NatOrg Discussion Week 6 – July 9- 15
Well, this week saw the revisit of some
favourite topics, i.e. the membership debate. But surprisingly there were few
emails this week.
- We discussed again how we are telling people to pay to do
things, such as vote for future natcons etc when they have been free to do
this in the past. It will depend on what the fans want us to do really.
James was concerned about people who would be unhappy about having to join
the NatOrg (which they may not like) simply to be able to vote for the
But remember, to vote at the NatOrg business session, you have
to be a member of the Natorg in a legal sense, i.e. pay money.
It was suggested that only NatOrg members have the right to
vote for the fan awards and future natcons, but we raised more concern
that attendees have been able to do this in the past. We will have to
consult the fans on this.
Norman called a vote based on a list of questions that Barry
and Celia drew up. Norman has the results. There were queries about the
phrasing of some of them. A side note: voting on the list can be initiated
by anyone who feels there is need for a vote, and votes will have a cut
off date listed on them so people have ample opportunity to do so.
Martin suggested that we put explicit information on con
registration forms stating that some events, such as awards voting, are
restricted to NatOrg members only.
It was mooted that we should talk to fans about our
propositions at this point. Meetings to follow.
We need to make a distinction when we are talking about voting.
For the NatOrg incorporated society, all voting must be done by members of
the natorg for things like election of officers etc. For voting for
natcons it will only be exclusive if it’s written into the constitution as
The membership fee debate also came up, with concern again
expressed that people may not be getting value for money at $5 until we
have things like discounts set up. But it has been pointed out that in
order to vote people must be members. And we do have expenses which will
need to be covered.
- James suggested that the membership not cost people anything,
but be a transaction between natorg and natcon, but that the attendee is
aware of what is being done.
- We make the payment between natcon and natorg for the voting,
but if people want access to newsletters, discounts etc in the future,
perhaps we could then ask attendees to pay?