[Osmf-talk] Board decision on recent OSMF membership registrations
rob.j.nickerson at gmail.com
Sun Nov 25 12:49:44 UTC 2018
> No one can seriously suggest that a hundred people registering from a
corporate IP address within a single day happens out of their free choice.
Well it could have been that on that day the employees got confirmation
that they could claim back their membership fee. In my work (totally
unrelated to OSM) we are allowed to reclaim the cost of professional
membership to one organisation that is aligned to our work. That doesn't
mean that my employee tells me how to vote. It is simply my employee
recognising that, for my career, being part of a professional body may help
The alternative is that thy join a different OSM professional body, but I
am unaware of any at the moment, and no doubt if one started to do well, we
would have conspiracy theories floating around here!
On Sun, 25 Nov 2018 at 11:00, Christoph Hormann <chris_hormann at gmx.de>
> On Sunday 25 November 2018, Paul Norman wrote:
> > 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.
> If there are real people behind all of the registrations (and of course
> it does not necessarily have to be either all real or all fake) it puts
> the previous discussion Frederik initiated about voting recommendations
> by employers on a whole new level. No one can seriously suggest that a
> hundred people registering from a corporate IP address within a single
> day happens out of their free choice.
> By the way - how were these hundred registrations paid? - Were they each
> paid with a different paypal account or were they paid from a common
> I agree with Simon that another useful approach at this point would be
> to contact all of the registration emails with further inquiries on
> their identity and their decision to apply for membership - including
> the possibility to supply this information confidentially to an
> independent party without the board learning about who supplied the
> information (see below).
> > Several
> > are workers or former workers at Mapbox and Global Logic.
> In light of this i would like to reiterate and reformulate my previous
> Is any of the current board members either in a business/employment
> relationship with the company the IP address used was attributed to or
> is employed by a company that is in a business relationship with the
> company in question?
> Christoph Hormann
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