See parent thread with all sections of the proposed governance model here.
See original text with explanatory comments here.
Anyone who participates in Mautic is considered a Basic Member. They do not have voting rights.
To join the Mautic community, a person signs up for one of the community channels which include Slack, Forums, GitHub, Jira, Transifex and the Knowledgebase. Joining the community is open to anybody, and they automatically become a basic member.
Basic members do not have voting rights. They can attend and contribute to discussions and decision making processes, but may not vote and are not counted for the purposes of quorum at meetings of the members.
Unless such member affirmatively declines such right in writing, any existing member of the Mautic Community shall automatically become a Basic Member without any further action on the part of such member.
To gain voting rights, there are two ways, financially or practically contributing to Mautic.
Financially support the Mautic project as an individual, at a minimum rate determined by the Community Council each year in the annual General Assembly (adjusted based on the member’s home location using the Big Mac Index) is the first route to having voting rights.
The base rate for someone living in the United States is $100 per year.
Membership must be paid annually in one single payment.
Individuals may decide to donate more, but this is the minimum amount required.
Upon paying the required minimum amount, such person will be deemed to be a Voting Member for the twelve month period following such payment.
You can become a voting member by supporting the Mautic project through making contributions to official Mautic resources which support the project’s growth.
You qualify as a member through practical contributions if you dedicate at least five hours per month working to support Mautic or the Mautic community - for example by organizing Mautic events, working on Mautic projects, participating in one of the Mautic working groups, etc.
You also qualify through practical contributions if you dedicate at least five hours per month working on projects which advance the mission of Mautic by creating or maintaining open source software or resources which are available to the public at no charge.
Members who wish to claim voting rights through this method are required to self-certify via a form each year.
The name, affiliation, Working Group and Project associations of voting Members will be published to the Mautic membership once a suitable mechanism for doing so has been determined.
The Mautic Community Council reserves the right to reject a new application or revoke an existing membership should it be determined that the self-certification was made in bad faith.
Some individuals have made substantial contributions to Mautic and may be granted a lifetime membership, known as becoming a Fellow.
To be eligible for membership as a Fellow, a member must be nominated by any Member of Mautic other than a Basic Member, or by a specially created Working Group, which nomination should be based upon certain criteria to be established and adopted by the Community Council and which criteria shall be designed to emphasize extraordinary contributions.
Following such nomination, approval of two- thirds (2/3) of the members entitled to vote, or two-thirds (2/3) of the members of the chartered Working Group, or two-thirds (2/3) of the Community Council, shall be required in order for a member to become a Fellow.
Upon election, a Fellow shall remain a Fellow for the remainder of such person’s natural life, subject to any limiting provisions of this document and to not have to contribute financially or practically to retain their status. Fellows may exercise voting rights at any time, and if they vote, shall be counted for purposes of a quorum.
All categories of membership other than Basic Membership have voting rights.
Members may convert their membership to Basic Membership or withdraw any tier of membership including Fellow status at any point by completing the membership change request form.
The membership of a member shall automatically be converted to Basic Member status upon the occurrence of any event causing such member to no longer qualify as a member of any membership class other than as a Basic Member.
A member’s membership may be terminated by the Community Council (for example as a result of a Code of Conduct investigation recommendation) with an affirmative vote with two-thirds (2/3) of the members who are present and eligible to vote at the meeting. This also applies to Fellows.
Upon any withdrawal from or termination of the membership of any member, the membership, including all related voting rights, of such member shall be terminated. After a withdrawal or termination of the membership of any member, such former member may reapply for membership in accordance with the application process detailed above, and after following any reconciliation process that might be deemed appropriate after a termination due to a Code of Conduct breach.
16/06/2023: Updating membership types to have just ‘voting members’ and ways to get voting status.
21/06/2023: Add clarification on termination of Fellow status and clarifying that the base rate is set in the annual General Assembly
23/06/2023: Remove responsibility to vote at least once a year, and related reference to having an option to not vote in that year (as it would not be relevant without the responsibility clause any more)