[Osmf-talk] 2018 a third episode of entryism by HOT US Inc at OSMF Board after 2015 and 2017: call 4 action (candidates/members) for a balanced OSMF Board

Christoph Hormann chris_hormann at gmx.de
Wed Dec 12 13:23:17 UTC 2018

What you write seems to nicely demonstrate how many HOT Members 
apparently perceive OpenStreetMap and the local hobby mapper 

The problem with that is that you do not acknowledge or show awareness 
of the fact that many local mappers all over the world perceive OSM 
very differently.  A statement like:

> HOT's role here is even more exciting because HOT currently generates 
much of the geographic diversity that is desired within OSMF.

is not only deeply insulting to huge parts of the OSM community, it is 
in particular striking that you apparently do not see that it is.  You 
somehow seem to think that this engineered HOT diversity is a 
representation of the diversity of the OSM community.

I mean the very idea of 'generating diversity' is pretty preposterous if 
you think about it for a moment.

And frankly whenever someone from HOT starts talking about leadership 
and community leaders in the OSM context i am appalled because this so 
ostentatiously demonstrates a complete lack of awareness of and respect 
for the culture of OSM without central leadership and for the fact that 
the role of the OSMF is to serve the OSM community and not to lead it.  
For people active in an organization with global activities like HOT 
this lack of sensitivity for other cultures is quite remarkable.

Christoph Hormann

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