Hi Douglas,

valid points.
One small "value addition" is of course the "priceless" association with
AfriNIC. I trust that for "some, but only a few" entities this could be
enough value.

But beyond that I think the question is: "how much more value does
AfriNIC want to give and how many more associate members do we wish to get?"

We probably have diverse answers to this. I personally prefer if we can
find enough seats at the members' meeting ;-)

About dropping the category altogether: I don't object. But maybe there
are a number of entities that would want to become associate members,
just because they like that, and without voting rights...???
(I don't know)

Regards,
Frank



On 9/19/2016 11:05 AM, Douglas Onyango wrote:
> Hi Frank, et al,
> On 19 September 2016 at 06:49, Frank Habicht <ge...@geier.ne.tz> wrote:
>> I agree, with all of the above. Well said.
>> Considering that someone could control many legal entities, and these
>> could all become associate members, that could change voting outcomes
>> very much into that someone's favour.
> 
> My original intent, which I thought I had expressed clearly in
> previous discussions, is a more fundamental issue with the Associate
> Membership category: lack of value addition. This issue is a parent
> issue to the proposed clarifying text. It must be addressed first to
> pave way for, and inform any clarifying text on Associate Membership
> in the bylaws.
> 
> Now just to be clear, I am not advocating for voting rights per se.
> What I am advocating for is value addition for every membership
> category. The idea of a membership category that collects fees but
> offers no value in return just doesn't sit well with me.
> 
> My proposal is that we find substantial value for this category. If we
> can't, I believe the membership category makes no sense and should
> effectively be dropped all together.
> 
> I hope this provides more clarity on my views.
> 
> Regards,
> 
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