[Tagging] List v Forum - was Accepted or rejected?

Dan S danstowell+osm at gmail.com
Fri Mar 20 08:01:47 UTC 2015

2015-03-19 22:42 GMT+00:00 Kotya Karapetyan <kotya.lists at gmail.com>:
> On Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 11:28 PM, Dan S <danstowell+osm at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I use Stack Exchange a lot and it's great, very well designed for its
>> purpose. BUT Stack Exchange is not designed for community decision
>> making. There are tools/forums that are actually designed for that
>> purpose.
>> Also I don't think Stack Exchange themselves would want to host an OSM
>> tagging area, it's not what they're about. Maybe someone has in mind a
>> stack-exchange-like system rather than Stack Exchange itself. In fact
>> <https://help.openstreetmap.org/> uses <http://www.osqa.net/> which is
>> a Stack Exchange clone. But I repeat, it's not designed for
>> consensus/decision-making, it's designed for Q&A, which has
>> superficial similarities (voting etc) but it's not the same thing.
> Dan, all true.
> 1) Can you point in the direction of the tools you mean ("designed for that
> purpose")? Do you know a good one?

I'm sorry, there was one recommended in a recent HOT email, but there
have been so many HOT and OSM emails recently that I can't find which
one was recommended :/

> 2) I know that SE as not designed for lengthy discussions. (It provides the
> meta and chat though.) I was thinking more in the direction of proposing a
> tag like a question. Then people can edit/comment/vote. It's a very
> different approach, but I am not sure we need the current one with so much
> text and noise.
> 3) My main point was actually not to say that SE is the best solution, but
> to emphasize to the forum proponents that forums are far from ideal too.
> Cheers,
> Kotya
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