[OpenID board] Membership (or lack thereof) and Board Elections

Bill Washburn bill at oidf.org
Fri Feb 29 08:49:26 UTC 2008

Hi Snorri,
Thanks for applying so long ago (October, I believe).  There is a mechanism
in place now to use PayPal, or I can send you an invoice.  Let me know which
method you would prefer.  As to others in Europe who applied for membership
 early on, I contacted everyone who submitted applications - if there was an
email address included.  Of those I was able to reply to, very few have
responded at all.  If you would like to pass along any of their
contact information, I will be gladly contact or recontact them as the case
may be.  In any event I appreciate all the support and interest you continue
to express.  Thank you.


On 2/29/08, Snorri <snorri at snorri.eu> wrote:
> Just a question,
> I don't know how the process is organized today
> Because I have apply to become (just personally 100$) Member in 2007, Bill
> thanked me
> But I have never received any document of information after... (and to
> pay)
> And I know that it's the same for other potential Member in France and
> Romania have contacted me about the OIDF Membership because they had not
> received a answer...
> Who knows why? ;-)
> -Snorri
> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : board-bounces at openid.net [mailto:board-bounces at openid.net] De la part
> de Drummond Reed
> Envoyé : vendredi 29 février 2008 07:56
> À : david at sixapart.com; board at openid.net
> Objet : Re: [OpenID board] Membership (or lack thereof) and Board
> Elections
> David has a good point that having community board elections before we
> have
> enrolled a reasonable number of community members seems backward. Maybe we
> should set a target number of community members (50? 100?) after which we
> trigger elections?
> I also think as I said on the call today that a dramatically lower
> community
> membership fee ($20 or less) would help encourage community membership.
> =Drummond
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: board-bounces at openid.net [mailto:board-bounces at openid.net] On
> Behalf
> > Of David Recordon
> > Sent: Thursday, February 28, 2008 10:39 PM
> > To: board at openid.net
> > Subject: [OpenID board] Membership (or lack thereof) and Board Elections
> >
> > Stemming from other conversations...I'd have to agree that so far
> > we've really done very little to push for membership in the OpenID
> > Foundation.  Today the benefits are around electing the Foundation's
> > board and approving specification working groups, though they're not
> > articulated anywhere nor have we actually built the applications to
> > make these benefits a reality!
> >
> > I also think that the local chapters of the OpenID Foundation will (or
> > at least should) weigh somehow on community board elections.  The
> > community board should be balanced to represent OpenID communities
> > around the World and finding a way to have local chapters help achieve
> > this feels imperative.
> >
> > I want to start out by saying that I completely agree that we need to
> > hold elections for the community board seats so that they are
> > officially elected by the community!  That said, I am truly worried
> > that the OpenID Foundation's membership is not actually in a position
> > to do that yet.  Rather, it seems that as we still are not focusing on
> > building the membership base, even if we hold elections in April/May
> > (Mike's policy document was awesome btw) *the outcome still won't
> > represent the community*.  In fact, we might be in a worse position
> > where 20 members elect the board members for one or two years which is
> > then seen as being representative of the community.  While it can be
> > argued that even 20 members electing the community board is better
> > than 0 members electing it, I'd much rather see us in a situation
> > where even if it is another six months down the road we have 500
> > members electing the board!
> >
> > Right now, the OpenID ecosystem is moving and growing faster than the
> > Foundation or its board!  I would strongly advocate that we focus our
> > energy today on making the Foundation match the growing community (as
> > we did yesterday in Japan) before locking down the board for another
> > two years; nearly the entire lifespan of OpenID itself.
> >
> > My $0.02,
> > --David
> >
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