[Osmf-talk] Paying Board/WG was: Standing for board election
chris_hormann at gmx.de
Sun Nov 26 11:03:56 UTC 2017
On Sunday 26 November 2017, john whelan wrote:
> OSM is evolving and there are many vested interests at play. Once
> upon a time there were "gentlemen of leisure" who would dabble in
> such things as the board. The gifted amateur if you will. These
> days they are out of their depth.
The question you need to ask yourself if you believe that is if you
think the same applies to the OSM community as a whole.
If that is the case it would mean we would essentially be on the same
path as Wikipedia - which would be a fairly bleak perspective.
If not you would have to ask yourself how the OSMF could function with
the board not even approximately representing the OSM community. Note
the OSMF has no parliament like representative body. We have the OSMF
members but they are not representative for the OSM community and they
have no real legislative or budgetary power. The only real power the
members have is electing the board and if you professionalize the board
this would of course be further limited.
Lets not forget: The source of this topic coming up again (it is not
that this has not been discussed in the past) is that there are
relatively few volunteers willing to do OSMF work. Paying people would
be an attempt to work around this problem, not solving it.
The question apparently no one dares to ask is why there are so few
volunteers (i.e. why is OSMF work unattractive for the volunteers in
the OSM community of which we evidently have quite a few).
I see the fact that the OSMF depends on volunteers from the OSM
community for any other than relatively trivial generic work (like
accounting and basic administrative stuff) as a big plus because it
keeps everyone on the OSMF reliably grounded and prevents people from
encapsulating themselves within their own small world separated from
the reality and mundane problems of everyday life in OSM.
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