[HOT] sending thank you notes to remote mappers too spammy?

Heather Leson heatherleson at gmail.com
Sun Dec 21 13:37:08 UTC 2014

Maning, if you decide to do a blog post summary, let me know if I can help.


Heather Leson
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On Sat, Dec 20, 2014 at 1:36 AM, althio forum <althio.forum at gmail.com>

> Sander Deryckere <sanderd17 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > The general threshold is, if you can do it manually, it's not spamming.
> >
> > If you can't do it manually, I'd propose to publish the message via many
> > channels: the diaries/osm blogs, the weekly OSM, the wiki page, ...
> I rather disagree Sander, it is not about manual or automatic only.
> Many other factors could hold weight here:
> - solicited vs. unsolicited,
> - requesting something vs. giving something,
> - possibility to opt-in / opt-out, ...
> Regardless of 'spam' definition; you could do manually a detrimental
> communication and automatically a worthwhile one.
> Blake Girardot <bgirardot at gmail.com>:
> >>
> >> I send thank you notes and have had nothing but good responses. I
> usually
> >> include a "let me know if you have any questions" sentence as well.
> >>
> >> I think people like some personal interaction. If anyone found it
> "spamy"
> >> they never said so to me.
> Blake I imagine your thank you note as individual and highly
> personalised with dedicated comments, specific feedback and whatnot!
> ;) What is discussed is certainly on an other scale (more diffusion
> and less individualisation).
> maning sambale wrote:
> >>>
> >>> I want to send to thank yous to those who joined the Hagupit/Ruby
> >>> activation. Normally we say thanks via our local malinglist and HOT,
> >>> would sending them a message via OSM messaging considered spam?
> In this case I don't think your messages could be considered spam.
> Activation start/end events are quite rare.
> This is only a thank you note, not proposing or requesting something else.
> Note: But it would be even better if people could easily choose to opt-out.
> And now my two cents:
> I would say go for short OSM messaging + link to a blog entry. And
> mention it for weekly OSM.
> No for wiki and lists.
> I do not see the wiki as useful here for a temporary and fleeting message.
> I would see the use of the mailing lists closer to spam because you
> would be flooding, not even trying to discriminate who was part and
> who was not. A big general 'thank you' on the lists is nice but much
> less considerate than making the effort to hand-pick the actual
> contributors.
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