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Membership Reopened

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

We are open to new members again. The deadline to get your application in to us for this round is February 23rd (one month from today). After starting your application you can save and come back to it as many times as you want so please take your time and give good complete answers to all the questions we ask (there are a lot).

After the deadline we will take a few weeks to review the applications and decide who to accept as new members. Before you get started it is a good idea to review posts to this blog in the Prospective Member Advice category.

Membership Reopened

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

We are open to new member requests until May 20. Before you apply please take time to browse the Prospective member advice section of this blog.

Open for Membership

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Its the last time this year to request membership at AmbitiousLemon.

Prospective members have between now and 10 Dec to submit requests. This last closure was longer than usual so we are expecting a larger than usual number of requests. Be sure to make them good! The large number of expected requests might also mean it could take us longer than the usual 2-3 weeks after 10 Dec to send out our responses, please be patient with us.

Please review the blog posts made in the “Prospective Member Advice” to make sure your request is the best possible.

ReOpened for Requests

Friday, June 25th, 2010

We have reopened for new hosting requests. Requests submitted between now and the close of the request window on 25 July should expect a final decision approximately around 9 August.

For the best success please review the posts made to the Prospective Member Advice section on this blog.

Open for requests

Monday, April 19th, 2010

We have reopened for new hosting requests. This new request window will close on 7 May. If you apply during this window you can therefore expect a final response between 15 and 24 May.

During this past admissions window we admitted 5 new members.

If you are thinking of applying please take some time to read through some of my posts filed in the Prospective member advice section on this blog.


Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

We have reopened for new membership requests. The application period will end 9 April. We will begin to review requests on 9 April and typically come to a conclusion on all requests within 2-3 weeks.

Membership Open

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

We have reopened to new member requests.

Membership open

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

We admitted 10 members out of approximately 40 applicants from the last pool.

We are now open for requests. We will close again on 5 Feb. We will take 2-3 weeks to review the requests from this new pool.

Registration open for the first group of new members for 2010

Monday, December 14th, 2009

We have completed reviewing hosting requests for the last application window and have sent out notification emails to everyone who applied. We admitted 12 new members during this window; these are the last new members added in 2009.

We have reopened the system to accept requests for the rest of the year. On January 4th we will close again so that our committee may convene and discuss the applicants from this applicant pool. As is typical we expect to take 2-3 weeks to review requests and send out final notices to all who apply. This means if you apply now, we won’t start reading until Jan 4 and you will likely have to wait until ~Jan 25 to begin using your account if we grant you a membership.

During this last applicant pool we struggled to decide on whether to approve accounts to students (and educators) who did not tell us why their school could not host their website. We decided to be lenient and grant most of these requests. In the future we will not do so.
If you are a student or educator requesting an account you must specify why your school can not host your site or your request will be denied

Currently Reviewing Hosting Requests

Friday, December 4th, 2009

For the past week we have been reading and discussing all of the hosting requests submitted in the past application window. Out of roughly 50 requests submitted, we are more closely reading and discussing 22 requests. If you haven’t heard from us yet it is because we are still discussing your request. I hope to send out final decisions some time next week.

A common question that comes up when reviewing requests by students is “Why isn’t their school providing hosting?” Some of you do a good job in your application explaining how you looked into hosting at your school and found it wasn’t offered or was limited in some fundamental way that would prevent you from using it for the website you have in mind. But many requests do not address the issue at all.

Middle and High schools may offer hosting either at the individual school level or at the district level. Ask around to see if students at your school can get hosting – most schools would require you to make a special request.

Universities probably have a number of ways to procure hosting. Hosting services by the University IT system may exist, but you may also find hosting at the college, department, or program level. Often the Computer Science department can provide hosting even if you aren’t a student in that department. Even if your school doesn’t have a formal system for providing hosting services you will likely be able to find someone who can hook you up with an account; especially if your website idea will provide a service for students. Doing this may even lead to the University helping to publicize your website, provide you with course credits, or even fund your project.

If you are a student you really need to demonstrate to us that you have looked into what hosting services your school provides and have a good reason for not using it. We often reject requests because we do not think we are the right host for them; demonstrate to us that you have researched your options and have decided our service makes the most sense for your project.

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