[Members] XSF membership: what does it mean?

Will Sheward will at willsheward.co.uk
Fri Nov 7 11:16:31 CST 2008

Nicolas Vérité wrote:
> Also one thing, I ask the question of the membership representativity:
> do the XSF members represent the real worldwide XMPP community? (Does
> the XSF has to be representative?)
> The guys from Isode have applied membership this quarter. But where
> are the guys from ProcessOne, Jive Software, Antepo, Jabber Inc.,
> ChessPark, Seesmic, web.de/gmx.de, AG Software, Sapo, LiveJournal,
> Yandex, GTalk? Sorry, I forgot so many... And also where are the many
> contributors to the many opensource projects and local communities?

While many of the companies that you mention are represented in the 
current membership list it, is certainly true that there is a lot of 
potential to grow the membership of the XSF by attracting enthusiastic 
and appropriately skilled individuals.

Raising the profile of the XSF (and encouraging membership applications 
as a result) is one of the goals we've been talking about on the Board 
list and during the Board meetings. This thread on what XSF membership 
'means' is a key part of that process, as it helps define how membership 
of the XSF should be presented to individuals and organisations who have 
either not heard of us or who haven't yet considered that membership 
might be for them.


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