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feedback² - Response to the responses

Posted by ᚛ᚏᚒᚐᚔᚏᚔᚋ᚜ 🏳️‍🌈 on 8 December 2019 in English (English)

As part of the 2019 OSMF Board Election, I wrote my answers to the official questions, and published a manifesto. When one writes something, one can’t be sure that others have heard what you want to say. When someone explains what they think, it tells you a little of how well you communicated. So I’m writing my response to some responses to what I already wrote. ☺️

My friend Christoph Horman an wrote his opinion on us candidates:

gender pronouns – almost everyone expresses their support for this without critical thoughts and this is once again fairly disappointing.

If you wanna talk about LGBTQ issue, I can talk your ear off. 😉 I’ll have a good faith conversation with any OSMer about this.

At least a hint of reflection on the fact that in a multilingual and multicultural community like OSM thinking about use of English language pronouns is a bit besides the point when it comes to OSMF politics. Allan is the only candidate who shows to understand this.

The entire election is happening in English, so my answer was all in English (yes this is not ideal). I’m aware of other languages. In English, my pronouns are “they”, aber auf deutsch benutze ich „er“. Perhaps I should have said that.

Rory: Some reflection about possible CoI cases but ultimately rejection of the possibility

I’m a little surprised at that. If I was elected, there are decisions which I would have a conflict of interest due to my job. I don’t think the person alone should always be allowed to claim “Nope I have no CoI, let me vote!”. I think there are times when the Foundation/Board must not allow someone to participate in a vote, despite the person claiming no CoI. Otherwise what could you do with bad faith actors? OSMF needs stronger CoI rules. The fundamental idea behind a “conflict of interest” is that the person is not 100% capable of thinking of the Foundation’s interests.

The rest [which includes me] mostly suggest asking nicely but not do anything of substance when corporations ignore that (which is kind of pointless IMO).

My answer to the question about attribution included: ““Speak softly and carry a big stick” is a useful adage”, and that “The Foundation does have a duty to protect the project’s IP”. Perhaps that was too circumspect. I do not favor doing nothing. The Foundation has a legal & moral obligation to the OSM project & OSM contributors use tools at it’s disposal (incl. legal means) to ensure the OSM licence is followed by all.

Westnordost has written a shorter cheatsheet, with a good summary, listing my Hot Topics as just “gender and diversity”. I want to also supporting hobby/craft mappers. Perhaps I’m not communicating that well!

Michael Reichart, a co-worker & friend, has written (in German) part 1 of his analysis of candidates, which doesn’t include me, so nothing for me to say.

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