[Osmf-talk] Promotion of personal projects on OpenStreetMap twitter a/c

Matt Sidor seadour at gmail.com
Mon Jan 4 18:59:39 UTC 2016


Jerry,

Do you think it would have been better if the OSM twitter account had
instead retweeted a post from Steve's account, or do you think that would
still be inappropriate?

/matt

On Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 10:43 AM Jerry Clough <jrclough2 at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

> Dear All,
>
> I notice that, a personal project of Steve Coast, who I believe is still
> chairman emeritus of OSMF, has recently been tweeted
> <https://twitter.com/openstreetmap/status/684064823701823492> using the
> OpenStreetMap twitter account. This project appears to be for personal
> gain, and thus the tweet may be construed as advertising for the product,
> or endorsement of the product, by the board.
>
>
> [image: image]
> <https://twitter.com/openstreetmap/status/684064823701823492>
>
>
>
>
>
> OpenStreetMap on Twitter
> <https://twitter.com/openstreetmap/status/684064823701823492>
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>
> I personally believe that members of the board, whether elected, or
> appointed *ex officio* should not receive any special treatment with
> respect to non-board related activities.
>
> Given that several members of the board work for, or hold significant
> financial interests, in for-profit entities making use of OpenStreetMap
> data, I also think that it is incumbent that the board, and any one acting
> as an agent for the board (specifically those with the right to tweet using
> the 'official' twitter account) be held to high standards regarding equal
> treatment for all users of OpenStreetMap.
>
> I would welcome a formal statement of the current board position on this
> issue, including the text of any existing policies.
>
> Yours,
>
> Jerry Clough
>
>
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