[talk-au] Discussion A: Is this forum fit for purpose?

Sebastian S. mapping at consebt.de
Wed Sep 25 00:26:12 UTC 2019

I've said it before but this is not a forum. It is a mailing list. Therefore many of your points seem to have the wrong perspective.

On 25 September 2019 9:00:50 am AEST, "Herbert.Remi via Talk-au" <talk-au at openstreetmap.org> wrote:
># Discussion A: Is this forum fit for purpose?
>## The Issue
>The forum needs to be robust. It needs to tolerate a lot of traffic. It
>needs to work on the busy days, not just the quiet. It needs a
>functionality that allows you to manage congestion. It needs to
>tolerate diverse interest and writing styles. It needs to have room for
>**I believe OSM is too important for anything else!**
>If you love OSM, and I am sure you do, then we need a more modern
>platform then this. This mailing list is so 90s.
>The good news is there is plenty of options and I am sure that here
>there is the technical expertise and ability to put it on a better
>## Features that would be of value:
>- You need to be able to tailor your view of the content without
>intervention of a group moderator or group consensus.
>- You need to filter the content for topics your interest in and topics
>you’re not
>- You need to filter the content with posts from people you like and
>block those that you don’t (whitelist and blacklist).
>- You need to be able to search by including and excluding keywords,
>preferably both in the same query
>- You need to be able to search by post tags, again both including and
>- Preferable, it would be best to combine both tag and keyword searches
>(but many platforms have problems with this)
>- Every post should be tagged with country and state of jurisdiction.
>The country could be default and I only suggest it as at some time
>other this idea may spread.
>- Provide the option to tag (plain text) the posts with the topic under
>discussion e.g. highway, lifecycle, announcement, events, registration,
>mapping party, instructions, and message type (“The Facts”, “The
>Issue”, etc)
>- You should be able to move between chat groups and follow multiple
>chat groups. Slack does this well.
>- A post should be able to include “attachments” that are not visible
>until open: office files, photos, PDF, HTML links. This saves screen
>- Posts should have a header. It provides a (searchable) overview and
>the actual post could be blended in and out.
>- A smartphone app would be great. Why? Seek data shows most job
>applications are done on the app and take less than 15 minutes. It is
>remarkable how much you get done on the way to work on the bus.
>- The help provided by this forum should be made available as soon as
>it is posted: 365 days a year, 24 hours per day.
>- Ideally, it should support a "forms" function for registration to
>group events (or link to an external platform that supports such)
>- It would be great to have a calendar function for events.
>- We need more than a plain text. Rich text functionality is advisable.
>A HTML capable editor is an option (transparent). As I have previously
>mentioned, "markdown" is a popular modern option support by FOSS/GitHub
>Everybody is welcome in an OSM forum, no matter the interest. We need
>everybody we can find to help with this project. We should try to
>create an environment where is happy to do what they do best, and come
>and go as they please.
>I welcome your comments. 😊
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