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Mozilla · January 14, 2011

Mozilla membership program – (part 2)

You can read part 1 here.
I will post my messages with Mark Surman. They shows everything I think about Mozilla’s new membership program:

Hello Mark,
Thanks for the opportunity to comment on the slides. Of course I would
love to hear your voice explaining all of them, but I think I don’t see
anything that can bother me. I perfectly understand your passion to
build a strong community and I am sure you will do that.

Just a note for the slides: Maybe I need (as an ordinary user) more
explanation on what I will get for with this membership and it’s
important to mention that this is not just a membership, but a
responsibility to create the open web. For sure we don’t want only
people that are giving 5$ and not doing anything. I am sure you are
thinking for some ways to engage those new members and this will be the

It will be great if you can describe, in slides and voice what is the
difference between active community (so called Mozilla community) and
our passive community (“new” members, Firefox users) and how you can
touch them, if they are not visiting our pages and how you will work
with existing communities on that issue.

I hope you can understand what I mean.

and few more thoughts:

The info is valuable indeed and this is a good point if users cares about the info. Anyone can get a lot of info just visiting the wiki.What about giving a email redirect service, something like or this will give users the ability to represent the community to their friends or what about giving them an idea to print their own business card with smashing design Mozilla community member or whatever nice title we can imagine.This will be nice and will give some value to the “new” members.

My opinion is we don’t need “death souls” into the community, we need active members than go be contributors one day or at least (open web) advocates. This is not just a membership, but a responsibility to create the open web.