[Osmf-talk] Membership Fee Waiver Program

Christoph Hormann chris_hormann at gmx.de
Sat Sep 23 10:33:51 UTC 2017

On Saturday 23 September 2017, michael spreng wrote:
> The Membership Working Group started with the implementation of the
> fee waiver program. It is based on the board resolution from
> Oct. 14th 2014 [1].
> [...]

I know this is kind of outside the scope here when you implement the 
board/AGM decision but wouldn't it make more sense to generally make 
the membership fee an optional payment for long term OSM contributors - 
you would specify your user account when signing up as member and if 
you have been actively contributing for at least a year with at least x 
changeset and y changes you get a checkbox (checked by default but 
which you can uncheck) to pay a membership fee or not?

This would reduce the barrier for signing up, especially for people for 
whom the payment is a problem.  Having to ask for being exempt from the 
membership fee is a significant psychological hurdle and destigmatizing 
that by turning it around and making the membership fee voluntary and 
automatizing the process would significantly improve on that aspect.

Christoph Hormann

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