Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Mon Jan 21 15:51:49 CST 2008

Alexander Gnauck wrote:

> http://wiki.jabber.org/index.php/Membership_Applications_January_2008

One of the applicants is anonymous ("Solarius"). While I respect the 
desire for anonymity, I don't know if it is acceptable by law for the 
XSF to have members whose identities are not disclosed.

For example the Bylaws state:

"The Secretary shall have general charge of the membership records of 
the Corporation and shall keep, at the principal office of the 
Corporation, a record of the Members showing the name, address, 
telephone number, facsimile number and electronic mail address of each 


"The Corporation shall keep at its registered office or principal place 
of business, or at the office of its transfer agent or registrar, a 
record of the name, address, telephone number, facsimile number and 
electronic mail address of each Member, together with the date of any 
withdrawal or termination of such Member's membership, or any conversion 
of such Member's membership to emeritus status.

Each Member shall be responsible for notifying the Corporation of 
changes to such Member's address, telephone number, facsimile number or 
electronic mail address."

[Whether the XSF has all of that information on file for existing 
members is another story.]

It seems to me that a nickname is not a name, and that it is problematic 
for the XSF to accept as a member of the corporation a person whose 
identity is unknown. For example, if we don't know who someone is, we 
can't enforce this rule:

"An applicant for membership may not be admitted if, at the time of 
application or consideration, fifteen percent (15%) of the Members of 
the Corporation are employed by or represent the same corporation or 
organization as that corporation or organization which employs the 
applicant or is represented by the applicant."

A whole bunch of anonymous people could become members and we wouldn't 
know who they are until it's too late (they all work for some Evil Big 
Corporation or whatever).

Therefore it is my sense that we cannot accept anonymous individuals as 

Differing opinions and interpretations are welcome, naturally.


Peter Saint-Andre

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