SteveC steve at asklater.com
Mon Aug 17 18:32:15 UTC 2009

On 15 Aug 2009, at 18:20, Richard Weait wrote:

> On Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 5:43 AM, Frederik Ramm<frederik at remote.org>  
> wrote:
>> Nick,
>> Nick Black wrote:
>>> I'm going to be standing for election to the OSM Foundation Board  
>>> again
>>> this year.
>> Do you and Steve have any comment on Richard Weait's suggestion that
>> from every commercial organisation, at most one person should be a
>> member of the OSMF board (http://weait.com/cloudmade-layoffs)? I'm  
>> very
>> supportive of that, although not exactly out of fear that you might  
>> both
>> be looking for a new job at the same time, but more along the lines  
>> of
>> what RichardF said in the comments section on that page.
>> This would mean that *either* your *or* SteveC should be on the board
>> but not both of you. It is of course everyone's right to stand for
>> election and let the voters decide if they support Richard's  
>> suggestion
>> or not - but I would be interested in hearing your opinion.
> Nick followed up several times, but I can't see any answer to
> Frederik's direct question.  I'd like to hear replies from each of the
> candidates on this.
> Should any single company be able to hold an unlimited number of seats
> on the Foundation board?  A majority?  All?

I agree with others that the members should be the ones to decide. I  
don't think arbitrary rules will help much at this stage and I don't  
think it would ever get to the stage of being a majority or more  
anyway from any one organisation.

> There are eleven excellent candidates on the wiki,
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Foundation/AGM09/Election_to_Board
> each qualified and suitable to hold a seat on the board.  Each worthy
> of my vote.  How does more than a single candidate from any company
> benefit the Foundation and the project?

I'm not standing on a platform of 'I'm at CloudMade therefore vote for  
me' so really the company issue is a tertiary one. I think you should  
judge Nick and I on what we've done with our time helping OSM, which  
is very substantial, and not get hung up on this. The protections in  
OSM are very strong against anyone taking it over and I'm happy to  
make them stronger still.

And as for the issue of Nick or I being let go from CloudMade... I can  
assure you I would still work just as hard on OSM.

Yours &c.


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