[Tagging] A modest proposal to increase the usefulness of the tagging list

osm.tagging at thorsten.engler.id.au osm.tagging at thorsten.engler.id.au
Sun Jun 2 15:36:03 UTC 2019

I've just checked the history, and as far as I can tell, there has been a grand total of just 15 proposals put to voting since the beginning of the year (5 months, so 3 per month on avg.)

Also, even with all the noise, there have been only about 28 messages per day on avg, which is less then most other mailing lists and forums I follow.

I agree that there has been some unnecessary noise, most of it caused by less than a handful of people.

Overall, I don't think there is any issue here that needs to be urgently addressed.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Simon Poole <simon at poole.ch>
> Sent: Sunday, 2 June 2019 18:48
> To: Tag discussion, strategy and related tools
> <tagging at openstreetmap.org>
> Subject: [Tagging] A modest proposal to increase the usefulness of
> the tagging list
> As a reader of this list I'm slightly overwhelmed by it right now.
> Besides the longish off topic discussions that should have been held
> somewhere else, we've had a massive increase in the number of
> proposals and comments on these. As these typically will require
> looking at the proposal, potentially commenting on its talk page and
> here, the increase in noise has led to even a cursory examination of
> proposals for obvious flaws (see the police proposal) not being
> possible at the current rate of a new proposal every second day.
> In the interest of keeping the list at least half usable, I would
> suggest that we all, starting now, voluntarily submit to:
> - not posting more than 30 times per month (the 30 comes from the
> WMF mailing lists, where it seems to work quite well)
> - not more than one proposal per person per month
> - not more than 4 new proposals per month in total
> Simon

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