What is membership? Addressing this question at the momentous Cafeteria Dominguez meeting in January 2011, we speculated that membership can be mapped across two sets of relations:
These relations produce a membership quadrant that looks like this:
We distinguish between New Members/Working Group Members and Active Members/Members
(1) New Members and Working Group Members
Working group members have been part of the cluster long enough to know how it functions (as a work in process) and to demonstrate their commitment to its aims and objectives. Being part of a working group means active and sustained commitment to its declared focus through various activities (see Active Membership below). A benefit of working group membership may be greater access to limited resources. This follows from CP's conviction that (some forms of) access/benefits depend on contribution. Members should support other members who regularly contribute; inactive members should not expect support. In the event a working group member is perceived to be inactive, the working group will review his or her status in the group.
Sign up and (self) removal: All working group members should be listed on the wiki project page (typically right at the top). Only members can add their names to this list. Inactive members are encouraged to remove their names themselves. However, working group members will do this when inactive members cannot be bothered.
Both new members and working group members are members.
(2) Active Members and Members
A "member" is someone who is not currently active but still affiliates him or herself with Critical Practice. Those who do not wish to be "members" should actively opt out by expressing this on the wiki.
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