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

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Sun Nov 25 01:43:59 UTC 2018

On 2018-11-24 1:43 PM, Rob Nickerson wrote:
> 2. When it comes to the timezone, I would suggest counting your days 
> according to the time you publish on the AGM notice. So if you make an 
> AGM announcement in UTC, then use UTC days. Being a England&Wales 
> company, the logical alternative is to announce in local time in 
> London. In winter this is same as UTC. Combining this with 30 Clear 
> days would have given the deadline for voting members as 23:59:59 UTC 
> on 14th November 2018.

Thanks for the definitions. Given the history of our AoA and that it's a 
definition similar to those for period of a notice, it seems clear that 
the clear days definition is the most applicable. The end of the UTC day 
on the 15th is unsupportable, and the 16:00 UTC on the 15th is 
questionable, as well as not really possible with CiviCRM.

> 3. OSMF AoA [2] does allow you to expel members under article 17(4). 
> Given that members need to be real people (or real companies for our 
> corporate members), if found to be fake then there is a clear route 
> for expulsion. I'm not sure how you determine if someone is real or 
> not, but with over 100 members in one place, a visit in person seems 
> like a reasonable idea - if only to welcome them on board and present 
> about OSMF events and opportunities.

If the people are fake, then there's no need to expel them since the 
memberships are invalid and can be deleted. I don't see any evidence 
that the signups are fake. I searched the names and some appear 
connected to OSM, and sometimes connected to their employer. Several are 
workers or former workers at Mapbox and Global Logic.

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