[Osmf-talk] Board decision on recent OSMF membership registrations
chris_hormann at gmx.de
Sat Nov 24 19:29:27 UTC 2018
On Saturday 24 November 2018, Peter Barth wrote:
> A circular was created and rapidly voted on, in order for a decision
> to be made within 7 days of the sign up; from the Articles of
> Assocation, "the board may reject an application for membership or
> associate membership within 7 days of receipt of the appropriate fee
> in cleared funds"
Interesting, thanks for informing us.
> > There had been a mass sign-up of 100 new accounts on 15.11.2018
> > from India, most coming from one single IP address from a company
> > "well known" to OpenStreetMap. There had been a larger amount of
> > complaints regarding edits from that company, who provide "mapping
> > services" to other companies.
What is the reason for not disclosing the name of the company? Since it
apparently was identified without any help of them i see no problem
with disclosing that. Apart from that who did identify said company?
> Frederik Ramm, Peter Barth and Paul Norman voted in favor. Mikel
> Maron, Martijn van Exel, Kate Chapman and Heather Leson voted
For clarification: Did any board member consider him or herself to be
affected by a conflict of interest on this matter - like for example
due to them or their employer being in a business relationship with the
company in question?
> Those in favor argued that given the circumstances under which the
> registrations happened, the memberships should be investigated and
> decided on later. There is no assumption of ill intent.
> Those against argued that the original complaint -- the suspicion
> that these newly created accounts were fabricated with ill intent and
> required further investigation-- was not supported, and thus did not
> have a sound legal basis for delaying membership per our current
> membership requirements.
It seems to me these two arguments as stated are incompatible - i.e. the
reason against is based on the assumption that the reason in favor is
based on the assumption of ill intent - which based on your description
is not part of the reason in favor.
Note the AoA put no requirements at all on the rejection of a membership
application. In theory the board would be free to reject an
application just because they do not like the person applying. So the
argument against seems to lack a solid basis.
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