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Hi Simon,
On 04/05/2011 14:35, Simon Phipps wrote:
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?
Not yet, because the membership and the process itself is quiet young. But reading the reactions I get yesterday and tonight to the rejected applications, I was indeed thinking that some people will get frustrated to have no way to be recognized as supporters, and we will miss them in our organization for sure. So we may think to the kind of category you're speaking about, gathering in all those who are advocating, giving ideas, small support, ect. I don't know yet how to give them feedback however.

Kind regards

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