FSFE Finance

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at intevation.de
Thu Jul 26 18:37:36 UTC 2001

For several reasons I want to avoid "member".

There would be a word clash 
between contributing FSFE members in money or code.

A practical reason: The FSFE is set up and we do not want to 
change to constitution to deal with sponsors as members without
member rights.


On Thu, Jul 26, 2001 at 08:24:41PM +0200, joack at gmx.net wrote:
> yesterday, I think, Georg asked  for ideas to deal with sponsors, private 
> and coorporations. I'd like to propose a historic example (not quite 
> accurate, maybe) that might even appease Anders.
> The examaple is that of the _early_ Royal Society. They were in a similar 
> siotuation as the fsfe now but already overrun by the "wrong" people 
> (OpenSource in our case, I guess).
> So they came up with the following system:
> _ a patron. The King in their case; sponsors here,
> _ assosiated members; paying a regular fee.,
> _ contributing members; (obvious, I guess) and, later on even
> _ honorary members.
> None of the above had any hand in the handling of policies, no right to 
> vote. But the could call themselves Members R.S.
> Lastly the nominated members, we already have those!
> I think that might work and it might even draw the comunity closer to the 
> fsfe

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