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Libervis ad policy slips

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This sort of thing tends to bother me.

Due to a mistake I made in the process of making a deal with the guy who was to buy a couple of links on Nuxified.org I slipped one that may be breaking the Libervis Advertising Policy. The issue is that it sells templates under a license that does not allow redistribution and use on more than one site. Though the site also sells "exclusive" templates, which is basically selling the rights to it meaning that to the receiver they are Free Software.

The latter is ok, but the former is objectionable per the policy. Does it directly promote proprietary software (as the policy states)? It may quite be so. It sells it.

Anyway, the reason why I overlooked it is because I failed to ask for links that the customer wanted to advertise *before* he made a payment. I was caught in bargaining over the pricing and placement period that I just missed to ask that crucial question and evaluate the links properly.

After a_thing dutifully pointed me to the link I have asked whether it would be possible to replace the link with some other, but the buyer does not have anything else to advertise. Basically, the link now remains as an exception to the policy. :\

The only justification, besides above, that this falls back to is .. well, it pays for a good thing. It's not *that* bad, and we're not advertising Microsoft. Sticking out tongue

Still, I feel obliged to say that I do not intend to let this kind of case become a common practice (making "accidental" slips like this too frequently). I consider this to be a nudge to be more careful in the future and also gives me motivation to look for other more Free Software friendly potential advertisers or sponsors (like WorldLabel.com whose founder is a great supporter of OpenOffice.org).

I am planning on building a complete web store (powered by oscommerce or some scripts) where advertisers would be able to easily submit queries when interested in an ad spot, and will then be presented with an ad policy in the process. The queries would be submit to me for review upon which I would either deny or accept and send the order link or other payment information along with further instructions.

So that should help make the whole process more organized. I could then point more of the manual transactions through that system.

Since setting up a system of accepting credit card payments the sales potential increased, as expected, greatly. At this point, to say that I am losing *too much* by filtering ads that break the policy, would be erroneous, so I wont say it.

What has happened with this last slip is simply a mistake, not the beginning of corruption.

Thank you
Danijel

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Why didn't you just explain

Why didn't you just explain the situation, remove the link and send the money back?

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The refund through 2CO

The refund through 2CO costs. I'll consider it.

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Subtract the payment for the

Subtract the payment for the days it did run, and pay the costs of the refund with that?

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It will be more complicated

It will be more complicated than that considering that this is the last thing this customer expects, but I guess I'll have to do it now..

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Set to motion. Refund

Set to motion. Refund proposal sent.

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Good news. There was no

Good news. There was no refund. The link was replaced with one that is ok per policy. The buyer was more forthcoming and respectful than I expected. Smiling

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Great!

Great!

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Grand

Grand Smiling

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