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Subject: Re: [chairs] Re: observers vs prospective members


Looks like we're in good shape. I just heard back from the developers, 
and Prospective Member will be a separate role, so you can do a query to 
see just them, and the query would also reveal their signup date.

Also, I originally thought that this would automatically convert the 
prospective member to full member, but instead the chair will be 
notified when the person has fulfilled the probation requirements. The 
chair will then have to manually change the person's role. I think this 
is probably better as nothing changes without the chair knowing about 
it; this gives the chair just a bit more control.


Karl Best wrote:
> Lauren:
> I'll look into this. When we designed this functionality we tried to 
> keep it as simple as possible so we re-used the observer role that we 
> already had. I'll see if it will be possible to do a query for 
> propsective members.
> Yes, the observer role is meant to cover the eligible lurkers.
> -Karl
> Lauren Wood wrote:
>> I know the observer category is meant to cover prospective members, 
>> and that the prospective members will be moved automatically, but I 
>> would still like to have some way to see the list of members and 
>> prospective members separately to other observers. The reason for this 
>> is that observers are probably less likely to want to participate in 
>> phone calls, and in general are likely to be less active, so it would 
>> be handy to separate them out from the list. This would also help 
>> where the TC does not allow non-TC members to post to the general list 
>> (section 1.i of the process), but does allow prospective members to 
>> post. I'm not sure if this case exists anywhere, but it seems a 
>> reasonable possibility to me.
>> I'm assuming here that the observer category is where those Eligible 
>> Persons who aren't members but are subscribed to the TC mailing list 
>> fit. The term isn't defined in the process document.
>> Lauren

Karl F. Best
Vice President, OASIS
+1 978.667.5115 x206
karl.best@oasis-open.org  http://www.oasis-open.org

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