[Members] OFFICIAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT
boyd.fletcher at je.jfcom.mil
Mon Jan 21 16:23:15 CST 2008
On 1/21/08 5:01 PM, "Florian Jensen" <admin at flosoft.biz> wrote:
> 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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