[Talk-us] Statistics of board candidate edits

Clifford Snow clifford at snowandsnow.us
Mon Oct 6 06:07:31 UTC 2014

On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 8:21 PM, Paul Norman <penorman at mac.com> wrote:

> While a candidate may have other skills, I'd want to hear from them in
> their manifesto why those skills make up for their complete lack of
> OpenStreetMap experience, and why they would be more able to apply those
> skills as a board member, rather than volunteering them without being a
> board member.

I would hope we are selecting candidates with the skills needed to serve on
the US Chapter's Board. It seems the two biggest functions are finance and
the running of the SOTM-US conference. We are not selecting
editor-in-chief. My experience in selecting board members for non profits
is to find the best individual to fill the needs of the organization. These
usually include the ability to raise monies, organize, communicate and
plan. Additionally, in some positions, leadership skills are necessary.

We all know great mappers, but not many would do well on the Board. On the
other hand, we know of people that have no mapping experience but would do
great on our board.

Let elect individuals that can help us grow OSM. Ask yourself which of the
candidates will best serve the needs of the community? If you do, I think
you'll see that the number of edits has little to do with serving on the


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