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Re: PostgreSQL derivatives

From: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
To: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
Cc: Magnus Hagander <magnus(at)hagander(dot)net>, Dave Page <dpage(at)pgadmin(dot)org>, Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>, pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org, Seth Grimes <grimes(at)altaplana(dot)com>
Subject: Re: PostgreSQL derivatives
Date: 2008-06-13 07:19:08
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On Thu, 2008-06-12 at 22:31 -0400, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> Simon Riggs wrote:
> > > And in the end, I don't see any reason for us to *turn down* sponsorship
> > 
> > I do. Non-profit organisations must be run "without fear or favour" and
> > that includes not accepting gifts of any kind, though anonymous
> > donations are always acceptable.
> > 
> > If we don't do this, then people may get the impression that certain
> > companies dominate and that can easily lead to non-contribution. So
> > IMHO, being even handed is critically important to our future.
> 
> I am not sure how anonymous-only contributions are supposed to work. 
> EnterpriseDB employs me, but no one is supposed to know that? 
> EnterpriseDB sponsors a dinner at PGCon but the sponsor is a secret?
> 
> We can do anonymous-only contributions, but that is going to certainly
> limit contributions.  I am not sure how a company contribution will be
> explained to the accounting staff if it has to be anonymous.
> 
> I think the big question is what are anonymous-only contributions trying
> to solve?  I have never heard of problems of favortism to contributors,
> so why take a hit on contributions to avoid something no one has
> reported to have happened?

I'm expressing a clear principle. I don't see this principle as being
hard to implement. "Peace talks, sponsored by Group X", will be unlikely
to bring the other party to the table.

I want to demonstrate a level playing field, so that all feel welcome to
contribute. I am worried that if things get out of balance then it will
go badly for us in the future. Unfortunately, those are principles, not
clear guidelines, so yes, what I have asked for raises many questions.

-- 
 Simon Riggs           www.2ndQuadrant.com
 PostgreSQL Training, Services and Support


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