I really like the idea of the membership card, that we can carry in our wallets. The idea of being a "card-carrying atheist" is so powerful, and at the same time so funny. Maybe I'll run one off from my printer, just because I can.
I support the idea of free access and membership to Atheist Nexus for those who can not afford it. Maybe someday after I buy a TV I'll see a commercial for A|N with a "Please Donate" request at the end or an invite to a pledge drive. Keep up the good work BR et al !
And how long will that take? How long have the new site guidelines been being thrashed out by a committee - and we still haven't seen them. If this is going to be another 'committee' thing, then there needs to be a firm, non-negotiable deadline set for something to be put to the members. Otherwise it will just go on endlessly and ultimately people will say 'too hard' and nothing will change. You have an impetus for change now, Richard, for FSM"s sake, grab it.
Believe me I am. I am talking to Daniel tomorrow on the phone about this very thing. I am going to ask him to help organize things.
I appreciate what you are saying, and it is true. The guideline thing has been delayed for several reasons. None of which I will go into here. But they are valid reasons which should be resolved now. I am just waiting on one member of the advisory board (He knows who he is).
What I was talking about earlier was that we should not allow this discussion to become nothing but an argument. This will do nothing but stifle creativity and kill the very inspiration this post has created within people. What made Daniel's post so powerful, was his speaking from the heart and taking action.
I will listen to everyone's ideas and suggestions, and to quote President Bush, "I will be the decider." I know not everyone will be happy. I also don't want to spend my time defending everything said here. I am not at liberty to say some of the things that I would like.
Keep up the good work everyone. Thank you, and keep inspiring others.
I'm unemployed at the moment (there seem to be a lot of us in that boat--congrats to Dre for landing a job in this sucky economy), but I can afford $25 for the match. Considering how much time I spend jabbering on this site, how can I not chip in? My confirmation number is 6EG968484A688301T.
And I don't know about Daniel, but I think Louis can afford to match people because he once said he dresses just like his icon every day. If he can get away with that, he must be well off enough so that people call him eccentric.
I like the pledge drive idea. It works for public radio, it doesn't have to be obnoxious, and people who can't afford it don't have to pay to play. I also like the card-carrying Atheist Nexus member idea. Any premium should have purely trinket value, like an Ovaltine secret decoder ring. Not really the kind of status symbol that leads to haves-vs-have-nots friction.
And by all means, hype the Amazon search box. It's a teeny donation from Amazon for every purchase you make. If you're going to buy something there anyhow, you might as well. It doesn't cost you any more.