[Osmf-talk] Membership Fee Waiver Program

john whelan jwhelan0112 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 23 17:23:50 UTC 2017

I suggest we leave it to the descretion of the board but put a limit of ten
percent of the membership.

That way we can give a voice to mappers but avoid hijacking by special

Whether it should be anyone who is broke or restricted to those places that
PayPal does not operate in or cannot be used for one reason or another
again I would leave it to the descretion of the board remembering there are
plenty of online discussion areas to make one's viewpoint known.

Cheerio John

On 23 Sep 2017 12:35 pm, "Dan Stowell" <danstowell at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2017-09-23 11:33 GMT+01:00 Christoph Hormann <chris_hormann at gmx.de>:
> > 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.
> Personally I'm really against this idea, because it would contribute
> to an "in-group" "closed-shop" characteristic, rather than helping to
> reach out to new people. I know that the suggestion doesn't exclude
> other waivers for non-established people, but it would send a signal.
> It would be curious to have an organisation paid for the peripheral
> and new members, while the committed core get a free-ride option.
> Dan
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