[OpenID board] 2011-01-19 OIDF EC Call Minute

Nat Sakimura sakimura at gmail.com
Sat Feb 12 08:55:45 UTC 2011

Actually, the fee raise is not aimed at producing more income.
It is to make it easier to achieve the quorum for voting.

Also, although on surface the fee seems to be raised, if the person is
participating in at least one of the OpenID Foundation events, it actually
is cheaper for the person because he will get free tickets worth more than

Since the aim of this proposed motion is to limiting the voting eligibility
to active participants only, so other methods that gives only the active
participants the voting right would do the job. E.g., you would have to be
present at at least one OpenID Foundation Events or have to be an active
member of the WGs or Committees. This, however, has certain administrative
overhead. If the overhead can be somehow overcome, I actually prefer this

I am open to either way of doing it, but we have to make the organization a
little more nimble by making it easier to achieve quorum for voting.


On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 2:23 PM, Allen Tom <allentomdude at gmail.com> wrote:

> Are the proposers certain that raising the individual membership fee to
> $100/year will result in a net increase in revenue? I suspect that raising
> the fee from $25 to $100 will result in substantial dropoff in individual
> membership, resulting in less revenue and more dangerously, far fewer
> members.
> I remember that a couple years ago, former Google board member Dewitt
> Clinton proposed reducing the fees to $5 to help drive membership. I
> personally think that the foundation would be better off lowering, rather
> than raising membership fees.
> Allen
> On Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 4:44 AM, sakimura <sakimura at gmail.com> wrote:
>> *
>> *
>> 3.      Resolution: As of March 30, 2011, individual membership fee will
>> be $100/year.  The Board directs the Executive Director to waive this fee in
>> cases of hardship, professional courtesy or other reasons on a case by case
>> basis.
>> Rationale:  Establishes a community membership cost-to-value, offsets
>> costs at current levels and discourages ‘join only to vote.’

Nat Sakimura (=nat)
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