Re: [ga] NAIS Statement on At-Large Membership
Sotiris and all assembly members,
Sotiris Sotiropoulos wrote:
> Rob Courtney wrote:
> > * Scaled Fees: Any fees or dues should be carefully scaled to avoid
> > raising the bar for membership so high that large numbers of
> > interested individuals in lower-income countries are excluded. While
> > imperfect, we suggest that fees be based on the World Bank's tiers of
> > low-, lower-middle-, upper-middle-, and upper- income countries. For
> > discussion purposes, we suggest a fee ranging from US$5 to US$20.
> > * Fee Exemption: The Least-Developed Countries (as classified by the
> > UN) should be exempt from any fees. If there are concerns about
> > dues-exempt registrations creating a potential unbounded cost and
> > disparities within a region, a high "cap" could be created to set an
> > upper limit on the number of free registrations available in any one
> > country.
> I think fee scaling is a bad idea which if implemented
> could lead to serious abuse, possibly "bargain" capture
> attempts. I think the same fee should apply to all,
> whether in the first, second, or third worlds, as there
> are low-income people in the first world, and there are
> high-income earners in the third-world etc.
I have got to say I had not thought of this in quite this way.
Your right of course Sotiris. Good idea! Well done!
> Sotiris Sotiropoulos
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