[Osmf-talk] OSMF Governance - Directors (was: 'OSMF Members Request for a General Meeting)

Johan & Marguerite textline at gmail.com
Thu Nov 13 23:30:54 UTC 2014

I didn't use the word 'all'. It's possible that 90% of the OSMF membership
don't care at all about the OSMF. And that the most of the other 10% don't
want to have their opinion out in public. I can't blame them, some
responses are (extremely) negative. I happen to be member of a choir. There
it's stimulated that anyone who has an opinion on any matter speaks out.
And the board carries out what the membership wants. So simple can
governance be. I was a board member in a citizens committee of my
neighbourhood and organized a poll under all 1.500 households asking them
wat they wanted. Since it shouldn't be a board of a few persons deciding
what the citizens committee should do. That's another simple example of
governance. In the culture of OSMF it's likely to be shot if one comes up
with that idea. (no, it's bad, you can't get opinions out, the OSMF
membership is fed up with anything but mapping etc.)

I like Michael's 2:1 ratio, I hope that my mail fits to that

Repeating the question of my previous mail: any opinion on governance of

2014-11-13 23:31 GMT+01:00 Gregory <sotm at livingwithdragons.com>:

> On 12 November 2014 18:15, Johan & Marguerite <textline at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  We (the OSMF members) want things to change.
> As an OSMF member, I would like to ask who gave you authority to declare
> what all OSMF members want?
> You didn't even use phrases like "most of", "it seems", or "from what is
> apparent". It can be worked out from the numbers that a very tiny number of
> the OSMF members that voted in the recent board elections are the ones
> posting comments/debate/arguments in the OSMF-talk mailing list. You
> haven't talked to me, so you can't even begin to claim what I'm thinking.
> As it happens I am busy creating a better map, out promoting OpenStreetMap
> and those that use it, and I'm busy defending it's data so that it
> continues to be so strong. The OSMF board have not stopped me in doing
> that, but the weight of my e-mail inbox has distracted me somewhat in
> recent weeks.
> Gregory.
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