[Owasp-leaders] OWASP Membership
Tom Brennan - OWASP
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Sat Feb 14 00:10:15 EST 2009
That was well written, thank you for the brain power on this topic it will greatly help.
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From: Jeremy Epstein <jeremy.j.epstein at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 22:36:06
To: <owasp-leaders at lists.owasp.org>
Subject: Re: [Owasp-leaders] OWASP Membership
IANAA (I Am Not An Accountant), but if you're going to offer
multi-year rates (or even lifetime), it seems that you would need to
treat those as some sort of prepaid annuity - i.e., you can't spend
the money in the year you get it, but rather need to keep some
fraction of it for future obligations. Otherwise, you can end up in a
situation in the future where you've made commitments to members and
have no money left to pay for them.
Perhaps this is obvious, but I haven't seen it mentioned in the
discussion of how much to charge.
I have my doubts as to the wisdom of a "lifetime" membership to an
organization that's roughly five years old. IEEE and ACM and
organizations like that have lifetime memberships; I note that USENIX
only offers one year memberships - probably makes their accounting
Not to rain on anyone's parade....
P.S. Regarding normalizing rates to economic conditions, has anyone
looked at what other international organizations do? I noticed that
IEEE's rates have regional differences -
shows $169/yr for the US, $142 for EMEA, $133 for Latin America, and
$134 for APAC. ACM offers reduced dues for certain countries - see
http://www.acm.org/membership/dues (just for a half dozen countries).
Seems to me that rather than reinventing the wheel, OWASP should at
least survey what other professional organizations do....
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