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

Илья Зверев ilya at zverev.info
Fri Nov 2 09:12:55 UTC 2018

Thanks Frederik for bringing this to our attention. This sounds outrageous and I feel this needs to be stopped.

But on the second thought, this doesn’t look too bad. We get many more OSMF members — that’s awesome! And we probably get a new active Board member, who is driven not only by their internal desire to improve OpenStreetMap, but also by money and frustration. To me, looks like win-win. Well, until the company in question finds out that individual Board members have no means to influence the project direction, and that they could have saved a lot of money by participating in working groups instead.

So I say, let them have fun — that’s what the project is about, is it not?


> On 1 Nov 2018, at 22:44, Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org> wrote:
> 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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