[Osmf-talk] sponsored membership
chris_hormann at gmx.de
Wed Sep 27 15:36:54 UTC 2017
On Wednesday 27 September 2017, joost schouppe wrote:
> So a very simple proposition: make it possible for a person to pay
> the price of two memberships, with the express condition that someone
> is allowed to join for free in return.
> The safest is possibly to just allow donating into a pool, and then
> have people applying for the open spaces created in that pool.
> The alternative would be that the donator chooses to whom it goes.
> But that might seem paternalistic and opens the door to worries of
> influence-buying, especially if institutional donors would open their
I had thought about this in context of my suggestion for making the
membership fee optional as well - kind of as a cost neutral version of
The problem for me is that allowing the donors to choose who they
sponsor is really problematic. The most important task for OSMF
members is to vote on resolutions and elect the board and even the mere
implication there is some duty of those who got a sponsored membership
to vote in the interest of their sponsor would be unacceptable IMO.
And as a potential sponsor i would not want my money to be given to an
applicant based on the subjective selection by a third party (i.e. the
MWG or whatever committee evaluates the applications).
So the only way i would see this working is
a) based on an anonymous pool.
b) granted based on transparent, objective and neutral criteria for the
applicants. This could be either on a first come - first served basis
with constant requirements, i.e. there would be a waiting list in case
there are more qualified applicants than there are sponsors or with
dynamic requirements (the smaller the sponsor pool the higher the
thresholds for being accepted as member without paying a fee).
As Martin indicated you would also need to think about if to give
renewals of previously sponsored memberships priority over new
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