[OSM-talk] advertising

Andreas Putzo lists at putzo.net
Mon Jul 2 21:30:31 BST 2007

On Jul 02, Frederik Ramm wrote:
> Hi,
> > OSM is a community, and besides lots of fun with fine people it has  
> > one
> > concrete outcome: a map. This is what we produce, and it is displayed
> > right away to every of our website visitors.
> If I interpret 80n's posting correctly, then www.openstreetmap.org  
> ist not our (the project's) web site, but the foundation's web site.  
> The foundation is not the project but an entity founded to support  
> the project, without a claim to be the only such entity.
> Thus, www.openstreetmap.org reflects what the foundation thinks will  
> benefit the project; it is fully at the foundation's discretion to  
> put any kind of ads there or whatever they think helps them further  
> their chartered purpose (which is probably more or less the same as  
> the goals of the project).
> If you are a foundation member, and you have a different opinion on  
> what benefits the project, then you can work on the opinion-forming  
> process inside the foundation, with the possible outcome of making  
> changes to the foundation's web site.
> If you're not a foundation member, then this is of no relevance for  
> you; since you are contributing to the project and not the  
> foundation, www.openstreetmap.org doesn't concern you. It is just one  
> of a number of supporting web sites - maybe one with a cooler domain  
> name and/or more users, but nothing keeps the project community from  
> opening any number of such web sites outside of the foundation's  
> influence.
> Complaining, as a non-member, about the contents of  
> www.openstreetmap.org, is then as if you were complaining about my  
> openstreetmap web page or someone's geodata blog or whatever.
> That is what I distilled from 80n's post. There are, of course, some  
> problems with this approach - the foundation web site at  
> www.openstreetmap.org also hosts crucial parts of the project  
> infrastructure, namely the API and central database, but these cannot  
> simply be replaced by someone else's. But if you manage to make the  
> distinction in your head and think of www.openstreetmap.org not as  
> "our" but as "their" web site, then it suddenly becomes less  
> important what's on there, doesn't it?
> Bye
> Frederik

I void interpreting it that way because it does not make sense at all.


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