Section 1: Application Criteria
Application to membership in Troubled Times, Inc. is open to all members of Troubled Times, the volunteer group maintaining an Internet web site for the public, who have earned a voting privilege in that group by virtue of their contributions and demonstrated motive and integrity. As both Troubled Times groups share the same goals, this screening mechanism serves only to ensure that applicants to Troubled Times, Inc. are serious and committed. As Troubled Times the volunteer group is open to the general public, any member of which can subscribe themselves to the mailing list and offer their contributions for discussion and debate, this equates to an open invitation to the public to become members of Troubled Times, Inc. Where a particular topic of interest to the potential applicant is mature on the web site, but the projects supported by Troubled Times, Inc. require assistance, the applicant can earn eligibility by providing a contribution to the corporation, directly. As with the Troubled Times group maintaining the web site, eligibility is not secured by a financial contribution alone. Actions count toward eligibility, not finances.
Section 2: Application Approval
All applications to Troubled Times, Inc. will be processed within 60 days of receipt of such application. The application form will be available on the Troubled Times, Inc. web site such that it can be copied and included in an e-mail to the President of Troubled Times, inc. The President will post a notice to the general membership of Troubled Times, inc. listing those individuals who have applied for membership. If within a 2 week (14 day) period of such notice no objection is made to a given applicant, membership in Troubled Times, Inc. will be automatically granted. If an objection is made to any given applicant, a vote for that particular applicant will be held. The applicants will be copied on these notices. The President may bundle applications for a vote, but no applicant shall wait more than 60 days before his application is placed before the membership in a notice.