Florian Jensen admin at flosoft.biz
Mon Jan 21 16:01:10 CST 2008

Peter Saint-Andre wrote:
> 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 
> Member."
> and
> "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 members.
> Differing opinions and interpretations are welcome, naturally.
> Peter
I have to agree. To me it seems a bit childish, not to give someones 
real name. The XSF is not a simple Website where you can register under 
any Nickname, but a Membership application for an organization is 
something serious.

Just my 2 cents.

Florian Jensen

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