Nick Black nick at blacksworld.net
Thu Aug 20 13:14:18 UTC 2009

OSM Foundation Members,

I'm going to leave this one to you to decide.  Etienne and others  
clearly feel, despite every assurance I and others from CloudMade have  
given that I and others from CloudMade are acting against the  
interests of the OSM-Foundation and its members.

I've made every assurance I can that I have not told or ordered anyone  
to join the Foundation or told or ordered anyone to vote for any  
particular candidate or set of candidates.  What I have done is  
encourage all of the people I've met over the weeks since the State of  
the Map who are interested in the OSM Foundation to sign up and vote.   
Just a few hours ago, one of the Foundation's newest members joined  
this community.  I met him for the first time on Monday evening at a  
meetup in London.

I expect everyone I have encouraged and helped to join the OSM-F to  
vote for the Board that they want to see, based on the track record  
and manifesto of the candidates.

The mud slinging and allegations are getting too much.  Enough has  
been said and now its over to the members.  If anyone wants to talk  
about any of these issues please contact me personally and I will  
reply to you.  But when my reputation and the nature of my intentions  
are publicly questioned by a fellow Board member, I think its time to  
bow out of the discussion.

I'll look forward to seeing some of you at the 5th anniversary party  
in London on Saturday.


On 20 Aug 2009, at 13:32, 80n wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 1:05 PM, Nick Black <nick at blacksworld.net>  
> wrote:
>> There is nothing illegitimate about such a campaign but it carries  
>> the appearance to many people of not acting in good faith.
> Not to everyone, in fact, most people on this list and many that  
> have contacted me offlist are not questioning the whether we were  
> acting in good faith or not.  Most people assume that we were and  
> accept that timing was not optimal, but was a side effect of the  
> difficulty with payments.
> Everybody, no exceptions, who has contacted me off-line has  
> expressed doubts about the integrity of this behaviour.
> The evidence does not support the assertion that these people had  
> been trying, and failing, some time.  The 27 registrations made  
> during the period in question were made by 14 separate people.
> The fact that this might not be an honourable way to get elected is  
> clearly not evident to you.
> Etienne

Nick Black
nick at blacksworld.net

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