[Osmf-talk] Membership Working Group Updates

Rob Nickerson rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 21:18:32 UTC 2018

Hi Paul,

Thanks for the update and the hard work you and others put in to the MWG.

These, plus the 100 people from the earlier discussions mean that in the
last few days we have welcomed nearly 150 new members to the OSMF. That is
wonderful - welcome :-)

Best wishes,

P.s. if you haven't had any volunteers to help with the writing by
Christmas, I might have some time free then. Please let me know.

On Wed, 28 Nov 2018, 20:41 Paul Norman <paul.norman at osmfoundation.org wrote:

> The Membership Working Group (MWG) has been very busy lately with the
> roll-out of the fee waiver for lack of money transfer program. Rather
> than a quarterly update, here's some news.
> New countries
> We've gotten more information about countries that PayPal doesn't
> support and have added Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea,
> Haiti, Kosovo, Libya, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Uzbekistan to the
> list of countries which qualify because there's a lack of suitable money
> transfer facilities.
> If you have information about countries not on the list at
> https://join.osmfoundation.org/fee-waiver-program/ where PayPal is not
> supported or the cost of transferring money is more than the cost of
> membership, please contact the MWG at membership at osmfoundation.org.
> Application statistics
> We welcome and congratulate our 19 new members from Iran, Kosovo and
> Liberia who have already joined the OSMF through the fee waiver program.
> Over the first seven days, we had 45 applications. All the percentages
> below are based on these applications, and are rounded. The pace is
> still continuing, and as we work on our processes, it will be possible
> to automatically generate some statistics. Right now it's manual, so I
> don't have more recent numbers.
> The money transfer applications are easy to deal with, as we have a well
> defined process. They only take a couple of minutes when all the
> information is there.
> Of the first 45, 60% of the applications are from Iran, and 5% from
> Liberia, both countries on the list where money transfer is not
> practical. The remainder are from countries where we're seeking more
> information from the applicants. Since the first seven days, we've
> applications from other countries.
> 25% of applications filled out the form incorrectly and were asked to
> fill it out again with a corrected username. We might need to look at
> providing more instructions on the form.
> How can I help?
> Contact membership at osmfoundation.org about joining the MWG. If you're
> not interested in joining but have experience at writing instructions,
> documentation, and procedures, the stock responses to the form could use
> rewriting. If this is you, also contact membership at osmfoundation.org.
> Note: A formatted version of this is at
> https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/pnorman/diary/47048
> Paul Norman
> on behalf of the Membership Working Group
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