I Membership Composition
1. Membership shall consist of up to 25 regular contributors and 5 waitlisters. Only the regular members can vote on proposals concerning DAPPER or its reproduction.
2. Of the 25 contributor memberships, a maximum of 5 may be shared by two people, and no more than two people. These joint memberships will receive one copy of DAPPER per mailing, and have only one vote on proposals concerning DAPPER or its production.
3. New people may be invited by alerting the Organizing Editor (OE). There are currently no membership quotas based on country of residence.
II Membership Activity Requirements
1. DAPPER will appear once every two months, or six times a year.
2. The contribution deadline is the last weekend of each odd month (January, March, May, July, September, and November). This includes both written copy and sufficient funds for necessary photocopying and postage. (See III.3)
3. Minimum activity
a. to encourage continuity, holders of contributor memberships are required to contribute regularly — minimally one page per two mailings (four months). Contributions are non-cumulative — a single month’s ten page contribution will not stretch your membership ten issues.
b. holders of joint memberships divide between them the responsibility to make sure the activity requirement of the joint membership is met.
c. proposed members contribute once to show their interest; after that no further activity is required of waitlisters until a place in the contributing membership opens up
4. Activity credit for a particular issue can be ensured by asking permission to hand in an “artificial satellite”, consisting of sufficient copies, collated and ready for distribution, to the OE at the following time and place: SF Café, The Hague, last Monday of the deadline month.
5. Members not meeting activity requirements or running a negative money copy/postage account will be dropped, unless such members contact the OE and can convince the OE of the seriousness of extenuating circumstances.
Please do get in touch with the OE before the OE is forced to start inquiries.
III Reproduction and Costs
1. Members may send copies of their work (fewer, if in consultation with the Organizing Editor).
A sufficient number of copies should cover all active members and waitlisters, and preferably one or two extra.
2. Members may send a printable document or camera-ready copy of their contribution to be printed, provided that their account can currently cover printing/photocopying and postage. Such printing/copying is at the discretion of the editor.
(Non-standard copy may or may not be printed, credited or even included or flogged into severely reduced scraps as per Flying Dutchman tradition…)
3. Member and APA costs — currency and accounts: member costs are copy and mailing costs (postage and packaging). Members are individually responsible for these.
a. APA costs are staples, pages reproducing rules, accounts, and tables of contents. These are shared equally among active memberships.
b. There is no special cover provided for individual issues unless a member or waitlister pays for one, after first consulting with the OE.
4. Original material is encouraged. Copying already published material will not be credited to your account, but will be distributed in the interests of stimulating discussion. Please properly credit all such material.
IV Organizing Editorship
1. Barring unforseen circumstances (illness, personal emergency, etc.) the OE will collate and distribute the issue immediately following the deadline (see II.2).
2. The OE administrates the apa: this means provides the means of collation and distribution, adding new members as they become eligible and reminding members, through the first page, of their status — must write, state of grace (beyond must write, but not dropped at the OE’s discretion), dropped, resigned.
3. The OE also administrates voting on proposed rules changes and editor elections.
a. Rules changes can be proposed by any full member or joint member. They should be clearly stated as proposals, and described as clearly as possible. The next issue is for discussion of the proposal. An election takes place in the issue after that, the second issue following such a proposal. Members must vote either yes or no to the proposal as it originally appears in a member’s contribution. A proposal carries if 2/3 of the membership vote yes.
b. Editor elections — the term of office is open-ended. An election may be called by the editor in the event of wanting to give up the post, or by a member wishing to take on the job. Neither the current editor, nor any acting replacement, may retire from the office without a replacement being elected. The election is called in one issue, and the election takes place two issues after the call. The new editor is declared by a simple majority, with a quorum being 2/3 of the membership. (I.e. two thirds of the members must vote for an election result to be valid.)