[Osmf-talk] Forum sections without moderators assigned

Michael Reichert nakaner at gmx.net
Sun Mar 18 11:35:11 UTC 2018


Hi,

the board talked about checking that all mailing lists have a moderator
during their last meeting. I think that not only mailing lists are
important. We should also have an eye on the forum operated by the OSMF.
There are many sections on the forum but only some have moderators
assigned. Does that mean that complains about postings in other channels
end up in the mailbox of the administrators who might be unable to
handle them because they don't know the language or culture?

*Sections without moderators*
Android (158 threads, 669 postings) – a few postings per month
Crisis mapping (30 threads, 63 postings) – about a dozen postings per
year, most by user henke54
Indoor mapping (29 threads, 134 postings) – a few postings per year
Magellan maps (6 threads, 25 postings) – no posting in 2018
OSMF (17 threads, 36 postings) – a few postings per year
Wiki team (65 threads, 259 postings) – active until 2016, few postings
postings in 2017 and this year
General chat (243 threads, 795 postings) – a few postings per year
Feedback (195 threads, 884 postings) – forum about the forum
users: Albania (6 threads, 9 postings) – only used from November 2016 to
February 2017
users: Algeria (37 threads, 149 postings) – similar to "Wiki team"
users: Argentina (656 threads, 7633 postings) – active
users: Australia (81 threads, 257 postings) – similar to "Wiki team"
users: Austria (355 threads, 1490 postings) – mainly the personal blog
of one user, now becoming a bit more diverse
users: Bangladesh (1 thread, 2 postings) – only used in March 2018
users: Belarus (159 threads, 294 postings) – active
users: Bosnia and Herzegovina (17 threads, 112 postings) – a few
postings per year
users: Bulgaria (68 threads, 525 postings) – a few dozen postings per year
users: Cambodia (7 threads, 15 postings) – last posting five years ago
users: Canada (31 threads, 80 postings) – last posting in September,
similar to "Wiki team"
users: Colombia (4 threads, 6 postings) – active from December 2016 to
November 2017
users: Croatia (72 threads, 238 postings) – many threads started by
hbogner, a few postings per year
users: Cuba (8 threads, 19 postings) – zero to five postings per year
users: China (11 threads, 27 postings) – less than a dozen postings per
year, almost all in English
users: Czech (84 threads, 255 postings) – up to a dozen postings per year
users: Denmark (16 threads, 46 postings) – up to a dozen postings per year
users: East Africa (4 threads, 5 postings) – two to three postings per year
users: Estonia (18 threads, 55 postings) – zero to six postings per year
users: Ecuador (4 threads, 5 postings) – active in 2016 and 2017
users: Finland (399 threads, 3011 postings) – active
users: France (314 threads, 1082 postings) – less than a dozen postings
per year, many threads don't get any reply
users: Greece (116 threads, 801 postings) – active
users: Hungary (21 threads, 55 postings) – less than half a dozen
postings per year, many threads don't get any reply
users: Iceland (3 threads, 7 postings) – less than half a dozen postings
per year
users: Indonesia (5 threads, 27 postings) – usually 0 to 20 postings per
year
users: Ireland (30 threads, 67 postings) – less than a dozen postings
per year, most postings don't get answered at all
users: Italy (115 threads, 344 postings) – some activitiy
users: Japan (17 threads, 42 postings) – less than a dozen postings per year
users: Kosovo (no postings yet)
users: Latvia (11 threads, 22 postings) – inactive since 2014, except
two postings in 2017
users: Lithuania (2 threads, 5 postings) – less than five postings per yer
users: Macedonia (26 threads, 124 postings) – about a dozen postings per
year
users: Malaysia (90 threads, 575 postings) – active
users: Montenegro (6 threads, 11 postings) – usually no postings
users: Nepal (60 threads, 228 postings) – active, English
users: Norway (30 threads, 149 postings) – about a dozen postings per year
users: Panama (5 threads, 13 postings) – last posting in 2015
users: Pakistan (3 threads, 9 postings) – last posting in 2016
users: Paraguay (1 thread, 2 postings) – all postings in 2018
users: Portugal (6 threads, 13 postings) – less than six postings per year
users: Romania (13 threads, 20 postings) – less than six postings per
year, almost all threads without replies
users: Slovenia (42 threads, 207 postings) – active with regard
users: South Africa (2 threads, 2 postings) – last posting in 2014
users: South Korea (2 threads, 4 postings) – opened in 2017, two
postings per year
users: Spain (65 threads, 154 postings) – about one to two dozen threads
per year, many without replies
users: Sri Lanka (4 threads, 6 postings) – 5 postings in 2013, 1 posting
in 2017
users: Sweden (144 threads, 601 postings) – some kind of active but many
threads don't receive any replies
users: Switzerland (376 threads, 954 postings) – 25 postings by users in
2017 and one automated notification about a new Wochennotiz per week
users: Thailand (232 threads, 1894 postings) – active
users: Turkey (4 threads, 4 postings) – usually 0 to 1 postings per year
users: United Kingdom (138 threads, 522 postings) – about 10 to 20
threads per year
users: United States (145 threads, 389 postings) – some kind of active
but many threads only receive one or two replies
users: Uruguay (15 threads, 74 postings) – some activity in 2015, mostly
quite since then
users: Venezuela (14 threads, 30 postings) – less than a dozen postings
per year, no real activity in 2017

*Sections having moderators assigned – ordered by number of postings*
users: Germany (17715 threads, 246106 postings)
users: Russia (3173 threads, 245099 postings)
users: Poland (1904 threads, 45539 postings)
users: Netherlands (2728 threads, 39782 postings)
Questions and Answers (4622 threads, 19831 postings)
users: Ukraine (546 threads, 15201 postings)
Garmin maps (728 threads, 7617 postings)
Development (966 threads, 4008 postings)
users: Brazil (364 threads, 3458 postings)
users: Israel (442 threads, 3385 postings)
Editors (493 threads, 1942 postings)
OpenStreetMap 3D (171 threads, 1804 postings)
users: Serbia (97 threads, 1334 postings)
users: Belgium (119 threads, 620 postings)
users: India (82 threads, 414 postings)
Meetings and Events (59 threads, 112 postings)


Most of these sections have been created by Lambertus before he handed
over the forum to the foundation. I think that it is time for some clean-up.

Every section of the forum should have an active moderator. The
moderator of a regional section of the forum must be a native speaker of
the language of that section to be able to properly judge the meaning
and tone of the message.

In addition, I think it might be a good idea to close all sections which
have a very low posting activity or which have a lot of postings which
do not receive any replies. If new users find the forum, post their
question in one of theses section and never receive any reply, they will
only be disappointed and think that there are no other mappers in the
region, when in fact these other mappers might simply be talking
elsewhere. That's why I propose to close the following "dead end" sections:

Crisis mapping
Magellan maps
OSMF
users: Albania
users: Cambodia
users: East Africa
users: Kosovo
users: Panama
users: Pakistan
users: South Africa
users: Sri Lanka
users: Turkey
users: Venezuela

The following sections might also be closed but the local community
should be asked beforehand:

users: Canada – mailing list exists and is active exists
users: Colombia – mailing list with some activity, many WeeklyOSM
notifications
users: Cuba – note: mailing list is dead, too
users: Czech – very active mailing list exists
users: France – very active mailing list exists
users: Ireland – active mailing list exists
users: Japan – active mailing list exists
users: Portugal – active mailing list exists
users: Romania – mailing list as active as the forum
users: Spain – very active mailing list exists
users: Sweden – active mailing list exists
users: Switzerland – active mailing list exists
users: United States – active mailing list exists
users: Uruguay – mailing list as active as the forum

After the closure of the sections mentioned above, following sections
without a moderator remain (language in braces):

Android (English)
Indoor mapping (English)
Wiki team (English)
General chat (English)
Feedback (English)
users: Algeria (French)
users: Argentina (Spanish)
users: Australia (English)
users: Austria (German)
users: Bangladesh (English)
users: Belarus
users: Bosnia and Herzegovina
users: Bulgaria (Bulgarian)
users: Croatia
users: China (English)
users: Denmark (Danish)
users: Estonia
users: Ecuador (Spanish)
users: Finland
users: Greece (Greek)
users: Hungary
users: Iceland
users: Indonesia
users: Italy (Italian)
users: Latvia
users: Lithuania
users: Macedonia
users: Malaysia (English)
users: Montenegro
users: Nepal (English)
users: Norway
users: Paraguay (Spanish)
users: Slovenia
users: South Korea (English)
users: Thailand (English)
users: United Kingdom (English)

Best regards

Michael

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