and I appreciate being asked.
It sounds good to me.
thanks for asking
Sounds like a win-win -- I don't see a downside.
Works for me!
I don't have anything against OmniUpdate; I'm sure it's a fine cms. But I do not wish to see all the ads on this site replaced by those for a single commercial cms. Especially since at least one of our groups focuses on open source solutions for Web content management.
So Mark... you got some "Splainin" to do here... If this is a free service and we have to upgrade in order for this proposal to work, then doesn't that also present some additional work/issues for who's managing this network? I understand that nobody is currently trying to monotize off the site and we all like free stuff, but doesn't this a LOT just for everyone to get a free mug?

Personally I don't drink coffee, so I don't really care and I'll do whatever the group wants to do. I just don't want someone having to do a bunch of extra work with additional costs so I can get a free mug I realistically won't ever use.
Kyle - I don't know the level of work involved to upgrade to the premium services, but I don't expect it would be very involved. It really is more a cost issue to get the premium services.
Works for me, I also ignore ads.
I'm all for it! I really don't need another coffee mug, but hey ...
I used to be in the promo business before I joined the Web world full-time and 700 customized mugs would be about $2.30 each, plus or minus, and then whatever shipping costs on top of that.

So let's say we are looking at a value of a few thousand. How much does it cost to upgrade Ning so that we support individual advertisers? Who would bear those upgrade costs? I think if we are going to open this up to advertising, we should get bids for the space and go with the best deal for the group as a whole. But then that is extra work for whoever does this.

I vote for either leaving it as is, and the Ning group space free, or else having someone do a little research on what the space is worth and seeing if there is interest from anyone else.
I rarely pay attention to advertisments to begin with, but I dont have any problem with it. It may look like it was sponsored by the organization rather than a free site.

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