[Osmf-talk] OSMF membership applications rejected

Henk Hoff henk.hoff at osmfoundation.org
Sat Aug 25 16:25:41 UTC 2012

As you mentioned Mike is also active in a competing project.
With Mike being an outspoken opponent of the way OSMF is going forward, I
would suggest that Mike focusses his time on the competing project where (I
hope) he's not seen as such an outspoken opponent.


2012/8/25 Tobias Knerr <osm at tobias-knerr.de>

> Mike's behavior in the past was controversial for one fundamental
> reason: Because he is an outspoken opponent of the current Board's
> policy, and has repeatedly and loudly voiced this opinion. His decision
> to not accept the Contributor Terms with his original account is one of
> the, rather extreme, actions that he took based on that position.
> However, disagreement with Board policy is not necessarily the same as
> opposition to OSMF, or even OSM as a whole.
> The decision to reject his membership application may justifiable based
> on his conflict of interest as a supporter of a competing project.
> However, I'm not aware that such a strict standard was applied to
> membership applications in the past, and I must therefore assume that
> his intention to be a candidate in the upcoming election has influenced
> the decision.
> This is troubling because it effectively limits the choices of voters to
> candidates who are more or less in line with the current board's
> opinions. This is not what the board's power to deny membership should
> be used for!
> I believe that it would have been wise to accept Mike's membership
> application, and trust the OSMF members to use their votes responsibly.
> Tobias
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