[VisCom] The thrilling benefits of OSGeo membership
Michael P. Gerlek
mpg at lizardtech.com
Sat Sep 9 12:32:36 EDT 2006
A few nits:
* What does the "Committees" box on
http://community.osgeo.org/user/register page refer to? Is it for
joining the WebCom and VisCom mailing lists, or registering interest in
joining those two highly-esteemed organizations, or..?
* Also on that page, under "Username" it says *spaces* are allowed --
yikes, is that really correct?
* I also wonder if we should make people list their IRC nicks. I've
finally got zool and seven and spatialguru down now, but am still
wondering who f0urtyfive, snowbike, what_nick, and omniverdi are... :-)
Now, as to the good "membership benefits" question -- I am embarassed to
say I don't think VisCom has ever really tried to write down why anyone
would want to join us. (I think I just figured that we already had all
the cool people on board :-)
I don't have time to write something up right now, but I think I saw
someone (Jason?) putting some text like this together for the WebCom
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jo Walsh [mailto:jo at frot.org]
> Sent: Friday, September 08, 2006 10:00 AM
> To: dev at visibilitycommittee.osgeo.org
> Subject: [VisCom] The thrilling benefits of OSGeo membership
> dear VisCom, (and WebCom cross-lurkers),
> It would be possible if wanted to use the drupal-based
> "community portal"
> site at http://community.osgeo.org/ to register the details of people
> who come by the various OSGeo project booths at FOSS4G and EuroOSCON.
> I made a stub page at http://community.osgeo.org/membership/ which
> links through to the user registration module - I see Tyler put in a
> great effort of replicating Frank's spec for user data to collect at
> If any of you felt like writing up, or wiki mining a writeup of, the
> exciting benefits of becoming a member of OSGeo, that would be great.
> Feedback on how this feels would also be of benefit.
> Issues here are:
> - This needs to be integrated with LDAP in future. I just turned LDAP
> authentication off for now.
> - There's no link through to a payment mechanism for sponsoring
> membership. I recall some uncertainty about how soon this could
> happen - paypal is set up but there's no provision for 'free schwag'
> I wish I'd had the time and stamina to do more on this site this week;
> apols. I think it's a good basic framework and with a bit of CSS
> slap-up would be worth pointing people at, but it may not have the
> right 'VisCom gloss' yet.
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