[OpenID board] Getting Membership Management Under Control

Eddy Nigg (StartCom Ltd.) eddy_nigg at startcom.org
Tue Jun 2 21:32:38 UTC 2009

On 06/03/2009 12:04 AM, Chris Messina:
> On Tue, Jun 2, 2009 at 12:17 PM, Eddy Nigg (StartCom Ltd.) 
> <eddy_nigg at startcom.org <mailto:eddy_nigg at startcom.org>> wrote:
>     However my critic is much less that, but rather things which
>     should have been done which were of importance to StartCom.
>     Initially I think it was Bill who tried to get some of the things
>     going, but he quit as the head of the foundation. Trying it after
>     a long wait with Don has resulted exactly in nothing.
> Eddy, this is simply the way that politics work. If you're able to get 
> a large constituency to support your goals, you're more likely to be 
> successful. Though the strong support of a single board member can be 
> useful, it's certainly not all that's needed to push change through.

Weeeellll, I think basic promises should be kept. It took a very long 
time until http://openid.net/foundation/ was cleaned up. The page with 
foundation members listing never happened. This was long promised, never 
kept (for those who wanted to be listed). Incidentally I can't find the 
page which promised the member benefits anymore, maybe that's on purpose 

The page http://openid.net/get/ does favor only some 
foundation/corporate members. That's unfortunate of course and not 
satisfying for a corporate member.

Carsten's issue seems to be just another confirmation that member care 
isn't something overly important....it's simply not enough to send out 
once a year a reminder to pay the fee - or in his case simply deduct it. 
Huuuhu, without a community supporting OpenID, I believe that something 
very important is going to get lost.

Additionally I view the over-representation of the corporate members 
overwhelming. I'd support a motion which would disallow employees and 
otherwise affiliated to a sustaining member corporation for a community 
seat. I'm certain this wasn't the intention originally - I believe today 
that there is a conflict of interest. Your above comment seems to be 
supportive of my impression. And some board members seem to be clearly 
frustrated to be one out of fifteen with having to convince a 2/3 of 
corporate and affiliated majority for their cause. Personally I didn't 
set any goals or targets, the above could become one however :-)

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