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Re: Making the Association aims more clear -- proposal

From: MJ Ray
Subject: Re: Making the Association aims more clear -- proposal
Date: Sat, 01 Sep 2007 11:49:12 +0100
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Davi Leal <address@hidden> wrote:
> Aims
>   The aims of the Association shall be to assist and
>   encourage _persons_[1] in their professional capacity
>   as Free Software _producers_[2].
> Rationale:
>   [1] Make it more clear that the association will help
>       specially to persons, not to companies.  Note
>       anyway that helping a person to create his own
>       company is a way to help such person too.
>       Additionally persons usually are part of companies.
>       However take note the association want to help
>       persons not companies.

[1] - Firstly, I think it should be "people" not "persons".

Secondly, a corporation is treated as a legal person.  That's the
whole point of them - it makes it harder to stop a company being a

Thirdly, what is the aim of this stuff?  Can I not be a member of the
association because I am a member of a company?  Or, if I can, does
this mean that a 100-worker company can get 100 voices, while my
3-worker company can have only 3 voices?

Finally, helping someone to create a new company may not be helping
the person, or the free software community.  (I'm bitter - my company
struggles to find new workers.)

[2] - I like this change.

Also, I would remove the world "professional".  It has negative
connotations that someone is only doing a task because they are paid
to do so, not because they want to do it anyway.  Compare "artisanal".

Hope that helps,
MJ Ray - see/vidu
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