Re: Become a friend of GNOME button

Jaap A. Haitsma wrote:

I've took your page and changed it such that the .wml file is correct
and pushed it to git. The result is here

However after I pushed it actually occured to me that it's probably
not a good idea to have this called Spread GNOME. We're asking people
to financially support GNOME not to encourage people to encourage
people to use GNOME.
Some quick ideas for what it could say instead:
* Promote the Friends of GNOME program
* Spread the word
* Collect more donors
Furthermore since we're asking people to financially support GNOME
having a button called "GNOME Lover" is probably confusing. If I put
the "GNOME Lover" button on my blog and somebody clicks on it an
average user will expect to land at the GNOME homepage and not at a
donation page.
Right. I'll try to come up with just different sizes all saying only "Support GNOME". (as a sidenote, if anyone feels up to creating a simple wordpress plugin with graphics+link, that would be amazing!)
I've came up with an alternative for the Friends of GNOME button. I've
got it running on one of my own websites. You can see the result here.

The major change is that in the side bar we ask people to promote
"Friends of GNOME" by adding a button to their site
I feel this is a bit too much diversion for the front page. It was designed with the primary goal of pushing people to donate, and I don't want to drift away from this too much. A link beneath the link to "List of previous donors" should probably be enough.
Furthermore a couple of small changes which I think are improvements
1) At the end a paragraph for companies that might want to become
corporate sponsors
Maybe a bit too much outside the scope of the site.

- Andreas
On Sat, May 9, 2009 at 02:42, Paul Cutler <pcutler foresightlinux org> wrote:
Andreas - you're question is right on - the first step was to get the page
up, the next question is where we link to it from.


On Fri, May 8, 2009 at 7:21 PM, Andreas Nilsson <nisses mail home se> wrote:
Forgive me if I missed something in the discussion, but is the plan to put
a url on any of the friends page somewhere?

A small link in the sidebar on the index page would probably be enough.
Let me know when you have pushed the changes so the page is up, and I'll
put it there.
- Andreas

Paul Cutler wrote:
Here is a patch that adds a spread.wml page to the Friends of GNOME

Inside the page, the copy reads:

<h2>GNOME Badges</h2>

Do you have a blog or website?  Tell others you support GNOME by proudly
displaying a GNOME badge and helping spread the word about the Friends of
GNOME program.

Just copy and paste the code below into your webpage or blog.

And then it links to the last two badges from the thank you page.

This is my first Git patch ever, so please review it, and the HTML.  If
the patch should be filed in Bugzilla instead, please let me know.



On Wed, May 6, 2009 at 10:46 AM, Paul Cutler <pcutler foresightlinux org
<mailto:pcutler foresightlinux org>> wrote:


   On Wed, May 6, 2009 at 10:08 AM, Claus Schwarm
   <clschwarm googlemail com <mailto:clschwarm googlemail com>> wrote:

       I may be wrong, but it seems to me, Jaap has something
       different in mind. What about:

   I attached the archive per Jaap's second email, but I agree with
   your thoughts below there is more we could do.

       (1) Moving Paul's "embedding code" to a separate page, say
       "wgo/friends/spread.html". At least the last two badges could
       also be used by everybody who wants to support the friends of
       GNOME program.

       (2) Offering different image sizes (standard ad sizes) so that
       they are more prominent and fit into other people's layout.

   I like both these ideas.   I think a vision of good in my opinion
   is some of the things EFF does that are similar, though I think
   they could combine some of their different pages:

   Various EFF badges for blogs and such, including different sizes:

   More banners and buttons (some banners in flash):


   Flash banners:

   They offer a number of different sizes, from small to big badges
   for blogs and websites to full size banners that are standard size
   for websites that advertise.

   Similar sites:

   FSF "Play Ogg" campaign has different sized badges right on the
   home page:

       (3) Linking the "friends/spread.html" page from the main
       friends of gnome page: "Are you running a blog or website? You
       can help GNOME also by spreading the word about the Friends of
       GNOME program."

   Again, looking at something other non-profits do:

   EFF Help Out (including a "Spread the Word" section):

       (4) Making an announcement of the new page (GNOME's main
       mailing list or a blog on
       <>). I guess not many people within the
       GNOME community know these badges exist.

       (5) Adding these badges where we can now: in the sidebar of <>, in a new sidebar of
       the GNOME Journal, in the footer of
       <>, in the footer of <>, in
       the footer of <>,

   I've added the "Support GNOME" badge to the footer of GNOME Journal.

       Later, we might be able to set up a separate (dynamic)
       infrastructure to serve these ads. Then, we could then switch
       announcements, maybe even track reactions. But there's no need
       to wait for that.

       Best regards,

   I will work on "Spread GNOME" type page over lunch today and
   submit a patch we can review that uses some of these ideas.


       On Wed, May 6, 2009 at 7:41 AM, Stormy Peters
       <stormy gnome org <mailto:stormy gnome org>> wrote:

           I agree we need Friends of GNOME more prominently on the
           website. I think we will get some of this when we get the
           "ruler" that shows donations towards our goal.

           We do have badges:

           And Paul Cutler wrote some html that shows code for
           embedding it in your website,
           (We still need someone with web access to incorporate that
           into the website.)



           On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 11:34 PM, Jaap A. Haitsma
           <jaap haitsma org <mailto:jaap haitsma org>> wrote:


               What about "friend of GNOME" button that links to
      which people can put on
               their site/blog?

               Furthermore the button can be used on the GNOME site.
               Currently I only
               see a news story about somewhere down on the main page
               so it does not
               really catch attention of many people.


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