[Talk-us] Way to message a bunch of users at once?

Toby Murray toby.murray at gmail.com
Wed Jul 20 14:55:32 UTC 2016

Well there was already significant work done on a "groups" feature
that would have let users opt in to location-specific groups. But it
never got a final push to completion. The work and discussion
surrounding it are in a GitHub pull request:



On Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 11:42 PM, Russ Nelson <nelson at crynwr.com> wrote:
> Jonathan Schleuss writes:
>  > Is there a way to email multiple users at once?
> Yes and no. I created a hack to mail to geolocated OSM users, but I
> feel disinclined to share that. Of course the board of directors can
> authorize the sysadmins to send bulk email, but that happens only
> rarely.
> I designed a system for communicating with users, but never
> implemented it. Since it's opt-in, it's not spam. The idea is simple:
> allow people to receive notices posted via the OSM user interface to a
> particular lat/lon. They do so by adding one or more bounding boxes
> for their areas of interest to their OSM profile. If the notice's
> location falls in their bounding box, they get the notice in their OSM
> Inbox.  Not hard to implement if you know or want to learn
> Ruby. Neither of those applies to me.
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