"Joining" vs "becoming a supporter"

Jonas Oberg jonas at fsfe.org
Thu Nov 30 16:22:37 UTC 2017

Right, the point is that "Join" as they use it doesn't really map, as far as I can tell, to either of these categories. You don't become a member, you definitely aren't staff, and I think volunteers only count those volunteering, not necessarily those contributing financially. Either way, you don't get a say in the FSF board.

Perhaps unsurprisingly the FSFE is structured similarly :-) But yes, there are also proposals to change this.


On November 30, 2017 5:13:06 PM GMT+01:00, Daniel Pocock <daniel at pocock.pro> wrote:
>On 30/11/17 16:55, Jonas Oberg wrote:
>> As has been pointed out before, the FSF doesn't have this problem
>with "Join" implying equal status. So I'd trust them on this, as native
>speakers :-)
>This page has a link to their articles and bylaws:
>The page was not so easy to find and the documents are scanned so not
>easily searched electronically.
>Nonetheless, these documents do explain how to become an FSF member and
>what rights members have.
>The first page of their Form 990 gives some statistics on the number of
>members and volunteers:
>9 voting members, 14 staff, 2000 volunteers
>Discussion mailing list
>Discussion at lists.fsfe.org

Jonas Öberg
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