The Membership Working Group (MWG) has been very busy lately with the roll-out of the fee waiver for lack of money transfer program. Rather than a quarterly update, here's some news.
We've gotten more information about countries that PayPal doesn't support and have added Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Kosovo, Libya, South Sudan, Timor-Leste, and Uzbekistan to the list of countries which qualify because there's a lack of suitable money transfer facilities.
If you have information about countries not on the list at https://join.osmfoundation.org/fee-waiver-program/ where PayPal is not supported or the cost of transferring money is more than the cost of membership, please contact the MWG at email@example.com.
We welcome and congratulate our 19 new members from Iran, Kosovo and Liberia who have already joined the OSMF through the fee waiver program.
Over the first seven days, we had 45 applications. All the percentages below are based on these applications, and are rounded. The pace is still continuing, and as we work on our processes, it will be possible to automatically generate some statistics. Right now it's manual, so I don't have more recent numbers.
The money transfer applications are easy to deal with, as we have a well defined process. They only take a couple of minutes when all the information is there.
Of the first 45, 60% of the applications are from Iran, and 5% from Liberia, both countries on the list where money transfer is not practical. The remainder are from countries where we're seeking more information from the applicants. Since the first seven days, we've applications from other countries.
25% of applications filled out the form incorrectly and were asked to fill it out again with a corrected username. We might need to look at providing more instructions on the form.
How can I help?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org about joining the MWG. If you're not interested in joining but have experience at writing instructions, documentation, and procedures, the stock responses to the form could use rewriting. If this is you, also contact email@example.com.
This is a cross-post of https://lists.openstreetmap.org/pipermail/osmf-talk/2018-November/005530.html