[Osmf-talk] International SotM in Germany / money for membership or what else

Peter Miller peter.miller at itoworld.com
Fri Aug 21 09:13:42 UTC 2009

On 21 Aug 2009, at 09:58, John McKerrell wrote:

> On 20 Aug 2009, at 14:16, Lulu-Ann at gmx.de wrote:
>> About money for membership
>> I don't feel comfortable to change the right to vote for the
>> foundation to how many nodes one has uploaded.
>> For example, I have spent 9 weeks with a terribly broken leg in
>> front of my laptop working on the wiki without a single track
>> upload, and many developers will support the community aswell
>> without tracks.
>> How many lines of code or wiki are worth a node?
>> Sorry, I can not agree that this is easy to measure.
> 4 lines of code are worth 20 nodes, but you must submit it to SVN for
> it to be recorded.
> That's not intended to be a serious response, but the point is that
> there are ways to measure these things. I can't find the email now
> that referred to this I'm pretty sure it wasn't saying that uploading
> nodes would be the only way to be a member, it would just be one of a
> number of ways. This would allow people who weren't able to afford the
> membership fee to still be allowed in, but you with your broken leg
> would still be able to pay to join. I imagine the number of nodes/ways
> uploaded would be checked over a period of a whole year or something
> like that anyway meaning that so long as you weren't off your feet for
> too long you could still contribute that way.
> Regardless, sorry to hear about your leg, hope you're back on your
> feet and mapping soon :-)

Since we are talking about broken legs I believe the rules for  
'membership' of the Wikipedia Foundation by way of contribution does  
allow for continuous membership while one recovers from a broken leg  
without access to a computer for the entire period (see below).   
Personally I find to whole argument a weak one, sure there is always  
computer access somewhere and always Tiger fixup to be done or  
possibly you could get involved in WikiProject Cleanup which is all  
about improving the OSM wiki (I only discovered that one yesterday) .  
I love the rule that says that robots can't vote!

"You may vote from any one registered account you own on a Wikimedia
wiki (you may only vote once, regardless of how many accounts you
own). To qualify, this one account must:

      * not be blocked; and
      * not be a bot; and
      * have made at least 600 edits before 01 June 2009 across
Wikimedia wikis (edits on several wikis can be combined if your
accounts are unified into a global account); and
      * have made at least 50 edits between 01 January and 01 July 2009.

> John
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