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

Rory McCann rory at technomancy.org
Fri Nov 2 14:13:52 UTC 2018

If companies were open about this, I don't have a problem. OSMF members
should be allowed to make recommendations. A company, or boss, should
have to openly publish any "recommendations", rather than use internal
company resources in secret. Transparency is important here.

I don't think "paying for the membership fee" is a good yardstick.
Banning that won't change a lot IMO. It's only ~€20, affordable to
employees of big tech companies. Bosses can promise enough things in

I'm curious if there is any communication between any company's doing
this and the candidates. Do candidates every ask friends in companies to
do this?

Rory, who is in the 'what did you expect' camp.

On 01.11.18 20:44, Frederik Ramm 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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