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Mozilla · January 7, 2011

“I am a Mozillian” costs 5$. Awesome!

Today I discovered this news here, about the Mozilla membership program:

Basic offering: $5 to join Mozilla. Gives you bragging rights to say ‘I’m a Mozillian’ and an inside track on information about what’s happening in Mozilla and on the web.

So,The Mozilla project is a global community of people who are paying 5$ tax AND believe that openness, innovation, and opportunity are key to the continued health of the Internet.

Why?
I perfectly understand why Mozilla is doing that, but I am a Moziilian cannot be payed,because I am a Mozillian, but I will not pay 5$ tax in order to have the right to use that.

I am donating more than 300$ (for me it’s a lot) per/year by one way or another and a lot of my time and passion to Mozilla, because I want to, not because I have to.

I am Mozilla!

What do you think? Am I right or not. Please share your opinion as a comment.


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P.S:
The problem is you *CAN’T build relationships between people with money*, unless you don’t wont only the money from all your members for any reason.

There is no open community based on money participation. And people who are paying usually will NOT contribute and will NOT communicate, because they believe they fulfill their mission – to give 5 $ to be a Mozillian. It’s like me for example for EFF – I am paying EFF a tax to defend some of my rights and I am paying FSF to work on Free software issues arround the world. Yes I am member of EFF and FSF, but I don’t contribute and I don’t make any relationships with others, because my role is to pay.

If you want to build relations with your community, you need something like that, not membership fee.