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On 4 May 2011, at 11:50, Florian Effenberger wrote:

If we were to accept the application of everyone posting a few messages to the list, then on the 
one hand we would have a large membership base, which is good. On the other hand, it might get 
problematic justifying that. So, what we are trying to approach with the membership process is 
that we want to actively engage community members, and then granting them rights like to vote or 
to being voted for. To me it is obvious that someone who "just" writes an e-mail now and then is 
not a member of TDF. Someone who does more, and wants to be involved, should be a member indeed. 
Doing more can indeed consist of writing e-mails, actively joining discussions, contributing... 
but it doesn't have to necessarily.

As we've been considering the revision of the governance over at OSI, it's been clear we need to 
offer a "membership" option to the many people who associate themselves with Open Source without 
complicating OSI's official governance by having huge numbers of people involved in it who may not 
be fully engaged. As a consequence, we are considering having a membership category where people 
express their support (maybe by making a donation) and gain some benefits (maybe an e-mail address 
or the right to describe themselves as associated) but don't immediately become part of the 
governance of the Foundation. 

Has the Steering Committee considered creating a similar scheme to permit association without 
complicating the official governance?



Simon Phipps,
OSI Director, FSFE Fellow, Document Foundation Member

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