Daniel Mayer wrote:
--- Andrew Lih <andrew.lih(a)gmail.com> wrote:
It seems that the price should be set near the
price of a decent
magazine subscription, which in the US would be around USD $30 a year.
That's how many public broadcasters in the US rationalize their
We should have several different membership levels starting at $30 a year.
One possible structure:
$30 a year ($2.5/month): Standard
$60 a year ($5/month): Silver
$120 a year ($10/month): Gold
$240 a year ($20/month): Platinum
#240+ a year: Sustaining (yep, goes up a category)
Why not yes.
And of course anybody who is active on any Wikimedia
project could be a
volunteer-level member by just signing-up (and maybe paying a nominal fee). A
parallel discount fee structure should also exist (set it at 20% of the regular
fee structure and reserve it for special cases - such as for nations where the
cost of living is really low).
I hate to say this Mav, but I started the discussion about fees ONE
month ago on meta, asking for ideas and feedback. I made my proposal
based on what people offered me then, on meta, by mail, on irc.
I indicated I would draw a final proposal based on all that. I had no
feedback whatsoever at that point.
I then drafted that proposal and asked feedback again. There was very
little. About 10 people overall. No opposition. Essentially, comments on
the amount of fees, for which I guess discussion is totally possible.
I consequently closed the proposal.
I started doing the membership application form according to that proposal.
So...I see no problem with discussing the prices, but I definitly see a
problem in *entirely* rediscussing the entire organisation of a fee
structure already decided.
Couple of points :
* the volunteer member will NOT NOT NOT pay anything. This is not
* there will not be country discount because this is too complicated
* there is already a discount fee system. With the discounted amount, no
side benefits such as mugs are planned.
Going up each level should also mean the person gets
more wampum (shirts, mugs,
etc). We could reach out to various businesses to ask for wampum donations
(discount cards, free gifts, etc). This may complicate the discount fee
structure though. Either way getting the gifts may require a separate payment
for shipping. It will also be some time before we could set up such a system.
Just some ideas to chew on.
-- Daniel Mayer
All discussions on side benefits are welcome and great.
And yes, they do not impair setting the structure as is.