[Members] Membership Application period Q1 2018

David Banes dbanes at cleartext.com
Fri Jan 5 10:26:49 UTC 2018

To quote Dave Cridland… I realise I’m using my annual post allocation.. :-)

> but there are sadly a lot of names on the
> member list that I don't see around in the teams helping with the
> often quite dull work involved in keeping this whole thing running.

I’m one of these, but in the past I have helped out, sponsored the group and even chaired for a year, although to be honest that was a bad experience which put me off sticking my hand up to help some more. 

I would say that with any volunteer organisation you need a critical mass of people helping at all degrees of effort, and then some who just act as your ‘marketing’ resource, pushing the message whenever they can, evangelising as Dave says. 

It’s the latter that I do often and the reason I reapply each time, because I still find myself talking about XMPP several times a year to clients and colleagues. Occasionally I even find myself supplying XMPP based solutions, so I like to keep my finger on the pulse.

I did intend to re-apply but if evangelisation and an interest in the foundation and the technology it represents is not enough reason be a member then I won’t. I don’t want to be seen as a ‘hanger on’ type of person.

Kind regards,


David Banes
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