There should be at least more options in here rather than one or the other. The idea of a poll is a good one but it should at least be focussing on features and benefits rather than a choice of what I see as quite pollarised ideas. For example:
Should a drupal entity for the UK be:
A constituted groupA Limited CompanyA CIC
Should a member of the entity have to:
Attend an AGMCommit some timePay a fee
Should the entity be known as:
Drupal UK AssociationDrupal UK Society
I have a researcher that works for us - maybe we need to do some more work on this? I agree with the idea of a vote but the above just seems like a "Who's idea do you like the most"
Without wondering off and Googling I have no idea what the differences between the two (current) options are. Can you provide some links to decent background reading?
According to http://www.drupal.org.uk/drupal_uk_society/feedback "Why 'Society' instead of 'Association'?" suggests there is no difference technically. Just cosmetic?
With regards to the name of a "Society" or "Association" my understanding it is purely cosmetic, or at least it makes no difference as such in a legal setting.
For what its worth, Wikipedia says this about Society:
A society, or a human society, is a group of people related to each other through persistent relations, or a large social grouping sharing the same geographical or virtual territory, subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations.
And this about Association:
A professional association (also called a professional body, professional organization, or professional society) is usually a nonprofit organizationseeking to further a particular profession, the interests of individuals engaged in that profession, and the public interest.
Personally on that info I would go for Association - but then this is Wikipedia :)
For me the important question is not about the name - its about the aims/objectives and the legal status.
I'm not sure this poll is terribly useful. It is not clear if we are voting for preference of name, indicating our preference for one proposal or the other, or giving our whole hearted support one proposal or the other.
I think a survey would be awesome, if contructed to ask the right questions in a clear, non leading manner that would tease out the true opinions of the active members of the UK community.
I totally agree. I will see if we can get some professional help on the best way of doing this (on a question by question basis) and get back to you.