[OSM-talk] advertising

Tom Hughes tom at compton.nu
Mon Jul 2 17:23:38 BST 2007

In message <200707021815.01272.ce at christeck.de>
          Christoph Eckert <ce at christeck.de> wrote:

> Currently OSMF *appears* to be an elitary closed british club, even that
> it *intends the opposite*. Examples:

Your points might make it appear to be an elitist closed club (though
I would deny that) but I see nothing in your points that has anything
to do with nationality.

> * It's impossible to get an account on our servers for external
> developers. This should IMO be decided by the project's developers, not
> by the board members. Set up a web form for one or two weeks, post an
> announcement on the dev list and let the developers vote. If the board
> votes, it is obvious that OSMF tries to control the project's further
> development, sorry

I don't think that is anything to do with the foundation though. It's
more the lack of a defined procedure for deciding who should have access
to what and a bottleneck in the form of only having one person who can
take the necessary technical steps to add a new user.

> * The appearance of the project's main page should also decided by a web
> form and public vote. Someone will design or create suggestions, then
> let the community decide. Ads on the map is a very sensitive topic,
> thus it must not be decided by board members only

Can you name one other open source/open data project that holds
formal votes on such things? I can't think of one...

How often should we hold such votes? Every month? Every year? Every
time somebody pops up claiming to have a better design?

> * The database doesn't get replicated to balance the server load.
> Additionally it would allow other people to do nasty things with the
> project's data, *and* it would be a testimonial that OSMF does *not*
> want to control the data. A weekly planet file dump is not sufficient.
> Unfortunately, a server replication has been denied this spring :(

Really? Can you provide more details?

I recall plenty of "We really should mirror the database" discussions
but very few "I've written this software to do mirroring, can somebody
please install it" discussions.


Tom Hughes (tom at compton.nu)

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