=== Please vote or comment on this proposed improvement so I can judge community interest and prioritize accordingly ===
Very often membership privileges should be granted to only a fixed number of company representatives (ex: our Corporate members can designate 8 company representatives). Yet with CiviCRM all employees of the member organization inherit the membership if configured as such, without limits.
I am proposing to implement the following changes:
a) in the 'Create/Edit Membership Type' form, add a 'Max Related Members' field (optional, defaults to 0) right after the 'Relationship Type' field
b) in the CRM_Member_DAO_Membership::createRelatedMemberships function, check for max_related_members > 0 and if so limit the number of related memberships we create to the above (ie. related memberships would be created for the first x related contacts only)
c) in the 'Create/Edit Membership' form, add a section only displayed when max_related_members > 0 that lists all related contacts with checkboxes next to each. Clicking the checkbox would create the related membership record, unclicking would delete. A counter (x/m) could also be displayed and updated as checkboxes are changed. I would let the users create more related membership than the value of max_related_memberships to allow for manual overrides.