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

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Sun Jun 2 17:43:59 UTC 2019

Am 02.06.2019 um 17:36 schrieb osm.tagging at thorsten.engler.id.au:
> 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.)

There were ~16 new proposals last month, which compared to 3, shows just
why I'm making this suggestion.



> 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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