Re: [ga] GA position on the Structure TF report
The 5000 threshold was the minimum membership required by the board for
the 2000 election.
It can be very difficult to send very small amounts of money. Many
credit cards have minimum transaction amounts, I believe wire transfers
have a minimum. Local aggregation may be a sensible way to go (has its
own difficulties - example, lack of time available to set up structures
capable of handling other people's money?) I personally don't agree
with the fee model (see the NAIS report), but if that's the way we've to
go, then there are ways it could work in a reasonably equitable manner.
> On Tue, 12 Feb 2002 08:34:39 -0800, Mike Roberts
> <email@example.com> wrote:
> >There are tens of millions of Internet users who routinely use credit
> >cards for secure online transactions. The Board previously indicated
> >that its lower threshold for viability of an At Large organization
> >was 5,000. $25x5000 = US $125,000, which is at least a start on a
> >self-sustaining organization. $25x10,000 = $250,000 which sounds
> >more likely to cover the related costs, assuming that all of the
> >leadership continues to be volunteer.
> Hi Mike - can you post a reference to where the Board has indicated
> this lower threshold? It is of interest to me as the DNSO Structure
> Taskforce has also been debating what the lower threshold should be.
> Can I say at the outset that with only 35,000 people voting last time,
> the chances of getting 5,000 people to initially pay US$25 is near
> zero in my estimation.
> I believe that an initial fee should be no more than US$5, a minimum
> threshold of 1,000 (ten times greater than any constituency) and ICANN
> to provide initial transition funding. *Maybe* after a year or two
> when there is a working active ALSO could one look at a higher fee or
> a higher threshold but to put them os high at the beginning will doom
> the ALSO before it is born in which case we will have wasted $500,000
> on the ALSC.
> ICQ 29964527
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