Re: Some questions about "becoming member of SPI"

From: MJ Ray <mjr(at)phonecoop(dot)coop>
To: spi-general(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org, mrenzmann(at)madwifi(dot)org
Subject: Re: Some questions about "becoming member of SPI"
Date: 2007-11-16 14:34:26
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"Michael Renzmann" <mrenzmann(at)madwifi(dot)org> wrote: [...]
> So far, the MadWifi project is not more than a loosely organised bunch of
> developers who work on the same piece of software. As far as I understood
> it's necessary to get some paperwork done to become SPI member. But who
> exactly is entitled (or required) to sign this paperwork? One of the
> developers? Some of them? Or even all?

Individual developers become SPI members. Apply online at
Only the applicant themselves may sign.

I think maybe this is being confused with MadWifi becoming an
associate project of SPI. As I understand it, supporting a project is
a unilateral decision of SPI (but not one that would usually happen
without the project's support) and the vote should state who/what SPI
recognises as the decision-makers of that project, as in
which references the most recent Associated Project Framework

> Which obligations and/or liabilities will result out of this paperwork for
> those (personally) who sign it? When and how can each signee lay off these
> obligations/liabilities, and which consequences would that have on the
> "continuance" of the membership and thus the non-profit status of our
> project?

I think the project will not be a non-profit itself, if all it does is
associate with SPI. That may or may not matter to you.

> Usually non-profits want (and/or need) some kind of charter that deals
> with stuff such as "which goals do we have", "who can become a member and
> how", "who is allowed to vote and who is not", and so on. Are there any
> "defaults" that apply to any member of the SPI (and which each member can
> then "override" with their own charter)?

SPI's charter is pretty much

> If not, at which point are we
> required to come up with a charter, and would you provide some kind of
> councelling for that task?

"SPI takes the view that the political and technical decision making
for a Project is a matter for the people who participate in it.
Accordingly, SPI does not normally control or manage Projects."

Which I take to mean that you're not required to. However, I'm sure
there's lots of informal counsel available if a project thought it was
a good idea ;-)

I'm just an active member of SPI for 3+ years, not board or anything.
Any or all of the above could be wrong, but I don't think it is. I'd
welcome corrections from anyone better qualified.

Hope that helps,
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