I did listen (live) and I wondered about that. Because in the CMF "narrative of activities", the Collaborative Media Foundation (CMF) will provide technical, financial, and legal assistance to selected projects (emphasis mine).
The way I heard it, it was more a requirement that you show that you can get to financial self-sustainability, not that you've already achieved it. But I also took it to mean that these proposals were more for prototypical sites, not live sites with lots of users. Surely those sites would be admitted, but it sounds like an odd exit strategy. I guess for someone who started out a site with profit motivation but it turned out to be useless to that goal it would make sense to just take the tax deduction and donate your site to the CMF. But anyone who starts out without profit as the main motivator, and then builds their site up to something with a large userbase, I don't see why they'd then give up control of their site and let the CMF take over.
Where are you getting this free bandwidth?
There are lots of hosting providers which don't charge for bandwidth. But I think it's clear that when I said "nothing" I meant "insignificant."
I'd also like to point out that k5 doesn't make enough to pay for its bandwidth - it lucked out and got hosting and bandwidth donated.
Huh? How much bandwidth does K5 use? Surely they make way more than enough to pay for their bandwidth.
Very, very few sites are that lucky, even among those few sites that actually have successfully built a community.
Hmm, let's see. Bandwidth costs about $3/gig. A gig will cover at least 100 people for a month (probably more like 1000). So that's $0.03 per person, per month. If your site isn't worth $0.03 a month to its users, it isn't worth being supported by the CMF. If you can't get 1 in 100 users to donate $3, you've got major problems.
If you have enough users that you're paying any significant amount of money for bandwidth, surely you can get a sponsor. Too many users is a problem I'd like to have.
Now, you may think that k5 isn't "worth the CMF supporting", and you're probably not alone in that, but the CMF board seems to think otherwise :-)
I don't plan on becoming a member of the CMF, so my opinion really doesn't matter. $20 a year just to cover administrative overhead? I'm not wasting my money on that.
On the other hand, none of that is set in stone. Once it becomes more clear to me what exactly the CMF is doing, maybe I will consider joining. Hopefully they'll offer a free alternative, though. I'd rather volunteer my time than pay dues.
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