[ros-dev] Cash for Trademark - reallocate Donation to huricane efforts?

Alex Ionescu ionucu at videotron.ca
Fri Sep 2 16:58:34 CEST 2005

I care very much for what is going on, and I will donate myself later on 
(I find that charities totally mess up/corrupt donations, especially 
near the beginning....what did all those 9/11 billion dollars go to? 80% 
probably for "Administrative purposes"), but with all due respect, this 
is a choice that people must do on their own. I (and the other people) 
donated that money for furthering the *ReactOS cause*, not for helping 
the hurricane victims. You would be cheating those people in a way, and 
maybe even wasting money. Consider these cases:

1) Foo donated 50$ to ReactOS, and will now donate 250$ to relief funds. 
(ie: my case). You will now take Foo's ReactOS money and give it to the 
relief fund behind his back, even though he already donated and wanted 
these 50$ for ReactOS.
2) Foo lives in Bar, and really really doesn't care about the US or 
whatever its going through. Heck, nobody donated when Bar had the great 
2140 earthquake! Foo gave 100$ to ReactOS, and would be really pissed to 
see it go to those "evil americans".
3) Foo doesn't like to donate unless he knows where the money goes. Foo 
was happy that ReactOS was totally direct about where his specific 
donation would go to, so he made a leap of trust. Foo now finds out that 
we are diverting the money for something else (maybe Foo would even mind 
if the money were diverted to pay for a new server, even more so towards 
a totally different cause).

Best regards,
Alex Ionescu

Steven Edwards wrote:

>We still have the cash in the foundation account for the trademark paperwork. ($525) plus about a
>hundred in paypal donations not sent to the bank yet. Our lawyer and I have not compleated the
>paperwork (his slackness and mine) and I have not cut him a check. 
>Some of us would like to put the trademark filing on hold and donate the funds to the RedCross. I
>would like to have a vote on it among anyone that is a user, tester, developer, or random fan that
>has donated to the project in the past. If there is a unanimous vote then I will transfer the
>funds that are in our bank account and whatever is in paypal to the RedCross. If there is a single
>objection then I will not.
>I know this project did not get behind the tsunami relief effort (Which we should have) so even if
>there is a not a unanimous vote for reallocating the foundation funds then I ask that each of you
>personally donate if you can to the RedCross.
>The United States Government has really fucked it up and the truth is not being reported on.

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