A new Membership status: Emeritus

The GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee is proud to 
announce a new Membership status: Emeritus.


The MembershipCommittee may receive Membership renewal applications 
from Foundation members that provided a good amount of valuable and 
high quality contributions in the past but aren't able to provide any 
reference about recent contributions.

The requirements to gain membership (or renew it) are the following: 

"Members of the Foundation are required to have made a valuable, 
recent and non-trivial contribution to the project, and should be 
planning to actively contribute in the future".

Some past contributors or long time Foundation members could not have 
their membership renewed as they could not provide the needed 
reference to recent contributions. For this reason, the 
MembershipCommittee created an Emeritus Rank for all the past members 
that are not active any more but still want to be associated with the 
GNOME Foundation.

Accordingly, you can qualify for the Emeritus Member rank if:

1. you have been a Foundation Member in the past and made a 
   substantial contribution over a long period of time.
2. you lost or are about to lose your Foundation membership by not 
   renewing it in time.
3. you are still interested in being part of the GNOME community.
4. your contributions are not recent enough to apply for the full 

  Becoming an Emeritus Member

If you met all the above criteria, please fill in your Membership 
Application at [1] and the MembershipCommittee will process your
application as soon as possible.

  Becoming a Full Member again

If an Emeritus Member has started contributing again, they will be 
able to apply for Full Membership again. The procedure is simple: they 
need to e-mail <membership-committee gnome org> along with their 
references (git Commits, Bugzilla, RPM/DEB packaging, translations, 
marketing, etc.) and declare the fact that they are interested in 
becoming Full Members again.


Emeritus members do not have all the benefits that are available to 
the Full Members, but they will able to keep:

1. their existing @gnome.org mail alias.
2. their existing blog hosted at http://blogs.gnome.org.
3. their existing http://people.gnome.org space.

Aggregation on Planet GNOME will be left up to the Planet Editors discretion,
and Travel Subsidy will be handled by the Travel Committee.

Emeritus members won't be able to:

1. vote on Board's Elections and Referenda.
2. propose themselves as a candidate for the Board of Directors
3. request a new @gnome.org mail alias
4. request a new blog hosted at http://blogs.gnome.org.
5. request a new web space at http://people.gnome.org.

For any question, please mail us at <membership-committee gnome org>.


on behalf of the GNOME Foundation Membership Committee

[1] https://www.gnome.org/foundation/membership/apply

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