Re: Has a New Membership Policy!

Posted by abe | Mon May 23rd 2005 8:11 p.m.

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To: abe
Sent: Monday, May 23, 2005 8:04 PM
Subject: Has a New Membership Policy!

Hi abe,

First of all, thank you for being a member of! Your support h=
been instrumental to the success of all our programs, and we hope you will
continue to be an active part of the Rhizome community.

This email is intended to explain our *new* membership policy and how you
fit into it as a valued Rhizome supporter.

+ + + is a member-supported non-profit organization. We depend on o=
community for financial support, but we also need their active participat=
in our programs. When we enacted a $5 membership requirement in January
2003, we thought that such a policy would balance our need for a stable
revenue source with our mission to serve new media arts communities around
the world. However, having reviewed Rhizome's usage and subscription
statistics and having recognized that online communities now rely on blogs
and Google, we have concluded that our membership policy was stifling
wide-scale participation in our online programs. We have rethought and
restructured our membership policy to make Rhizome more inclusive, releva=
and open.

As of today, anyone, regardless of whether they have donated to Rhizome or
not, will be able to post or access Rhizome content from the last year
simply by signing up for free. This content includes artworks in the
ArtBase, or texts published on Rhizome Raw, or Rare; anyone will be able =
subscribe to Raw, Rare and Rhizome Digest, and review discussions from the
last year. Artworks and texts that are *more than one year old* will resi=
in Rhizome Archives. Only Rhizome Members will be able to access the Rhiz=
Archives. From now on, site users will have to make an annual contributio=
n of
$25 to be considered a Rhizome Member.

You are exempt from this requirement until your current membership expire=
You made a contribution of $5.00 to Rhizome on February 19, 2005,
and we honor and appreciate your commitment and generosity.

When your existing membership expires on February 19, 2006 your
subscriptions to Rhizome email lists will still work. You will still be a=
to post and read content published over the last twelve months. You will
still be able to view projects in the ArtBase added in the last year.

However, if you want to access the Rhizome Archives, maintain your Member
Page in the Community Directory or create Member-Curated Exhibits, you wi=
need to renew your Membership at a level of $25. Rhizome Members will also
have access to Advanced Search and other Member Tools for sharing content.
We are continually adding innovative features to keep our Membership
program dynamic and worthwhile.

We are interested in your feedback and thoughts on our new membership
structure, and we appreciate your commitment and interest. We are confide=
that you will benefit from Rhizome's expanded availability.

We would also like to note that the terms of our Member agreement have
changed in accordance with our new policy. You can read a copy of the
current Member agreement at the following link:

If you know you'll want to retain your Membership privileges into the
following year, you can extend your membership one year from its expirati=
date of February 19, 2006 today by giving a minimum of $25 at

Thank you for reading, and for sticking with us as we try to find the best
system to support our programs and organization.


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