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From: Beman Dawes (bdawes_at_[hidden])
Date: 2001-10-04 10:25:53

We've had a request from someone who wants to offer commercial support for
Boost libraries (and already has one contract to do so.) The request is
for a link to their web site on the Boost web site.

The requester is well-qualified, but I'm not sure that matters for the
general discussion we need to have about how to handle such requests.

On one hand, we should certainly encourage commercial support for Boost
libraries, and one really good way to do that is via links on the Boost web
site. Perhaps on a separate "Support" page.

On the other hand, how do we prevent incompetents or even outright crooks
from submitting links for a Boost Support page?

(Obviously we would have a disclaimer on the web page, but I'd personally
feel more comfortable with active filtering by several people.)

Perhaps require that the links be to persons or organizations known to be
familiar with Boost.

If so, "known" to who? The moderators? A special group of Boosters? Any
Boost member?

And what constitutes being "familiar with Boost"? Being a long-time
member? A past message poster? A Boost developer? Any of those?

What about a company or consultant already active in the support business,
but with no history of Boost evolvement? Personally, I'd rather start with
tight limits requiring past involvement, then loosen up later if indicated.



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