[Discuss] [OH Updates] Greetings! And membership
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Fri Jul 6 15:09:15 UTC 2012
If it's not a terrible pain to implement, I like the idea of separating commercial and personal memberships at different costs. $100/year is really not a problem for someone like me who sells hardware, but certainly if I was a student or a hobbyist with a limited income - that could be my entire next project.
Tying it to some other measure that isn't "self-selected" would probably be much more difficult. The benefit for commercial members for the increased could be easy - e.g. listed in a directory of supporting firms.
On Jul 6, 2012, at 8:19 AM, malcolm stanley wrote:
> Tiers are a good idea so long as you do not have too many.
> You may want to consider tying it to the nature of the membership
> holder and not an income level.
> You could create a commercial tier and a personal membership tier, and
> make it clear that revenue generating entities are expected to sign up
> for the higher level.
> That would reflect the community: some of us make money doing this and
> some of us...um... don't.
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> On Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 5:26 AM, Andrew Katz <Andrew.Katz at moorcrofts.com> wrote:
>> Hi all
>> I'm fine with $100 regular membership.
>> I'm wondering if people should be allowed to self-certify that they should be entitled to a reduced rate, for any number of reasons, not only if they are a student. For example, $100 for someone in developing countries could be a great deal of money, and it would be fabulous if we could get makers in those countries signed up to membership.
>> Maybe anyone with an income over $,000 a year pays $100, anyone earning less than that can self-certify and pay an appropriately reduced amount (down to zero below a certain threshold).
>> All the best
>> On 5 Jul 2012, at 20:04, Alicia Gibb wrote:
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>> From: Alicia Gibb <pip at nycresistor.com<mailto:pip at nycresistor.com>>
>> Date: Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 9:52 AM
>> Subject: Re: [Discuss] Greetings! And membership
>> To: The Open Source Hardware Association Discussion List <discuss at lists.oshwa.org<mailto:discuss at lists.oshwa.org>>
>> Thanks for your feedback everyone!
>> Christian, international membership will be open to all. Votes would likely take place online and we've talked about having the polls open for 48 hours so that it covers everyone's time zone with waking hours.
>> On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 10:31 AM, Pierce Nichols <pierce at logos-electro.com<mailto:pierce at logos-electro.com>> wrote:
>> I'm also cool with $100 for regular membership. I don't think that a
>> professor's recommendation in lieu of fees for students is a good
>> idea, because it imposes a paperwork burden for no obvious (at least
>> to me) gain. Generally, when I joined orgs as a student, I sent them
>> my check and a copy of my student ID and that was that. The only
>> exception was the AYRS, who asked for a letter from my department
>> confirming I was a student.
>> On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 9:11 AM, Devlin Thyne <dthyne at dh-global.com<mailto:dthyne at dh-global.com>> wrote:
>>> I think $100 per year is reasonable for members. In other words: "I'd pay
>>> As an alternative to paying membership fees for students, perhaps a
>>> professor or member's recommendation would work. That gets really close to
>>> judging merit and would cause additional work in the organization making
>>> such a membership option unfeasible.
>>> Thank you,
>>> On 07/02/2012 03:46 PM, Alicia Gibb wrote:
>>>> Hey all,
>>>> We're working on putting our by-laws together and introducing
>>>> membership. The main reason for membership is so that you all can vote
>>>> for things like future board members!
>>>> We've looked at a lot of membership strategies. Unfortunately, the law
>>>> around non-profits won't allow public votes on issues - only the members
>>>> of the group, so we want to have the most inclusive membership
>>>> possible. Some memberships are fee based, some are merit based. Since we
>>>> didn't want to get into judging merit, we are considering moving towards
>>>> a fee-based membership. We are hoping to cover costs from domain hosting
>>>> to assisting the Summit costs with membership fees. Please give us your
>>>> feedback on the amount we're asking and the benefits of membership.
>>>> Annual membership: $100 per year
>>>> Student rate: Suggestions?
>>>> + Voting in board members (we hope to vote in 3 more board members via
>>>> membership in Sept.)
>>>> + Voting on other topics that require a broader community vote
>>>> + Reduced ticket prices for the Summit
>>>> + Opportunity to chair a program for OSHWA
>>>> + Sticker?
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