[Osmf-talk] Board decision on recent OSMF membership registrations

Rihards richlv at nakts.net
Sat Nov 24 20:49:46 UTC 2018

On 24.11.18 22:41, Rihards wrote:
> On 24.11.18 22:08, Heather Leson wrote:
>> Hi Christoph thank you for your questions. The board really spent much
>> time discussing. Comments inline.
>> Heather
> ...
>>     > > 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?
>> The important factor is that 100 members joined from India, a country
>> with 1 BILLION people. This is exciting and I welcome them to be fully
>> engaged and meet the community. I hope that they can get to know each of
>> you and be part of the the community going forward.
>> Members are members. I don't think that we should focus on where they
>> work. I am not personally defined by my workplace.
> Heather, I would disagree that the important factor is ratio of new
> members against the population of their home country, and I would also
> disagree that employee should be ignored.
> Especially so when the registrations happen 4 days before the voting
> deadline, on the same day.
> What I consider important is that this is a 14.5% increase in OSMF
> vote-eligible membership[1].

...likely messed up the calculations and the increase is 9.7%.

Our election turnout last year seems to be 63% -
https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Annual_General_Meetings/2017/Minutes .

> As an individual mapper I find this highly worrying, and I find
> concentrating on the country population dishonest.
> [1] Based on the latest value from
> https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Membership/Statistics
> ...

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