I think it’s kind of funny that the Mozilla folks are having a hard time trying to fit the 10,000 names on the Firefox New York Times ad. It seems like the process for this ad should have gone something like this:
- Figure out how many names you can reasonably fit in the ad. Let’s call this number n.
- Figure out how much a full-page ad in the New York times costs. Let’s call this number c.
- Figure out the minimum donation needed to get your name in the ad by dividing c by n. Let’s call this number d.
- Stop taking donations when you have c donations of at least d dollars.
On the other hand, maybe they just didn’t think they’d possibly get more donors than could easily fit in the ad.