[Foundation] Clarifications On Name Change Proposal

Mankins mankins at media.mit.edu
Mon Jun 30 23:19:32 CDT 2003

> > Mankins suggested:
> > Nonetheless, for the sake of forward motion, perhaps it's sufficient to 
> > put upper and lower bounds on the cost and move on.
> To Which Matt Tucker Responded:
> I would argue that the costs of *not* making a name change would be far 
> more exorbitant in terms of lost sponsors, lowered effectiveness as a 
> standards body, etc. 

It would certainly be interesting/more persuasive to make this argument
less ephemeral and based on actual numbers/estimates.   

> In any case, I think a reasonable estimate for name change expenses would
> be a few hundred dollars to $1K. I can't speak for
> other sponsors, but Jive Software would be willing to pick up some of 
> these expenses.

Again it would be more persuasive if these numbers were based on actual
line items rather than quick top of the head calculations.  

Your feeling that the name change would be sub-$1k range
doesn't...jive...with my experience.  It's hard to do much of anything for
less than $1k.  For instance, I don't know how much the JSF spent for 
attending OSCON, but I'd be quite surprised if it was $1k or less.

Perhaps your contingency could perform a thorough cost/benefit analysis
to provide the information necessary to make such an important decision.


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