[Osmf-talk] Voting "recommendations" by employers (straw poll)

nebulon42 nebulon42 at mailbox.org
Thu Nov 1 20:03:13 UTC 2018

I think asking your fellow board members e.g. Mikel, Martijn and Paul
who have worked or work for companies involved in OSM might give you
first-hand answers, if they would have any and would tell you.

I think "suggestions" from employers have a smell and should be avoided
since you are in a dependent relationship to your employer and are more
likely to follow the suggestion.

I have nothing against encouraging people to become OSMF members, but
paying their fee is wrong even more so because of the dependent
relationship (see above) and there should be a rule that forbids this.

I tend to suggest to sanction such a foul by suspending the advisory
board seat if the company is a corporate member. But this brings other
troubles and the OSMF needs the money etc.


Am Donnerstag, den 01.11.2018, 20:44 +0100 schrieb Frederik Ramm:
> Hi,
> recently two different people who used to work for (different) large
> companies dealing with OSM told me that their employers regularly
> suggested that everyone became an OSMF member, reimbursed them for
> the
> membership fee, and also circulated "suggested voting" instructions
> for
> the OSMF elections.
> (I have no idea if this is true and no way to verify it, but it
> doesn't
> sound far-fetched. I'd be happy to hear if anyone has witnessed such
> dynamics first-hand.)
> I've discussed this with a few people and the reactions ranged from
> "this is outrageous" over "what did you expect" to "this is totally
> ok,
> after all there's enough other people publishing their own voting
> recommendations on the lists too".
> What's your opinion on this?
> I've tried my hand at setting up a "LimeSurvey" instance which asks
> the
> question and if it works all right it will show some statistics
> directly
> after you've replied:
> http://survey.gryph.de/index.php/528658?lang=en
> Though I am also interested in a more detailed discussion on the
> topic.
> Is it an issue? Are there lessons to learn from other nonprofit
> organisations?
> Bye
> Frederik
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