On 02/02/2018 05:52 PM, Daniel Pocock wrote:
When I "joined" I did so to join a European Free Software community
because I wanted to strengthen my own activism in the area. When I
blogged about it
Danish) I did mention my involvement with the FSFE as a "membership",
and everyone I've talked with here in DK who became a Fellow talk about
it as being "a member", too. Being already an "associate member" of the
FSF, IIRC I did understand that I did not become a member with voting
rights, but honestly I found the construction strange and complicated
and hence just chose to tell people I had become a "member" and wanted
to work with the organization.
On 02/02/18 17:48, Florian Snow wrote:
As far as I remember, the form said "Join the Fellowship" and explained that
this was a financial contribution.
If you go to https://fsfe.org and click "Become a supporter" it still
shows the same form with the title "Join the FSFE"
The word contribution is very generic. In my view, the word itself
doesn't strongly imply membership, but the act of giving money does
give many people the feeling that they are a member.
So, speaking from my own experience,
* I don't feel I was misled, hence I don't think I gained any actual
legal rights besides those as a "Fellow"
* The situation definitely could be clearer and easier to understand.
I understand the reluctance of opening the membership of FSFE e.V. as,
in part, coup protection: People (e.g. Google, Microsoft or other
proprietary software companies) can't do a hostile takeover by joining
en masse and reducing a clear commitment to free software to something
But in all cases - a clearer construction would be desirable. The thing
is, when becoming a supporter (previously Fellow) you *are* invited to
join in the sense of becoming part of the community and being active -
up to and including coordinating local groups and applying to the GA.
However, you don't gain legal membership of the Association. I've
always experienced this as somewhat mixed signals. Converting all
Supporters into full members may not be the solution, but it would be
nice to have a construction that was a) just as inclusive, b) easy to
understand and hence c) easy to explain to others.
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